As per a report, Nvidia’s mid-range GeForce RTX 3000 series offerings were the most Googled graphics cards last year. GeForce RTX 4090 came fifth in the list.
If one looks at all the reviews and discussions happening on sites, one would think that $1000 and above graphics cards would be the most sold ones out there. That’s far from reality.
While most sites and advertisements concentrate on the flagship graphics cards and even CPUs, it’s the budget and mid-range ones which are the most purchased ones by the common people.
Reasons are simple. Expensive products have the highest profits. So it’s understandable for companies like Nvidia and AMD to market them more. What gets ignored that most people in the world cannot buy them and would rather prefer to game on cheap graphics cards.
Going by Google searches, that seems to be the case.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3050 Most Searched Graphics Cards in 2022
As per a study conducted by Raul Bilc for razzem.com, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 was the most searched graphics card on Google in 2022. Launched in 2021, RTX 3060 was searched 1,467,000 times, totaling almost 9% of all the search done in the study.
Next in the list was the $249 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050, with 1,161,800 searches. Amounting to almost 7% of searches.
Third on the list was the $699 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, with 1,006,500 searches. Amounting to exactly 6% of searches.
Fourth on the list was the $499 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070, with 973,100 searches. Amounting to 5.80% of searches.
The most interesting was the fifth entry in the list. The $1,599 Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090, with 822,600 searches done. Amounting to 4.90% of the searches done in the study. The RTX 4090 was released in October, but was in a lot of news for various reasons, including cable faults.
It was followed by the likes of Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, GTX 1650, RTX 3090, RTX 3060 TI and others.
The Radeon RX 6600 was the only card from AMD in the top ten.
In total, more than 60 graphics cards were tested, which gives us a detailed perspective. Those who want to check the full table in detail with are advised to check the study.
There are few conditions to the study methodology, though. The author specifies that the study was done using 3 different (highly trusted) SEO tools. Additionally, it was done on worldwide search results, which we think it’s great. All search results were from only from Google. Only Nvidia GeForce cards from 10 series onward and AMD Radeon cards from 500 series onward were checked. Memory sizes were not considered to not complicate any results. Among many other things.
We don’t find anything wrong in the research methodology. So it seems quite credible.
Steam Hardware Survey Results Show Something Similar
The Steam Hardware Survey from December 2022 shows something similar in the graphics card usage results. If we ignore NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, GTX 1060 and GTX 1050 Ti which are used mostly by pre-built PC makers, the most used cards include NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 and GeForce RTX 3070 in top used cards.
Sure, searching for cards is different from buying them. But it gives us a good idea. The results again show that budget gamers, often sidelined and ignored, buy the most graphics cards.
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