AMD CPU and GPU Adoption is Increasing Significantly According to New Steam Hardware Survey

Written by Stuart Thomas on Wed, May 2, 2018 2:10 PM

The results are out for the latest monthly Steam Hardware Survey, and the signs are positive for Team Red. AMD has seen its share of the GPU market grow from a low of 8.2% back up to 14.9%. Likewise, CPU market share has risen from 8.1% up to 16%.

The results indicate that, among PC gamers at least, Intel and Nvidia are still both dominant in the processor and graphics card markets respectively, but AMD is showing strong signs of bouncing back. This may have been spearheaded by the launch of the 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs.

The most popular graphics card is still the GeForce GTX 1060 (11.88%), which is maintaining a firm grip, and the top 20 GPUs are pretty much dominated by Nvidia. The most popular AMD graphics card is the rather ambiguous sounding Radeon R7 Graphics, currently used by 0.93% of Steam users surveyed.

The counterpoint to all of this is that we’re seeing a huge drop in the number of Chinese language speakers on Steam. Towards the back half of last year there was a massive increase as Chinese gamers flocked to play PUBG, but now we’re seeing a steep drop off.

The influx of Chinese language players led to a marked increased in the proportion of low-end GeForce graphics and Intel processors used, as well as older operating systems, so this recent uplift from AMD could be the natural result of a drop-off in interest from Chinese players. This could be down to a number of factors, including the Chinese government blocking access to Steam Community features in late December, as well as PUBG now being available on mobile.

Steam Hardware & Software Surveys are notoriously unreliable so do take this with a pinch of salt. The results are going to vary considerably depending who opts into the survey, but they do provide some decent roundabout figures.

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19:31 May-03-2018

If I would afford I would buy a RX 580 8GB but I still have to live with my r9 280x. Well, AMD have more hardware sold than nVidia if you count PS4 and Xbox One.

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13:23 May-03-2018

Love to see the top 20 list of Nvidia GPU,s :)

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17:28 May-02-2018

I truly love the graph saying cpus per computer. What is tells you:


61.22% has 4 cpu's (which can only be done using Xeon e7-4xxx series which costs multiple thousands per chip).
6.51% has 'other' which is probably 6-8 cpu's which basically means Xeon e7-8xxx series (even more expensive).


Guess I'm special for only having 1 CPU and thus I'm in the 1.01% :D even though I am having 18 cores.


Steam, know the difference. Cores are not the CPU, they are part of the CPU ;)

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22:40 May-02-2018

each core is technically its own cpu even windows sees them as separate devices in device manager.

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13:59 May-15-2018

When arguing semantics one should aim to have flawless grammar.

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14:58 May-02-2018

For the CPUs, good for them


For the GPUs, a little too freakin late... This should have been the picture (if not better) back in the early 2010 - 2011, when AMD had better performance than NVIDIA AND for a cheaper price...

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15:53 May-02-2018

AMD had better performance per die size(and thus price, since smaller die size = more chips per wafer = cheaper GPU) until Pascal. They just did NOT cut corners like Nvidia did to reduce power consumption, Nvidia's Cuda Cores do NOT support tons of instructions and barely support C and C++ on top of that Nvidia heavily relies on Delta Color Compression to reduce power even further, which is all fine and dandy for gaming, but for many work applications that require bandwidth it's NOT good.


And AMD has had as good as or better sometimes drivers than Nvidia since 2015-2016. And yes Nvidia has marketing that can sell ice to Eskimos.

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16:58 May-02-2018

Be careful when using that word. I read somewhere that "Eskimo" is now considered a racial slur among the people. Though I can't find anymore sources nor can I find the source I originally saw it.

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17:44 May-02-2018

I could NOT care less what people consider a slur or not, I agree with freedom of speech and freedom as a whole, so those little groups of people that try to control the masses with their rules, laws, correctness, morality and man-made limitations, trying to tell you what you can and can NOT say and what you can and can NOT do can go and shove a cactus up their arses.

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20:20 May-02-2018

... Dude, you seriously worry me sometimes.

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20:47 May-02-2018

Why?

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20:59 May-02-2018

The fact that you just don't care. Which is your real problem and I know because I have personally been there, albeit for a short time, and that worries me.


I worry because I care.

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00:46 May-03-2018

I'm sure he meant no offense to the eskim....I mean, Igloo people.

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12:23 May-03-2018

@NeoGamerX If you give me a good reason to care I will and any argument about people or self well being does NOT count.


@Alonzooka Well IDK how I can mean anything negative about someone except for Nvidia, but at the same time praising them, when I praise marketing with a well-known idiom.

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13:34 May-04-2018

It's about respect. If someone doesn't want you to use certain words or phrases around them, you don't say them. To do otherwise is disrespectful. I strongly believe in freedom of speech myself but I also believe that it must be used reasonably and responsibly.

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15:53 May-02-2018

You're right when it comes performance/cost not to performance/watt and heat though, besides Nvidia had better advertisement, better software and drivers, and more Nvidia optimized games.

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16:05 May-02-2018

I'm also right that AMD had better architecture than Nvidia until Pascal. I explained why Nvidia's GPUs consume less power since Maxwell.

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16:42 May-02-2018

I remember back in the day, most acquaintances that got a new gaming rig or were build one, when you ask em "what GPU will you pick out?" - NVIDIA! "Which NVIDIA card?" - I dont know man, I dont care, as long as its NVIDIA".... nice

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16:56 May-02-2018

Back in the day? This happens till this day, people on the internet are a minority and even a big part of the minority that is on the internet think that Nvidia is better by default... :/

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17:52 May-03-2018

I was addressing Fattman, thanks for the info however.

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07:06 May-04-2018

I agree, NVIDIA dominated the optimization game for most AAA titles, but it wasnt as the AMD cards couldn't run the game well, just that NVIDIA was slightly a little bit more ahead in fps - here I go back to my previous law of life: "It doesnt matter how good / bad you got it, as long as your neighbor has it worse than you"

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07:39 May-04-2018

I personally would Not care how my neighbor is doing for me to do better, I set my own standards and constantly get better than my nemisis -> Me, Myself and I

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14:44 May-02-2018

there are some more advanced interesting stats to read:
Intel 3.0 Ghz to 3.29 Ghz has 10.53% drop while Intel 2.3 Ghz to 2.69 Ghz has 4.65% rise which means more gamers are going for laptops most likely and AMD is slowly and steadily aiming to dominate "serious" desktop market - as shown AMD 3.7 Ghz and above has 3.42% in total while Intel 3.7 Ghz and above has 6.49% now
next, it's quite remarkable DirectX 12 GPUs suffer serious 2.23% drop which means people are either running away from Windows 10, or buying second-hand older-gen gpus,
but then seeing GTX 750 Ti and GTX 960 are dropping a lot by 4.74% and 4.46% means mid-end gamers lean towards AMD or newer nVidia cards, with no major choice which would earn at least 2% rise

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15:46 May-02-2018

Well said.

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18:24 May-02-2018

Heh, I'm not switching my 960 yet. It's still good enough for everything I do with it.

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