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AMD tops 30% CPU market share among gamers in latest Steam Survey

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X
AMD Ryzen 9 5950X (Image credit: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • AMD reached 30% CPU market share among gaming PCs in the latest Steam Survey.
  • The success of Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 series processors likely helped bolster AMD's numbers.
  • AMD's CPU market share in the Steam Survey has gone up by over 2% since January 2021

AMD continues to trend upwards in terms of market share among gamers. According to the latest Steam Survey, AMD CPUs just surpassed 30% market share among gaming PCs. Intel still has a market share of 70%, which is more than double that of AMD's, but the gap is consistently closing.

Many of the best CPUs are made by AMD. The launch and success of the Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 series processors has likely played a big part in AMD's recent success. In our AMD Ryzen 9 5950X review, the processor earned a perfect score, and our expert Rich Edmonds calls it "the new king of consumer-grade processors for team red."

The Steam Survey doesn't provide any insight as to the specific processors that gaming PCs are running. Still, the overall AMD market share is the biggest news, even if we don't know the exact breakdown of CPU models.

In contrast, the Steam Survey does show specific models for GPU figures. AMD is relatively stable in the GPU market, holding a market share of 16.18% in the most recent survey.

AMD still has an uphill battle when it comes to CPU market share. In addition to Intel having a history of being the dominant brand, Intel's partnerships with PC makers make it difficult for AMD to break through, as explained by our executive editor Daniel Rubino.

This news isn't exactly surprising, but it is a good sign for AMD. We already knew that AMD was doing well in terms of semiconductor sales. Reviews for AMD's processors have also been positive, which seems to have helped convert some people over to team red. Our news editor Robert Carnevale recently took a closer look at AMD's rise.

Sean Endicott
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Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com (opens in new tab).

3 Comments
  • You keep saying CPUs but also NVIDIA. Shouldn't that be either Intel or graphics cards?
  • The first paragraph and the 30% is about CPUs. No breakdown. From second paragraph, it says that in case of GPUs there is breakdown to specific chipsets and AMD features a 16% device share.
  • It is now. Initially it was about NVIDIA cpus. They fixed it though.