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I've been using Steam for years now, and I've noticed that whenever I download a game, it usually caps off at around 1.1-1.2 MB/s, although my current Internet package has a maximum download speed of 10 MB/s. Also, my downloads on Origin are usually much faster, at around 3.4-3.6 MB/s.

Is there any way to increase my download speed on Steam, or was it deliberately implemented by Valve in order to prevent server overload or something? Thanks!

User Info: crimsonassassin

crimsonassassin
5 years ago#2
I am fairly sure there is not a cap on it by Valve though there might be with your ISP. I usually get 5-6MB/s on there and have gotten higher than that.
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User Info: MercylessReap

MercylessReap
5 years ago#3
There is no cap on Steam, I have used it for years and whenever i have to update or download a game I usually get 9-10 MB/s. on Origin I get around 8-9 MB/s.

I hope that helps

User Info: _0blivion_

_0blivion_
5 years ago#4
If Origin is much faster, they probably have more bandwidth / servers nearby than Steam.

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Gastroid
5 years ago#5
_0blivion_ posted...
If Origin is much faster, they probably have more bandwidth / servers nearby than Steam.


My guess would be that Steam simply has a lot more activity going on, and so puts limits on downloads during most peak periods.
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Lord of Nightmares 5 years ago#6
Thanks for the replies everyone, I guess it either has something to do with my ISP or I have the unfortunate tendency to download my games mainly during peak periods. D:

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arleas
5 years ago#7
Origin compresses the data and then reports the speed as if it weren't compressed. Like if I compressed a 10 MB text file down to 1 MB, sent it to you at 1MB per second and then reported 10MB/second transfer speed.

Steam doesn't compress their data first...also during heavy download periods it does slow down a bit, but there's no actual cap. You may be able to increase your speed by changing your download region if the one you're on is overloaded.
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