2007 in PC Hardware
With the year 2007 coming in to a close, it's a good time to look back at the year in PC hardware. At YouGamers and Futuremark, we track user hardware statistics from benchmark products (such as 3DMark and PCMark) as well as from users of our Game-o-Meter service. 3DMark06 is still, despite being two years old soon, widely used today by hardware enthusiasts and whatever is hot in hardware is usually also reflected in 3DMark statistics, so this data should give good indication of what enthusiasts have been using this year. The ever elusive "average" gamers naturally haven't all been updating to the latest and greatest components, but this year the Game-o-Meter's usage data gives us some indication of how far behind in the never ending circle of upgrading the "normal" users are.
A Few Words About the Data
This article uses data from two different sources, 3DMark06 result and the Game-o-Meter submits. Ultimately this is just data about our users, but with it's widespread usage in the hardware enthusiast community, the data from 3DMark06 should hold some universal interest too. On average in 2007, 3DMark06 has received 8600 submits daily and in fact 3DMark06 is used today more than ever before. You can watch this data roll in before your very eyes in our Benchmark Ticker (this data is updated daily and presented from January 1st).
The YouGamers data tends to be rather noisy because the user base of the Game-o-Meter tool, at any one time, is heavily influenced by what games happen to be popular at that moment. It should still give us some indication of where more typical PC gamers are in relation to the enthusiasts. Game-o-Meter data is presented weekly from week 11, starting March 11th.
I will mostly leave out commentary on why things are the way they are in this article and let the data do the talking. So enough introduction; let's see the data.