Steam Hardware & Software Survey: January 2013

Steam conducts a monthly survey to collect data about what kinds of computer hardware and software our customers are using. Participation in the survey is optional, and anonymous. The information gathered is incredibly helpful to us as we make decisions about what kinds of technology investments to make and products to offer.

Why do many of the Steam Hardware Survey numbers seem to undergo a significant change in April 2012?

There was a bug introduced into Steam's survey code several months ago that caused a bias toward older systems. Specifically, only systems that had run the survey prior to the introduction of the bug would be asked to run the survey again. This caused brand new systems to never run the survey. In March 2012, we caught the bug, causing the survey to be run on a large number of new computers, thus giving us a more accurate survey and causing some of the numbers to vary more than they normally would month-to-month. Some of the most interesting changes revealed by this correction were the increased OS share of Windows 7 (as Vista fell below XP), the rise of Intel as a graphics provider and the overall diversification of Steam worldwide (as seen in the increase of non-English language usage, particularly Russian).


PC Video card usage by mfg
August 2011 - January 2013
52.22%
13.32%
34%
0.46%
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DX10/11 Systems (Vista/Win7 + DX10/11 GPU)
27.33% are DX10, 44.97% are DX11
August 2011 - January 2013
44.97%
27.33%
21.77%
2.61%
1.58%
0.57%
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PC Processor usage by manufacturer
August 2011 - January 2013
26.88%
73.12%
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PC Number of CPUs per computer
4 CPU adoption trend: +0.46% (18 mos)
August 2011 - January 2013
4.69%
41.57%
48.78%
4.96%
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Mac Hardware ownership
August 2011 - January 2013
53.83%
24.95%
14.91%
2.73%
3.55%
0.04%
Mac System RAM
August 2011 - January 2013
37.92%
52.39%
0.73%
8.22%
0.73%

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January 2013 (click line item to see more detail)
ITEM
MOST POPULAR
PERCENTAGE
CHANGE
OS Version
Windows 7 64 bit 
55.55% 
-0.80% 

