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News Valve publishes hardware survey results

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by CardJoe, 8 Jan 2010.

  1. CardJoe

    CardJoe Freelance Journalist

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  2. Omnituens

    Omnituens New Member

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    Shows how many people don't look for driver updates often.
     
  3. mi1ez

    mi1ez Active Member

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    Some interesting figures, especially regarding gains and losses.
     
  4. impar

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    Greetings!

    So, will Bit-tech write a review of the performance difference between an "ordinary-according-to-Steam-survey-PC" versus a current PC?
     
  5. Guest-16

    Guest-16 Guest

    That's a good idea! :idea:

    Acccctually I think CustomPC did something similar on "upgrading your old PC" in this month's mag (goes to press today).

    So XP-32bit, 2GB memory, 8800 GT 512MB graphics, 1680x1050 monitor, dual core CPU

    versus

    7 64bit, 4GB memory, 5770/5850 graphics?, 1920x1200 monitor, quad core CPU.

    Actually, yea the more I think about this the more I want to knock the article together ^_^
     
  6. smc8788

    smc8788 ...at least I have chicken

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    More worrying is the fact that there appears to be Steam users who still use dial-up :confused:
     
  7. [PUNK] crompers

    [PUNK] crompers Dremedial

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    there are steam users all over the world though smc, some parts of america are still on dial up as well as eastern block countries. most of them probably never play anything online its all just to DL games
     
  8. impar

    impar Well-Known Member

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    Greetings!
    Good! ;)

    Ideally, it would have three PC systems. The OATSSPC (ordinary according to Steam survey PC), a mid range PC (i3-i5 + 5770) and a high specced PC (i7 + 5870).
     
  9. smc8788

    smc8788 ...at least I have chicken

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    That's my point though, the primary use of Steam is to download games, and that must take an age on a 56k connection, especially with most of today's games reaching well over 5GB.

    If you only have dial-up, why wouldn't you just buy the game from a shop?
     
  10. [PUNK] crompers

    [PUNK] crompers Dremedial

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    i reckon in some of those countries it will probably be hard to get hold of everything you want from a shop, also if you live 200 miles away from the nearest city in america you are probably more likely to put up with a week long download time than driving the pick up cross country
     
  11. AlexB

    AlexB Web Nerd and WC Addict

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    Wow. Most people seem to have shiteoboxes. :/
     
  12. phuzz

    phuzz This is a title

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    So, 45.1% of steam users have DX10, and altogether 72.8% have a DX10 capable system.
    Oh, and there's still people running XP on a home machine, why?
     
  13. [PUNK] crompers

    [PUNK] crompers Dremedial

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    i am still dual booting XP as I have older software on there which wont work in W7. its fairly common.
     
  14. steveo_mcg

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    I still run XP and since its only really used to boot up games why bother upgrading to Win7.
     
  15. Bauul

    Bauul Sir Bongaminge

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    Or more realistically most people still use XP because that's what people use! Of all the people I know who play games, only one (me) upgraded to Windows 7. All my friends and family won't upgrade until they change PC. We're a very abnormal bunch here on Bit-Tech, don't think for a moment we're representative of even a small part of the actual population.
     
  16. FelixTech

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    NVIDIA GeForce 8800 isn't very precise is it? :p I guess it shows I'm not alone in not being able to justify an upgrade from my 8800 GTX yet.
     
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    I'm dual booting XP and Win 7 - with the Win 7 on a eSATA attached drive. The only issue I have is with my onboard Digital Out which has stopped working and the driver doesn't load up. I'm a total convert to Win7 though so don't think I'll boot much into XP.

    I'm going DX11 as soon as there's some competition.
     
  18. LeMaltor

    LeMaltor >^_^

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    When Dx10 becomes the bee knees must have I'll upgrade to using Vista.

    Ow wait.

    When DX11 becomes the bees knees must have I'll upgrade to using 7......
     
  19. Gunsmith

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    nice to see im part of the 0.04% with Tri-SLI under the bonnet :rock:
     
  20. Jipa

    Jipa Avoiding the "I guess.." since 2004

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    These Steam-things serve excellently in bringing us geeks back to earth. NOBODY in real life has a SLI/CF-setup for example. Also I would love to know if the second most popular CPU setup is a single core, or a quad. Judging by the low end graphics, I'm betting on a single core.

    On the other hand the number of XP-users out there doesn't surprise me at all. Not everyone just can give a **** about the OS. As long as it works, there's no reason to change it. Also DX10 has been largely irrelevant to most, including me. If it wasn't for the need to run 3dmark vantage for GPU reviews and the XP installation getting slow, I'd probably still be using XP...
     
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