AMD loses ground in Steam Hardware & Software Survey August 2021 results

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What you need to know

  • August 2021 results are in for Steam's monthly hardware and software survey.
  • AMD is losing ground in both the GPU and CPU markets.
  • Windows 7 somehow controls almost 9% of the Steam userbase.

Each and every month, Steam releases a survey outlining what hardware and software its userbase is utilizing. It's not a perfect way to keep tabs on consumer changes as the numbers aren't perfect and the fluctuations can be a bit odd at times, but it's still a useful way to keep an eye on general trends and see where the gamers™ are flocking.

This month, the results paint a negative picture for AMD (relative to previous months) and an unusually happy picture for Windows 7, otherwise known as the OS to come before Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and the soon-to-release Windows 11. Somehow, this many years after Windows 7's time in the spotlight, the operating system still retains 8.68% of Steam users' machines (up 3.2% from last month).

For reference, Windows 10 (64-bit) sits at 86.64%, while Windows 8.1 (64-bit) is at 0.76%. Windows 7 64-bit has more users under its umbrella than OSX and Linux combined, according to the August 2021 results.

On the flip side of the success coin, AMD has lost the steady headway it'd been making in May of this year when it managed to briefly control over 30% of the CPU market share amongst Steam users. Now, it's down to 27.31%, a 1.88% decrease from last month. AMD also lost ground on the GPU front, with its best graphics cards losing roughly 1% of control between July and August, leaving the company's cards with just 14.05% of the market.

We'll see how things shake out next month as well as in October, when Windows 11 will be around to alter the OS statistics.

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  • AMD's reduction is primarily down to availability and on the cpu front - many appear to have the memory of a gold fish as well zero understanding of supply + demand economics. As they incorrectly slandering amd for price increases and are recommending intel 10th gen as better value cpus.... With zero thought given to future proofing and upgrade paths *face palm*.
  • Windows 11 will predictably have a slow adoption rate. Most people don't have the hardware for it and the chip shortage will restrict supply of the hardware needed to run it.
  • Given how volatile stats like this can be, I don't think that there's any point talking about specific gains or losses unless they are very big or have been happening over several iterations. Regardless, I'm doing my part. I just upgraded from a 6th-gen Core i7 to a Ryzen 7 5800X and from a pair of Radeon Vega 64 cards to a Radeon 6700XT.
  • "Given how volatile stats like this can be, I don't think that there's any point talking about specific gains or losses unless they are very big or have been happening over several iterations." Here, here.
  • Guarantee you that's mostly because of supply. It's way harder to find an AMD GPU than Nvidia, and both are supremely hard to find, at least that sell at MSRP
  • AM5 is around the corner as well so there are probably a fair few people (like myself) who are due for an upgrade but are waiting to see what is released before weighing up the price vs performance gains.
  • Seems like a long corner since we are talking middle to late next year, but yes
  • Around the end of Q4 or so for AM5.