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AMD Lost CPU Share to Intel in PC Gaming

by Aiman MaulanaJuly 8, 2019
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AMD Lost CPU Share to Intel in PC Gaming

As of April 2019, Intel CPUs had a 81.72% share while AMD took 18.26% according to a Steam hardware survey. In other words, the survey showed that majority of their users are on Intel. However, it is still an improvement from the previous quarter, which showed AMD having 18.1% CPU share. As of June 2019 however, they have dropped to the lowest figure that they haven’t had for a long time.

According to the Steam hardware survey as of June 2019, AMD has dropped to 17.99% while Intel holds 82.01%. There’s no concrete explanation as to why as it’s simply a survey to see how many of Steam users are using what type of hardware. However, things are expected to change for the red team with the arrival of the AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPU.

In other related data, Windows 10 is currently the dominant OS, reaching 70.92% share. Windows 7 on the other hand has dropped to a mere 1%, most likely due to the OS’s looming end of support date. It also appears that the popular standard right now for Steam users is Full HD resolution and 8GB RAM. Furthermore, Oculus Rift appears to surprisingly be the more popular VR headset option against the HTC Vive, which isn’t far off in shares.

Interestingly, the most popular graphics card utilized by users, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, is still maintaining the lead despite a small drop at 16.01%. The GTX 1050 Ti is close by at 10.63%, which shows that it is indeed a popular choice but we may soon start to see big changes coming. The RTX series of graphics cards have popped up and made slow, yet steady gains in shares. The RTX 2070 is the most popular one, but it only holds a 1.1% share.

On an overall level, AMD only has roughly 15% GPU share while NVIDIA holds the rest. With the announcement of the NVIDIA Super cards as well as the upcoming AMD Navi Radeon graphics cards, consumers will have more options to choose from and we may see a noticeable shift here.

Source: Steam

Pokdepinion: Not a cause for alarm but I am expecting to see a big change when the Ryzen 3000 series is widely available across the world. Not to the point of having majority share but still a significant enough impact.

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Aiman Maulana
Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one. YouTuber, video editor, tech head, and a wizard of gaming. What's up? :)
  • Anon
    July 9, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Intel is still king in terms of gaming. In fact older Intel even from 3rd gen can still be used.

    Ryzen strength is on multi threaded operations and for gaming, multi thread is still under utilised.

    Using Steam as sales benchmark is just weak journalism.

    • Aiman Maulana
      July 10, 2019 at 3:35 pm

      Can be used is one thing but being able to be used effectively is another as well. Even the older AMD FX CPU are still pretty capable. The 3000 series will certainly give Intel a lot of pressure.

      Also, implying weak journalism here means Steam data is near worthless to you. From the data they have and the number of users on the platform, you can get a clear idea of the popular choices among PC gamers. We think it’s a valuable thing to highlight. No one said anything about a sales benchmark.

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