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Intel vs AMD: Ryzen processors now animate more than 30% of players’ PCs

The latest Valve barometer on Steam players' hardware is out. For the first time, the market share of AMD’s Ryzen processors is over 30%. Intel’s Core i is below 70%. On the graphics card side, AMD is present in 16% of PCs, compared to 75% for Nvidia.

In recent years, we have seen a strong surge of AMD in the field of processors. The Ryzen increasingly seduce consumers. First, because their performance does not have to blush against those of Intel’s Core i. And this even though Intel recently announced even more powerful new processors. Second, because the price charged by AMD is very interesting. So the Ryzen are rented for their excellent value.

And it’s working. Proof of this is the “hardware and software investigation” published by the Steam gaming store owned by developer Valve. This is a monthly survey. And the latest numbers are from May 2021, so they’re still fresh. And they reserve a good surprise for all AMD fans: the founder animates more than 30% of Steam visitors, a fairly representative population of computer players.


The exact share is 30.13%. AMD increased by 0.65 points. This is the first month that Intel has gone below 70%, reaching 69.86%. “Big Blue” is falling month after month by a few tenths of a percent. In the long run, we are seeing a slow erosion of Intel’s dominance.

On the graphics side, AMD’s share remains stable. Radeon is integrated into 16.18% of players’ PCs on Steam. The vast majority (75.63%) use Nvidia solutions. 8.08% use an Intel GPU.

The Macs are obviously present on Steam, even if the game library is much lighter. Most Apple computer players still prefer to play on a MacBook Pro (51.31%), but the MacBook Air is increasingly popular, exceeding 28%. The iMac is third, at 15.5%. The Mac Mini, Macbook and Mac Pro are almost negligible.

Finally, the survey also focuses on VR headsets. We see the extraordinary breakthrough of the Occulus Quest 2, announced in December 2020. In just a few months, it became the most popular VR headset on Steam, overtaking the Occulus Rift S, the Valve Index and the HTC Vive. It is used by almost three out of ten VR-equipped players.

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