Steam Hardware & Software Survey results released

Steam has just released their July 2010 hardware and Software survey, giving us a great cross-section of the segment of the PC gaming market that is using Steam.

PC Video Cards

As is to be expected, Nvidia and ATI lead the PC video card charts, with Nvidia representing 59.11% and ATI 32.98% of the total video card pool.

Intel snagged 6.22%, and 1.69% was attributed to ‘Other.’ The ATI Radeon HD 4800 series of cards was the most common range among users, with 7.55% of survey participants owning a card in this range.

Steam splits the DirectX version statistics according to platform, since Windows 7 is the only DirectX 11 capable operating system. As of may 2010, only 5.6% of the total hardware pool was DirectX 11 capable. DirectX 10 dominates with 56.36% on Windows 7. A combination of DX10 and DX11 cards on Windows XP makes up 16.76% of the GPU hardware pool.


Between December 2008 and May 2010, users adopting a 4 CPU system increased by 15.45%. At the end of July 2010, the number of quad core users made up 27.63% of the hardware pool. Dual cores still dominate with 55% and single core systems make up 15.89% of systems. Six and eight core users have started to make a mark in the figures, holding 0.34% and 0.06% respectively.

Intel dominates with 72.37% followed by their only competitor, AMD with 27.63%. The majority of Intel users, 26.02%, are running processors at speeds between 2.3 Ghz to 2.69 Ghz, whilst the majority of AMD users, 8.34%, are running at 2.0 Ghz to 2.29 Ghz.


The introduction of Steam to Mac OS has provided to opportunity to gather some data on this segment of the gaming market. 46.78% of Mac users are running a Macbook Pro. 23.18% are running an iMac. 20.25% are running a regular Macbook. Bringing up the rear is Mac Pro and Mac Mini with 5.41% and 3.44% respectively.

53.61% of Mac users have 4GB or RAM, followed by 31.15% with 2GB. 7.99% are running 5+GB.


Currently only representing Windows, with Mac stats on the way soon.

Adobe Flash and Adobe Acrobat were the most common applications to be found on Steam user’s PCs, with 96.79% and 73.18% respectively.

Firefox is the most popular browser, found on 63.05% of users PCs. Internet Explorer is only used by 19.82% of Steam users, and Chrome by 11.56%.

Windows Live messenger is the most popular messenger program, found on 52.58% of systems, followed by Skype on 41.75%.

µTorrent can be found on 29.41% of systems, followed by Vuze (Azureus) on 4.37% and BitTorrent on 5.28%.

For a detailed breakdown of all these statistics, be sure to visit the Steam survey page.

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Steam Hardware & Software Survey results released