Monthly hardware survey from Steam shows nothing monumental, but reveals a few interesting trends.
Valve recently released the results for its monthly Steam hardware survey. While the survey did not show any game-changing monumental shifts in the industry in January, it did reveal that the popularity of Windows 8.1 is growing — albeit at a trickling pace — and Nvidia has slightly increased its market share to maintain an edge over AMD in the discrete market.
Here’s a breakdown of the survey’s results:
Windows 7 continues its dominance with a 63.07 percent total share. Windows 8.1 grew 1.88 percent for a total share of 10.41 percent, while Windows 8 declined by 0.55 percent to 10.01 percent. Windows XP (32-bit) held nearly steady at 5.96 percent.
In the video card market Nvidia still has a lead over AMD. Nvidia had a 0.34 percent increase to bring its market share to 52.01 while AMD remains steady at 31.36 percent. However, AMD’s APUs were counted in the CPU survey and this survey did not break down individual processor models.
Intel’s integrated HD Graphics 4000 GPU remains the single most popular GPU at 4.83 percent.
The most popular VRAM loadout continues to be 1024 MB.
It’s important to note that many of the cards AMD released last fall were bought up by cryptocurrency miners, and didn’t make it into the hands of gamers, because of their exceptional DirectCompute capabilities, so this skews AMD’s marketshare downward.
As AMD restocks the market with its latest cards, as well as Kaveri, it will be interesting to track the potential market share shift in Steam’s survey.