AMD crashes in latest Steam survey
What just happened? It’s the start of the month, which means Steam has released the latest hardware and software survey results. August has not been a good month for AMD; the company’s CPU share has crashed from -1.88% to 27.31%, its lowest point of the year so far, and the Radeon RX 6000 series is still not in enough of participants’ PCs to be included in the main GPU list. Nvidia, on the other hand, saw gains on all but one of its Ampere lines, while the RTX 2060 moved closer to the first graphics card.
AMD had won over Intel in the CPU category of the Steam survey throughout 2021, finally surpassing the 30% mark in May, but its celebrations were short-lived: after falling below that milestone a month more late, the share of the red team is now 27.31%.
We know that AMD’s processors have faced more supply issues than Intel’s lately. We’ve also seen more Intel processors enter Amazon’s Best Sellers Rankings – it now has four in the top ten – a list that AMD once dominated.
As far as graphics cards are concerned, it’s been a great month for the RTX 2060. The Turing product saw the largest increase in users (1.35%), placing it in second place. We heard in February that Nvidia will be “relaunching” the RTX 2060 to help alleviate crippling graphics card shortages, so we can see the results of that action.
Nvidia will also be satisfied with the performance of its Ampere range. Only the RTX 3090 lost user share in August, down just -0.01%. The RTX 3060 posted the biggest gains, up 0.42%. A recent report showed that Ampere and RDNA 2 cards are getting more expensive and rare, so it will be interesting to see if this is reflected in next month’s survey.
The GTX 1060, on the other hand, consolidated its long-standing leadership position (since January 2018) with an increase of 1.29%. We also see that no Radeon RX 6000 series card has taken the minimum overall share of 0.15% to make the main list. The Vulkan Systems section shows that the highest RDNA 2 card is the Radeon RX 6700 XT with a share of 0.24%. However, all cards in this category are displayed with double their overall share, so the actual figure is only 0.12%.
Using this same method, we see that the Radeon RX 6800 XT has 0.10%, the Radeon RX 6900 XT is 0.08%, and the Radeon RX 6800 is 0.04%. Even the RTX 3070 Ti, which only entered the chart last month, holds a 0.23% share.
Elsewhere in the survey, 64-bit Windows 7 continues its surprising resurgence and is now found on 8.68% of participants’ PCs. And the Oculus Quest 2 remains the best VR headset despite losing a few percentage points, likely due to Facebook temporarily suspending sales for most of the month due to reports of skin irritation.