Nvidia's GeForce GTX 16 series enjoys robust upward movement in Steam's hardware survey while AMD graphics cards flounder
AMD may be hoping that RDNA 2 will help make a further dent in Nvidia’s dominance of the graphics card market. Although Team Red has been taking decent chunks out of Nvidia’s overall market share, the latter company has been flooding the market with a wide range of choices for gamers, with the GeForce GTX 16 series doing especially well since its introduction in early 2019. So it’s not entirely surprising to see that Nvidia controls both the overall share and monthly change in share for video card usage in Steam’s survey.
The overall share is still headed by the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, but it’s worth noting that the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is now in sixth position and the GeForce RTX 2060 is in eighth position. In the monthly change chart, there are seven products from Nvidia in the top 10 and four of them are from the GeForce GTX 16 series: GTX 1650 (first), GTX 1660 Ti (second), GTX 1660 SUPER (seventh), and the GTX 1660 (10th). There is barely any sign of AMD’s Radeon RX 5000 series of graphics processors, with the RX 5700 XT managing just 0.02% change – compared to the 0.51% positive change for the GeForce GTX 1650.
Yet again, the monthly Steam Hardware & Software survey makes for grim reading for AMD in terms of video card usage. The one tiny positive note is that overall share by manufacturer was up for Team Red on the month, from 15.3% share to 15.7% share. But Nvidia is still cruising along on 74.38% share, enjoying a powerful lead that has been maintained since September 2018 (the first month listed in the data range).