Steam Hardware Survey Reveals Love Affair with NVIDIA Graphics, Intel CPUs

For school age kids and college bound adults, August represented the last month of freedom to hunker down in the bedroom or basement with the shades drawn so that the sun and its pesky glare wouldn't get in the way of gaming. Those same PCs are now turning their attention to school work as research reports and other types of homework are on the horizon, but as we look at Steam's latest hardware and software survey, we can see what most gamers were using this past summer.

From March 2012 to August 2013, the majority of gamers -- 52.28 percent -- ran NVIDIA graphics, followed by a third leaning on AMD/ATI. Intel came in third at 14.18 percent, though the script gets flipped if heading over to the CPU category.


Nearly three out of every four gamers rocked Intel silicon, with the rest leaning on AMD. In August, 21.50 percent of the CPUs that accessed Steam were clocked between 2.3GHz to 2.69GHz, nearly half of which were dual-core processors, according to Steam's survey.

Here's a look at what a setup consisting of the most popular parts that accessed Steam last month would look like:

  • Intel dual-core processor clocked between 2.3GHz to 2.69GHz
  • 8GB of RAM
  • NVIDIA graphics card with 1GB or onboard memory
  • 250GB - 500GB storage
  • Display with a 1920x1080 resolution
  • Windows 7 64-bit

Windows 8 seems to be gaining, uh, steam (pun only slightly intended). Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 8 32-bit, and Windows 8.1 64-bit combined for nearly 16 percent of total users, compared to barely than 1 percent who accessed Steam from a Linux platform.