Windows 7 64 bit
55.55%
-0.80%

Windows 7
14.18%
+0.06%

Windows XP 32 bit
9.66%
-0.37%

Windows 8 64 bit
8.04%
+1.71%

Windows Vista 64 bit
3.28%
-0.56%

Windows Vista 32 bit
2.74%
-0.38%

MacOS 10.8.2 64 bit
1.88%
+0.07%

MacOS 10.7.5 64 bit
0.83%
-0.05%

MacOS 10.6.8 64 bit
0.73%
-0.10%

Windows 8
0.72%
+0.12%

Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit
0.43%
+0.14%

Windows XP 64 bit
0.39%
-0.02%

Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS 64 bit
0.33%
+0.07%

Ubuntu 12.10
0.19%
+0.07%

Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS
0.17%
+0.04%

MacOS 10.7.4 64 bit
0.12%
-0.08%

Other
0.76%
+0.05%

System RAM
4 GB 
22.21% 
-0.57% 

Less than 512 MB
0.07%
+0.01%

512 Mb to 999 MB
0.70%
+0.02%

1 GB
3.57%
-0.02%

2 GB
13.73%
-0.22%

3 GB
19.61%
-0.39%

4 GB
22.21%
-0.57%

5 GB
1.28%
+0.10%

6 GB
6.96%
+0.01%

7 GB
1.19%
+0.14%

8 GB
21.80%
+0.55%

9 GB
0.11%
-0.01%

10 GB
0.25%
0.00%

11 GB
0.04%
0.00%

12 GB and higher
8.45%
+0.37%

Intel CPU Speeds
2.3 Ghz to 2.69 Ghz 
21.40% 
+0.03% 

Below 1.4 Ghz
0.33%
-0.02%

1.4 Ghz to 1.49 Ghz
0.23%
0.00%

1.5 Ghz to 1.69 Ghz
1.85%
0.00%

1.7 Ghz to 1.99 Ghz
5.38%
-0.23%

2.0 Ghz to 2.29 Ghz
13.03%
-0.35%

2.3 Ghz to 2.69 Ghz
21.40%
+0.03%

2.7 Ghz to 2.99 Ghz
9.33%
-0.16%

3.0 Ghz to 3.29 Ghz
11.40%
+0.12%

3.3 Ghz to 3.69 Ghz
10.78%
+0.47%

3.7 Ghz and above
0.39%
-0.02%

Physical CPUs
2 cpus 
48.78% 
-0.33% 

Unspecified
0.06%
+0.02%

1 cpu
4.96%
-0.20%

2 cpus
48.78%
-0.33%

3 cpus
1.96%
+0.07%

4 cpus
41.57%
+0.41%

5 cpus
0.02%
-0.01%

6 cpus
2.35%
0.00%

8 cpus
0.28%
+0.03%

11 cpus
0.00%
0.00%

12 cpus
0.01%
0.00%

16 cpus
0.00%
0.00%

22 cpus
0.00%
0.00%

24 cpus
0.00%
0.00%

Video Card Description
Intel HD Graphics 3000 
4.27% 
-0.05% 

Intel HD Graphics 3000
4.27%
-0.05%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
2.73%
-0.15%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
2.42%
+0.02%

Intel HD Graphics
2.00%
-0.14%

Intel HD Graphics 4000
1.97%
+0.29%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
1.81%
-0.15%

Intel HD Graphics 2000
1.78%
+0.15%

ATI Radeon HD 5770
1.71%
-0.14%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
1.67%
+0.04%

NVIDIA GeForce 9800
1.62%
-0.07%

NVIDIA GeForce 9600
1.62%
-0.02%

Mobile Intel 4 Series Express
1.59%
-0.15%

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
1.51%
-0.02%

NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250
1.49%
-0.04%

NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
1.49%
-0.01%

ATI Radeon HD 6870
1.40%
-0.05%

NVIDIA GeForce 9500
1.37%
-0.05%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570
1.34%
-0.08%

ATI Radeon HD 6850
1.29%
-0.06%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670
1.16%
+0.13%

ATI Radeon HD 6950
1.06%
-0.05%

NVIDIA GeForce 8600
0.98%
-0.04%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
0.95%
-0.07%

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
0.93%
-0.03%

NVIDIA GeForce GT 430
0.93%
0.00%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
0.93%
-0.08%

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200
0.92%
-0.07%

NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
0.92%
+0.07%

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
0.87%
-0.04%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
0.86%
+0.08%

NVIDIA GeForce GT 220
0.84%
-0.03%

NVIDIA GeForce 8800
0.82%
-0.03%

ATI Radeon HD 4850
0.77%
-0.01%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
0.77%
+0.17%

NVIDIA GeForce GT 240
0.76%
+0.01%

ATI Radeon HD 7850
0.76%
+0.12%

ATI Radeon HD 5450
0.76%
-0.01%

NVIDIA GeForce 210
0.75%
+0.01%

ATI Radeon HD 6670
0.75%
+0.06%

NVIDIA GeForce GT 440
0.74%
+0.02%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
0.71%
+0.71%

