Intel Sold More Desktop CPUs in 2021, But Notebook CPUs Became Cheaper

2021 was a successful year for most chipmakers. Both NVIDIA and AMD grew by leaps and bounds, leaving their larger competitors in the dust. Intel is one such company. Although the new CEO Pat Gelsinger has initiated a complete overhaul of the firm, it’ll take a while before we start seeing the results. (Modafinil) Regardless, the chipmaker’s position in the consumer market is already in a better state compared to the previous year. The Client Computing Group (CCG) registered a growth of 8% in shipments, a stark contrast compared to the previous year’s drop of 11% and 28% for the desktop and notebook platforms, respectively.

On the downside, the desktop market prices (ASP) were largely static through the year, increasing by just 3%. The notebook platform saw a drop of 6% in prices, the same as the previous year, growing by 8% in volume. In comparison, Intel’s notebook sales rose by 28% in 2020 while ASPs fell by 6%.

Looking at the data center segment, things were relatively quieter. The ASP was down by 4% on account of increased competition from AMD while platform volume saw a marginal increase of 2%. Things should shake up quite a bit here as Intel launches the Sapphire Rapids-SP later this year.


Computer hardware enthusiast, PC gamer, and almost an engineer. Former co-founder of Techquila (2017-2019), a fairly successful tech outlet. Been working on Hardware Times since 2019, an outlet dedicated to computer hardware and its applications.

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