AMD bounces back in latest Steam survey: largest-ever CPU share, RDNA 2 finally charts

midian182

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In brief: It's the start of the month, which means the latest Steam survey has just dropped. September's results are undoubtedly positive for AMD; not only has the company bounced back and once again passed a 30% CPU user share, but it's finally seen one of its RDNA 2 cards enter the main GPU list, nearly a year after they first arrived.

It was back in May when AMD processors passed the 30% user-share milestone, losing that distinction a month later before falling to a long-time low of 27.3% in August. But team red reached an all-time high of 30.15% last month.

Amazon's top-selling CPU chart reflects AMD's newly found users. Last month it took six positions with the highest Intel offering in fourth place; this month, AMD has eight, while the highest team-blue chip is the Core i7-10700K in eighth place.

AMD will likely be even happier when it looks at Steam's GPU list. The Radeon RX 6000 cards have been missing from the main chart since their arrival last November. No RDNA 2 product gained the minimum 0.15% share required to qualify, relegating them to the Vulkan Systems category. But the Radeon RX 6700 XT has finally hit 0.16%, putting it near the bottom of the chart between the GeForce GT 630 and GeForce MX330.

Looking at the Vulkan System's section, the second most popular AMD card is the Radeon 6800 XT with 0.11% (the cards in this category are shown with twice their actual share), so another RDNA 2 product could enter the main list next month.

Not that much has changed within the rest of the graphics card category. The GTX 1060 remains on top despite losing some users, and the RTX 2060 falls from second to fourth. Interestingly, the RTX 3070 once again climbs a few spots and is now in 11th place, proving some people are still able to buy these low-stock cards, though how many come from eBay is unclear.

Elsewhere, Linux added more users to take a 1.05% share of the OS section, and the Valve Index HMD (17.5%) is now the second most popular VR headset behind the Oculus Quest 2 (33.1%).

AMD's CPUs and GPUs have faced more supply issues than its rivals, meaning that Lisa Su will welcome the latest survey—let's see if the company can build on the momentum.

As always, there are the usual caveats to remember: participation in the Steam Survey is optional among the platform's users, but while it may not give an exact picture of the gaming hardware landscape, it's a good indicator of what people are buying.

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captaincranky

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I can tell this is going to be another fun thread. The AMD set will be screaming "we told you so". Which is the opposite of the chant before, that went something like, "those survey aren't anywhere near accurate" Which will now change to something along the lines of, "those surveys are more accurate than an atomic clock"..
 

Sausagemeat

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The steam hardware survey is the best data we have for finding who is using what hardware to play games on PCs with. Unless anyone can provide any other reliable sources of data.

I know the AMD cheerleaders on here all think the survey is flawed because their beloved Radeons show up in tiny numbers and that there is a secret conspiracy to crush AMD hatched by Valve for reasons unknown. But the fact is Radeon is just unpopular because it’s crap.
 

Irata

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You do full well realize that statement is going to bring the wrath of heaven down upon you, right?
It got your attention, didn’t it ?

I am somewhat curious to see what happened to Windows 7’s share or simplified Chinese, but not enough to look. Too odd either way.
 

Hardware Geek

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Might be a crap dataset but at least it's something. I don't care which company have more of whatever card, so much as I care about competition. Any indication that supplies might be, easing and/or competition incrasing, means better prices eventually for everyone who isn't willing to buy at scalper prices, and that's a good thing in my opinion. I love seeing AMD and Nvidia Duke it out and hope the new Intel graphics cards help thr supply issue and push further innovation.
 

Hardware Geek

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Captaincranky can be a troll at times but also makes good points and has interesting opinions and perspectives at times as well. I haven't blocked him because I've found often enough that he makes good points, unlike other trolls who are just trolling to be jerks and aren't worth the time so I block those people.
 

captaincranky

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I think after a 100th of his comment like that people will learn to ignore a troll ; -)
Gee, after 17,000 post in 15 years they haven't yet. You can ignore me all you want. In fact, put me on your ignore list.

What always fascinates me is, that when someone doesn't agree with, or like someone, it's always the other person who's "the troll"..
 

Irata

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Captaincranky can be a troll at times but also makes good points and has interesting opinions and perspectives at times as well. I haven't blocked him because I've found often enough that he makes good points, unlike other trolls who are just trolling to be jerks and aren't worth the time so I block those people.
Agreed. There’s nothing wrong with being opinionated and I‘m not excluding myself here.

Also, it would be boring to ignore everyone you disagree with.
My general rule of thumb is to ignore anyone who seems to be following a trolling script adding zero value to the discussion but not for having an opinion that I disagree with.

The interesting thing is I find myself agreeing with many posters on some topics while disagreeing with them on others. Reducing them to ‚fanboys‘ (I strongly dislike that term btw) would rob me of that opportunity.
 

captaincranky

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The interesting thing is I find myself agreeing with many posters on some topics while disagreeing with them on others. Reducing them to ‚fanboys‘ (I strongly dislike that term btw) would rob me of that opportunity.
The only problem here is that, "fanboyz are alive and walk among us".. So, if someone is "hating Intel and loving AMD", perhaps a bit too much", it's it's hard to establish a line of demarcation between, "enthusiast", and "zealot"..

I always use the test that saying, "I'm not crazy", is an admission that you are. Granted, I've expanded that criteria to, "the first sign of being anything, is denying it". 🤣.
 

Irata

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The only problem here is that, "fanboyz are alive and walk among us".. So, if someone is "hating Intel and loving AMD", perhaps a bit too much", it's it's hard to establish a line of demarcation between, "enthusiast", and "zealot"..

