Editor’s note: we have reached out to Nvidia for comment, and will update this story once we hear back.

If you’ve been trying to get your hands on the Ampere line of gaming GPUs from Nvidia, such as the RTX 3080 or RTX 3070, chances are you’ve been unsuccessful due to the ongoing shortage of available stock. Older hardware still dominates user systems for a wide variety of reasons, so it might not come as a surprise that Nvidia has found 85% of GeForce owners have yet to purchase a raytracing capable graphics card.

A comparison chart was shown during the annual Nvidia investor presentation on Monday 12 April, dubbing RTX as ‘the new standard’, and stating that the 85% of users still using older hardware like the GTX 1660 need to upgrade.

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This mirrors information shared by the official Steam Hardware Survey, painting a picture of just how little market share raytracing GPUs currently have. The survey also shows that while some cards such as the GTX 1060 are dropping in popularity, other non-RTX options such as the GTX 1650 are still making significant gains every month.

Steam Hardware Survey

(Image credit: Valve)

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