Steam Hardware Survey Reveals Most Popular GPU Still Barely Capable of Running Elden Ring
Nvidia’s humble GTX 1060 remains the most popular graphics card, and it’s a GPU that’s the bare minimum needed to be able to play Elden Ring on PC, as you might know.
Looking at the recently released Steam Hardware Survey for February 2022, the GTX 1060 ranks first in the GPU chart, with 7.99% of Steam gamers using this graphics card.
That’s actually an increase from last month’s 7.79%, but in reality the chart has been hovering around the 8% mark continuously lately (obviously the survey composition changes d month to month, so slight variations aren’t something you can read a lot into).
The GPU in second place is the GTX 1650 at 6.3%, so some distance from the 1060. In third place is the 1050 Ti at 5.79%, and the best performing graphics card in the top five is at number four – the RTX 2060 at 5.38% – followed by the GTX 1050 at 3.8%.
Analysis: The realities of graphics cards, and they’re not pretty
The snapshot of the most popular GPUs currently on Steam is interesting when you compare it to the system requirements of a recently released game, namely Elden Ring.
In case you missed it, we did a whole bunch of testing on how various GPUs ran Elden Ring, and the GTX 1050 Ti completely failed (the game just crashed); and obviously the 1050 would be the same story. So two of the best cards here won’t run the action-RPG at all, and the GTX 1060 – not one of the GPUs we had to try with Elden Ring, unfortunately – is the absolute minimum you can possibly get out of it. to run the game (as we saw with the 1050 Ti crashing).
So it’s interesting to see that adding these percentages together, roughly 17% of Steam players fall into the category here that they either can’t play the game at all or are running on the bare minimum. Then, going through the rest of the GPU rankings and looking at the smaller amounts of cards that fall below the GTX 1060, if added together, the total adds up to around 30%. So almost a third of Steam gamers can’t run Elden Ring, or can barely play it (and we’re not even considering the 12GB minimum system RAM requirement here – although that said, we found in the aforementioned tests that 8GB still worked well, but wasn’t exactly ideal).
All this is not really unexpected, however. This is cutting edge gaming, and these Steam gaming rigs are obviously aging PCs in many cases. Bear in mind that the GTX 1060 is now six years old – yes, more than half a decade old – so it’s really getting quite rusty, so to speak, at this point.
What Steam’s stats really serve to remind us of is that there are still plenty of people gaming on PCs that are significantly behind the proverbial curve, but the biggest issues facing future developers of GPUs, of course.
Huge stock issues and inflated graphics card prices have been a huge hurdle for those wanting to get a new GPU, so it’s no surprise that more and more people are just sticking with what they already have and are waiting for an improvement in the price of cards. .
And we hope that the latter will happen exactly from 2022, with promises from AMD and Nvidia that GPU supply problems will ease in the second half of the year, and of course without forgetting Intel’s entry into melee (new Alchemist rumored, desktop cards coming from Team Blue in May or June). At this point, we might finally see the inventory pressures really ease, and frustrated PC gamers will be able to upgrade so they can play more demanding games like Elden Ring.
Via PC Gamer