Latest Steam survey shows 1 in 5 participants now use Windows 11, Intel beats AMD

midian182

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What just happened? Valve's monthly Steam survey has landed. We're usually more interested in which graphics cards are found in participants' PCs, but the interesting parts of June's results come from the operating system and CPU sections. In the case of the former, it seems the initial pushback against Windows 11 is easing as the OS passes the 20% user-share milestone.

Several recent reports have shown that Windows 11 is slowly but surely making gains on its predecessor, and more Steam users are embracing the newer operating system with its gaming-focused features: Windows 11 was found on 19.59% of users' PCs in May, a figure that climbed to 21.23%, or more than one in five, during June. Windows 10 (64-bit), meanwhile, was down -2.63%.

Most popular Windows versions among Steam survey participants: more people started using Windows 7 last month!

Moving onto CPUs, June was another month in which Intel beat AMD as team blue jumped up 1.28%. AMD chipping away at its rival's lead had become a regular sight on the Steam survey, but the release of Alder Lake has seen Chipzilla come out on top now and again—the last time was March.

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It'll certainly be interesting to see how the Steam chart's processor section changes following the launch of Raptor Lake and Zen 4. Intel's next CPUs will offer DDR4-memory support—unlike Zen 4—an appealing prospect for those wanting to take their DDR4 modules with them when they upgrade. AMD's new platform, meanwhile, promises a 35% performance hike over Zen 3.

The Steam survey's graphics card results show that the desktop and laptop variants of the RTX 3060 continue to enjoy success. Both were the top performers last month as the desktop version moved up two spots on the main chart to eighth place. The RTX 3050 also had a good month with a +0.18% gain.

The more expensive Ampere series didn't perform too well, though—could this be a sign of consumers reigning in their spending during these challenging economic times, something that has reportedly prompted Nvidia to cut TSMC wafer orders for its RTX 4000 series?

As for the rest of the Steam survey, 1920 x 1080 remains the most popular resolution by far, despite the falling price of 1440p and 4K displays, and the Oculus Quest 2 is now 0.98% away from being the headset owned by half of all VR users.

Despite a slight decline, English remains the most common language among Steam users (36.73%), as simplified Chinese jumped from 2.5% to 24.75%. That's still some way off October 2017, when the Asian language was spoken by more than half the participants, mostly due to PUBG's popularity in the country.

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brucek

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Of the two machines I use most, one is Win 11 and one is Win 10. I probably prefer the Win 11 machine but that's only after installing all the necessary utilities and configurations to make it better (= more like older versions).

I expect most of the increased uptake is simply the result of new machines coming with Win 11 pre-installed. For existing Win 10 users, the only thing that would make me recommend installing Win 11 would be the better HDR support, and that's only for the small niche that have a true HDR monitor.
 

Faelan

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Using Windows 11 for my gaming PC because Alder Lake. It’s fine for gaming. No issues really. Some of the changes are a bit meh though. Not sure how I would feel if I had to use it for productivity.
 

Puiu

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I'm waiting for the next major release of Windows 11 to make the switch. I've also been too lazy to reinstall everything since I want a clean install.
 

dangh

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W11 is fine, but with steam deck I'm happy to main a linux. Most issues I have with w11 is just difficulties with having applications I want to have and remove ones I see no reason to have. Why the 3d printer folders and apps are there by dafault is beyond me. Why xbox game bar have to be installed on my work-only laptop is just bafling. Why it is so hard to move all links out of edge to chrome and FF as well makes little sense.
 

toooooot

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I upgraded a 2018 laptop to it from 10.
And it was a major dissapointment. It feels noticably slower. All the apps that used to run great now take longer to open.
Web browser kinda feels now like it is running at a very low fps too.
Needless to say, I am not upgrading my PC to 11.
10 is great, got everything running great. 11 will have to make it better, not just newer.
 

terzaerian

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Satya promised that Windows 10 would be "the last Windows," and he's still right - it will be the last iteration of this cursed OS that I will ever be compelled to run.
 

DZillaXx

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I upgraded a 2018 laptop to it from 10.
And it was a major dissapointment. It feels noticably slower. All the apps that used to run great now take longer to open.
Web browser kinda feels now like it is running at a very low fps too.
Needless to say, I am not upgrading my PC to 11.
10 is great, got everything running great. 11 will have to make it better, not just newer.
If it has a SSD it should be fine. Windows 10 on HDDs is painful, should have been a banned config TBH.

That being said, I had a old Dell Work laptop that tossed a SSD into and reloaded with windows 10. It was a Ivy Bridge i5 based laptop with intel graphics. And it is the oldest version of Intel's HD Graphics to have full windows 10 support. It honestly felt fast and works great. My wife used it for a few years, but now is the mother in laws daily driver.