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Steam Gamers Upgrading to 64-bit Win 7 Quickly

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Intel and Nvidia hardware still leading the pack on Steam.

Each month, Steam collects data about what kinds of computer hardware its users are running. Besides just being interesting to us, the incredibly helpful to game developers in providing a picture of what its target audience is using as well as their upgrade habits.

While memory typically grows along with better and faster CPUs and GPUs, the numbers for January 2010 presented a notable milestone for Microsoft. Although Windows XP is still the predominant choice of operating system for Steam gamers, Windows 7 uptake amongst the group was so fast that the 64-bit of the new OS is now the second most popular on the system.

Windows XP is used by 42.15 percent of those on Steam, with Windows 7 64-bit at 19.2 percent, shooting past both versions of Windows Vista (32-bit at 19.09 percent and 64-bit at 8.82 percent). The 32-bit version of Windows 7 held 9.03 percent.

As usual, Nvidia and Intel held the majority of hardware parts at 65 percent and 69 percent, respectively.

Check out the latest numbers here.

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    Yuka , February 10, 2010 7:29 PM
    Sabiancym512mb of RAM is the most popular? Is everyone just playing CS 1.6?


    That's VRAM, bro... Video RAM.

    Nice data, Steam. Keep up the good work!

    Cheers!
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    LATTEH , February 10, 2010 7:10 PM
    Well this is good news.... i guess but you gotta love steam :D 
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    shadow187 , February 10, 2010 7:11 PM
    And I am just one of those people, awesome, :D .

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    LATTEH , February 10, 2010 7:10 PM
    Well this is good news.... i guess but you gotta love steam :D 
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    shadow187 , February 10, 2010 7:11 PM
    And I am just one of those people, awesome, :D .

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    jimmysmitty , February 10, 2010 7:16 PM
    STeam works great with 7 to. I have it in my Start menu and can access anything of it including recently played games without ever opening Steam.
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    Sabiancym , February 10, 2010 7:19 PM
    512mb of RAM is the most popular? Is everyone just playing CS 1.6?
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    JohnnyLucky , February 10, 2010 7:28 PM
    Interesting statistics. Would have thought ATI would have had a larger share.
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    Yuka , February 10, 2010 7:29 PM
    Sabiancym512mb of RAM is the most popular? Is everyone just playing CS 1.6?


    That's VRAM, bro... Video RAM.

    Nice data, Steam. Keep up the good work!

    Cheers!
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    Shadow703793 , February 10, 2010 7:31 PM
    Sabiancym512mb of RAM is the most popular? Is everyone just playing CS 1.6?

    That's GPU VRAM not System RAM.
    See: http://store.steampowered.com/hwsurvey/

    The System RAM is 2GB. 512MB VRAM is fine for 1680*1050 or lower.
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    Tomtompiper , February 10, 2010 7:48 PM
    Windows Vista = Epic Fail,

    A lot of people will bypass this steaming turd of an OS , our MIS department installs XP on Vista machines before it lets them out in the wild.
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    theubersmurf , February 10, 2010 7:53 PM
    Surprising? No, will the adoption of dx11 outpace the adoption of dx10 is more the question. I find the whole thing humorous honestly.
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    backin5 , February 10, 2010 8:07 PM
    Yeah, Steam identifies my Windows 7 x64, alright, but for some reason doesn't recognize my Crossfire setup :( 
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    MagicPants , February 10, 2010 8:07 PM
    Steam was very broken on win7 64 bit until the February 4th client update. Another big issue is that many players expect old games to work on win7.
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    fflam , February 10, 2010 8:10 PM
    captaincharismawell DUH! anyone who plays any game that is on steam would have at least 4GB of ram. so they would upgrade to a 64 bit OS legally or not.


    i play on steam every day and i have a ti4200, 1gb ram(1 gig went bad :/ ) and a p4 2.6ghz processor
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    kamel5547 , February 10, 2010 8:22 PM
    tomtompiperWindows Vista = Epic Fail,A lot of people will bypass this steaming turd of an OS , our MIS department installs XP on Vista machines before it lets them out in the wild.

    Uh yeah. The fact XP is installed by your MIS department probably has more to do with corporate applications than anything being actually wrong with Vista. We install XP instead of 7 due to issues with our e-mail application and internal sites being incompatible with anything beyond I.E. 6 (well not really, most of them work but we get no support).

    There was nothing horribly wrong with Vista that could not be fixed by changing a couple settings (i.e. turning off UAC). Sure it was a little hardware intensive, other than that I really fail to see why everyone avoided it so much.
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    mtyermom , February 10, 2010 8:29 PM
    Look, Ma, I'm a statistic!
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    omnimodis78 , February 10, 2010 8:39 PM
    Anyone with the slightest interest in computers is a fool not to go with a 64 bit version of Windows 7! Yes yes, I know that a selected few are aware of their needs and wants and are fully content with x86 but seriously, any gamer or enthusiast who bought the x86 version of Windows7 is just silly!
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    nonstoprobot , February 10, 2010 8:48 PM
    wow I am a minority I guess. I used Vista 64 bit (built my computer a year ago and don't really feel like spending $100 to upgrade to 7) and I use an AMD quad core along with a 4830 ATI and I play on steam almost everyday.
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    phantomtrooper , February 10, 2010 9:06 PM
    I'm one of those people. I use Windows 7 64bit and Intel and Nvidia.
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    matt87_50 , February 10, 2010 9:22 PM
    I've been an Nivida user for ages, but screw them, I'm going ati with my next card, they are just so much more professional.
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    gayan , February 10, 2010 9:27 PM
    I have a NVIDIA 8800GT on XP and a Core i5... I guess I am one of them, the "common-man"
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