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News hardware & software 08 January 2020, 12:23

author: Peter Doron

Steam Hardware Survey - Chinese is Now Top Language, AMD Drops Pace

According to the latest Steam hardware survey, the most popular language on Valve's platform in December was Chinese. After a few months of growth, AMD has lost some momentum - both in CPU and GPU categories.

Here are the results of the latest edition of Steam's hardware survey. They suggest that in December 2019 AMD lost some momentum, Nvidia has rebuilt its position in the GPU market, and Intel has "snatched back" some percentage points from the Ryzen supplier, when it comes to the CPU category. However, the most interesting information seems to be the change that has occurred in the subject of the most frequently used language versions. It turns out that in the past month the most popular language among platform's users was Chinese (37.87%).

AMD lost some momentum in December 2019.

As far as CPUs are concerned, the changes were noted mainly on PCs with Windows OS. In December 2019, AMD units were installed only in 16.06% of them, which is a decrease of over 3% compared to the previous few months of last year. The situation among Linux users is more stable (for a long time Intel has been controlling about 75% of the market there). Most users still have quad-core CPUs (54.58%), but it is worth noting the systematic increase in the number of 6-core processors (in December it was 21.26%, compared to about 16.5% in August). The most popular clock value remains 3.3 to 3.69 GHz (21.2%).

Recently, more and more Steam users have been persuaded to use AMD's GPU, but in December Nvidia launched a counteroffensive. As a result, it regained part of the market and ended the year with a result of 80.51% (in November it was "only" 74.55%), while the producer of Radeon GPU lost well over 3% (11.89%) over the month. The most popular graphics card remains the GeForce GTX 1060 (20.3%), and the most popular Radeon is the RX 580 (1.29%).

Steam hardware and software survey for last December.

In December, the 64-bit version of Windows 10 (61.09%) dominated the operating systems, although it recorded a 13.14% decrease. Last month, however, Windows 7 64-bit could boast a significant increase in popularity (at 33.04%, 14.5% better than in the previous survey). The share of other OS software was about 3%. Coming back to the languages for a moment - Chinese overtook English by about 7% (30.43%).

Last update: 2020-01-08

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