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AMD CPUs are Now More Popular Among Linux Users as Intel’s Market Share Drops Below 50% [Steam Survey]

For the first time (in forever), AMD is leading Intel in terms of the Linux CPU market share, according to Steam’s hardware survey. Team Red now powers 51% of Linux users running Steam, pushing Intel down to 49%. The chipmaker made strides across the board with all its budget, high-end, and enthusiast-grade processors gaining a substantial chunk of the market. Intel was largely stagnant with losses across most segments. Overall, AMD scooped up an impressive 5.39% of the Linux processor market in July, the biggest movement from either side in recent history.

Windows users also favored AMD’s Ryzen offerings over Intel’s latest 12th Gen Alder Lake processors. As noted a while back, the steep price cuts to the Zen 3 parts have indeed made an impact. In July, AMD gained over 2% of the Windows CPU market on Steam, approaching the 34% mark for the very first time. Intel still commands over 66.26% of the mainstream gaming CPU market but appears to be fast losing gamers’ confidence.

The video card market continues to be heavily biased in NVIDIA’s favor. The GeForce RTX 3060 laptop GPU was the bestseller with a monthly gain of 0.35% in July, followed by the several years old GTX 1050 and 1070. The RTX 3070 was the most popular desktop RTX graphics card, growing its presence by 0.27% in July.

The Radeon RX 6800 XT finally entered the list of bestsellers with a monthly gain of 0.19%, roughly the same as the RTX 3080 which grew its share by 0.24%. It’s worth noting that the former is still the only RDNA 2 part among the bestsellers. The RX 6500 XT is the second most popular, coming in at #13. It managed to gain a 0.15% share in July, thereby entering the Steam database for the first time since launch.

Areej

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