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Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey

The April 2014 Steam Hardware & Software Survey results are now online, offering an overview of the types of systems gamers are using to run Steam games. There are no trends that immediately jump off the page, though the penguin-powered Linux Today headlines their story on this as "Linux Rises From The Ashes," so apparently the 0.22% increase in use of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64 bit0.22 is significant. Thanks Ant.

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22. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 9, 2014, 22:56 Ant
 
I still use Windows XP Pro. SP3.  
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21. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 21:07 SpectralMeat
 
[VG]Reagle wrote on May 5, 2014, 21:06:
Less than 15% using windows 8. WIN8SUCKSASS!!!!!!
more like 25%
 
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20. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 21:06 [VG]Reagle
 
Less than 15% using windows 8. WIN8SUCKSASS!!!!!!  
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19. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 19:41 eRe4s3r
 
NewMaxx wrote on May 5, 2014, 11:46:
eRe4s3r wrote on May 5, 2014, 11:09:
One stat is interesting, apparently about 4% of steam users do not have a 64bit cpu

and 10% have only 2GB of RAM, Wow? 2 GB .. OF... RAM ?
2% have 1GB of RAM

Mobile devices. My new Windows tablet (Bay Trail) is both 32-bit and only has 2GB of RAM, but I can run many Steam games on it. I have an older laptop (dual-core) with x86 Windows 7 with 2GB of RAM (came with 1GB), too. My netbook (x86 dual-core Atom) has 2GB of RAM (came with 1GB) and runs Windows 7 and even it can run some classic titles.

Totally forgot about those...

Playing KSP is out of the question on those then
 
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18. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 19:41 eRe4s3r
 
SpectralMeat wrote on May 5, 2014, 14:38:
jacobvandy wrote on May 5, 2014, 14:30:
Meh, I turn mine off every night, or if I'm going to work and not running a download.
Same here, for some reason sleep mode doesn't work too well on my desktop. Keep crashing for some reason.
When it doesn't crash it would go to sleep but then wake from sleep for no reason. (I have network wake or whatever it is called off)
I was screwing around with it for a while removed some windows updates which apparently caused the issue but problem still exist so I just shut it off.
With my SSD it doesn't take that long to boot up anyways.

Tis actually a really common issue.... every 5th nvidia driver I have this problem, thankfully in 337.50 this is not an issue... but it'll be again I am sure.

With SSD, booting cold is actually fun. Sleep barely adds anything to it. A few seconds and all your windows are still open, but that's it.

I have a NAS to run downloads over night

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17. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 16:59 jdreyer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on May 5, 2014, 11:31:
Yeah there are 4 different Win8 versions listed
All together nearly 25%
Win7 - 62%

Windows 7, the last great desktop OS.
 
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16. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 14:38 SpectralMeat
 
jacobvandy wrote on May 5, 2014, 14:30:
Meh, I turn mine off every night, or if I'm going to work and not running a download.
Same here, for some reason sleep mode doesn't work too well on my desktop. Keep crashing for some reason.
When it doesn't crash it would go to sleep but then wake from sleep for no reason. (I have network wake or whatever it is called off)
I was screwing around with it for a while removed some windows updates which apparently caused the issue but problem still exist so I just shut it off.
With my SSD it doesn't take that long to boot up anyways.
 
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15. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 14:30 jacobvandy
 
Meh, I turn mine off every night, or if I'm going to work and not running a download.  
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14. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 14:27 HorrorScope
 
Orogogus wrote on May 5, 2014, 14:09:
Well, it would matter for people who move their laptops around.

Ok my Win 7 laptop will be rebooted around 10 times this year, forced security updates requiring a reboot. Sleep mode otherwise, with 1 second start times.
 
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13. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 14:09 Orogogus
 
HorrorScope wrote on May 5, 2014, 13:51:
Actually you gave Linux too much credit:
It was one version up .22 while others versions were down, net gain...

Total: Linux 1.26% +0.06%
Last Month: 1.20%

If I rec'd a system with win 8 I'd just get the Desktop Fix and keep moving. No reason to go back that said, imo when people get excited about boot speed increases I see those at least for me and I doubt I'm alone, this year I've rebooted my Win 7 system once so far, I expect one or two more times. It's not like the old days where you could reboot a couple times per day. So whatever that speed difference is, is of no consequence.

Well, it would matter for people who move their laptops around.
 
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12. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 13:51 HorrorScope
 
Actually you gave Linux too much credit:
It was one version up .22 while others versions were down, net gain...

