January 17, 2021

Steam survey reveals Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 in the wild

Maybe you still can't find a GeForce RTX 3080 after the frustrating shortages last year, but we know some people snagged one: Steam ranks the new card as the 35th most popular in its latest hardware survey.As the largest PC gaming store on the plane...

Maybe you still can't find a GeForce RTX 3080 after the frustrating shortages last year, but we know some people snagged one: Steam ranks the new card as the 35th most popular in its latest hardware survey.

As the largest PC gaming store on the planet, the Steam survey is published monthly and based on a sampling of its 25 million or so gamers. The survey typically triggers when the store detects new hardware or new installs of Steam.

The data from the December Steam survey shows the GeForce RTX 3080 first appeared in November, used by 0.23 percent of Steam users surveyed. That number doubled to 0.47 percent of users in December.

You may scoff at a mere 0.47 percent, but that’s enough to make the GeForce RTX 3080 more popular than Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 980, which is now down to 0.30 percent of users surveyed—a decrease of 0.05 percent for the elderly Kepler card.

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