AMD now claims 30% of CPUs in gaming computers according to the latest Steam survey. This is the healthiest part he has enjoyed in a long time, but at the same time it is not exactly surprising news, beyond having taken so long to reach this state of play.
AMD’s Zen 3 chips were launched in late 2020, with Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 5 5600X, both impacting our best gaming guide CPUs. Both chips were affected by supply problems and basically sold out at the beginning of the year. However, the stocks have started to reappear and it seems that the number of machines moving these tokens is increasing.
Unfortunately, the way the Steam hardware survey actually collects CPU data means it's not the most useful information you've ever seen. In fact, model tracking is almost impossible, as the survey stores the number of cores and operating frequencies as different entities. So you can see trends in the number of CPU cores in machines, with the biggest rise in 8-core chips, but getting a lot more than that from the survey is a big question.
Things are a little clearer when it comes graphics cards however, where you can see what models people are buying. The biggest upside here is for the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 on laptops, with the rest of Nvidia’s Ampere GPUs also impacting.
Interestingly, the GeForce GTX 1060 mobile suffers the biggest decline, which would indicate that there are a lot of gamers updating the previous generation. This makes sense, given the increased performance that Ampere offers compared to Pascal.
There are a lot of interesting numbers, as there are usually any Steam polls, but as always don’t read too much. These are more general trends than specific numbers.