This idea started off back when I was rebuilding my studio computer.
But first... What am I drinking? Started out with an Ectopia IPA from Santiam Brewing, Salem, OR. It's 6.7% and 72 IBU. All around a fantastic IPA.
What does the average PC gamer hardware actually look like? How does it handle modern games? What upgrades should the average gamer be looking at? Do you even need to upgrade?
I started by looking at graphics cards only. Now, if you listen to the enthusiast crowd, they’ll tell you that unless you have a 1070 or higher, you might as well stick to playing solitare. But that has never been my experience, and I’ve built plenty of gaming systems, from entry level potato mashers to high-end water-cooled light-dimming machines.
After digging through the Steam Hardware Survey, the results were actually a little surprising. The most popular single card, according to Steam hardware survey, is the GTX 1060. The second most popular (you’ll never guess)...
The GTX 750ti.
The top 32 cards, which I included in my analytics, were just as diverse, ranging from the nVidia 9500GT and GT210, to a GTX 1080. Note, there are actually very few top-tier GPUs in the list.
What I found was less than 18% of machines on Steam had a GTX 960/1060 or higher. The rest of you are running on everything from solid, if not older, to downright embarrassing.
Using the GPU Benchmark numbers from PassMark, I averaged the GPU power of the top 32 cards, while accounting for the install base of each card. The GTX 1060 accounts for 4.95% of all cards on Steam, while the 1080 has around 1.15%. I also did not include Integrated GPUs in my calculations, as that would have swayed the average down significantly.
What I found was the average GPU score was around 4400 points on PassMark, or a card sitting roughly between a GTX 660 and GTX 760.
The average PC is also rocking a Quad Core CPU of unknown age and origin, and 4GB of memory.
So, that’s exactly what I put together over here. This board was on the back burner for another project, but is another Chinese x79 motherboard. Right now, I’ve got it running an E5-2643 3.33GHz Quad Core, but with hyperthreading disabled. Essentially, this gives me a Sandy Bridge i5-ish. My CPU benchmark numbers confirm this, scoring within 5% of an i5-2500 (non-K).
Inside I’ve got 4GB of DDR3 memory running at 1333MHz, an EVGA 430W 80+ power supply, a GTX 760 2GB, a 2TB Western Digital Black, and one of the worst PC cases I’ve ever owned, provided by a gutted Sun Ulta20 Workstation.
I think this is a very accurate depiction of the average gamer’s PC based on my breakdown, which I’ll link to in the video description.
But that’s just the hardware. How does the thing game, and what are your upgrade options if this just isn’t enough for you?
I’m glad you asked. Let’s get onto the benchmarks, and see if we can’t find out…
Spy Glass Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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