AMD processors reach highest popularity in Steam’s history

Valve, the multinational software and technology company, has released updated statistics on the system usage of Steam users for January. The data reveals that AMD processors have reached an all-time high on the platform, taking a larger share than ever before. The rate of conversion to Windows 11 among the platform’s users is on the rise, tentatively approaching the 50% mark.

A decline of 0.59 percentage points marked the presence of Intel processors on the platform despite the release of more affordable Raptor Lake Refresh CPUs last month. AMD processors, on the other hand, saw an increase of 0.59 percentage points, hitting a record high with a 34.25% share on the platform. One factor behind this shift might be AMD’s recently launched Ryzen 8000G hybrid desktop chips.

Graph chart depicting AMD and Intel's market shares

The graphics card segment experienced significant changes as well. The GeForce RTX 3060 saw a slight reduction of 0.31 percentage points in usage on Steam, yet it remains the most popular gaming accelerator. The total share of most cards, especially older ones, dropped in January, suggesting that users might be replacing older models with newer ones.

Most popular graphics cards on Steam in January

January also saw an increased trend towards gaming laptops among Steam users. Systems with the mobile GeForce RTX 4060 saw a rise in usage, increasing their share on the platform by 0.58 percentage points. Similarly, the mobile RTX 3060 saw a 0.38 percentage point rise, placing it at the fifth position in popularity rankings. Almost every graphics card in the GeForce RTX 40 series saw an increase in share on the platform, with the RTX 4070 being the only exception, losing 0.03%.

Operating system usage on Steam

In terms of operating system usage, the percentage of Steam users on Windows 11 rose in January, with 44.2% of users surveyed using the OS. Meanwhile, Windows 10 use declined by another 2 percentage points to 51.4%, hinting at a nearly equal split between Windows 10 and 11 users on Steam. However, the overall market doesn’t reflect the same scenario: Windows 11 is installed on only 26.5% of PCs, while Windows 10 commands a 67.4% user share.

In terms of hardware specifics, close to half of Steam users reported having 16 Gigabytes (GB) of random access memory (RAM) in their systems, with roughly 23% having 32 GB. The most popular screen resolution remains Full HD (1920×1080 pixels), used by 59.7% of the platform’s users, followed by 1440p resolution which was used by 16% of users. A growing trend for larger game file sizes might explain why most users have between 100 to 249 GB of available storage, despite most having over 1 Terabytes (TB) of total storage.

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