Classifica dei PC collegati ai server Steam

Quando ci si collega ai server Steam viene stilata (se acconsentita)
una lista del proprio parco hardware, per poi essere inviata alla
Valve. In tempo reale quest’ultima tira fuori da tale “marea di
collegamenti” una media… ecco quello che ne è venuta fuori
dall’ultima, che annovera la bellezza di trecentotrentamila pc (ad oggi il numero ne annovera 357.949):

Updated Valve Survey Summary

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The results of Valve’s latest Steam hardware survey, begun on May 30,
have just been released to the public. Over 330,000 unique samples
have been received so far, and the results—while self-selecting—are
useful to anyone interested in the type of computing hardware a
typical PC gamer is sporting these days and his or her OS of choice.

 

Valve has been running these surveys over Steam since 2004 and has
always provided the results back to the public. The 2007 version
reveals that only 2.08 percent of users are still chugging away on a
56k modem, with the majority (33.43 percent) enjoying broadband with
speeds over 2Mbps. In terms of CPU power, 21.71 percent of respondents
had two CPUs available (either two sockets or dual-core chips) with
only 0.20 percent boasting quad CPU goodness. The line was split
fairly evenly between Intel and AMD, with 51.37 percent using the
former and 48.63 percent using the latter.

The rivalry between ATI and NVIDIA was more one-sided, with 58.58
people using NVIDIA graphics cards compared to only 36.38 percent with
ATI. Integrated graphics chipsets comprised a mere 5.03 percent of
users. 53.19 percent of gamers had a graphics card which defaulted to
DirectX 9’s Shader Model 3 (GeForce 6xxx and above, ATI Radeon X1xx
and above) while only 21.67 percent defaulted to the older DX9 Shader
Model 2 (older ATI Radeons) and gamers limited to DirectX 8 and 7
paths represented only 15.5 and 6.01 percent of the total,
respectively. DirectX 10? Only 1.21 percent of users have both
DirectX10 and a DirectX 10-capable video card.

In terms of operating systems, Windows XP again led the pack with 93
percent. Only 5.27 percent of respondents had upgraded to Windows
Vista, with the rest on Windows 2000 or Server 2003. The low uptake of
Vista even among high-end gamers will undoubtedly make some developers
rethink whether or not to invest heavily in DirectX 10, which is
Vista-only. Many gamers reported that they tested Vista but went back
to XP for various reasons—when DirectX 10-capable graphics cards
become more mainstream and Vista graphics drivers achieve higher
levels of maturity, the Vista numbers should increase.

Surprisingly, the leading sound “card” in the survey was the lowly
Realtek AC97 integrated audio chipset (24.21 percent), with the
once-proud Sound Blaster line living on in less than ten percent of
gamers’ PCs. Not good news for Creative, who have been struggling as
of late. 76.86 percent of users reported having microphones installed,
which should be an indication to the PC gaming industry that it is
probably time to include integrated voice chat support across the
board.

Gamers love their large displays, but the uptake of widescreen
monitors has so far been relatively modest (13 percent of the total)
and even for standard 4:3 displays, the majority of units are of the
17-inch category (50.54 percent). Only 2.82 percent of respondents are
using multiple monitors. The most popular primary display resolution
was 1280 x 800 at 41.79 percent, although given the relative paucity
of widescreen monitors, it seems likely that this was a typo in the
results, and the real value is 1280 x 1024. Fully 37.64 percent are
still hanging on at 1024 x 768.

 

Fonte: arstechnica.com
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Il mio parere:

In pratica Windows Vista è ancora relegato in bassa classifica
(5.27%)… e secondo me rimarrà tale o tuttalpiù guadagnerà solo
qualche decimo di punto percentuale nei prossimi 12-24 mesi… Vista è
PESANTE e sono ancora in pochi ad avere 2 GB di ram per farlo girare a
dovere, escludendo l’altro tipo di hardware che “pretende” per tale
fine….😉 ….

Interessante vedere come i PC che abbiano un Dual Core superi il
21%… è una media altissima, tenuto conto che i doppi processori
hanno sfondato sul mercato da un paio di anni circa e richiedono un PC
totalmente nuovo per essere adoperati… i Quad Core, per esempio,
sono già allo 0.20%… personalmente attenderò l’arrivo degli “eight
core” per passare ad un architettura di PC a core quadruplo… così i
prezzi saranno scesi a tal punto da rendere usufruibile tale
tecnologia alla massa e nel frattempo ci saranno anche le applicazioni
(oltre ai sistemi operativi) che le sfrutteranno a dovere… per il
momento non ne vale la pena: prezzi alti e scarsezza di sfruttamento
fanno bene solo alle tasche dei produttori di hardware… e basta…


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