Valve’s monthly survey shows that Steam users access Steam from computers with more Nvidia ampere graphics cards . The RTX 3080 graphics card saw a 0. 24% increase in usage during the month of May, while the RTX 3070 GPU saw a 0. 19% increase.
Although cheaper cards are still more common, the increase in usage is encouraging. This coincides with recent declines in GPU prices as well as increases in supply.
AMD components have also made an appearance on the survey, with the RTX 3060 increasing 0. 18% and the Radeon RX 6800 XT increasing 0.15%.
These stats are crucial as they indicate that more gamers have access to high-end GPUs as both desktop parts and in their gaming laptops. This is a significant development since it has been rare in recent months.
The overall graphics card increase has also seen AMD gain some market share against the consumer favorite, Intel at 1.24%. However, the competitor remains in a staunch lead with an overall 67. 19% of users.
On the CPU side, the survey also uncovered that processors on the PCs used on Steam have steadily increased from four cores to six cores over the last five years, as noted by PCWorld.
Previously, four-core CPUs were the most popular, but the May survey shows that core count processors are on the rise. Approximately 33% of PCs on Steam were running four-core CPUs, while over 50% of PCs were running six-core systems.
Both Intel and AMD have introduced high-core CPUs beyond six, with even eight, 12, and 16 cores to its mid-range component line. Still, six seems to be the new standard for the average PC gamer, especially now that Intel has increased its CPU’s core count with the 12th-gen Alder Lake chips.
Lastly, Valve’s survey continues to show increases in Windows 11. Update 0. 41% away from being installed on every five PCs. Additionally, over 50% of those surveyed had 16GB of RAM.
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