Valve Releases Latest Steam PC Hardware Survey; Nvidia Cards and 4:3 Displays Lead

Valve has revealed the results of its latest PC hardware survey, which polled 1,728,662 Steam users from November 13, 2007 to May 15, 2008.

Among the findings, the company reported that Nvidia cards occupy the top six slots of video hardware among Steam users, with the GeForce 8800 leading at 9.36%. The most common RAM configuration was 2GB and above.

Other interesting results include the ability of 9.57% to utilize DirectX10, the part where 0.55% of Steam users connect with a 33.6 Kbps modem, as well as:


  • 73.87% use 4:3 aspect primary displays
  • 25.70% use 16:9 aspect primary displays
  • 3.49% of use multi-monitor desktop resolutions
  • 39.18% run their primary display at 1280 x 960
  • 32.02% run their primary display at 1024 x 768
Hard Drives
  • 32.59% have more than 250GB in HDD capacity
  • The most common amount of free HDD space was 10GB-19.9GB
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    May 15, 2008 8:22 AM


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      May 15, 2008 8:24 AM

      some people play at whatever their desktop is. Also some like to be cool and play 800x600 for cs since those 3d guys played at that.

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        May 15, 2008 11:18 AM

        For CS 1.6, I still swear by 640x480. I definitely notice a difference in recoil and headshot registration. While it might just "feel" different, you'll find a lot of the best CS players use extremely low resolutions.

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      May 15, 2008 8:30 AM

      Athon 3000+
      NVIDIA 7800 GS
      1 gig of memory
      Onboard sound

      In TF2, that gives me ~25 fps in combat at 800x600. So 800x600 it is.

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      May 15, 2008 8:56 AM

      I blame CS.

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      May 15, 2008 9:16 AM

      I run most games at 1024x768, have a old dell 19" CRT.

      AMD 3500+
      2 gigs of RAM
      7900 GT
      Onboard Sound

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      May 15, 2008 9:47 AM

      i still play q3 at that res

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        May 15, 2008 9:53 AM

        (with an 8800gt on a 22" widescreen monitor)

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          May 15, 2008 10:09 AM

          B-but why? It looks damn sexy in widescreen @16x10 with all the eye-candy cranked to the max w/AA+AF, and it still runs at >300fps average on my rig, which isn't even that new (X2 4200+ @2.7GHz, 8800GTS 512).

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            May 15, 2008 10:31 AM

            Visual clutter that only gets in the way when you need to see and hit people as fast as possible, that's why.

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              May 15, 2008 10:37 AM

              I can see that ...and perhaps it explains my lousy Q3A skillz, but I do like the added peripheral vision I get in ws with a 105 fov, though.

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              May 15, 2008 11:13 AM

              How the low resolution is lowering the visual clutter?

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            May 15, 2008 10:46 AM

            this is what my q3 looks like

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              May 15, 2008 12:24 PM

              I like that. lol

              I play the game at around 1024x768 still also. q6600 7800gt 2gb ram

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      May 15, 2008 10:24 AM

      I run 1152X864, go ahead make fun of me

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      May 15, 2008 11:32 AM

      24"er running at 1920x1200, everything maxed.. how sweet it is.. couldn't imagine anything less

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      May 15, 2008 6:37 PM

      I run all my games at 1440x900 on my cheap 8600GT. What is wrong with these people? go buy an 8600 for less than 100 roobucks.

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