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
0.69%
-0.03%

ATI Radeon HD 5850
0.67%
-0.01%

ATI Radeon HD 5670
0.66%
-0.05%

ATI Radeon HD 7770
0.66%
+0.12%

NVIDIA GeForce 8400
0.63%
-0.01%

NVIDIA GeForce GT 520
0.63%
+0.01%

NVIDIA GeForce 9400
0.62%
-0.07%

ATI Radeon HD 6520G
0.59%
+0.02%

ATI Radeon HD 6770
0.58%
0.00%

ATI Radeon HD 4870
0.58%
-0.05%

NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
0.58%
+0.58%

ATI Radeon HD 6750M
0.56%
-0.05%

ATI Radeon HD 5870
0.56%
-0.05%

ATI Radeon HD 4650
0.51%
-0.02%

ATI Radeon HD 7870
0.50%
+0.50%

Other
36.93%
-0.17%

VRAM
1024 MB 
34.08% 
+2.18% 

128 MB
1.46%
-0.07%

256 MB
7.85%
-0.36%

384 MB
1.18%
+0.06%

512 MB
16.89%
-0.22%

580 MB
0.50%
+0.50%

896 MB
1.22%
-0.11%

1023 MB
7.82%
-2.24%

1024 MB
34.08%
+2.18%

1279 MB
1.21%
-0.54%

1280 MB
0.95%
+0.45%

1535 MB
0.95%
-0.48%

1536 MB
1.23%
+0.39%

1797 MB
0.55%
+0.02%

2047 MB
3.15%
+0.37%

2048 MB
6.63%
+0.73%

3071 MB
0.60%
+0.01%

Other
13.73%
-0.18%

Primary Display Resolution
1920 x 1080 
28.90% 
+0.60% 

640 x 480
0.01%
0.00%

800 x 600
0.13%
+0.02%

853 x 683
0.00%
0.00%

960 x 540
0.00%
0.00%

960 x 600
0.01%
+0.01%

1024 x 576
0.01%
0.00%

1024 x 600
0.26%
-0.01%

1024 x 640
0.00%
0.00%

1024 x 768
4.06%
-0.06%

1067 x 600
0.01%
0.00%

1067 x 800
0.00%
0.00%

1120 x 700
0.01%
0.00%

1152 x 648
0.01%
0.00%

1152 x 720
0.01%
0.00%

1152 x 864
0.59%
-0.01%

1176 x 664
0.03%
0.00%

1179 x 661
0.00%
-0.01%

1216 x 684
0.00%
0.00%

1280 x 600
0.01%
0.00%

1280 x 720
0.80%
-0.04%

1280 x 768
0.62%
+0.04%

1280 x 778
0.01%
0.00%

1280 x 800
3.54%
-0.16%

1280 x 900
0.00%
0.00%

1280 x 960
0.52%
-0.04%

1280 x 1024
8.97%
-0.23%

1344 x 756
0.00%
0.00%

1344 x 840
0.00%
0.00%

1360 x 765
0.00%
-0.01%

1360 x 768
2.52%
+0.03%

1360 x 1024
0.02%
0.00%

1364 x 768
0.00%
0.00%

1366 x 768
20.68%
+0.56%

1400 x 1050
0.15%
0.00%

1440 x 878
0.01%
0.00%

1440 x 900
6.81%
-0.09%

1536 x 864
0.00%
-0.01%

1600 x 900
7.51%
+0.02%

1600 x 1000
0.01%
0.00%

1600 x 1024
0.06%
0.00%

1600 x 1200
0.42%
-0.01%

1680 x 945
0.08%
0.00%

1680 x 1050
8.59%
-0.39%

1768 x 992
0.09%
+0.01%

1776 x 1000
0.04%
0.00%

1804 x 1014
0.01%
0.00%

1804 x 1026
0.00%
0.00%

1824 x 1014
0.00%
-0.01%

1824 x 1026
0.03%
0.00%

1824 x 1036
0.00%
0.00%

1842 x 1026
0.01%
0.00%

1842 x 1036
0.02%
0.00%

1862 x 1048
0.00%
-0.01%

1920 x 1058
0.00%
0.00%

1920 x 1080
28.90%
+0.60%

1920 x 1200
3.04%
-0.18%

1920 x 1440
0.00%
0.00%

2048 x 1152
0.12%
0.00%

2560 x 1418
0.00%
0.00%

2560 x 1440
0.79%
0.00%

2560 x 1600
0.16%
-0.01%

2880 x 1800
0.02%
0.00%

3240 x 1920
0.00%
0.00%

3840 x 1024
0.00%
-0.01%

3840 x 1080
0.00%
0.00%

5040 x 1050
0.01%
0.00%

5760 x 1080
0.06%
0.00%

5760 x 1200
0.01%
