Valve December 2009 Hardware Survey

The Steam Hardware Survey now offers its December, 2009 results, showing hardware trends collected from the users of Valve's online service. Some of the results follow.

Data Most Popular Percentage
Windows Version Windows XP 32 bit 44.77%
System RAM  2 GB 30.94%
Processor Vendor  GenuineIntel 69.06%
Intel CPU Speeds  2.3 Ghz to 2.69 Ghz 26.86%
AMD CPU Speeds  2.0 Ghz to 2.29 Ghz 9.62%
Physical CPUs  2 cpus 56.93%
DirectX 10 Systems (Vista with DirectX 10 GPU) ATI Radeon HD 4800 Series 6.78%
DirectX 10 GPUs NVIDIA GeForce 8800 13.64%
DirectX 9 Shader Model 2b and 3.0 GPUs NVIDIA GeForce 7600 12.83%
DirectX 9 Shader Model 2.0 GPUs ATI Radeon 9600 16.79%
MSAA Support Level 4x 93.91%
NVIDIA Drivers 8.16.11.9107 (9/27/2009) 19.19%
ATI Drivers 8.14.10.700 (9/23/2009) 10.18%
Video Card Driver Name nvd3dum.dll 35.52%
Video Card Description NVIDIA GeForce 8800 10.39%
Multi-GPU Systems NVIDIA SLI (2 GPUs) 2.40%
VRAM 512 MB 40.01%
Primary Display Resolution 1280 x 1024 21.20%
Multi-Monitor Desktop Resolution 2960 x 1050 12.95%
Audio Devices  Realtek HD Audio output 40.70%
Microphones  Yes 77.82%
Language English 56.76%
Drive Type  DVD 97.98%
Free Hard Drive Space 10 GB to 99 GB 36.78%
Total Hard Drive Space 250 GB to 499 GB 32.02%
Network Speed 2,048.0 Kbps 34.61%
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Granted it means more now that its not like years ago where source engine games were the only thing on steam but yeah... source engine games do not require high end hardware to run.

The other thing that makes me wonder is how Steam detects *PHYSICAL* CPU's. It says that 56.93% have 2 CPU's. I find that hard to believe.

For those that do not know... if Valve is using WMI to detect the amount of CPU's that is a big pile of utter fail. Windows XP WMI *CAN NOT* detect physical CPU count properly. Only Vista and 7 can. Win XP sees a single CPU 2 core system as 2 physical CPU's. Win Vista and 7 have two WMI values. One for physical and one for virtual. I have a dual CPU with 2 cores per chip so I have tested this first hand.
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