As always, one must be very careful when interpreting the data offered by the largest video game store. Here is data from recurring users (which come in quite frequently) with data from users who haven’t logged in for months or years. In this context, we can draw some conclusions.
Intel continues to lead on Steam, but AMD continues to gain ground
If you want to build a gaming computer, you currently have two options when it comes to processors: AMD or Intel. They are the only two manufacturers of mainstream PC processors. Although there are laptops with ARM chips, these are the fewest and usually found in systems that barely move the minesweeper.
It’s no surprise that Intel lead Steam stats with a 68.03% sharebut gradually losing its quota. AMD succeeded in increasing its market share by 1.24%, thus reaching a 32.81% share. Note that AMD has managed to gradually reduce the gap, which has become over 80%.
These data are completely irrelevant, since they are well-known data. Perhaps the most interesting thing is to see the number of cores and frequencies of these processors. There’s some pretty interesting data here. But the most interesting thing would be to know which are the most used processors, something that Steam does not give.
Recurring frequency in processors
Well, the frequency of Intel processors more common is for below 3.0 GHzwhile in processors AMD is for above 3.0 GHz. Indicate that the data refers to the base frequency and not the boost frequency.
According to statistics, the 17.98% of users use Intel processors whose frequency is between 2.3 GHz and 2.69 GHz. What is interesting is that there is a reduction in the share of these processors of -0.77%. Processors follow with frequency between 3.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz with a 16.29% fee, with an increase of 0.68%. We have in third position those who have between 2.7 GHz and 2.99 GHz with a 13.38% feedown a share of -047%.
The data seems to indicate that users are opting for mid-range and entry-level processors. Above all, it seems that you opt for non-K core processors
Now we go with the frequencies of the AMD processors. The most common are processors with a frequency of between 3.3 GHz and 3.69 GHz with a 14% fee, up 0.89%. Then we have the processors with frequency greater than 3.7 GHzwith a 7.83% fee, which increased by 0.72%. Finally, we have those who are thBetween 3.0 GHz and 3.29 GHzwho have a 5.21% fee and which fell by -0.02%.
This data clearly indicates that users are primarily using AMD Ryzen processors, including APUs. It doesn’t seem like Ryzen CPUs for laptops have a huge presence, as they’re usually below 3.0GHz due to power consumption and temperature.
How many cores does Steam “recommend” for gaming?
In the data, Steam gives us data on the number of cores, which gives us a very interesting picture. According to these data, the 10.2% (-1.16%) of users have a processor 2 cores. The 19.12% (+0.72%) of users use a processor with 8 cores. The 1.99% (+0.3%) has a processor of 12 hearts and the 0.6% (+0.08%) has a processor of 16 cores.
Interestingly, over 65% of Steam users use 4 and 6 core processors. More specifically, the 33.03% (-0.7%) of users use 4-core processors and the 32.89% (+0.63%) uses 6 main processors.
It seems that most users stick with the mid-range and entry-level processors with prices below $250. The truth is that for games, the number of cores does not matter much, the frequency matters more.
Yes, there is a niche of almost 20% opting for 8-core processors. Most likely, these processors are AMD Ryzen 7, which are quite cheap. It is also possible that they belong to the Zen2 architectures, which are very well priced for being “old”.
Valve hides the name of processors, which does not happen in graphics cards, which is curious. From the data, it looks like Intel is dominating, in terms of laptop processors, because of those low frequencies. While at AMD, desktop Ryzens predominate over those for laptops.
If we combine this frequency data with the number of cores, it seems even more telling in both cases. Users go for the mid-range and entry-level in terms of processors from both manufacturers. In Intel’s case, it points more strongly to gaming laptop chips.