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Steam Hardware & Software Survey: July 2010

Steam collects data about what kinds of computer hardware and software our customers are using. The survey data is incredibly helpful to us in that it ensures that we're making good decisions about what kinds of technology investments to make and products to offer.

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PC Video card usage by mfg
DX10/11 Systems (Vista/Win7 DX10/11 GPU)
PC Processor usage by manufacturer

PC Number of CPUs per computer
Mac Hardware ownership
Mac System RAM

  Windows and Mac
July 2010 (click line item to see more detail)
ITEM
MOST POPULAR
PERCENTAGE
CHANGE
OS Version
Windows XP 32 bit
32.73%
-0.26%

System RAM
2 GB
27.23%
-0.31%

Intel CPU Speeds
2.3 Ghz to 2.69 Ghz
27.35%
-0.55%

Physical CPUs
2 cpus
56.82%
-0.40%

Video Card Description
 ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series
7.21%
0.00%

VRAM
512 MB
33.59%
-0.44%

Primary Display Resolution
1280 x 1024
16.75%
-0.34%

Multi-Monitor Desktop Resolution
2960 x 1050
9.02%
0.17%

Microphones
Yes
72.90%
-0.37%

Language
English
58.94%
-0.63%

Free Hard Drive Space
10 GB to 99 GB
33.97%
-0.16%

Total Hard Drive Space
250 GB to 499 GB
33.26%
0.57%

Network Speed
2,048.0 Kbps
32.85%
0.23%

Other Settings
FCMOV
100.00%
0.00%



  Windows (Mac data coming soon)
July 2010 
APPLICATION, SERVICE OR SUITE
 
PERCENTAGE
CHANGE
Steam
100.00%

Adobe Flash Player
96.79%

Adobe Acrobat
73.18%

Mozilla Firefox
63.05%

Microsoft Office
57.26%

Microsoft Silverlight
53.13%

Windows Live Messenger
52.58%

Microsoft Office PowerPoint
47.18%

Microsoft Office Word
46.21%

WinRAR
45.28%

Microsoft Office Excel
44.73%

QuickTime
43.95%

Skype
41.75%

Windows Live Mail
41.05%

Adobe AIR
40.60%

Microsoft Games for Windows
36.63%

Microsoft Office OneNote
34.77%

Windows Media Player
33.43%

PunkBuster
32.87%

Bonjour
31.97%

Microsoft Office Access
31.81%

iTunes
30.73%

µTorrent
29.41%

ATI Catalyst Control Center
29.00%

Microsoft Office InfoPath
27.03%

Windows Live Sync
25.59%

Windows Live Essentials
24.99%

Microsoft Office Groove
23.38%

Piriform CCleaner
22.70%

Windows Live Writer
22.62%

Microsoft Internet Explorer
19.82%

System Requirements Lab
19.66%

Winamp
19.45%

TeamSpeak
17.99%

7-Zip
17.90%

Ventrilo
17.38%

avast!
16.01%

Microsoft Works
15.19%

OpenOffice
14.63%

Fraps
13.70%

EA Download Manager
12.09%

Google Chrome
11.56%

Xfire
10.54%

ESET
8.81%

Safari
8.69%

GIMP
6.26%

Paint.NET
5.81%

BitTorrent
5.28%

Vuze (Azureus)
4.37%

WinZip
4.28%

foobar2000
2.66%

BitComet
2.44%

Norton AntiVirus
1.78%

Microsoft Office FrontPage
0.69%

* We are continuing to refine this data to provide the most relevant list of installed applications. New items will be added as they are identified.

 

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So they look at what you have installed too?

None too happy about that. I almost always turn off any "survey" crap that comes on software but I am not sure if I have done that for Steam or not.

Edit: Taht said it seems people who use Steam are predominatly idiots. How else do you explain so many people using that piece of shit Acrobat Reader?



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Its interesting to see how many nvidia vs ati cards are out there.

@vlad - no idea how many people are using adobe still, also wtf is up with that many people using silverlight



Acrobat and Silverlight seem too popular. There's Flash so you don't need Silverlight, and there are tons of better alternatives for Acrobat.

I suppose Silverlight's so popular because anywhere it's used, there's a huge ad tellling you to download it. I guess most don't understand what it is, and many of those who do, simply don't care. I still don't have Silverlight and never will. I don't like Flash either but it's used so widely it would be hard without it. I'm still waiting for HTML5, though, and hoping it will replace Flash. But I suppose it's not going to happen.

DX10-enabled OS seems to be popular today. Maybe Valve is waiting for DX9 to die before releasing Episode 3. /joke

Also, why is IE at just 19.82%? It comes with every edition of Windows and still is the most popular browser.



the software survey is rather interesting, but I think it's rather skewed by the fact that it is opt in. Still some things are just odd like the number of people with Internet Explorer, it should be much higher than it is as all windows has it, I mean to remove it would mean that the Steam store wouldn't work as from what I know at least on windows steam's browser is powered by IE. Which leads me to believe that the results are not accurate. Or that IE is just one version of IE or something.



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Whew, 100% of the people who took the Steam survey have Steam insalled!?

Such perfect market saturation :P



Nvidia GTX 200s cards coupled together are at 7,39% for those who want to know.



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zarx said:

the software survey is rather interesting, but I think it's rather skewed by the fact that it is opt in. Still some things are just odd like the number of people with Internet Explorer, it should be much higher than it is as all windows has it, I mean to remove it would mean that the Steam store wouldn't work as from what I know at least on windows steam's browser is powered by IE. Which leads me to believe that the results are not accurate. Or that IE is just one version of IE or something.

Actually Steam was updated with a new layout engine, namely WebKit. No more IE in Steam. I think it happened earlier this year.



Zkuq said:
zarx said:

the software survey is rather interesting, but I think it's rather skewed by the fact that it is opt in. Still some things are just odd like the number of people with Internet Explorer, it should be much higher than it is as all windows has it, I mean to remove it would mean that the Steam store wouldn't work as from what I know at least on windows steam's browser is powered by IE. Which leads me to believe that the results are not accurate. Or that IE is just one version of IE or something.

Actually Steam was updated with a new layout engine, namely WebKit. No more IE in Steam. I think it happened earlier this year.

oh I knew they did it for Mac but I didn't realise they had already updated the PC version...



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zarx said:
Zkuq said:
zarx said:

the software survey is rather interesting, but I think it's rather skewed by the fact that it is opt in. Still some things are just odd like the number of people with Internet Explorer, it should be much higher than it is as all windows has it, I mean to remove it would mean that the Steam store wouldn't work as from what I know at least on windows steam's browser is powered by IE. Which leads me to believe that the results are not accurate. Or that IE is just one version of IE or something.

Actually Steam was updated with a new layout engine, namely WebKit. No more IE in Steam. I think it happened earlier this year.

oh I knew they did it for Mac but I didn't realise they had already updated the PC version...

Yup, it was in beta for a while, but I believe they released the new layout for everyone right around the time they officially released Steam for Macs.