RTX 3090 has more market share on Steam than the entire AMD RX 6000 series lineup combined

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, Aug 4, 2021 1:03 PM

This past year has been pretty tough for PC gamers as availability has been incredibly low and prices have been inflated way beyond MSRP, sometimes even up to 3 times as much. Despite some clear struggles, Nvidia and AMD have been working hard to get more GPUs out the door, but Nvidia has clearly fared better than the competition.

Nvidia’s hardware has always been more popular than AMD, at least in terms of graphics cards alone. Though that gap has been narrowing for a while now, with AMD providing some of their closest competition to Nvidia’s hardware in recent years. Still, Nvidia’s RTX 3090 has more market share than all of AMD’s RX 6000 series lineup, at least according to Steam users.

Steam’s Hardware and Software survey has long been a point of interest thanks to its extensive look at Steam users and the hardware they use. Although it definitely does not represent all PC users across the world, it does give us some interesting insight into the hardware habits of today’s gamers.

Currently, the RTX 3090 - the biggest and most expensive GPU of the RTX 30 series - has a share of 0.37% across all Steam users. That’s not too bad, but when you look at AMD’s entire market share for the RX 6000 series this can be pretty interesting. In total, all of AMD’s RX 6000 series lineup comes to a market share of 0.34%.

Nvidia GPU Steam Share AMD GPU Steam Share
RTX 3090 0.37% RX 6900 XT 0.08%
RTX 3080 Ti - RX 6800 XT 0.10%
RTX 3080 0.85% RX 6800 0.05%
RTX 3070 Ti - RX 6700 XT 0.11%
RTX 3070 1.53% RX 6600 XT -
RTX 3060 Ti 0.41% - -
RTX 3060 0.64% - -
Total share 3.80% Total share 0.34%

That’s just a little less than the RTX 3090 itself, which is apparently the least popular card among the RTX 30 series cards. Coming in at a close second is the RTX 3060 Ti at 0.41%, followed by the RTX 3060 at 0.64%, and finally the RTX 3080 at 0.85%. Interestingly, the most popular GPU of Nvidia’s new generation is the RTX 3070 at 1.53%.

That’s still nowhere near the market dominance of the GTX 1060, which has long been the most popular card among Steam users.

It’s worth noting that these figures don’t include mobile graphics cards, as they specifically focus on discrete desktop GPUs. If we were looking at those numbers as well it would probably be a different story here. 

Additionally, RTX 30 series graphics cards were the most popular among crypto miners, and it wouldn’t be a far fetch to imagine some of those miners had a Steam account, so it's certainly possible some of these numbers come from crypto miners.

What do you think? Why has Nvidia done so much better than AMD in GPU market share? Is it because of crypto miners? Or something else? Are you currently using an Nvidia, AMD, or Intel brand GPU (integrated or not)? And which GPU would you go for if you were able to buy at MSRP? Let us know!

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12:16 Aug-05-2021

TBH I have lost trust in steam's survey, not blaming valve or anyone, but it seems way too inaccurate to be true. Either AMD owners don't do it, or something, but IDK, it can't be right, otherwise AMD's GPU division should have been out of business years ago.

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14:39 Aug-05-2021

you do realize how much bigger as a company nvidia is than amd gpu branch? Not only that but nvidia has had vast majority of gpu market captured years ago, there is 0 surprise why these statistics the way they are.

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17:46 Aug-05-2021

I agree that they have much higher market share, but even in 2015 when AMD had 34-38% market share on steam AMD had less than 15% iirc, same with the rx 400/500 series in 2016/2017

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02:10 Aug-05-2021

It just means people don't give a flying f*ck how high the prices will go. MSRP prices will increases more and more because of that and the mid range GPU market will be dead like the low end. Remember the 6600 XT is $379


Mid range GPUs used to be at $200 regardless of inflation and everything. We're all f*cked in the end.

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15:31 Aug-05-2021

Exactly. There's literally no use in going for mid range anymore with an expected lifespan of 3-4 years playing newly released games from high to low settings respectively. Low end was never good to begin with. Prices were already high and with 10-20 euro extra, improvements were massively (I remember the R7 240 and R7 250. Only a 10 euro difference and a big difference in performance).
The fact that you had to pay 50-100 euro more for a mid end card to go to the high end card was obviously the point to say, this is the most bang/buck you can get.

