Valve publishes hardware survey results

Written by Joe Martin

January 8, 2010 // 11:15 a.m.

Tags: #hardware-survey #steam #steam-publishes-hardware-survey-results #valve

Valve has released the details of the December 2009 hardware survey revealing, among other things, that the most popular operating system is still Windows XP 32-bit, with 44.77 percent of the market.

Intel dominates the CPU market, with 68.97 percent to AMD's 31.03 percent, while Nvidia similarly trounces ATI with 63.46 percent of Steam users using it's products. ATI carves the next biggest sliver of the GPU market with 28.97 percent, while Intel has 5.03 percent (that is, onboard graphics) and 'Other' companies take the remaining 2.54 percent.

You can see the results in full, with charts galore and lots of pretty colours, over on the official site. Check below for the most popular hardware choices among Steam users.

Windows Version: Windows XP 32 bit 44.77%
System RAM: 2 GB 30.94%
Processor Vendor: GenuineIntel 69.06%
Intel CPU Speeds: 2.3 Ghz to 2.69 Ghz 26.86%
AMD CPU Speeds: 2.0 Ghz to 2.29 Ghz 9.62%
Physical CPUs: 2 cpus 56.93%
DirectX 10 Systems (Vista with DirectX 10 GPU): ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series 6.78%
DirectX 10 GPUs: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 13.64%
DirectX 9 Shader Model 2b and 3.0 GPUs: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 12.83%
DirectX 9 Shader Model 2.0 GPUs: ATI Radeon 9600 16.79%
NVIDIA Drivers: 8.16.11.9107 (9/27/2009) 19.19%
ATI Drivers: 8.14.10.700 (9/23/2009) 10.18%
Multi-GPU Systems: NVIDIA SLI (2 GPUs) 2.40%
VRAM: 512 MB 40.01%
Primary Display Resolution: 1280 x 1024 21.20%
Multi-Monitor Desktop Resolution: 2960 x 1050 12.95%
Audio Devices: Realtek HD Audio output 40.70%
Microphones: Yes 77.82%
Language: English 56.76%
Free Hard Drive Space: 10 GB to 99 GB 36.78%
Total Hard Drive Space: 250 GB to 499 GB 32.02%
Network Speed: 2,048.0 Kbps 34.61%

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