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Steam Survey November 2016 – NVIDIA & Intel increase their dominance, adoption of quad-cores increases

Each and every month, Steam conducts a survey to collect data about what kinds of computer hardware and software its customers are using. According to the November 2016 hardware survey, NVIDIA and Intel have slightly increased their dominance, while the adoption of quad-cores is also increasing.

Furthermore, the adoption of Microsoft’s Windows 10 has also slightly increased. Back in September, the adoption of Windows 10 slowed down but apparently Microsoft’s OS is regaining its momentum.

According to the survey, 58.62% of Steam users are using an NVIDIA GPU, while 23.46% are using an AMD/ATI GPU. Moreover 17.5% of Steam users are using an Intel integrated GPU. Compared to September’s numbers (as we didn’t report the October stats), NVIDIA got a 0.82% increase, AMD saw a 0.6% decrease and Intel saw a 0.22% decrease.


Moving on to the CPU side, 78.5% of the survey-takers prefer Intel’s CPUs, while 21.5% prefer AMD’s CPUs. In other words, Intel saw a 0.73% increase and AMD saw a similar decrease.

Regarding the CPU configurations that Steam-survey takers use, 47.8% of them own a quad-core CPU, while 45.9% own a dual-core CPU. Only 4.5% has a CPU with more than four CPU cores, and 1.8% is still on a single-core CPU.


Last but not least, 33.84% of the survey-takers own 8GB of RAM, 33.56% still use GPUs with 1GB of VRAM, 38.06% use 1080p as their native resolution, and 21.33% use an Intel CPU that is clocked between 2.3 Ghz to 2.69 Ghz.

John Papadopoulos

John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved - and still does - the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the "The Evolution of PC graphics cards." Contact: Email