0.00%

6048 x 1080
0.00%
-0.01%

Other
0.19%
-0.01%

Multi-Monitor Desktop Resolution
3840 x 1080 
19.64% 
+0.85% 

1280 x 1024
0.04%
+0.04%

1366 x 1792
0.05%
+0.05%

1680 x 1050
0.05%
+0.05%

1680 x 1818
0.07%
+0.03%

1920 x 1080
0.15%
+0.04%

1920 x 1848
0.15%
+0.01%

1920 x 1980
0.12%
+0.02%

1920 x 2104
0.10%
+0.04%

1920 x 2130
0.12%
+0.02%

1920 x 2160
0.24%
-0.02%

1920 x 2280
0.07%
+0.01%

2048 x 768
0.30%
0.00%

2080 x 1024
0.05%
-0.01%

2240 x 900
0.05%
+0.05%

2304 x 768
0.08%
-0.01%

2304 x 800
0.05%
-0.01%

2304 x 1024
0.56%
-0.02%

2384 x 768
0.20%
0.00%

2390 x 768
0.56%
+0.09%

2464 x 900
0.36%
0.00%

2480 x 1050
0.06%
+0.01%

2560 x 720
0.05%
-0.03%

2560 x 800
0.05%
-0.04%

2560 x 1024
2.71%
+0.04%

2560 x 1080
0.06%
+0.06%

2560 x 1600
0.17%
-0.05%

2560 x 2048
0.04%
0.00%

2624 x 900
0.33%
+0.01%

2640 x 768
0.10%
+0.04%

2640 x 800
0.04%
+0.01%

2640 x 1024
0.37%
-0.06%

2646 x 768
0.12%
-0.04%

2646 x 800
0.03%
+0.03%

2646 x 1024
0.79%
+0.01%

2704 x 1050
0.69%
0.00%

2704 x 1280
0.04%
+0.04%

2720 x 768
0.19%
+0.07%

2720 x 900
0.16%
-0.01%

2720 x 1024
0.75%
-0.04%

2720 x 1080
0.09%
0.00%

2726 x 768
0.31%
0.00%

2730 x 1680
0.05%
-0.01%

2732 x 768
0.45%
+0.02%

2800 x 900
0.32%
+0.06%

2806 x 900
0.56%
+0.02%

2820 x 1440
0.04%
-0.02%

2880 x 900
0.95%
-0.13%

2880 x 1024
0.80%
+0.10%

2880 x 1200
0.20%
-0.03%

2880 x 1800
0.34%
+0.02%

2944 x 1080
1.79%
+0.04%

2944 x 1200
0.15%
0.00%

2944 x 1280
0.19%
-0.06%

2960 x 900
0.23%
+0.05%

2960 x 1050
3.03%
-0.35%

2966 x 900
0.32%
+0.05%

2966 x 1200
0.05%
-0.01%

2970 x 1680
0.17%
0.00%

3000 x 1920
0.25%
+0.05%

3040 x 900
0.48%
-0.04%

3040 x 1050
0.49%
+0.03%

3040 x 1200
0.05%
-0.01%

3046 x 1050
0.56%
+0.05%

3072 x 1080
0.04%
-0.01%

3120 x 1050
0.78%
-0.12%

3120 x 1600
0.05%
0.00%

3120 x 1920
0.11%
-0.04%

3200 x 900
1.01%
-0.11%

3200 x 1080
9.66%
-0.19%

3200 x 1200
1.67%
-0.12%

3200 x 2104
0.03%
+0.03%

3280 x 1050
0.55%
-0.03%

3280 x 1080
1.29%
+0.07%

3280 x 1200
0.30%
+0.03%

3286 x 1080
1.93%
+0.07%

3286 x 1200
0.12%
+0.02%

3320 x 1080
0.10%
-0.02%

3328 x 1152
0.07%
0.00%

3360 x 1050
2.96%
-0.13%

3360 x 1080
3.64%
-0.02%

3360 x 1200
0.27%
-0.03%

3360 x 2100
0.35%
+0.03%

3448 x 1050
0.03%
+0.03%

3520 x 1080
2.14%
+0.27%

3520 x 1200
0.94%
0.00%

3600 x 1080
8.53%
+0.21%

3600 x 1200
1.03%
-0.19%

3640 x 1920
0.04%
-0.01%

3688 x 1080
0.07%
-0.01%

3728 x 1152
0.05%
+0.01%

3744 x 1080
0.04%
0.00%

3760 x 1920
0.06%
-0.01%

3762 x 1080
0.04%
+0.01%

3840 x 1024
0.04%
-0.01%

3840 x 1080
19.64%
+0.85%

3840 x 1093
0.09%
+0.02%

3840 x 1106
0.05%
+0.02%

3840 x 1186
0.03%
+0.03%

3840 x 1200
4.35%
-0.16%

3840 x 1440
0.09%
-0.01%

3840 x 2160
0.97%
-0.02%

3840 x 2400
0.49%