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23:14 Aug-04-2021

I really think AMD wasted huge opportunity to take market share with oversaturation of 7nm, 2 CPU generations, 2 consoles, 2 generations of graphic cards. They really had great window. But instead they decided they are CPU company first and did their obligation towards Sony and MS. Shame, I was rooting for them. But RX6600XT pretty much is proof that AMD is not interested in market share.

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23:17 Aug-04-2021

As for currently, still sticking with my good old GTX1070, so nVidia. And if things return to MSRP, RTX3060Ti it is for me. I like what AMD has, don't get me wrong, but they aren't competing on price and I am not going to support that. Same as I would rather wait for Intel to buy my sub 300USD CPU than give in AMDs upselling strategy of no R5 5600 or R7 5700X.

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23:20 Aug-04-2021

Though I got feeling we may see this new strategy of staggered releases to upsell you on higher end parts to become the norm. Same as treating sub 400USD market as peasants, selling you 1080p midrange cards that used to be 200USD for 400USD. But I guess we will see if developers will be our last line of "defense" by making games for what people have, not just high end.

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12:38 Aug-05-2021

"RX6600XT pretty much is proof that AMD is not interested in market share" if you mean the high price than nah, they just know people will buy it instantly even at that price. In the current market, MSRP means almost nothing.

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14:00 Aug-05-2021

Yes, but no, nVidia still dominates mindshare and has way better stock than AMD. It definitely will sell, but not as well as AMD hopes. If they even hope that, since Chris on Good Old Gamer Youtube channel suggested that they are maybe pumping up stock price, potentially to sell. And thinking about it, it really clicks well into place, with Ryzen flat price increase and all.

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14:01 Aug-05-2021

Since they aren't targeting gamers with those prices, they are targeting OEMs, which will short term pump up stock prices, till bubble collapses. Which is what companies which want to get sold do, because they don't care if everything collapses right after they get sold, it isn't their problem anymore.

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22:55 Aug-04-2021

I read somewhere that supply would be worse if Nvidia went with TSMC, while Samsung had a "worse" die and didnt improve performance by much it could produce it in a larger volume of GPUs.


I think that could explain why Nvidia seems to be doing much better

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18:30 Aug-04-2021

There are people who still think that nvidia ampere was "paper launch" when there are multiple proofs that the demand was just insane. I am inclined to think that amd rx 6000 was far closer to paper launch than ampere have ever been, from personal experience and research done on reddit reports on availability.

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21:20 Aug-04-2021

this is kinda dependant on model/country from what i can tell. personally 6700xt i have seen much more in stock than 3060/ti or 3070/ti in the UK same for the 6900xt vs 3090. both amd and nvidia seem to have had no mid ground (6800/xt or 3080/ti) all year. but then this is all out of wack with no 6600/xt models for AMD

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23:04 Aug-04-2021

sure, but historically nvidia has always had better availability in different regions. In my country, Lithuania, nvidia listings and stock appeared just around the time after its launched, though stock, especially for 3080, was abysmal. For amd rx 6000 it was true paper launch, listings started to appear only 2-3 weeks after and stock started to appear around 1-2 months later. Currently prices and stock are around the same on amd and nvidia.

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17:22 Aug-04-2021

my guess is because of limited manufacturing capacity since AMD GPUs are based on TSMC which is being used for so much stuff today. GPUs probably aren't as profitable for AMD as CPUs and console APUs.

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15:24 Aug-04-2021

RTX 3090 has more market share on Steam than the entire AMD RX 6000 series lineup combined.


RTX 3090's Steam share 0.37%

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17:15 Aug-04-2021

what exactly is the point of your comment? You just repeated the title

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18:29 Aug-04-2021

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20:19 Aug-04-2021

Yeah, it doesn't even avoid a clickbait in this case haha.

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15:08 Aug-04-2021

Why has Nvidia done so much better than AMD in GPU market share? Is it because of crypto miners? Or something else?


The current market is 100% supply based, every single AMD and Nvidia gpu is getting sold in record times. All this means is that Nvidia is able to GPUs printed by TSMC than AMD.

