The theory and especially the time lived and the data analyzed tells us that the best-selling range of graphics cards is undoubtedly the mid-range, mainly due to the cost / performance / consumption / temperature ratio. And although the data that Steam throws curiously shows only RTX 30 or AMD RX 5000 series GPUs, with a small adjustment we can see what the current reality is.
Unknown why Steam does not include AMD RX 6000 GPUs
The most logical thing is that the company introduced this series of graphics cards with the rest, as it does with the RX 5000, but no, it does not work this way at the moment. These AMD GPUs are appearing in another different and equally revealing section “Vulkan Systems” and this is where we see the problem.
The solution to this framework was found by the user Zyck_titan and although it is not really faithful to what DX12 would be as such (because Steam requires it), they are on an equal footing under Vulkan, which although it is less used as a statistic, it is equally useful .
This user realized something important:
If you compare the shares of Vulkan Systems with the general stocks listed in [la encuesta de hardware de Steam]You will see that all the cards have double participation in Vulkan Systems. So divide them by two to get the full share.
It is not perfect numerically speaking, but as we have seen in the vast majority of cases it is close, that is, in Vulkan it marks practically double the participation than in the general section.
Only NVIDIA RTX 3090 already outperforms 4 AMD RX 6000 GPUs
Applying this as a rule, very interesting data can be extracted, since taking into account the four models currently available on the market by AMD and registered on Steam (RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT, RX 6800 and RX 6700 XT), a NVIDIA’s single GPU has outsold all of these.
That is logically the one with the lowest sales at the same time within the NVIDIA range: the RTX 3090, which with 0.38% is the one with the lowest representation within the Steam statistics. The problem is that 0.38% is higher than 0.34% That add up to the rest of the AMD models described, where curiously the best-selling one is the RX 6800 XT with a 0.1% representation:
- GeForce RTX 3090: 0.38%
- GeForce RTX 3080: 0.93%
- GeForce RTX 3070: 1.58%
- GeForce RTX 3060 Ti: 0.42%
- GeForce RTX 3060: 0.67%
TOTAL = 3.98%
- Radeon RX 6900 XT: 0.08%
- Radeon RX 6800 XT: 0.1%
- Radeon RX 6800: 0.05%
- Radeon RX 6700 XT: 0.11%
TOTAL = 0.34%
Considering the data, we could think that they are not representative, mainly because the sales of GPUs are one thing and the GPUs that connect to play Steam and are registered are another. But this is not really the case and they are a very reliable indicator of the market, to the point that Valve considers this data to be “incredibly useful to use when making decisions about what kind of investments in technology to make and products to offer.”
So it is tremendously convenient for them to be true to reality, a reality that on the other hand shows that AMD has to keep pushing because NVIDIA has a lot of advantage in sales, not in performance that are really close.