NVIDIA RTX & AMD GPUs Market Share Based On Steam Survey Till August 2020 - PC SEEKERS

NVIDIA RTX & AMD GPUs Market Share Based On Steam Survey Till August 2020

NVIDIA announced their GeForce RTX 30 Series of cards on September 1st 2020, with availability for purchase starting September 17th 2020 for the RTX 3080 at $699 USD, September 24th for RTX 3090 at $1,499 USD and October for the RTX 3070 at $499 USD. After this announcement we were curious to look at the market share captured by the RTX 20 Series graphics cards after the very underwhelming performance improvements that were seen by the Turing GPUs compared to their Pascal counterparts.

If the numbers claimed by NVIDIA during their announcement of the RTX 3000 Series of cards are true then it is a worthy upgrade over the Turing and Pascal GPUs. Here in this article we will look at the market share, as indicated by "Steam Hardware & Software Survey: August 2020", of the NVIDIA and AMD GPUs especially the RTX 2000 Series GPUs and the RX 5000 Series of GPUs after their release in September 2018 and July 2019 respectively.

Before we begin analyzing the numbers we have a few key points to note:
  • Not everybody who buys a GPU has steam installed on their PCs, it is a matter of personal preference and work & entertainment requirements. So this data may not be indicative of the total market share.
  • Participation in Steam's survey is optional indicating that even if there are PCs with GPUs and have steam installed on them, Steam may not have collected and shared that data in this survey because the user may have opted-out of the survey.
  • This data is not 100% indicative of the total market share of AMD (both discrete and integrated GPUs), NVIDIA and Intel integrated GPUs.
With all of that aside lets get into the numbers, shall we?

  • The RTX 2060 is the only RTX 20-Series card among the top 10 cards with the highest market share at 2.88% among Steam users that choose to opt-in for the survey.
  • Among AMD's RX 5000-Series of cards, the RX 5700XT has the highest market share but still coming in at 25th position even below the worse value holder RTX 2080 Ti among Steam users with a 0.88% share. 
  • In the Super line-up among the RTX 2000 series cards, the RTX 2070 Super has the highest market share coming in at 10th position with a 2.05% share among Steam users.
  • Looking at the month by month improvements the GTX 1650 had the highest improvement in market share with a 0.36% increase in share from July to August.
  • The GTX 1060 from NVIDIA still holds the highest market share at 11.18% among Steam users.
  • The GTX 1050Ti and GTX 1050 hold the 2nd and 3rd position respectively.
  • The only AMD GPU in the top 10 is the RX 580 with 2.15% share coming in at the 9th position.
  • AMD's second best GPU in terms of market share among Steam users is the RX 570 with a 1.45% GPU share coming in at the 16th position.
  • The 20th position is held by Intel UHD Graphics 620 with a share of 1.12%.

So this confirms that the RTX 2000 series of graphics card didn't perform well in terms of sales for NVIDIA and that might be the major reason why NVIDIA came out with the "claimed" performance improvements in the RTX 3000 series Ampere based cards.

Even AMD did not do that well in the GPU market even after considering their price to performance wins in the benchmark charts. Though one can always argue the the Navi cards from AMD are just an year old. Not to forget AMD had a lot of driver issues at launch which might have steered customers away to purchasing an NVIDIA GPU instead.
When we analyze the survey charts more we came across the following:
  • Intel still has the highest market share among the steam users at around 75.05% of the total CPU share.
  • AMD's market share has been increasing slowly but steadily and now has reached 24.95%.
  • Quad-Core or 4 Core CPUs are still the gaming king among the Steam users and gamers coming in at 46.11% in CPU share.
  • 6 Core CPUs though are rising to the top, currently on the 2nd position with a 25.95% share among Steam users. 6 Core CPUs are also the ones that have the highest month by month growth with a 1.6% increase in market share from July to August among Steam users.
  • Most people are using 16GB of RAM with a 41.21% share and another 31.74% users are still on 8GB of RAM.
  • GPUs with 8GB of VRAM have over-taken GPUs with 6GB of VRAM with the 8GB GPUs leading with a 22.73% share with the 6GB GPUs trailing just behind with a 21.69% share.
  • 1920x1080 (FHD) is still the preferred resolution for 65.55% users, with the 1366x768 (HD) resolution coming in at the second place with a 9.53% shared user base. While 2650x1440 (2K) is the fastest growing resolution with a month-month increase of 0.14% from July to August. 3840x2160 (4K) has a market share of 2.24% among Steam users that chose to opt-in to the monthly survey.
You can look at the full numbers from the survey here.

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