Nvidia GPU Share Continues to Increase, According to Steam

The latest Steam Hardware Survey shows a big jump in Nvidia’s share, helped by the recent laptop and desktop GPU launches. The best graphics cards remain in short supply, and even cards from one or two generations back still sell at unreasonable prices according to our GPU price index, but if you believe Steam’s data (#SpoonfulOfSalt), Team Green is doing a better job at getting its latest cards into the hands of gamers. It’s not just Steam, though, as a recent JPR GPU market report also confirms these results.

We’ve used the data from Steam’s API page, selecting GPUs that support the DirectX 12 API — this helps to eliminate a bunch of old cruft, including potato GPUs integrated into old Intel CPUs. Of course, there are plenty of caveats, like the fact that the percentages don’t add up properly to anything close to 100% for all GPUs on the various APIs, but we’ve adjusted things to account for only the cards shown in the tables. And here’s how things break down, looking at the past few months:

Steam Hardware Survey DirectX 12 Share
GPUs April May June July August
RTX 30-Series 3.69% 4.10% 4.95% 5.68% 7.75%
RTX 20-Series 15.02% 14.85% 15.80% 14.61% 16.09%
GTX 16-Series 16.77% 16.91% 17.15% 17.44% 17.47%
GTX 10-Series 29.65% 29.13% 28.20% 27.35% 26.54%
RX 6000-Series 0.20% 0.22% 0.33% 0.40% 0.43%
RX 5000-Series 2.13% 2.15% 1.87% 1.90% 1.72%
RX 500 and Vega Series 5.71% 5.62% 5.19% 5.22% 4.77%

All told, the past three generations of AMD and Nvidia GPUs account for about 75% of the DirectX 12 GPU share, according to Steam’s nebulous statistics. However, most of that still goes to the old GTX 10-series and RX 500-series GPUs, followed by the GTX 16-series and RTX 20-series. Nvidia’s RTX 30-series Ampere GPUs meanwhile now account for more total share of the Steam userbase than all of the past three generations of AMD GPUs combined.

Based on the Steam data, it looks like RTX 30-series has outsold AMD RX 6000-series by a factor of about 18 to 1. Which, of course, raises some interesting questions. The latest JPR report shows AMD dedicated GPUs accounting for 80% of the market, and AMD only has 20% of the market — that’s for both desktop and mobile GPUs. So either the Steam data is suspect (it is!), or proportionately more of AMD’s latest generation GPUs are ending up in the hands of miners that never participate in the Steam Hardware Survey, or both.

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