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Valve’s latest hardware survey reveals an interesting snapshot of PC gamers using Steam

If you’re concerned that your PC is becoming something of a relic compared with the latest kit, then don’t worry, as you’re certainly not alone. Valve has just released the latest statistics from its November hardware survey via Steam, which it now plans to release on a monthly basis, and it shows that most Steam users are a fair way off the cutting edge of technology.

For a start, despite Vista being out for nearly two years, only 21.43 per cent of Steam users have a full DirectX 10 rig, with both a DirectX 10 GPU and operating system. As a point of comparison, a massive 68.67 per cent of Steam users are using the 32-bit version of Windows XP.

Unsurprisingly, the most popular range of DirectX 10 GPUs is Nvidia’s GeForce 8800 series, which makes up 12.43 per cent of the graphics cards polled. The series first introduced as to DirectX 10 hardware back in November 2006, although the numbers probably also got a good boost from the GeForce 8800 GT and 512MB 8800 GTS when they were released at the end of last year. Surprisingly, the survey also revealed that 1,024 x 768 is the most popular primary monitor resolution (25.42 per cent), followed by 1,280 x 1,024 (25.25 per cent).

Interestingly, Nvidia GPUs heavily dominated the survey as a whole, featuring in 65.11 per cent of the machines probed, while ATI cards were only in 27.4 per cent of them. Similarly, Intel CPUs were the firm favourite, although AMD CPUs still held a relatively impressive 36.37 per cent of the CPUs polled. However, dual-core processors are now very much the most popular type of CPU with Steam gamers, garnering 49.27 per cent of the machines probed, while quad-core CPUs only got a 10.12 per cent share of the pie.

Valve claims that its hardware survey has collected data from over 8 million PCs since it was introduced in 2004, and says that it’s now ‘an industry touchstone, providing valuable insight for companies across the software industry.’ Are you surprised by the results in the Steam survey, or are they exactly what you’d expect from most Steam users? Let us know your thoughts.
Link:http://www.custompc.co.uk/news/60534...tx-10-rig.html
post #2 of 49
Most of those statistics seem right. I did expect the resolution to be higher but when I think about it right now I am gaming on 1280x1024, but I'm saving up for a 1920x1200.
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post #3 of 49
I think it's a good bit. Only the last few generations have had DX10. Replacing old chips is hard, seems like it is a noticeable pace.
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post #4 of 49
Hopefully it will make some gamers with lower-end hardware feel a bit better. Nothing worse than feeling inferior or "left out" from all the hardware goodies of today.
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well, not like you need a $5000 rig to play steam games..
    
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Think of the percentage of people who have steam just to play cs-source. Its not a terribly demanding game...
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post #7 of 49
21% now have a DX10 computer, last year only 10% did. That's pretty good.
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I has a direct 10'r rig, just not vistaaa.
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post #9 of 49
That's not a bad number at all. Considering you have to have a DX10 card and Vista (or W7 prebeta), and factoring in Vista's publicity. I think DX10 is growing pretty well to be honest.

If it continues this way we might get to see some nice DX10 support soon. *Keeps on hoping*
    
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post #10 of 49
We all know how DX10 is revolutionary and well received also, right?

There are very little gains to be had from DX10 hardware, other than the expected performance increase in DX9/OGL games. I feel that DX10 hardware is simply bought because it runs more accepted rendering modes (ie: DX9 and OpenGL) better than older hardware, not for the superficial graphical benefits from DX10.
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