RTX 3060 and RTX 3070 are the biggest winners in May's Steam survey

midian182

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In a nutshell: It’s the start of a new month. As such, we’re taking our regular look at the Steam hardware survey. The most interesting stat from May is in the world of graphics cards. Despite their unending availability problems, the RTX 3060 and RTX 3070 saw the largest gains last month, sharing the honor with the GTX 1650.

While it remains number one, the GTX 1060’s near three-and-a-half-year reign as the top GPU is looking shaky. The number of survey participants using the Pascal card fell yet again, dropping to 8.95%. The GeForce GTX 1650, meanwhile, experienced the joint-highest increase in users last month (+0.10%), moving it ever closer to the second place GTX 1050 Ti.

We’ve predicted that the GTX 1650, which was also the best-performing card in April, could eventually take the top position, given that Nvidia is increasing the supply of the Turing product to ease global availability problems.

Also experiencing a 0.10% increase were the RTX 3070 and the RTX 3060—the latter having only entered the chart last month—illustrating how some people are managing to get hold of the cards. The laptop version of the RTX 3060 has also made its way onto the list, grabbing a 0.21% user share.

The RTX 3070 is the highest Ampere card, taking the 16th slot, while there were slight gains for the RTX 3080 (0.05%) and the RTX 3090 (0.01%). As per usual, there's still no sign of AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series.

There is good news for AMD in the CPU space. After months of closing the gap on rival Intel, team red has finally passed the 30%-share milestone.

Elsewhere, Windows 10 64-bit continues to dominate with its 92.87% share, while the Oculus Quest 2 is the most popular VR headset by far; its 29.3% share is 10% larger than the second-place Oculus Rift S.

With the RTX 3070 Ti and 3080 Ti arriving in a few days, it’ll be interesting to see when those two cards enter the Steam survey—and how difficult buying one will prove.

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Achaios

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Ahh, the power of Nvidia marketing team wins again.

That said, who the hell is then buying all the AMD GPUs?

Miners ofc, who else?

Miners even buy Pascal cards at ridiculous prices. The 1080TI sells for as much as when it was new. Miners would even buy the Phantom version of the 780TI with 6GB.
 

Uncle Al

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3060, 3060Ti and 3070 were made in larger numbers. It's easier to actually get one. The prices on Ebay/Amazon for them are still atrocious. You're paying damnnear double.

Yeah and from what I'm hearing they don't get them shipped out none too fast either .....
 

Lew Zealand

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I've followed a few cards and after a while they just pop onto the survey with clearly larger numbers than they could have gained in a month, so absence of RX 6x00 cards is just Steam sucking at actual data management. Doesn't mean anyone is actually gaming with one, just that Steam is balls at reporting.
 

Adhmuz

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Ahh, the power of Nvidia marketing team wins again.
Yes, long know fact, Steam is partnered with Nvidia in gathering and producing these hardware surveys, why else out of the top 17 cards 15 of them are Nvidia, and the two AMD cards are 4 year old models?
That said, who the hell is then buying all the AMD GPUs?
Without sales or production data I can only speculate that the 7nm node at TSMC is vastly overburdened with demand and just can't make enough supply to go around, and the limited supply that is gets bought out immediately or never even makes it to retail. Be it CPUs, GPUs, APUs, all or nearly all of AMDs product line is 7nm at the moment and coming from TSMC.
 

zaku49

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Miners ofc, who else?

Miners even buy Pascal cards at ridiculous prices. The 1080TI sells for as much as when it was new. Miners would even buy the Phantom version of the 780TI with 6GB.
At my local microcenter they have a lot of AMD cards in stock, no one's buying them. I think all of the negative experiences of using AMD cards in the past and the lack of DLSS is hurting them.
 

Toju Mikie

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At my local microcenter they have a lot of AMD cards in stock, no one's buying them. I think all of the negative experiences of using AMD cards in the past and the lack of DLSS is hurting them.
The Microcenter in my state is trying to sell a 6900xt for $2500...
if it was at MSRP it would sell more but they are just taking advantage of the current supply situation
 

Athlonite

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The Microcenter in my state is trying to sell a 6900xt for $2500...
if it was at MSRP it would sell more but they are just taking advantage of the current supply situation

I wouldn't blame Microcenter for the prices they charge you may just find that the Manufacturer and Distributor are the ones to blame by hiking their prices it literally forces MC to over price their gear just to make a meagre margin they're probably paying $2200 for them wholesale