57% of gamers are running on AMD Radeon graphics

Radeon GPUs are in 57% of gaming machines

Wait. What? Yeah, AMD have reacted to the reports of Nvidia’s massive growth in the last year by hitting back with some stats of their own. When you combine all the gamers running x86 systems - that’s PC and console combined - then well over half of them are running on machines with Radeon graphics at their heart.

It’s a battle of green versus red, but who has the best graphics card? Allow us to enlighten.

You may well be sitting there with your GeForce GPU humming away in your rig (potentially with weird memory issues) and wondering what the hell is going on. But industry stalwarts, Jon Peddie Research, have today released a report covering the state of the gaming hardware market, focusing on the x86 ecosystem now the major consoles are using the same basic hardware as PCs. Of the estimated 717 million gamers, across PC and console, 409 million are using AMD’s GPUs in their systems.

JPR have taken Intel’s CPU graphics into the equation here too as there are still a lot of casual gamers running Steam on their laptops. And with Intel in the picture that actually puts Nvidia into third place in all this. Intel are estimated to have around 23% of the market with 164 million users with Nvidia bringing up the rear at just 20% and 144 million gamers.

When we’re talking discrete graphics though Nvidia are absolutely on top. Taking the latest Steam hardware survey as a snapshot it shows the green team with an almost 58% market share, with the GTX 970 still sitting there as the most popular GPU. The first AMD Radeon card (of the ol’ HD 7900 series variety) pops up at 16th in the list, with five Intel integrated GPUs appearing above it.

Steam hardware survey graphics cards

AMD dropped a slide detailing the findings of the JPR report into a presentation they were giving at a recent dinner, and most of us (journalists and execs alike) in the room did a genuine double-take. 

While AMD have made some strides this year with the Polaris GPUs they’re still nowhere near the revenue of Nvidia. AMD’s year-on-year revenue has grown by 11%, driven by those new graphics card sales. Nvidia though have seen their revenue leap by a massive 54%.

I’m not entirely sure how much AMD have actually made from having their graphics technology feature in both of the current-gen consoles in terms of cold, hard cash, but it does mean they can claim some serious dominance in terms of what gamers are actually using. Unfortunately with 75% of those gamers probably blissfully unaware of what GPU is running in their console, or simply just don’t care, it’s only ever going to be an interesting stat which gets brought out every now and then.

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Rock1m1 Avatar
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7 Months ago

Bringing in console to the picture is a different data.

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xNuke Avatar
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7 Months ago

Console + PC and it's still "only" 57%. This just goes to show how dominant nvidia is. #TeamGreen

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Elcid Avatar
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7 Months ago

Read the artical Nivida is third behind AMD 57%, Intel 23% then Nvidia @ 20%

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xNuke Avatar
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7 Months ago

Dominant in the sense of what users are choosing to have in their system.

It's a little unfair to add consoles and all those laptops with integrated graphics to the statistics of what "gamers" are running.

People who bought a console, had no choice in terms of GPU and people who have a laptop with intergrated graphics most likely didn't buy it for games, but run some lower-end games because why not.

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Xavier Xonora (AP) Avatar
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7 Months ago

Console only counts for around 15% of the market mate. AMD is completely dominant in the low end of the market.

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xNuke Avatar
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7 Months ago

This has pretty much always been the case. AMD excels at low cost gaming while nvidia offer top of the line, max any game cards.

The price of radeons has always been appealing and frankly there's a lot more people who can't afford to shell out 400+ for a GPU and are perfectly fine with a 100-150 card. That's how they're making money, but nvidia started targeting this market as well with the 1050 which right now offers the best performance for it's price on the market.

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Vegeta-X Avatar
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7 Months ago

I don't see a single console console GPU listed. Where do you see one?

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xNuke Avatar
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7 Months ago

First sentence of the article:-

"When you combine all the gamers running x86 systems - that’s PC and console combined - then well over half of them are running on machines with Radeon graphics at their heart."

The "list" above in the form of a screenshot is just from Steam which takes Nvidia to 58%.

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XBadXKarmaX Avatar
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7 Months ago

"Unfortunately with 75% of those gamers probably blissfully unaware of what GPU is running in their console, or simply just don’t care,"

Could be said like "Unfortunately with most drivers probably blissfully unaware of what CO. is extracting oil for there car, or simply just don't care."

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WhiskyRum Avatar
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7 Months ago

Haha even internet explorer was the most used back then.

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Xavier Xonora (AP) Avatar
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7 Months ago

LMFAO so many nvidia fabois

And before you jump at my throat I own a 1080 and an RX 480. So bite me.

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Lolssi Avatar
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7 Months ago

Gonna build another computer before Ghost Recon: Wildlands hits. I was planning to go green but unless 1070 drops in price or I have more cash than expected I'm gonna stick with AMD.

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Max932 Avatar
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2 Months ago

The AMD's statement is true and relevant for developers and even the "blissfully unaware" gamers because games have to be optimized for the hardware.

Bring massive optimization for NVidia hardware and neglect to do so for AMD too is a non-sens when you intend to port it to consoles too. You have to consider the whole picture of AAA gaming right now. When Intel count in GPU market share they are not shy to put HD integrated GPUs. People don't chose and are not even aware that they have an Intel GPU in their tablet, laptop or desktop. The same when you don't have a real choice between AMD or NVidia for gaming laptops.

So AMD is right and developers have to take that in consideration.

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Belimawr Avatar
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7 Months ago

so about 40 million PS4's, going by EA's numbers thought to be about 20 million Xbox 1's, about 14 million Wii U, assuming they only count the 3 active consoles (if they include the 360 it will be even higher)

so lets say for sake of argument 80 million in consoles and they still only have a 57% market share? Nvidia must be slaughtering them in the PC market to need to count in the consoles just to pull to not even a 60% market share.

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Xavier Xonora (AP) Avatar
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7 Months ago

Lol, 719 million gamers mate, and less than 100 million of those are console. That's like 14% of gamers. Add Intel into the equation and AMD Still has the market share lead.

Also what is stopping Intel and Nvidia tendering an option for consoles?

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TexasLean Avatar
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7 Months ago

Umm, it's taking into account Laptops and Intel. With those being 23% Intel and 20% nVidia. That's massive.

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Aever Avatar
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7 Months ago

Kind of, yes. But to get the full picture, you need to take into account non-gaming PCs, which no one knows what hardware they use.

But then .. 57% market share, assuming that's all consoles, that means that PC has 43% of the games market?

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Dave James Avatar
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7 Months ago

PC actually has far more of the market than that. The 57% Radeon hardware percentage already takes into account AMD PC users, so if you take the JPR report figures as gospel, with a total of 410 million PC gamer GPUs in the world and 307 million AMD console GPUs, the PC has 57% of the total gaming market.

But even then that's an estimate so if could be even higher. PC FTW, eh?

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Aever Avatar
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7 Months ago

That's interesting. Thanks.

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