Nvidia Dominates the Top 10 Most Popular GPUs on Steam, GTX 970 Beats Intel’s HD Graphics 4000
There is a new favorite graphics card among PC gamers who use the popular digital distribution platform Steam.
As of December 2015, the Steam hardware survey page shows that Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 970 has become the most popular and most widely used graphics card among users of its store. Around 4.89 per cent of Steam users’ machines now have Nvidia’s GPU, up from 4.75% in November.
The GeForce GTX 970 takes the number one spot from the HD Graphics 4000 GPU from Intel as it sees a monthly decline. Not only the HD Graphics 4000 GPU, but the survey shows that almost every integrated graphics card has seen a decline in the last four months, which suggests that PC users are shifting away from iGPUs in favor of discrete graphics cards.
The GeForce GTX 970 becomes the most popular GPU on Steam despite the whole 3.5 GB memory fiasco that surrounded the graphics card earlier this year. Well, that could be due to the excellent performance delivered by the product even after the memory partition, coupled with the ever decreasing price – now around $299 US.
Plus, the GTX 970 is already confirmed to be the minimum requirement for the Oculus Rift, with further support for next-gen titles coming.
Moreover, 6 out of the top 10 most popular DirectX 11 GPUs are from Nvidia. The only Radeon card making the chart is the HD 7900 Series which sits at number 9. According to the survey, the third most popular graphics card is the GTX 760, followed by the 750 Ti at number four and the GTX 960 in fifth position.
However, the only top-end Nvidia card present in the list is the the GTX 980, with a userbase of just 1.08 per cent. Overall, Nvidia makes up 54.61 per cent of the GPUs on the chart, 26.33 per cent of Steam users own AMD cards, and 18.66 per cent opt for Intel based GPUs.
As for the operating systems, Windows 7 retains the number one spot with 34.81 per cent of users, though it’s been in constant decline ever since the launch of Windows 10. Microsoft’s latest OS is currently at the second place with a 32.76 per cent share.