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Losing Steam: AMD slips in its battle with Intel in new hardware survey

Steam Survey shows AMD losing CPU war to Intel
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According to a recent survey on Steam, AMD has lost some ground to Intel in CPU usage by gamers. Normally AMD maintains a steady 30% share. but saw those numbers drop to 28.41%. The number may not seem like a major loss but, it could be the beginning of a downward trend for AMD. 

AMD's market share is in the 15% range on the GPU side of things, while Nvidia dominates the market with a massive 76%. Both GPU makers offer high-quality GPU's with Nvidia's RTX 3080 and AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT, possibly being the top two GPU's available today. I would be remiss not to add that Intel offers integrated UHD graphics; its market share was actually down 0.4% and normally hovers around 1% of the market. 

Another interesting piece of information gained from Steam's recent survey is that Windows 7 refuses to go away. It's like that 97-year-old man at the office who refuses to retire. Windows 7 users make up 4.88% of Steam accounts which is mind-boggling. Nearly 5% of Steam gamers vehemently reject updating, which probably means they're playing older games or enjoy rejecting the future. 

The other interesting hardware survey results involve VR gaming, which saw an uptick in the "other" VR category, with a huge gain, going from the normal 1% to a staggering 14.48%  from May to June. Obviously, this affected the Oculus Quest 2, which saw its market share drop 11.80% during that same time, which is odd, to say the least. 

Via Windows Central

Mark has spent 20 years headlining comedy shows around the country and made appearances on ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, Food Network, and Sirius XM Radio. He has written about every topic imaginable, from dating, family, politics, social issues, and tech. He wrote his first tech articles for the now-defunct Dads On Tech 10 years ago, and his passion for combining humor and tech has grown under the tutelage of the Laptop Mag team. His penchant for tearing things down and rebuilding them did not make Mark popular at home, however, when he got his hands on the legendary Commodore 64, his passion for all things tech deepened. These days, when he is not filming, editing footage, tinkering with cameras and laptops, or on stage, he can be found at his desk snacking, writing about everything tech, new jokes, or scripts he dreams of filming.