Back at the start of this year, Steam’s Hardware Survey showed that the GTX 970 had climbed the ladder to become the most popular graphics card amongst the users involved. Since then, we have had a slew of graphics card launches based on new architecture from both Nvidia and AMD but still, the GTX 970 appears to be the most popular GPU, according to this month’s Steam Hardware Survey.
Not every single Steam user takes part in the survey every month so that is worth keeping in mind when looking at the figures. Still, amongst participants, the GTX 970 was found in 5.03 percent of PCs, with the GTX 960 coming in second place, in 3.59 percent of systems.
Obviously, the GTX 970 has a huge lead over recently released GPUs, given that it came out back in 2014. Still though, it is always interesting to see where things rank. Interestingly enough, Windows 10 64-bit is also now the most popular OS amongst Steam users, with 44.67 percent of Steam gamers running it. This is followed by Windows 7 64-bit in second place, which can still be found on just over 30 percent of systems in the hardware survey.
1080p is still the most popular resolution, which shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise and finally, the HTC Vive is the most popular VR headset right now according to the survey. Around 0.18 percent of participants were running a Vive headset, while the Oculus Rift CV1 landed in second place with 0.09 percent.
There are other interesting bits of information to be found, like how many people are running 8GB of RAM, how many people are still running a dual-core CPU and even how many Steam users have a microphone set up. You can take a look at the full list of results, HERE.
KitGuru Says: Despite the VRAM controversy, the GTX 970 still sold very well. On top of that, the GTX 970’s launch price was lower than expected and made it seem like a bargain at the time. Right now, the 970 still has a pretty big lead over other GPUs so it will be interesting to see how long it takes for current generation cards to catch up.