Valve’s latest monthly report could indicate that the PC industry is recovering from a lack of components that has been going on for more than two years.
In the monthly user survey, Valve data shows that players accessing Steam did so on computers running a larger number of Nvidia Ampere graphics cards. The RTX 3080 graphics card saw a 0.24% increase in usage in May, while the RTX 3070 GPU saw a 0.19% increase.
Of course, cheaper and more affordable cards are still the most common, but the growth is certainly encouraging to see. It coincides with recent GPU price declines and supply increases.
AMD components also appeared in the survey, with RTX 3060 increasing by 0.18% and Radeon RX 6800 XT increasing by 0.15%.
These statistics are essential because they suggest that more and more gamers have access to these state-of-the-art GPUs, both as desktop parts and in gaming laptops, which have been rare in recent months.
The global growth of graphics cards has made AMD gain a market share of consumer favorite, Intel, by 1.24%. However, the competitor remains at the forefront with a total of 67.19% of users.
As for the processor, the survey also found that the processors on computers used on Steam have grown steadily from four cores to six cores in the last five years, according to PCWorld.
Previously, a quad-core processor was the most common, but this survey continues to show an increase in processors with more cores. About 33% of Steam PCs run quad-core processors, while over 50% of PCs run six-core systems.
Both Intel and AMD have introduced high-core processors beyond six, with even eight, 12 and 16 cores in its line of mid-range components. However, six seems to be the new standard for the average PC gamer, especially now that Intel has increased the number of processor cores with 12th-generation Alder Lake chips.
Finally, the Valve poll continues to show increases in Windows 11. The update is 0.41% away from being installed on every five PCs. In addition, over 50% of those surveyed had 16 GB of RAM.