The panorama: The latest Steam poll has dropped, and the biggest takeaway of the month, aside from AMD continuing its resurgence, are apparent signs of a chip shortage. Only five graphics cards made gains of more than 0.10%, with the most significant increase belonging to the GTX 1660, which increased only 0.35%.
Starting with the CPU CategoryAMD will be pleased to see more Steam users turn to their processors as this erodes Intel’s leadership. There was a surprise in August when team red fell to its lowest point in the year to date, 27.31%, but recovered a month later to pass the 30% milestone. In September, 0.69% more survey participants were using AMD chips, bringing their share to a new high of 30.84%.
Checking Amazon’s best-selling CPU list shows that AMD is once again dominating the chart, occupying seven of the ten slots. Intel has two, including the Alder Lake Core i9-12900K that arrives this week, in fifth place. There is also a third controller emulator; It seems that the ‘Zen’ part of the name confuses Amazon.
The graphics card section looks different this month, not just because the top six cards lost ground. Organizing the graph by percentage increase shows how even the best performing product of the month, the GTX 1660, jumped just 0.35%. For comparison, the biggest winner for August was the RTX 2060 at 1.35%. Additionally, only seven entries achieved gains of 0.10% or more, and several of them are embedded or mobile GPUs.
The lack of significant movement in the graphics card section may reflect its general unavailability and rising price. A recent report showed that Ampere and RDNA 2 continue to get more expensive and harder to find, with the latest red team near their highest average sales price.
Elsewhere, more survey participants are using Linux than ever (1.13%), and about 40% of these systems are powered by AMD CPUs. Windows 11 entered the operating systems list with a 1.82% share, and Oculus Quest 2, which is removing its requirement for a Facebook account, consolidated its position at the top (33.19%) of the VR charts.