I always use the test that saying, "I'm not crazy", is an admission that you are. Granted, I've expanded that criteria to, "the first sign of being anything, is denying it". 🤣.
Some could say ‚or overly mentioning it‘ 😎

I admit I strongly dislike Intel for all the scummy underhanded anti-competitive things they have done. Had they fessed up or changed their behavior things might look different.

Do others do the same thing? Absolutely. Would AMD do the same if they could ? Possibly. In any case, even with companies there are shades of grey - some occupy the lighter side of the spectrum, others the darker.

How to judge / see this is up to everyone else.
 

Theinsanegamer

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Plenty of people want to bash the hardware survey because "muh accuracy", but it reflects mindfactory's numbers, Nvidia is outselling AMD over 10 to 1, and almost nobody can get their hands on a 6800 or 6900 series.

People will blame it on "mindshare" or corporate tricks, but the reality is if you want an AMD card you cant have one. Nvidia is also hard to come by but AMD cards are unobtanium.
 

Geralt

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The steam hardware survey is the best data we have for finding who is using what hardware to play games on PCs with. Unless anyone can provide any other reliable sources of data.

I know the AMD cheerleaders on here all think the survey is flawed because their beloved Radeons show up in tiny numbers and that there is a secret conspiracy to crush AMD hatched by Valve for reasons unknown. But the fact is Radeon is just unpopular because it’s crap.
Why is it crap? I have one and it performs very well. Before I had GeForce SLI 1080. And before GeForce 980, and before GeForce 670, and before a Radeon 6870, and before a Radeon 4870, etc. Radeon's are good cards. Geforce's are good cards too. No complain.
 

HardReset

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The steam hardware survey is the best data we have for finding who is using what hardware to play games on PCs with. Unless anyone can provide any other reliable sources of data.

I know the AMD cheerleaders on here all think the survey is flawed because their beloved Radeons show up in tiny numbers and that there is a secret conspiracy to crush AMD hatched by Valve for reasons unknown. But the fact is Radeon is just unpopular because it’s crap.
No matter if it's "best", it is still crap.

AMD Radeon HD 8800 Series is still gaining market share, now it's almost equal against 5700XT, not bad for 10 year old OEM product :laughing:

I’m just stating the truth!

Besides, I have already been ex-communicated by the AMD fandom For blasphemy before.

Then explain why Radeon HD 8800 series has so high share. Then I might even believe you.

Plenty of people want to bash the hardware survey because "muh accuracy", but it reflects mindfactory's numbers, Nvidia is outselling AMD over 10 to 1, and almost nobody can get their hands on a 6800 or 6900 series.

People will blame it on "mindshare" or corporate tricks, but the reality is if you want an AMD card you cant have one. Nvidia is also hard to come by but AMD cards are unobtanium.


That wasn't too hard? Both RTX and RX series have 10 cards listed as available.
 

Irata

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Plenty of people want to bash the hardware survey because "muh accuracy", but it reflects mindfactory's numbers, Nvidia is outselling AMD over 10 to 1, and almost nobody can get their hands on a 6800 or 6900 series.

People will blame it on "mindshare" or corporate tricks, but the reality is if you want an AMD card you cant have one. Nvidia is also hard to come by but AMD cards are unobtanium.
This is for cw 31 (before the 6600XT‘s launch) and it was 7:1, not ‚over 10:1‘

 

Lionvibez

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The steam hardware survey is the best data we have for finding who is using what hardware to play games on PCs with. Unless anyone can provide any other reliable sources of data.

I know the AMD cheerleaders on here all think the survey is flawed because their beloved Radeons show up in tiny numbers and that there is a secret conspiracy to crush AMD hatched by Valve for reasons unknown. But the fact is Radeon is just unpopular because it’s crap.

The Steam survey isn't flawed because AMD Radeon's weren't in it. Its flawed because not everyone has steam installed and uses it that plays games. So saying it represents the whole market is not accurate.
 

captaincranky

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I admit I strongly dislike Intel for all the scummy underhanded anti-competitive things they have done. Had they fessed up or changed their behavior things might look different.
Well, we both know that Apple is at the head of that list. I'm sure Intel is at least in the yop ten.

As for pricing of AMD and the subsequent raising thereof, it's pretty much standard business practice to low ball the price of a new product. That extends all the way down to the common DVD. The week of release, a new title was something on the order of $16.00. But, you better grab it then, because 7 days later, the price was up to list, or about $20.00.

As for Intel's "anti-competitive" practices, the only company responsible for almost putting AMD out of business, was AMD itself. Correct me if I'm wrong, but their "Bulldozer" line was garbage. Nor were they able to compete will Intel's product between the time Intel released the "Core 2 Duo E-6300, and AMD released "Ryzen".

OK , many years ago, Intel blew a ton of sunshine up stockholder's butts with their, "road map". If you listened to that BS, pathways would now be measured in angstroms.

That said, , my 3 "newest machines"" are 32,, 22, & 14 nm, with the latest being an i5-6600K over a Z-170.board, (Windows 7). I bought that CPU at the "crossover point, between 6xxx & 7xxx lines. I don't think I got screwed too badly, since the board (Gigabyte Matx & CPU) cost me $220.00 as a bundle closeout from Micro Center..

I swear I'll never install Windows 10, nor will I ever buy another Intel CPU until they're at 10 nm or below. I still don't "hate" the company, because everything I've bought from them works like a charm..

Windows 11, is enough to convince me that all of these "big three", (Intel, M$, and AMD) have gotten together to plan a planned obsolescence conspiracy, in executive washrooms around the globe.

Accordingly, I expect I'll be taking the Ivy rig to my grave, and just hang out here for the "lively discussions"
 
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