Nvidia’s GeForce RTX graphics playing cards look like benefiting from some critical recent momentum, at the least going by the outcomes of the most recent Steam survey.
Valve’s survey exhibits that the highest three graphics playing cards which made probably the most upward motion by way of gaining market share for March 2020 have been RTX fashions, led by the GeForce RTX 2060.
As you’re in all probability conscious, that’s probably the most budget-friendly RTX graphics card, geared toward those that need devoted ray tracing cores with a minimal of harm to their pockets. And in March, RTX 2060 adoption moved as much as 2.71% in response to Steam’s figures, representing a wholesome improve of zero.53% on the earlier month.
The second-biggest gainer was the RTX 2070 which moved up zero.33% to achieve a 2.01% share of the GPU market, and that was adopted by the newer RTX 2070 Tremendous, the pepped-up model of the graphics card which elevated adoption by zero.28% to achieve 1.21%.
Whereas these adoption figures may sound comparatively small, we’ve got to keep in mind that the GPU market is kind of fragmented throughout numerous totally different fashions, and actually the RTX 2060 hitting 2.71% means it’s now the fifth hottest graphics card general among the many Steam avid gamers surveyed. It’s additionally extra well-liked than any of the cheaper GTX Turing fashions (with out ray tracing acceleration) that are led by the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti in seventh place on 2.48%.
The most well-liked playing cards stay Nvidia’s previous-generation 10-series choices, holding the highest 4 spots, and being led by the GeForce GTX 1060 which continues to be utilized by 12.67% of Steam avid gamers (it was down a fraction – dropping zero.01% – in March). Nvidia’s GTX 1050 Ti is in second place on eight.81% (down 1 / 4 of a proportion level), adopted by the GTX 1050 on 5.42%, after which the GTX 1070 on four.23%. The RTX 2060 is subsequent in line.
No nice shock
Is that this RTX success to be anticipated, although? Nvidia is clearly all-in on ray tracing, with next-gen RTX 3000 playing cards anticipated to make big advancements on this front, and they are expected to launch later in 2020, with price adjustments of existing RTX cards to doubtless follow.
Hopefully more affordable and better ray tracing should help push adoption even further, and of course there’s the small matter of the next-gen games consoles – the PS5 and Xbox Series X – also supporting ray-traced graphics. And of course AMD’s getting on board with its next Big Navi graphics cards powered by RDNA 2 also coming with hardware accelerated ray tracing.
So in short, the industry is clearly headed this way, so Nvidia’s current RTX cards gaining momentum really shouldn’t be much of a surprise. Particularly as the RTX 2060 has already become more affordable…
As to AMD’s current performance in the Steam survey for March, the best placed Radeon graphics card doesn’t make the cut for the top 10. AMD’s Radeon RX 580 is in eleventh place with a 1.95% share, and you have to drop to nineteenth place to find the next AMD card, the RX 570 on 1.13%.
Valve’s gaming platform certainly paints a picture of Nvidia domination, although again that’s no surprise, as this has been echoed by figures we’ve been seeing from other sources including analyst firms for a good long time. For example, stats from Jon Peddie Research have recently shown Nvidia having a 73% market share when it comes to discrete GPUs (with AMD holding the remaining 27%, of course).