AMD Beats Out Intel Without Dell’s Help

According to data from Current Analysis, a research firm based in La Jolla, Calif., AMD accounted for 52% of all retail desktop-PC sales for the week ended April 24, compared with Intel’s 47%. Toni Duboise, who conducted the study, says it’s the first time she can remember that AMD systems have surpassed Intel in retail.

Dell the world’s largest maker of personal computers, continues to have the lowest costs and highest margins in the industry, despite being the only PC company to use Intel processors exclusively. Dell, which has been swapping the number-one PC position with Hewlett-Packard for the past few quarters, has a 16.5% share of the worldwide PC market.

For years, Dell has said that it continues to evaluate AMD’s products but has no compelling reason to switch from its all-Intel lineup.