Steam Hardware Survey – Nvidia dominates and four cores on dekis

The gaming client Steam has for a long time been collecting information monthly about its users’ systems, which are then compiled into statistics on everything from which graphics card is most popular to how much hard disk space is available.

Now Steam has Hardware Survey for last year of last year, December 2021, rolled in. Some data points are very similar to earlier months of the year, but there are a number of interesting changes that stand out. One of them is found in the statistics on which number of cores in processors is most common.

Statistics for December 2021

Number of cores

Percentage total

Percentage of Windows

Procentandel OSX

Percentage of Linux

4 cores





6 cores





8 cores





The three most common configurations are four, six or eight cores. At present, four cores are still at the top, but the trend is pointing downwards. In December, 4-core processors will go down by as much as 1.34 percentage points across all operating systems, which in this context is a relatively large drop. At the same time, the proportion of users with 6-core or 8-core processors is increasing, two groups that together now make up just under half of all users.

When the three categories Windows, Linux and OSX are separated, the statistics look slightly different. For Windows, 4-core processors appear to be gradually declining by just under one percent a month since September, when it was 37.53 percent. OSX has also been declining every month since August 2021, but with slightly larger variations per month. For Linux, it looks different from month to month and instead shows an increase of 0.53 percentage points for December.

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On the graphics card side, Nvidia is still in first place, with the long-lived one Geforce GTX 1060. In 2021, AMD’s RX 6000 series has largely been missing from the lists of the most popular graphics cards, something that is also true in December. Only a single model qualifies for the top list in the form of the Radeon RX 6700 XT with 0.19 percent near the bottom. In comparison, Nvidia’s Geforce RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 have continued to increase and are in place 11 and 12, respectively, with just under 2 percent each. However, none of the latest generation graphics cards from either AMD or Nvidia are still among the top ten most popular.

A third increase of the larger kind is the number of users with Windows 11. From such a low number that it is not shown in the statistics at all, it is now estimated to be 10.15 percent of all Windows users. It thus lands in second place, after Windows 10 which still makes up a full 81.74 percent of Steam users with Windows.

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