-0.06%

3968 x 1152
0.13%
0.00%

4000 x 1440
0.03%
+0.03%

4096 x 1152
0.07%
+0.01%

4160 x 1440
0.06%
+0.02%

4240 x 1050
0.03%
-0.01%

4240 x 1440
0.12%
+0.01%

4480 x 1080
0.19%
+0.07%

4480 x 1200
0.03%
-0.01%

4480 x 1440
0.50%
-0.03%

4480 x 1600
0.23%
0.00%

4800 x 1080
0.03%
0.00%

4880 x 1080
0.05%
+0.01%

4920 x 1920
0.04%
+0.04%

5040 x 1050
0.10%
-0.02%

5120 x 1080
0.12%
+0.04%

5120 x 1200
0.09%
+0.02%

5120 x 1440
0.13%
+0.03%

5120 x 1600
0.06%
-0.02%

5120 x 2880
0.52%
+0.03%

5120 x 3200
0.05%
-0.02%

5200 x 1080
0.04%
+0.04%

5280 x 1080
0.14%
-0.01%

5280 x 1200
0.04%
+0.04%

5440 x 1200
0.05%
+0.05%

5520 x 1080
0.13%
-0.03%

5520 x 1200
0.04%
+0.04%

5760 x 1080
1.38%
+0.12%

5760 x 1200
0.27%
-0.09%

5760 x 2160
0.04%
0.00%

5760 x 3240
0.04%
+0.01%

6400 x 1440
0.07%
0.00%

7680 x 1080
0.04%
+0.04%

7680 x 4320
0.04%
-0.01%

Other
9.45%
-0.39%

Microphones
Yes 
71.70% 
+0.47% 

Yes
71.70%
+0.47%

No
17.35%
-0.19%

Unknown
10.95%
-0.28%

Language
English 
52.70% 
-0.92% 

English
52.70%
-0.92%

Russian
15.80%
+0.60%

German
5.89%
-0.03%

French
4.65%
-0.09%

Spanish
4.01%
+0.11%

Polish
2.10%
-0.14%

Brazilian Portuguese
2.04%
+0.64%

Portuguese
1.93%
-0.35%

Simplified Chinese
1.93%
+0.26%

Korean
1.53%
0.00%

Italian
1.15%
+0.02%

Japanese
0.98%
-0.08%

Swedish
0.90%
-0.07%

Danish
0.76%
0.00%

Dutch
0.56%
-0.01%

Turkish
0.51%
+0.11%

Thai
0.49%
-0.02%

Czech
0.45%
0.00%

Traditional Chinese
0.44%
+0.01%

Finnish
0.42%
-0.01%

Norwegian
0.38%
-0.01%

Hungarian
0.26%
-0.02%

Romanian
0.08%
+0.01%

Greek
0.04%
0.00%

Bulgarian
0.03%
0.00%

Free Hard Drive Space
100 GB to 249 GB 
25.92% 
+0.02% 

Unspecified
0.00%
0.00%

Less than 10 GB
2.29%
-0.07%

10 GB to 99 GB
23.38%
-0.35%

100 GB to 249 GB
25.92%
+0.02%

250 GB to 499 GB
25.23%
-0.06%

500 GB to 749 GB
10.43%
+0.10%

750 GB to 999 GB
7.26%
+0.21%

Above 1 TB
5.48%
+0.15%

Total Hard Drive Space
250 GB to 499 GB 
34.86% 
0.00% 

Unspecified
0.00%
0.00%

Less than 10 GB
0.03%
+0.01%

10 GB to 99 GB
2.67%
+0.10%

100 GB to 249 GB
12.57%
-0.36%

250 GB to 499 GB
34.86%
0.00%

500 GB to 749 GB
12.84%
-0.15%

750 GB to 999 GB
15.99%
+0.26%

Above 1 TB
21.02%
+0.13%

Network Speed
Unspecified 
30.54% 
-0.37% 

Unspecified
30.54%
-0.37%

33.6 Kbps
1.07%
-0.07%

56.0 Kbps
2.15%
-0.02%

112.0 Kbps
0.68%
-0.03%

256.0 Kbps
5.96%
-0.03%

768.0 Kbps
8.32%
+0.09%

1,024.0 Kbps
3.88%
+0.06%

2,048.0 Kbps
26.86%
+0.02%

10,000.0 Kbps
20.55%
+0.36%

Other Settings
FCMOV 
100.00% 
0.00% 

FCMOV
100.00%
0.00%

SSE2
99.84%
+0.02%

SSE3
99.39%
+0.04%

NTFS
94.29%
-0.25%

SSE4.1
61.30%
+1.11%

SSE4.2
47.95%
+1.07%

HyperThreading
39.20%
+0.67%

SSE4a
20.80%
+0.35%


 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.