Nvidia RTX 4090 becomes first Lovelace card to break into the Steam survey


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TL;DR: It appears that the RTX 4090's huge price tag hasn't put gamers off buying one. The latest Steam survey shows Nvidia's flagship burst into the main GPU chart in January, becoming the second best-performing card among participants. It was also a good month for Windows 11, which passed the 30% user-share mark after further eroding Windows 10's lead.

The Steam survey's top ten graphics cards show little change last month beyond the RTX 3060 laptop GPU moving into third place. The mobile Ampere GPU saw the biggest increase in user share with a 0.44% rise, but it's the second-best performing card that's most interesting.

The RTX 4090 has become the first Ada Lovelace card to break into the main GPU section of the Steam survey; it was already in the Vulkan Systems section with other 40-series products. The RTX 4090's 0.24% share is pretty impressive for a card with a $1,600 MSRP (and you're unlikely to find one for that price). It means the flagship already sits above the Radeon RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6500 XT.

The RTX 4090's performance here will likely bring a smile to Nvidia's face at a time when many consumers are shying away from expensive tech purchases in light of the turbulent economy.

January was another good month for Ampere, with the RTX 3050, 3060 Ti, and 3090 all experiencing increases. AMD's top performer was the Radeon RX 6700 XT with a 0.06% rise, though most of team red's modern cards still languish in the lower half of the table.

Elsewhere in this category, the GTX 1650 maintained the number one spot it took from the GTX 1060, which had topped the chart since 2018, in November. The Turing card cemented its position with a 0.06% user-share increase.

Moving onto CPUs, January was another one of those months when AMD's share went up. Its processors are now found in 32.84% of participants' machines, close to the all-time high of 33.73% that it reached last summer.

Windows 11 passed the 30% user-share milestone in January. The latest OS sits at 30.33% after Windows 10's users fell by -1.96%. Microsoft last month announced that it would stop directly issuing licenses for Windows 10 on January 31, 2023, so don't be surprised if the popular operating system's share sees a rapid decline going forward. Windows 7, meanwhile, is still clinging to life with a 0.11% share.

As for the rest of the survey, 16GB remains the most common amount of system RAM despite a -0.11% decline, most people use a 1920 x 1080 resolution, and the Oculus Quest 2 remains unchallenged as the top VR headset.

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Here we go, AMD fanboys to tell us Radeon is better in three... two...

Anyway good to see the CPU space is competitive, recently needed to spec up some new servers for a client and it seems HPE are now offering AMD Epyc across their whole line up. Bye Bye Intel.


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Biggest AMD gains:

AMD Radeon(TM) Graphics
AMD Radeon Graphics

Steam survey is still buggy as H***.


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Meanwhile 4080s are sitting on shelves at stores or warehouses because for the >1% of gamers that purchase the most expensive GPUs, the 4080 is not appealing. And for the rest of us that would really like GPUs to be sub $1000 and still good, the 4080 is a terrible deal at 71% greater costs than its predecessor and only 50ish% better performance. I still can't believe the 4080 price tag and that Nvidia hasn't lowered it by at least $100 yet, though that would still be too expensive, at least it would improve the $ per frame.


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Anyone who pays more than $350 for a video card is either nuts or needs to give me some of that money they don't know what to do with.

Lew Zealand

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Ah! So the most important thing to know about the Steam Survey re: GPUs, the most important part of gaming, when polling the most popular cards to gamers is:

4GB is better than 6

As people ditch their 1060s and grab more 1650s.

The LOL survey entertains for another month.

Lew Zealand

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More absolutely fantastic Survey numbers:

32 and 16GB RAM was traded in for 64 and 12 (??) GB.
6GB VRAM was traded in for 24 and 1 (??) GB. Make up your minds!
1440p displays were traded in for 1600p (meh?), 1080p (whaa?), and 2160x1440 (WTF??)
Chinese speakers decided to speak more English and Russian
SSD/HDDs shrunk from 1TB to 250GB. Left in the dryer too long?
People went from 6 CPUs to 8 (great!), 10 (? old arch) and 14 (HEDT comeback!)

woo, noisy surveys are noisy.