If you go and have a look at http://steampowered.com/status/survey.html
' ">http://steampowered.com/status/survey.html - you'll find the results for the Hardware Survey that is conducted when people store and register Half Life 2.
With over a million data points, it's quite comprehensive and in my opinion represents a good sample of the gaming
The processor results are interesting - showing a 47/53% AMD/Intel split, both with well over 500,000 processors registering in the sample. The only other make to even register a fraction of a percentage point is CentaurHauls (a VIA chip), and the Cyrix chips, once a viable alternative to those who didn't much care about floating point performace, had a grand total of 19 users now.
It's good to see AMD getting such a share of sections of the market, but I'm dissapointed that they weren't coming out on top here, especially as the AMD64 and FX chips most marketable area has to be gaming. I think this really shows a weakness in marketing on AMDs part
Looking at the top five graphics card brands, Nvidia seem to be in the lead overall, with more people using their hardware (backed by the drivers statistics). Again, in the graphics wars there seems to be no major third player still - but it was interesting to see 3DFX and PowerVR hanging on in there (ahhhh nostalgia over graphics card battles of old)
For the operating systems, I think its amazing that so few have upgraded to XP service pack 2 which (let's face it) is one of the only service packs that has done something for security even if it's just NX and that alert that pops up if your firewall or antivirus go AWOL. For every person who is up to date, there's more than one other who isn't.
For me, the other interesting bit was about HyperThreading - it doesn't seem to be making inroads into the market. Despite intel representing more than half of CPUs in the sample, only 17% have hyperthreading. It's been around a while too - I was expecting it to be higher...
Just thought you'd find it interesting - also lets you see how your own set up compares to the norm
A64 3200+ on S754 Shuttle System (Clawhammer 1MB). 1GB DDR400 CAS 2.5 Memory, SATA 120GB HDD @ 7200rpm.
GeforceGT 6800 Graphics / 256MB and a massive copper heat pipe cooler that I had to cut parts out of my case to fit in....