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17:19 Aug-04-2021

Isn't the Nvidia 30 series Samsung based? AMD is the one using TSMC but not only for GPUs. Their CPUs and console APUs + Apple stuff is all TSMC based which could explain the lower marketshare even when you consider every GPU is being sold almost instantly. There simply isn't enough capacity for more GPUs, guessing they aren't as profitable as other stuff.

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14:24 Aug-04-2021

Steam surveys aren't even trustworthy, first of all that popular saying that 1060 is the most popular card is very questionable, since in China all the internet caffees use 3gb cheap 1060 models and there is a lot of them. Also I noticed when I swapped to intel I've got 2 surveys two days in a row, when I used amd cpu

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14:25 Aug-04-2021

I didn't get a single survey in 6 years and I'm certain that those who use nvidia gpus instead of amds will get more surveys, a lot of people said this as well on reddit

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15:21 Aug-04-2021

Yep, l have a gtx 1060 in my laptop and rtx 2070 in my desktop and get these surveys on annual basis like clockwork

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14:45 Aug-05-2021

"I'm certain that those who use nvidia gpus instead of amds will get more surveys, a lot of people said this as well on reddit" Its just bunch of hearsay and i there is 0 reason or logical explanation why this would be true.

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16:50 Aug-05-2021

I really think it's either random or just automated (based maybe on some privacy setting or a prior permission?) for most users. I've had quite an array of CPU/GPU combos (mostly Nvidia) throughout the years and I can recall maybe 2 surveys that I've had at best...


But hey - conspiracies are the spice of life. Gaben 100% sits in Jensen's pocket! That's why the Gabe Gear is AMD, you see - to throw you off of righteous path of the TRUTH. Also the earth is flat, vaccines will make you have dementia in 10 years and Obama is the Antichrist. I might even get banned for speaking this TRUTH here, but it's a risk I'm willing to take to expose the Nvidia lies through the Steam survey.

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18:19 Aug-05-2021

damn your sarcasm just oozes through the cracks
Anyways speaking of personal experiences, last time i had steam survey was like 3-4 years ago (cant really remember when exactly) and i have been using nvidia cards consecutively since 2014 so yeah...

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01:28 Aug-06-2021

I don't think my reply is any more outlandish than the claims that Nvidia users somehow get surveyed more by an independent 3rd party xD

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03:35 Aug-13-2021

lets consider that this is true. why would that matter anyway? no matter how many times you get surveyed you are still one user and count as one. or you think steam take every survey you take as unique user? that would be stupid, because there would be a much bigger chunk of users having old outdated hardware, Also since I upgraded to 3080 last year in october i got surveyed once....

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13:37 Aug-04-2021

3090 here because of the VRAM. I wouldn't be surprised if the 3090 is simply the most popular because of that reason. 10GB to 24GB? If you're a 3D artist - it's a no-brainer.


Plus the VRAM is great for running games at stupid resolutions (either for gameplay or just screenshots/analysis). FarCry5 at 10K? No problem, doesn't crash :D

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16:44 Aug-04-2021

Id argue its because the amd lineup launch had even less availability than nvidia AND since they launched later they were overpriced at launch. Since launch i hadnt seen a single rx 6000 in stores in my country.

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16:52 Aug-04-2021

Well, I can't comment on the AMD side, since I am locked-in professionally to CUDA and don't really consider AMD for work, but on every new Nvidia launch there are tons of 3D guys grabbing Titans or xx80Tis for the render speed and optimal VRAM. This time the "titan" was the 3090, so I saw a lot of those in the hands of 3D artists around the parts I frequent.

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18:27 Aug-04-2021

How the heck do you play far cry 5 in 10k?

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18:41 Aug-04-2021

Poorly, it runs at 20-something fps :D
8K can reach 60, while I personally play at 5K, which gives me around 80-120fps depending on location.
All on Ultra settings +TAA. The fps would be higher if settings were tweaked.

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18:47 Aug-04-2021

If you were asking about how I even enabled 10K - then it's DSR + a tool that bypasses the DSR resolution limit. Then I get to select those resolutions (Doom Eternal example). Works in pretty much every game, including the old gems like Quake I or GTA VC lol.

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13:20 Aug-04-2021

didnt read the bottom poll properly, happy with my 6900XT but if i could have had my pick off them all at MSRP i would have gone either 6800XT or 3080. using hindsight on top i would have wanted the 16GB Vram as im pushing 12-14GB usage on some games (godfall,outriders etc)

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