The past month has been an important one for AMD in the Steam hardware investigation. Its processors hit an all-time high, and one of its RDNA 2 graphics cards finally gained enough users to be included in the top GPU results for the very first time. It would be the Radeon RX 6700 XT.
AMD launched its Radeon RX 6000 series last November (ten months ago), and the 6700 XT has been on the market (technically) for almost seven months. But so far RDNA 2 hasn’t been able to stand out in the main GPU chart on Steam, falling short of the 0.15% share required to qualify for a scream.
The Radeon RX 6700 XT ended September with a 0.16% share among systems pinged by Steam. In reality, it’s possible that the actual share among Steam users hasn’t budged at all, and this reflects the fact that Steam is auditing a different set of systems. As the survey page notes, “participation is optional and anonymous”.
Still, Steam’s monthly survey is arguably the best look at hardware trends among PC gamers. And RDNA 2 is finally represented in the main rankings, with the 6700 XT being on a par (in terms of share) as Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3050 Ti (0.16%) and its GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q mobile. (0.15%).
Before that, the Radeon 6000 series could still be found, although when exploring the DirectX and Vulkan API categories, which show virtually all GPUs regardless of their share (even those without sharing at all). Joining the ranks of the main GPU triage, however, is a bit of a bigger achievement.
It will be interesting to see which card in the Radeon RX 6000 series is next to achieve a share of 0.15% or more. The Radeon RX 6600 XT is the cheapest of the bunch (until the arrival of the Radeon RX 6600), but it’s only been out for a few months. And like all modern GPUs, it’s rare.
AMD’s processors fared much better in user adoption of Steam and collectively reached a share of 30.33%. This slightly eclipses its previous record of 30.13% in May of this year.
I dug a bit, and it’s been about a 9% gain since just before AMD introduced its original Zen architecture in 2017 and, as a result, reintroduced its ticket to the enthusiast sector.
It’s actually a smaller payout than I would have guessed before researching it. However, it hasn’t been a good year trying to build a new PC, which could hold AMD to some degree. The same can be said about some AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors that are initially hard to find in stock (especially the Ryzen 9 5900X and Ryzen 9 5950X).
AMD chips are even better represented on Amazon, where eight of the top ten best-selling processors are AMD Ryzen processors. The Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 5 5600X occupy the top two places. All in all, AMD is on solid footing as rival Intel prepares to introduce a new platform (Alder Lake processors and Z690 motherboards) and can build on that momentum until the release of Zen 4’s. next year.