AMD keeps chipping away at Intel in latest Steam survey, more gains for Ampere

midian182

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In a nutshell: Steam has released its latest monthly hardware & software survey, highlighting the PC setups its customers are using. For February, AMD continued to nibble away at Intel's CPU share, with team red moving ever closer to 30 percent. Elsewhere, the GTX 1060 remains the top graphics card by far, while the three Ampere cards in the survey continue to make small gains.

AMD has been chipping away at Intel's once-dominant position in the CPU market for a long time, though the trend reversed in Q4 when Chipzilla gained market share for the first time in three years—mostly due to AMD's processor shortages. That dip was reflected in December's Steam survey when AMD saw its first decline in ages. Normality has been restored since then, with the company now taking a 28.51% share after jumping 0.52% last month.

It's now been over two years since the GTX 1060 replaced the GTX 750 Ti as the top graphics card, and the Pascal product remains number one (9.19%) despite steady declines. Two of the list's biggest climbers are the GTX 1650 in third and the RTX 2060 in fifth.

Despite the worldwide semiconductor shortage and scalpers ensuring new Ampere cards are almost impossible to find outside of auction sites, three of the line made small gains. The RTX 3080 is the highest entry, up 0.11% to 0.74%, followed by the RTX 3060 Ti (up 0.08% to 0.33%), then the RTX 3090 (up 0.07% to 0.29%). No sign of the RTX 3070 just yet, and the RTX 3060 only launched at the end of February.

The Radeon RX 570 remains AMD's highest card in eleventh place—still no Radeon RX 6000-series on the list, unsurprisingly.

Elsewhere, the Oculus Quest 2 jumped 5.52% last month to pass the Oculus Rift S as the most popular VR headset; Windows 10 64 bit moved to a 92% share, though Windows 7 saw small gains; and 1920 x 1080 is still the most common primary resolution by far, up 0.59% to 67.29%.

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Wrinkle

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AMD really got unlucky with these supply issues, without them they would probably eat into Intels and Nvidias market share.

It would be nice but I wouldn't bet on it. The top 10 of videocards consists of older Nvidia cards, nothing AMD produces will change that. The cpu's are another story, but let's be honest, an uptick of 0.5% is nothing while stuff like the 5600x is readily available.
 

mattferg

Posts: 140   +145
AMD has basically no supply of the 6000 series, so hard to get marketshare.

Saying that, their stock and "paper launch" has been 100x worse than nVidia's, and now it's a "silicon shortage" and AMD is getting 0 flak for it. Not usually willing to stick up for nVidia but the way they were treated vs AMD's nonexistant 6000 series (WAY worse than 3000 was) isn't remotely equal.
 

winjer

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The release for RDNA2 was basically a paper launch.
AMD is too busy making chips for the PS5 and Series X/S.
 

Puiu

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It would be nice but I wouldn't bet on it. The top 10 of videocards consists of older Nvidia cards, nothing AMD produces will change that. The cpu's are another story, but let's be honest, an uptick of 0.5% is nothing while stuff like the 5600x is readily available.
It's all about consistent gains over the course of the year. In jan they gained 3% after the shortages were, kinda, resolved.
 

Shadowboxer

Posts: 1,427   +1,033
The release for RDNA2 was basically a paper launch.
AMD is too busy making chips for the PS5 and Series X/S.
Completely agreed. I’ve seen just one RX 6000 part in the wild and that was my friend who works for a large tech retailer in the U.K. a retailer that doesn’t actually list the card as for sale.

However quite a few of my friends do now have 30xx parts. Most ordered the parts separately and had to wait at least a month but a couple have bought new pre-builts with 30xx parts in.
 

Kosmoz

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It's funny how so many fools pay +100%-200% prices for these GPUs (or even worse for pre-built PCs paying thousands just because they can't buy a GPU), when we don't even have so many new (great) games to use them on... It's like what, 2-3 games that actually benefit from RTX and the horsepower? Pffft, pathetic.

I'll wait patiently 6 months or a year for saner prices, more stock and choices for GPUs and more games to actually use those new GPU features on. By the time this settles down, maybe even Intel will be one of my GPU options.
 

Nobina

Posts: 2,954   +2,716
It's funny how so many fools pay +100%-200% prices for these GPUs (or even worse for pre-built PCs paying thousands just because they can't buy a GPU), when we don't even have so many new (great) games to use them on... It's like what, 2-3 games that actually benefit from RTX and the horsepower? Pffft, pathetic.

I'll wait patiently 6 months or a year for saner prices, more stock and choices for GPUs and more games to actually use those new GPU features on. By the time this settles down, maybe even Intel will be one of my GPU options.
And by the time everything settles we'll have next generation of GPUs and probably at around MSRP.
 

McMurdeR

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It's funny how so many fools pay +100%-200% prices for these GPUs (or even worse for pre-built PCs paying thousands just because they can't buy a GPU), when we don't even have so many new (great) games to use them on... It's like what, 2-3 games that actually benefit from RTX and the horsepower? Pffft, pathetic.

I'll wait patiently 6 months or a year for saner prices, more stock and choices for GPUs and more games to actually use those new GPU features on. By the time this settles down, maybe even Intel will be one of my GPU options.

Fingers crossed it pans out that way
 

Avro Arrow

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It's funny how so many fools pay +100%-200% prices for these GPUs (or even worse for pre-built PCs paying thousands just because they can't buy a GPU), when we don't even have so many new (great) games to use them on... It's like what, 2-3 games that actually benefit from RTX and the horsepower? Pffft, pathetic.

