July was one of the best months for AMD in recent memory, starting with the Steam survey processor section. Team red saw a rare decline in the number of participants using its CPUs in June, but it recovered last month by +2.22%, giving AMD a record-high share of 33.73%.
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Moving onto the most efficient GPUs of the month, we notice a lot of mid-range Ampere and RDNA 2 cards at the top of the chart. The RTX 3070 (+0.27%), RTX 3080 (+.024%) and RTX 3080 Ti (+0.14%) all performed exceptionally well, and AMD's cards are finally receiving more recognition, with the Radeon RX 6800 XT and RX 6500 XT occupying the thirteenth (+0.15%) position
The best-performing GPUs in July among Steam survey participants
The fact that so many graphics cards, especially newer ones, are performing admirably is a given. At the height of the chip crisis in November last year, only five GPUs achieved a gain of more than +0.10%. Today, as prices rise, more gamers are purchasing cards that were once too costly or simply unavailable.
The top GPUs were relatively quiet, but most of them saw increases.
Windows 11 was down for the first time in a month last month. Microsoft's latest OS has been taking advantage of Windows 10 since it was first revealed in the survey. That trend reversed in July as Windows 11 fell by -0.11%, and Windows 10 increased +1.91% to gain a 73.17% share.
The long-awaited moment when the Oculus Quest 2 is owned by over half of Steam's VR users has come. Meta's headset is the preferred choice for a massive 50.32% of participants; the second-place Valve Index HMD has a share of just over 15%. It'll be interesting to see if the Oculus (officially named Meta) Quest 2 can maintain this pace now that it's $100 more costly.
The most popular languages in the survey are English and Simplified Chinese, which declined last month, while Russian saw the largest increase (+1.59%). Steam is one of the few western services that are not banned in Russia, and Valve resumed payments to Russian and Ukrainian developers in April following a suspension.