Steam is a clear indication of the hardware PC users use to play games, as it has been the most widely used PC gaming platform in the world for many years. For many years, Steam has updated hardware usage stats on a monthly basis, and in the May update we saw how AMD ate Intel’s market share to overtake for the first time. 30% of users.
AMD vs Intel: Steam CPU Usage Statistics
In recent months, we’ve seen how damaging Intel’s hegemony in terms of CPU usage over Steam has been, and if just a year and six months ago (as of December 2019) the ones in blue exceeded the 80% usage quota on Steam, this has now been reduced to less than 70%. Little by little, little by little, AMD is gnawing the ground of the giant and more and more users are using its processors on Valve’s gaming platform.
This trend is gradually increasing, and in fact the difference between April and May is only 0.65%, but this was enough to reach the point that over 30% of Steam users are already using AMD CPUs. It is true that in recent months this trend has slowed down a bit, and the proof is that since January, in which AMD held 28% of shares, until May when they reached 30.13%, the gap barely exceeds 2%.
The conclusion that can be drawn is that yes, more and more users are using AMD CPUs on Steam, but the trend is slower and slower and although Intel lost a 10% share in 18 months they continue to dominate the PC market the game remains quite loose because as we mentioned the trend is slowing down.
What about graphics cards?
The graphics card market is currently at a point where it is almost impossible to switch GPUs due to the scarcity and price of these devices. Mainly for this reason, the trend for NVIDIA and AMD graphics card usage on Steam has been almost completely flat for the past year and a half, where NVIDIA continues to comfortably dominate the market share with over 75%.
Graphics cards represent a clear trend in the evolution of the PC gaming market, and as you can see in the graph above, things haven’t changed much in recent months. As of May, more than 75% of Steam users use the platform with an NVIDIA GPU, while AMD barely exceeds 16% of the market share. Funny the fact that there are still 8% of users playing on Steam using Intel’s built-in graphics.
At the moment, the most used graphics cards in Steam are still dominated by NVIDIA, and although the numbers fluctuate slightly, the most used graphics card today remains the GeForce GTX 1060 with almost 9% of users. , followed by the GTX 1050 Ti with 6.71%. The most used mid-range or high-end GPU is the GTX 2070 SUPER, with only 2.45% of users, and the most widely used AMD graphics is still the Radeon RX 580 with only 2.04% of users. Steam users, ranked as the 10th most used GPU currently.
As you can see, the variations in the use of AMD, NVIDIA and Intel GPUs in Steam are quite insignificant, precisely reflecting the situation we are experiencing in the market where it is almost impossible to switch graphics cards unless be prepared to pay some real nonsense for it or that you have acquired an OEM PC.