# Steam Hardware Survey

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In case someone who is programming a game and likes to know what hardware is used nowadays should take a look at this poll if he hasn't already: http://www.steampowered.com/status/survey.html (sorry I'm too lazy to linkify, copy and paste into address field). Of course the sample biased, since it is based on people who play Half-Life and its different mods such as CS and DoD etc. Still I think it is somehow representative of what hardware you can expect a normal gamer to posses when it comes 3D capabilities etc.

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 RDTSC 167,072 100.02 %
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 RDTSC 167,072 100.02 %
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My guess is that it is some kind of rounding error, or error from when the samples were gathered (the total samples figured might be less than the actual received samples for some reason). When I posted the link it was "only" at 100.01%.

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I like how they have overlapping areas in the RAM specs, those overlaps being precicely at some of the more common RAM levels:
>=24 Mb to <32 Mb	3	 0.00 %  32 Mb to  64 Mb	175	 0.05 %  64 Mb to  96 Mb	153	 0.04 %  96 Mb to 128 Mb	5,631	 1.51 %	## 128 Mb to 256 Mb	70,270	18.81 %	################### 256 Mb to 512 Mb	193,893	51.90 %	#################################################### 512 Mb to   1 Gb	97,938	26.21 %	##########################   1 Gb to 1.5 Gb	3,382	 0.91 %	# 1.5 Gb to 2.0 Gb	2,167	 0.58 %	#

Do I fall into the 128-256 or the 256-512 category? To find out I checked my system info rightclick thingy of my computer:

523,808 KB - or the 2nd. This is assuming all the numbers are using the same "Kilos", and not differing ones (aka, one using "official" Kilobytes (1KB = 1000B), the other using 1KiB* = 1024B)

*KiB is the official abbreviation for this version of kilobytes I believe if memory serves me right...

edit: same idea with the processor speeds, although since it's finer grained it's less of an issue - my linux server box is 600mhz, falling into both the 500-600 and 600-700 categories apparently - although it'll probably end up in the 2nd (as manufactures couuld get sued for providing a tad too little, yes?) and my main box @ 1.4ghz, falling into either 1.3-1.4, or more likely 1.4-1.5.

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The fact that the Geforce 4 MX is the most common card really makes me cry [crying]. Other than that, very interesting... Some of the numbers did surprise me quite a bit, for example I would have thought more people would still be using older versions of windows than XP.

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 Original post by MaulingMonkey*KiB is the official abbreviation for this version of kilobytes I believe if memory serves me right...

It does. KiB means 2^10 bytes.

Edit: Wuntvor, so does Microsoft [smile]

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 Original post by MaulingMonkey*KiB is the official abbreviation for this version of kilobytes I believe if memory serves me right...
kibibytes. Similarly, mebi-, gibi- and tebi-.

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There some wierd errors with the results, but other than that it's pretty cool to see what poeple use.... but I'm sad that ATI doesnt have the most users :(

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 Original post by MaulingMonkeyI like how they have overlapping areas in the RAM specs, those overlaps being precicely at some of the more common RAM levels:>=24 Mb to <32 Mb 3 0.00 %Do I fall into the 128-256 or the 256-512 category? To find out I checked my system info rightclick thingy of my computer:

I would assume it follows this [first column, second column) convention.

Couple things I noticed that I thought were interesting:
Game Screen Width
60 pixels 1 0.00 %

So like a gameboy?

Processor Vendor
ValveIsGreat 1 0.00 %

I want one of those!

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 Original post by Oluseyikibibytes. Similarly, mebi-, gibi- and tebi-.

Why do those unit names remind me of chibi style anime? Like SD Gundam?
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 Original post by RixterI would assume it follows this [first column, second column) convention.

Assumptions are the devil ;-). But that probably applies well to this, since most vendors will most likely give more RAM than less... still, they should specify such things.

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 Couple things I noticed that I thought were interesting:Game Screen Width60 pixels 1 0.00 %So like a gameboy?Processor VendorValveIsGreat 1 0.00 %I want one of those!

Heh - I think those were probably hacked entries 0_o.

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 Original post by WuntvorThe fact that the Geforce 4 MX is the most common card really makes me cry [crying]. Other than that, very interesting... Some of the numbers did surprise me quite a bit, for example I would have thought more people would still be using older versions of windows than XP.

I'm sure it's due to the fact that with the intro of the under \$500 pc a lot of people have finally took the plunge and bought a pc with preloaded windows xp home edition.
The numbers also seem to agree with the numbers in this recent article:
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-3513_22-5378366.html

Of Microsoft's approximately 390 million operating system installations around the world, Windows XP Pro constitutes 26.1 percent, Windows XP Home 24.7 percent, IDC said.

The remaining 49.2 percent is composed of Windows 2000 Professional (17.5 percent), Windows 98 (14.9 percent), Windows ME (6.5 percent), Windows 95 (5.4 percent), and Windows NT Workstation (4.9 percent).

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