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AMD closes in on 30% overall PC processor usage share in new Steam hardware survey as Intel preps Alder Lake for fresh assault on Ryzen adulation

Intel's Alder Lake hybrid processor generation is named after a reservoir in Washington, USA. (Image source: Intel/HKEPC/Pinterest - edited)
Intel's Alder Lake hybrid processor generation is named after a reservoir in Washington, USA. (Image source: Intel/HKEPC/Pinterest - edited)
AMD is a whisker away from claiming 30% of the PC processor usage share in Steam’s hardware and software survey. The latest information from the popular game platform has AMD with 29.54% share and Intel on 70.46%. However, Alder Lake could be on course to take some of the shine off Ryzen’s critical acclaim.
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It seems likely that AMD will have crossed the 30% mark in terms of processor usage share in Steam’s survey within the next month or two. Team Red currently claims 29.54% of the overall share, which is a record amount for the Ryzen designer over the last 12 months. In contrast, Intel has slipped to 70.46% for April’s survey, after hitting 81.0% only a few months ago. Although stock of Ryzen 5000 has been hard to come by for many, Ryzen is still the brand name that gamers appear to be increasingly looking for when it comes to CPU choice.

In fact, AMD has enjoyed positive gains not only overall but also for systems that use either Windows or Linux for an operating system. Team Red gained +0.51% share with Windows PC users and +0.78% with those who preferred to game on a Linux-based device. While subsequent Ryzen generations have been met with general bouts of adulation and praise, recent Intel generations have often been met with a lukewarm response at best. Rocket Lake has gone off more with a fizzle than a bang and many critics have been merciless in their disapproval of SKUs like the Intel Core i9-11900K.

But a lot of that criticism has been based on Intel seemingly squeezing every drop of performance out of 14 nm process-based chips. The upcoming hybrid Alder Lake generation will be manufactured on a 10 nm node, and an apparent engineering sample has already leaked some of its secrets with the 12th Gen chips hopefully being more power-efficient than other Team Blue processors. If AMD does skip a Ryzen 6000 Warhol launch this year, as is widely believed, then Intel will have a perfect opportunity to impress with Alder Lake and enjoy some time in the sun before Zen 4 comes along.

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PC processor usage chart for April 2021. (Image source: Steam)
PC processor usage chart for April 2021. (Image source: Steam)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-05-10 (Update: 2021-05-10)