We used to call Intel’s i5 processors “for gamers”, because four cores were the best “priced” a few years ago. Then the Ryzen 5 X600 processors debuted, and so the reign of 4-core in the mid-range segment ended. Today we are after the “core revolution”, which has developed to 6-core chips in this segment, as can be seen from the results of the Steam poll. This one indicates that 4-core gaming processors are a thing of the past.
The statistics from the last five months in the Steam Survey clearly show that 4-core processors are getting fewer and fewer of these 6- and 8-core processors. So, back in August, 36.99% of Windows computer sets tested by Valve on the Steam platform were based on 4-core processors. On the other hand, in September and October it increased to ~ 37.5%, but the December statistics already showed a 35.35% share, on which 6-core processors gained (33.25% – an increase by 1.27%).
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8, 10, 12 and 16-core processors also gained, mainly due to the premiere of the new 12th generation Intel Core processors. Those in the 65-watt versions (recently launched) will be the seed for further drops in the share of both 2- and 4-core CPUs. Interestingly, these more modest processors are strengthening their position in Linux-based hardware. It should also be remembered that the new generation Core i3, which offers just 4 cores, are great (cheap) processors for players.