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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 overtakes GeForce GTX 1060 as most popular GPU in Steam November 2022 hardware survey

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 overtakes the GeForce GTX 1060 as the popular graphics card among Steam users. (Image source: NotebookCheck)
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 overtakes the GeForce GTX 1060 as the popular graphics card among Steam users. (Image source: NotebookCheck)
A new graphics card has risen to the top of Steam's latest hardware survey. Surprisingly, the GeForce GTX 1650 now ranks as the most used graphics card on Steam, despite the plethora of graphics cards that NVIDIA has released since. NVIDIA still dominates though, with its mid-range cards accounting for over 30% of all cards in the survey.

While NVIDIA continues to focus on releasing high-end graphics cards like the GeForce RTX 4080 and GeForce RTX 4090, the latest Steam hardware survey suggests that gamer sentiment lies elsewhere. For example, Valve reports that only 0.53% of survey respondents use an RTX 3090, slightly lower than the RTX 3080 Ti at 0.79%. The RTX 3080 fares better at 1.84% usage, but mid-range cards continue to dominate.

Surprisingly, the GeForce GTX 1650 has now overtaken the evergreen GeForce GTX 1060, which experienced roughly a 25% month-on-month drop from its 7.62% high in October. By contrast, GeForce GTX 1650 grew by 0.66% to 6.27%. As a result, the GeForce GTX 1650 now enjoys a 0.5% lead atop Steam's hardware survey. For context, the GeForce GTX 1650 utilises the TU117 GPU, offers 896 shaders, a 75 W TGP and 4 GB of VRAM on a 128-bit memory bus.

GeForce GTX 1650 usage increased by less than the laptop variant of the GeForce RTX 3060, which rose by 1.24% since October. Meanwhile, the Radeon RX 580 remains AMD's most popular graphics card on Steam with 1.20% usage; no other AMD discrete solution exceeds 1% share, with the Radeon RX 570 sitting slightly short on 0.95%. By contrast, the RX 5700 XT is the most used card in AMD's latest two Radeon RX generations. Worse still, Intel Arc has amassed less than 0.16% market share to date, with no Arc GPU making its way onto Steam's leaderboard.

(Image source: Valve)
(Image source: Valve)

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Alex Alderson, 2022-12- 2 (Update: 2022-12- 2)