A recent Steam hardware survey has found that the dynamic for graphics cards is now leaning more heavily towards the Nvidia side of graphics card sales, rather than sticking with AMD cards.
The competition between the two manufacturers has seen multiple versions of different graphics cards coming out in the past few months, and now it seems like one is finally gaining the edge.
According to the Steam hardware survey, 56 percent of Steam users now use Nvidia graphics cards. Only 25% of Steam users use AMD graphics cards.
The spike in new Nvidia cards could be because of the release of Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics cards. The GTX 1080 is one of the most powerful graphics cards on the market right now.
AMD’s slice of the Steam hardware survey’s pie has decreased from 28.9 percent to the 25% that it suffers now. However, the AMD RX 480 released only a month after the GTX 1080, so there’s a possibility that it just needs to get the ball rolling until it starts to catch up to Nvidia.
But then again, even the RX 480 may not be enough, considering that the GTX 1060 will be coming out soon and will actually overwhelm the 480 before it can really get rolling. While the RX 480 has sold out for now, when the GTX 1060 comes out it may have a much more successful run than the 480.
However, the reason that the Steam hardware survey still has a lot of users using AMD would also be because the 480 is geared more towards people with a budget, rather than the high-end Nvidia cards.
Even if the 1060 comes out and is a success, more people may stick with a 480 for their budgets, especially with market saturation a possibility considering two Nvidia graphics cards are coming out in fairly rapid succession.
AMD is also more familiar with virtual reality than Nvidia cards, so that may also be a way that it can gain an edge over Nvidia.
Either way we’ll just have to see how things are with the next hardware sale in order to see if Nvidia will be able to hold its lead over AMD.