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    Steam Hardware Review Shows AMD CPU Dominance on Linux, Intel on Windows and NVIDIA GPUs




    The latest Steam Hardware Review has been released, providing insight into the PC hardware market trends among its 120 million active users. Based on the new report, it appears that AMD processors have managed to become the dominant force in the Linux platform, while Intel retains its lead in Windows OS and NVIDIA in the GPU segment.

    At the time of this writing, Microsoft’s Windows OS remains king with a whopping 97.03%. Apple OSX is in second place with a share of 1.74%, but has been declining for some time. Third place is occupied by Linux, which has a market share of 1.23%, but it is growing slightly as users move to a new 64-bit OS.


    When broken down into Windows processor share, Intel processor share is currently 66.26% (-2.21% month-on-month) and AMD processor share is 33.73% (+2.22% month-on-month). ). For OSX, Intel’s processor share is 56.66% (-1.85% month-on-month) and Apple’s virtual platform share is 43.34% (+1.90% month-on-month). On Linux, AMD GPUs are now in the majority, ahead of Intel at 50.99% (+5.39% m/m) and Intel CPUs at 49.01% (-5.39% m/m) .

    Speaking of processors in general, the majority of Steam users are now using 6-core chips, with a share of 34.38% (up 0.98% compared to last month), while 4-core chips come in second out of 32. 05%, but also declining (-0.89% compared to last month). The third place is occupied by 8-core chips, the share of which is 19.16% (+1.19% compared to the previous month).

    In terms of GPUs, NVIDIA GPUs dominate with a 76.19% share, AMD GPUs account for 14.64%, and Intel GPUs (mostly integrated parts) account for 8.96%. Older mainstream NVIDIA models such as the GeForce GTX 1060, GTX 1650, GTX 1050 Ti and RTX 2060 account for over 5% of the market. These graphics cards were available at relatively good prices and are also easy to find in the user market. Therefore, they have become an ideal solution for budget gamers. The only RTX 30-series GPU that managed to make it into the top 5 is the GeForce RTX 3060 (mobile), with a share of 3.34%.

    At the same time, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 desktop graphics card market share is 2.58%, the RTX 3070 market share is 2.29%, the RTX 3060 Ti market share is 1.90%, and the RTX 3080 share is 1.68%. Surprisingly, the RTX 3050 is only found in 1.38% of Steam users’ PCs, which is lower than AMD’s RX 580’s 1.47%. The AMD Radeon RX 6000 series sits at the very bottom, with only the RX 6700 XT accounting for 0.33% of the market. Below is the share of each current generation graphics card in the Steam hardware overview:

    AMD is really working hard to wrest market share from Intel on the Windows and Linux processor platforms. However, when it comes to GPUs, NVIDIA is the undisputed king, and it looks like nothing will change unless AMD revolutionizes the market with its RDNA 3 GPUs to compete with the next generation NVIDIA RTX 40 series.



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