Valve has published its latest data from a survey of Steam users covering April from 2022. Selecting the data, there are several interesting observations. First of all, we see that the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT, RX 6600 XT and RX 6600 entered the rankings for the first time. Elsewhere, quad-core processors have regained the lead they lost to hexa cores in the previous month (but we’re sure the trend is against them). Finally, nearly 40% of Steam Gamers on the Mac already use computers with Apple Silicon processors.
Moving graphics cards
If you sort the list of video cards by percentage change this month, you can see that three AMD RDNA2 GPUs have made their first dent in Steam’s user base. In a sense, this shows how limited the supply and demand is with the terrible GPU market we have experienced in recent months.
AMD’s biggest spread this month is the arrival of the massive Radeon RX 6600 XT in the charts with 0.30%. This makes it the third biggest winner of the month. Not far behind is the cheaper 1080p-oriented Radeon RX 6600, leaving its mark in the rankings with 0.15%. Finally, the powerful and expensive flagship AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT corresponds to the profits of the RX 6600, which is an interesting thing to watch, entering the rankings with 0.15%.
All three cards were among the top 10 winners in April 2022. But, of course, gamers and enthusiasts who are on top may refrain from buying one of these GPUs now, with rumors coming very quickly to update the RDNA2 – in particular new Radeon RX 6650 XT, RX 6750 XT and RX 6950 XT graphics cards.
If you’re wondering, the AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT has been common in consumer survey charts for months. AMD’s RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT are not yet in the charts, which means they just weren’t popular enough on Steam gamers to list them.
Before moving on to another category, it is worth mentioning that the GeForce GTX 1060 remains the best dog in the GPU rankings with 7.15% of Steam users. However, it fell above a whole percentage point last month, with the second GTX 1650 gaining 0.40% with 6.48%. If this change happens again in May, we will have a new king of Steam Gaming GPUs and one based on a 50-speed Turing graphics processor.
Last month, we saw something that looked like a seismic change, with six-core processors becoming the most popular among Steam gamers. The rate of increase in the popularity of hexa nuclei was remarkable.
In April, the hexadecimal nuclei were replaced with the elbow in what should be only a momentary change. However, there are still new quad-core processors and APUs coming to do-it-yourself desktops and laptops, and so the future was delayed a bit last month. In the chart above, you will also note that the largest increase in April was for dual-core processors.
We are sure that hexa-nuclei will return in the first place, but octa-nuclei are a good bet for establishing leadership within about a year and keeping the top spot for a good period of time.
You can also see the rise of Apple Silicon in CPU rankings and the decline of Intel’s architecture on the Mac. Currently, the share is divided into 38.89% against 61.07% – Apple against Intel silicon. However, the rate of change has been approximately 2% in the last month, so Apple Silicon should take over by Christmas. In addition, the introduction of Apple M2 processors can speed up the change of security.