February 22, 2024

Steam Hardware Survey Shows Big Bump in AMD CPU Popularity

As we begin August, we have the dubious pleasure of getting another month of Steam…

Steam Hardware Survey Shows Big Bump in AMD CPU Popularity

As we begin August, we have the dubious pleasure of getting another month of Steam Hardware Survey data to pick through. The last month on record was a great one for AMD’s CPUs, but not so good for its GPUs. Meanwhile, it’s starting to look like Linux could overtake MacOS as the second most popular Steam gaming platform within a few months — no doubt thanks in part to the Steam Deck.

Red CPUs Run Rampant

Turning our attention to the CPU landscape first, it looks like AMD has achieved a new record Steam user share. According to the latest data, AMD’s CPU share went up 2.22% in July. That is a mighty bump in a single month.

(Image credit: Future)

The latest stats suggest AMD CPUs power 33.73% of Steam user PCs, with Intel CPUs coming in at 66.26%. We are nearing the end of the Zen 3 vs Alder Lake battle, with the conflict between Zen 4 Ryzen and Raptor Lake looking to win PC gamers’ hearts and minds in the coming months.

Again, it’s worth noting that the Steam Deck might be factoring into this equation, as it uses an AMD processor. There’s also the difficulty of Valve not providing clear details on how the data is collected. There are many opinions on what might be happening, but the only truly valid way of gathering statistics would be fully random sampling, or just sampling every PC that logs into Steam. We suspect neither option is currently used.

Red GPUs Green with Envy