The Steam service has published the latest statistics on user equipment for December 2023.
As always, we are primarily interested in video cards. No big changes here. The leader remains the RTX 3060 even without taking into account the mobile version. The card is installed on 5.29% of all Steam users and gained 0.25 percentage points over the month.
In second place with a share of 4.69% is the GTX 1650, but taking into account the mobile version, and in third place is the GTX 1060 (3.87%), also taking into account the mobile version.
Among the latest adapters, the RTX 4060 Laptop performs best with a share of 2.03%. Let us remember that the mobile RTX 4060 came out much earlier than the desktop one. It is followed by the desktop RTX 4070 with a share of 1.58% and an increase of 0.34 p.p. As for the desktop RTX 4060, which may someday become the most popular among Steam gamers in the future, it now has only 1.07% and an increase of 0.24 p.p.
It is very important to clarify information about Windows versions, since, let us remind you, since yesterday Steam has been running on PCs with Windows 7 and 8 in limited mode without updates.
But in December, Windows 7’s share was only 0.77%, and Windows 8’s was 0.16%. That is, even in total this is less than 1% of all Steam users. Windows 10 is still in the lead with a share of 55.44%, and Windows 11 now has 43.51%.
Even the old GeForce GTX 1060 can now handle Alan Wake 2? The developers have prepared a patch to improve the performance of old video cards
The game Alan Wake 2 is one of the most demanding at the moment and the first that conditionally does not work at all on older video cards, and the point is not at all in ray tracing. However, the developers from Remedy have prepared a patch that greatly improves performance on older video cards.
The preliminary version of the patch has already been tested by Digital Foundry specialists. Judging by their review, the patch improves performance only on video cards of the GeForce GTX 10 line, but this is very good news, because, judging by Steam statistics, there are still a lot of owners of such video cards.
The authors tested the game in Full HD with settings roughly equivalent to those of the PlayStation 5, including active FSR 2 technology in Quality mode. As you can see, the patch greatly improves performance. GTX 10 cards began to work faster by anywhere from 50% and up to 100-200%, depending on the location. As a result, even the GTX 1060 produces a little more than 25 fps, however, in the forest, where the load is lower than, for example, in the city. The GTX 1080 Ti, in turn, allows you to get the almost coveted 60 fps.
True, testing was carried out with top AMD and Intel processors, and GTX 10 owners clearly mostly use much less powerful solutions, so it is unclear how playable Alan Wake 2 will be after the patch on the GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 in the case of some conditional Core i5-7500.
In any case, given that the mesh shaders were the root cause of the performance problem on older cards, it’s surprising that Remedy was able to somehow fix the issue at all.
It remains to add that the same patch will become available to everyone on March 6th.
44.5 inches, OLED, UWQHD and 240 Hz – not cheap. The cost of the LG UltraGear OLED 45GS95QE monitor has been revealed
LG has revealed the cost of the UltraGear OLED 45GS95QE monitor, announced last year. In the US, the device was priced at $1,700 – $300 more expensive than last year’s UltraGear OLED 45GR95QE.
The LG UltraGear OLED 45GS95QE features a 44.5-inch diagonal OLED panel with a 0.8m radius of curvature, a resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels and a frame rate of 240Hz. The monitor supports technology. AMD FreeSync Premium Pro and provides coverage of 98.5% of the DCI-P3 color space.
The connectors include one DisplayPort and one HDMI, and there is also a USB hub with two ports. The LG UltraGear OLED 45GS95QE comes with a wall mount, a remote control and a convertible stand. Exactly when sales of the new product will begin has not yet been announced.
Laptop with 4-core Intel processor, 14-inch IPS screen and 12,000 mAh battery for $140. Alldocube GTBook 14 Gen2 introduced
Sales of the Alldocube GTBook 14 Gen2 laptop have started in China. The device is offered in three versions, and the basic one for $140 has neither RAM nor SSD. Other options are 8/256 GB for $180 and 16/512 GB for $210.
Alldocube GTBook 14 Gen2 is equipped with a 4-core Intel N95 processor with a frequency of 1.7-3.4 GHz. IPS screen diagonal is 14 inches, resolution is Full HD. The battery capacity was 12,000 mAh, the ports included two USB 3.0 Type-A, one USB 2.0 Type-A and one USB Type-C, HDMI 1.4. The pre-configured options come with Windows 11 pre-installed.
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