Steam has released the results of its May 2020 Hardware and Software Survey, which collects information on PC player settings, and the latest results are good news for AMD and relatively bad news for Intel.
The Steam Hardware and Software Survey is updated every month, and while it only contains information from Steam users, the fact that the Steam game store is so popular gives us a good idea of hardware and software trends.
And current trends seem to show that PC gamers are slowly shifting from Intel to AMD when it comes to processors.
Results show that in May, while Intel still has a dominant advantage in market share, with a whopping 77.54%, that number fell 0.74 percentage points compared to April.
While that drop may not seem huge, Intel should be unhappy with this for several reasons. First, its main rival, AMD, saw its market share grow by exactly the same amount, suggesting that Intel owners are now switching to AMD.
Another thing that worries, is that the company has been losing market share every month in this 2020. Certainly, that is a trend that seems to continue, no matter how great its current leadership.
While AMD should be comfortable with its growing share of the CPU market, which has undoubtedly been fueled by a series of impressive releases, on the GPU side, it looks like it's still struggling to move forward.
Its rival in the GPU space, Nvidia, completely dominates the market, with nine of the top 10 GPUs being green, and the GTX 1060 is the most widely used GPU for Steam users. Meanwhile, the AMD Radeon RX 580 is the only Red Team card that manages to sneak into the top ten … and, at number 10.
In fact, AMD has just 15.98% of the GPU market share, with an Intel, which at this time doesn't even manufacture dedicated gaming GPUs, and is not far behind with 10.63%.
According to the survey, 63.51% of gamers use monitors with 1080p resolution. The next most popular resolution is 1,366 x 768 at 10.91%, which is a common resolution found a lot on laptops.
Meanwhile, 4K resolution (3,840 x 2,160) appears to be struggling to make a big impact right now, with only 2.17% of respondents using that resolution.
When it comes to software, Windows 10 64-bit reigns supreme at 85.58%. However, it is falling a few points compared to last month. The second most used operating system is still Windows 7, and frustratingly for Microsoft, which actually experienced a slight increase in usage in May (up to 0.61%), despite the fact that Microsoft stopped supporting this old operating system in January.
So it appears that this month's results are a bit confusing for AMD and Microsoft, while Nvidia remains relatively secure in its domain.
Intel is still the king of CPUs, but it has to do something to keep losing market share.