Total: Linux 1.26% +0.06%
Last Month: 1.20%

If I rec'd a system with win 8 I'd just get the Desktop Fix and keep moving. No reason to go back that said, imo when people get excited about boot speed increases I see those at least for me and I doubt I'm alone, this year I've rebooted my Win 7 system once so far, I expect one or two more times. It's not like the old days where you could reboot a couple times per day. So whatever that speed difference is, is of no consequence.
 
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11. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 13:38 SpectralMeat
 
Ok I see, thanks for the feedback.
I know the boot up time is faster but at the time when I've used 8 and not 8.1 the whole OS experience seemed sluggish. Games took longer to load, some crashed with some weird errors (assuming driver issues) etc.
 
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10. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 13:24 Burrito of Peace
 
SpectralMeat wrote on May 5, 2014, 12:49:
Where exactly do you see performance gains over 7? While I was using 8.0 it seemed a lot more sluggish compared to 7

8.1 boot time to usable desktop from cold power on = 5.4 seconds
7 boot time to useable desktop from cold power on = 12 seconds

Large network transfers of ~40GB or more were faster by minutes on 8 compared to 7.

While we didn't measure it, load times on programs and games seemed faster on 8.1 than 7.

A coworker and I have the exact same setup:
Shuttle SZ87R6
Intel Core i7 4770-K (mild overclock to 4Ghz)
32GB Crucial Ballistix
Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD
780 GTX
Both Realtek 1Gb adapters teamed.

He installed 7 Pro 64 bit on his, and I 8.1 Pro 64bit on mine. Then we started mucking around side by side.

Don't get me wrong, I am not making the value judgement that 8 is better. It's just faster

 
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9. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 12:49 SpectralMeat
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on May 5, 2014, 12:40:
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On my newest build, Win8.1 significantly outperforms Win7 (both 64 bit installs). While the UI isn't my cup of tea, exactly, it's serviceable enough as I mostly use the desktop. For me, the performance gains were worth the change over.

I'm hoping Win9 cleans up the UI significantly. If that happens, I think 9 will have the same welcome and adoption that 7 has enjoyed.
Where exactly do you see performance gains over 7?
While I was using 8.0 it seemed a lot more sluggish compared to 7
 
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8. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 12:40 Burrito of Peace
 
<dons riot gear>

On my newest build, Win8.1 significantly outperforms Win7 (both 64 bit installs). While the UI isn't my cup of tea, exactly, it's serviceable enough as I mostly use the desktop. For me, the performance gains were worth the change over.

I'm hoping Win9 cleans up the UI significantly. If that happens, I think 9 will have the same welcome and adoption that 7 has enjoyed.
 
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7. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 11:51 Flo
 
NewMaxx wrote on May 5, 2014, 11:46:
eRe4s3r wrote on May 5, 2014, 11:09:
One stat is interesting, apparently about 4% of steam users do not have a 64bit cpu

and 10% have only 2GB of RAM, Wow? 2 GB .. OF... RAM ?
2% have 1GB of RAM

Mobile devices. My new Windows tablet (Bay Trail) is both 32-bit and only has 2GB of RAM, but I can run many Steam games on it. I have an older laptop (dual-core) with x86 Windows 7 with 2GB of RAM (came with 1GB), too. My netbook (x86 dual-core Atom) has 2GB of RAM (came with 1GB) and runs Windows 7 and even it can run some classic titles. That doesn't even include the people running non-Windows OS...

I took my 8" Toshiba Encore with me on vacation and I was pleasantly surprised how awesome Broken Age was running on it in touch mode. Bring it on!
 
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6. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 11:46 NewMaxx
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 5, 2014, 11:09:
One stat is interesting, apparently about 4% of steam users do not have a 64bit cpu

and 10% have only 2GB of RAM, Wow? 2 GB .. OF... RAM ?
2% have 1GB of RAM

Mobile devices. My new Windows tablet (Bay Trail) is both 32-bit and only has 2GB of RAM, but I can run many Steam games on it. I have an older laptop (dual-core) with x86 Windows 7 with 2GB of RAM (came with 1GB), too. My netbook (x86 dual-core Atom) has 2GB of RAM (came with 1GB) and runs Windows 7 and even it can run some classic titles.

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5. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 11:31 SpectralMeat
 
Yeah there are 4 different Win8 versions listed
All together nearly 25%
Win7 - 62%
 
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4. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 11:28 nin
 

Oh, I missed the 8.1 64...

 
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3. Re: Steam April 2014 HW/SW Survey May 5, 2014, 11:26 SpectralMeat
 
nin wrote on May 5, 2014, 11:16:
Holy shit - win8 almost up to 10%...

Actually it is almost 25%, not that it matters much.
I bet majority of that are new laptops
 
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