AMD processors power 41 percent of gaming PCs according to a new survey

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What you need to know

  • 41 percent of gaming PCs use AMD processors according to a new survey.
  • The worldwide survey involved thousands of responses in October 2019.
  • Valve reports that around 16 percent of Steam users on Windows run AMD chips.

A new survey indicates that AMD processors are used in 41 percent of gaming PCs. The survey came from a joint effort between Jon Peddie Research, Antikythera Intelligence and Research, and Wccftech. The survey asked PC gamers several questions about their gaming rigs and their plans to upgrade their devices.

While the worldwide survey indicates a very high percentage of gamers using AMD processors, it's important to put figures into context. The survey involved reaching out to 3.5 million gamers and resulted in 143, 264 answers, but those answers all came from 4,477 responses. Research firms have experts to extrapolate figures from sample sizes, but 4,477 responses is not a massive sample size.

The Steam Store's usage figures state that 19.39 percent of Windows users were on AMD processors in October. A higher 24.10 percent of Linux users ran AMD processors in October 2019. Several factors could contribute to the recent survey and Steam's figures being so far apart, such as people having multiple devices and only reporting one or some gamers not using Steam.

The full report is 55 pages and includes an extensive look into PC gamers' purchasing plans, gaming PC specifications, and much more. This survey is from a large collaboration of major research companies, and as such, comes at a high price. You can see the full report for $5,000 as a single user. You can purchase the report through Jon Peddie.

Whether AMD processors power around 20 percent or 40 percent of gaming PCs, AMD has seen solid growth over the last few years. We recently took a closer look at PC gaming throughout the last decade, including AMD's rise and how the company began competing more with Intel with its Ryzen chips.

Sean Endicott
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5 Comments
  • I would put a LOT more value in Steams results....since it actually is run by a gaming company, often on the machine that people are playing on. Every result is a valid gamer machine. A survey can be answered any way the person wants, either to have fun and skew the results, for what they are dreaming of building in the future, or just random answers.
  • Totally agree with you.
  • Yeah, those results aren't 'take with a grain of salt', they are more 'laughable and you shouldn't have put them out'. If you vary much from Steam's numbers, you better have very clear qualifiers as to the group you sampled so it is understandable as to why you subset varies from them.
  • Yeah I'm skeptical of the quality of the survey...it's just like election polling. No matter how good it is, it's rarely completely accurate. That said, we know that AMD is starting to get real traction with Ryzen. Be interesting to see where we're at in a couple of years from now.
  • This survey represents maybe around 1% of gamers on a global scale. I am sure anyone commenting here or reading this site even took this survey. Steam's survey is a much more accurate representation of gamers since it is the leading gaming platform on PCs, even if the hardware survey there is a opt in survey.