I'll wait patiently 6 months or a year for saner prices, more stock and choices for GPUs and more games to actually use those new GPU features on. By the time this settles down, maybe even Intel will be one of my GPU options.
Yeah, it's been blowing my mind. Apparently, my two R9 Furies are worth ~$500CAD each on eBay. It makes me seriously wonder what people have been using up to this point that they're so desperate even for cards that are almost six years old! I count myself extremely lucky that I bought my RX 5700 XT in August. I wouldn't have bought it but I found one that was literally $90CAD cheaper than the going rate in Canada. I knew I wouldn't find better than that even after the RX 6000 launch so I said "What the hell" and pulled the trigger.
 

Puiu

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So, does this mean that AMD CPUs have suddenly become available?
The holiday season was rough but stocks have returned to normal somewhat since then and the prices aren't insane. I can buy the 5600x for about 300-320 euros (19% tax included) which should be around the MSRP for Europe.
Hopefully they'll soon release the non-x variants and the prices will drop as we get closer to the refresh launch (zen3+).
 

Kosmoz

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And by the time everything settles we'll have next generation of GPUs and probably at around MSRP.
The only concern about that is the new cards MSRP will be officially higher, more than it should be anyway, because of the people that bought at the current scalper prices - giving AMD and nvidia reason to raise them without worry in the future...

So, will Intel come to the rescue with their GPUs? That would be nuts! (I don't expect it though... but I wouldn't mind turning out to be true)
 

NeoMorpheus

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Its really surprising how the "sheep" keep flocking to Nvidia when AMD has GPUS that either match or pass their offering for less money.

Specially with the desire to get a RTX 3000 series.

As Kosmoz and I have said many times over and Steve from HU has said even more, RT and DLSS are present on maybe less than 10 games and the current hardware is barely able to allow a good experience, so I fail to see the need to want that.

But we know, we have this crazy need to feed our tribalism and "belong" to a brand/corporation white knights that is simply insane.

And before I am called a hypocrite, I like AMD, but I will call their cr@p out, instead of blindly defending them when they do anti-consumer cr@p like what Nvidia has done over and over.
 

Kosmoz

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Unfortunately it looks like AMD is on the footsteps of nvidia... it's all because of the state the GPU market is in now, they can afford to increase prices too... not just nvidia.

The 6700XT was just announced now and instead of being a replacement for the 5700XT at $400 it's at $480 MSRP. So they upped the price because of these foolish people that pay any price... meh.

And we all know that the real store prices will be $500-$600 or even more depending on the location on the globe.
 

NeoMorpheus

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Unfortunately it looks like AMD is on the footsteps of nvidia... it's all because of the state the GPU market is in now, they can afford to increase prices too... not just nvidia.

The 6700XT was just announced now and instead of being a replacement for the 5700XT at $400 it's at $480 MSRP. So they upped the price because of these foolish people that pay any price... meh.

And we all know that the real store prices will be $500-$600 or even more depending on the location on the globe.

I'm a fan of AMD, but this is really getting on my nerves.
 

hahahanoobs

Posts: 3,267   +1,428
To the comment that was upset about AMD raising MSRP on the 6700XT ($80 more) and other parts like the 5600X ($50 more), I just want to say this was inevitable when AMD became competitive again, and no one should be surprised or disappointed. You should be cheering loudly especially for how hard users have been defending them year after year.

AMD's reputation for being the price/perf king wasn't by choice. I mean come on, you really think AMD chose to make less money voluntarily? For their fans? Are you people insane?

If you want to keep AMD cheap then buy less of their stuff and pray they can survive and remain competitive.

AMD needs money more than its competitors. AMD is not your friend. All I ask is please join reality with the rest of us and if you fight for AMD, then pay what they ask.
 

Kosmoz

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@hahahanoobs
Dude, I'm equally pissed on both nvidia and AMD for raising all MSRPs of all tiers of GPUs over the years...

And I don't care about any company, I care about my wallet. The product that gives me the best price/performance/features gets, my money. As simple as that.

No company is my friend and I'm not a friend of any company. That's why I won't be buying any GPU from anyone at these prices.
 

GamerNerves

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Hardware enthusiasm is another thing, but in the field of PC components, there is no reason to pay for products to keep some company alive. If AMD would vanish, the government (USA) would take care of the monopoly of Intel. Either the government or other parties would fund development of a competing product, while Intel might be forced to open up patents and hand their designs over. There are other options too of course to mitigate the huge negative effects of a monopoly, like making strict deals between the company and the government.

AMD is growing now, which is very good for the balance of the marketspace, but you still should opt for the best possible deal you can get. Intel sooner or later seems to be quite competitive in the GPU space, while already being competitive in CPU space due to prices and availability. It just seems some people cannot fathom paying for "an inferior product", when there is technically something more advanced available like Ryzen 5000 series. Some people want the best, but I'm for the best deal possible. Free market is not for the simplest of people.

PS. I'm glad to see that most customers are smart by buying value products as the top of the chart is showing us, although the absence of RX 5600 XT and RX 5700 XT is little baffling? The drivers were bad for a long time though.
 
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texasrattler

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3070 remains absent because I dont know, maybe one of the hottest game isn't on Steam, Warzone is battlenet. Lets be honest too, Steam has a lot of mid range computer users not high end. 3070 is high end. However, their are pre builds coming with 3070s n 3080s becoming more available. My son just got one, a MSI gaming desktop with a 3070. He does play on Steam. So things will be changing, slowly but change is coming.