Check the reality: What most gamers use as their gaming PC?


I just got prompted today for a survey on what most gamers use as their gaming PC. Very interesting results:


http://www.steampowered.com/status/survey.html


A few notes:
1) Most peope are still in the ATI 9600/9800 ballpark. Hmmm… now this is interesting. I do not feel that outdated anymore with my 9600 XT. Also, the most common NVidia card seems to be FX 5200 series. An antique type of card (if you ask me) but, hey, that’s what most people have.
2) Memory seems to be eithyer 512 MB or 1 GB. Not a surprise here.
3) AMD Processor speed – between 2 and 2.29 GHz. Keep in mind that an Athlon64 3000+ is around that numbers… (2200 MHz if I remember correctly)
4) Most machines are now upgraded to XP SP2 (73%). The XP SP1 percentage is around 13%, and XP RTM is just 7%. The Windows Update team did a good job 🙂
5) Wow – with almost 90%, NTFS rules as the dominant file system! Congrats to the NTFS team (Neal, Molly and others – you know who you are!). FAT/FAT32 is now history.
6) There is an interesting distribution on the free storage space. If you draw the “free space” distribution histogram, you see a growth p to about 20 GB, and then a nice exponential decrease. The max is around 20 GB. And the next picture shows what most people use 80 GB harddisks. This, correlated with the previous distribution suggest a 75% average space utilization, and 25% free space. Very interesting data.

Comments (4)

  1. Typhoon121 says:

    AMD Athlon 64 3200+, 1 gig pc 3200, XP SP 2 with Data Execution Protection on for all programs, ATI Radeon 9800 Pro, ATI Catalsyt 5.7 with .NET Catalyst Control Panel, 80 western digital HD with 42 gig free.

  2. Travis Owens says:

    Steam’s stats are great, the first reliable stats on home users. Of course only under the umbrella of homer gamers.

    But then if you’re writing a game, thees people are 99% of who are going to buy your game, so these stats are all that matter.

    Just don’t read this survey and assume home/business users have these powerful video cards and ram and try to code your apps to these specs 🙂

  3. AndrewSeven says:

    I just recently became aware of Steam. It seems like a solid usable distribution system.

    I was at a friends place, he is a serious gamer, I’m not.

    I don’t think there is a new game that I have played in the past 5 years that was not based on his recommendation. There are a few others who also rely on his recommendations.

    He is also the person I check with when I upgrade:"What vidoe card should I buy to play game X?".

    I don’t know how many people are using Steam so 99% of sales sounds really high, however the Steam users are probably influencers who will affect both the hardware and software purchase of those around them.

    Can we get Steam for Office, Servers and .Net 😉 🙂