The latest figures from the Steam hardware survey reveal that there is a hell of a lot of 64-bit Windows 7 software out there.
This will be news for those who actually use it because although Windows 7 has some nice bit of 32-bit software backup you can’t get some things, like Flash to run.
Yet according to the figures the 64-bit version of Windows 7 is now second most popular operating system, ran by 19.50 per cent of all Steam Users
Steam has about 25 million users and these are gamers so it is a bit unbalanced when it comes to gamer and home orientated systems.
Obviously XP was the overall winner. But out of 25 million, 4.88 million run 64-bit Win7, almost four percent up from December.
32-bit Vista came in third spot, with 19.09 per cent and the 32-bit version of Windows 7 took the fourth spot, with 9.03 per cent.
The figures show that Windows 7 is gaining ground on Windows XP which is losing market share to the new comer at a rate of two to three percent a month.
If Steam is to be believed users are adopting 64-bit operating system. This is strange because most software makers seem to be sticking their fingers in their ears and going la la la about this. Did I mention Adobe offering a 64 bit version for Linux but not for Windows 7?
Dual-Core processors dominate the field with 56.56 percent share, losing 0.37 percent , mostly to single-core and quad-core models. Quad-Cores now account for 24.13 percent, while eight-core processors account for 0.06 percent.
Among GPUs, Nvidia has more than 65.01 percent of the market. AMD follows up with 29.82 percent, and Intel marked significant growth to 3.61 percent.
Steam shows that gamers are buying more memory. Only a third have 2GB. More are having four or six GBs. This is mostly thanks to the increase in 64-bit systems we guess. Maybe gamers don’t need the Flash.