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June 2017 Steam Hardware Survey Suggests AMD is Struggling Against Both Nvidia and Intel
By Jon Sutton on July 7th, 2017 at 11:15am - original article from game-debate

While the recent news from PassMark’s benchmark data suggests AMD has been making a massive comeback in the CPU industry (the largest in history, in fact), the latest data from the June 2017 Steam hardware survey indicates that, among Steam participants, AMD is anything but dominant.

Starting with the CPU statistics, AMD has in fact lost market share to Intel based upon Steam’s survey results. Intel crept up 0.81% for June while AMD dropped 0.85%. The total split of the gaming CPU market base according to Steam is 80.92% in favour of Intel, 19.01% with AMD. This compares to 21.89% of Steam users owning AMD back in February 2017. This is the opposite scenario we expect based on the PassMark data, which indicated AMD’s market share had jumped more than 10% to 31%. Quite how these two figures are so far out from one another isn’t clear, but somewhere along the line one of these two data sets has become unreliable.

Steam Hardware Survey CPU June 2017

This is quite an intriguing turn of events, although in truth it’s difficult to understand how AMD’s market share would have dropped in the months since Ryzen launched. We’ve seen first hand they’ve been selling out, and the general consensus has been that AMD has the momentum now.

Over the graphics card front, things are looking too rosy for AMD again. AMD still has no answer for the higher end of the market, at least until Radeon RX Veg arrives, and in a gaming hardware focused survey such as Steam’s, we’re seeing AMD slipping and sliding. The overall split in the graphics card market is 62.61% Nvidia, 20.5% AMD and 15.54% Intel. AMD has dropped almost six percentage points from 26.2% in January this year.

Steam Hardware Survey GPU June 2017

Break it down a little more and things get even more revealing. The top 19 most popular DirectX 12 capable graphics cards on Steam are all Nvidia. The 20th spot goes to Intel’s HD Graphics 5500. AMD doesn’t get a look-in until its Radeon HD 7700 series in 21st place, and its previous flagship, the Radeon RX 480, doesn’t crop up until 29th place. Just 1.02% of Steam users own a Radeon RX 480 according to this survey, compared to 6.29% with a GeForce GTX 1060.

All in all, this doesn’t paint a healthy picture of AMD’s situation. As with anything like this though, it’s hard to tell just how accurate this data it is. It all depends on who’s willing to let their info be harvested by Valve, and we can see with the PassMark results that there’s a huge margin of error at play.

Which set of data are you inclined to believe? Is time running out for AMD to stake its claim in the GPU market? Let us know!