Steam promises quicker downloads with upcoming update

By Matthew · 16 replies
Jul 18, 2011
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  1. Valve has announced some tweaks to its content delivery system that should boost the speed of your game downloads. If you're fortunate enough to have a blisteringly fast Internet connection,…

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  2. Supra

    Supra TS Enthusiast Posts: 190

    I downloaded a game demo last night from Steam at a steady 3.4MB/s (about 27mbps). I bought GTA4 last week and I was lucky to get 250KB/s when it wasn't paused....
  3. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +75

    Both from Steam? I typically get 1.5-2.5 MBPS on steam. This has been for a couple years now.
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,715   +856

    Never really had a problem with Steam downloads. The longest was Crysis 2 which took about 3 hours on the day of release, but I expected that.
  5. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

    Glad to see valve improving steam even more, I have to admit, when TF2 got made free it was much slower (about half the normal speed I would get) for the first week. Glad to see such an update :) although I wish they would impliment some kind of automatic compression between server and client, that would lower the amount of data needed to download surely?
  6. Muggs

    Muggs TS Rookie Posts: 56

    Downloads during the summer sale were abysmal. Not that I am complaining about picking up Bioshock2 for $3 but it took about 10hrs to get to me and I am on an extremely fast connection.
  7. I get max 9/MBps on some games. At peak times its worse or steam says their servers are too busy.
  8. CryVer

    CryVer TS Enthusiast Posts: 38

    My Steam downloads have been around 2 MB/s at best. Usually around 1.6 MB/s.
  9. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    I have to say I've never seen it struggling to download anything at less than my full bandwidth. I've always been bloody impressed with it.
  10. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,146   +911

    Don't get me wrong, I'm also seriously impressed as well, Its only at peak times it seems to slow a bit.
    Steam 95% of the time manages to max out my line as well. I would love to see the servers all this is hosted on because they much be bloody high spec!
  11. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    Aye, but would they run Crysis.....

    Gosh, I never tire of that line! :haha:

    P.S. I wouldn't mind there internet connectively and backbone myself... ;)
  12. I'm expecting a lot coming from Steam this year, they won't be one upped by EA's clone.
  13. On our 150Mb line I usually only get about 8mb/s download so hopefully this fixes that
  14. what about jitter?

    i have jitter, confirmed using M-Lab line quality tests and a enemy territory lagometer, which results in packet loss. Are the download managers, that these sites use, reliable?..i try not to download anything from the internet...only discs if possible

    (btw some might find it intresting that the only line qualty test that reliably confirms jitter is m-lab, ookla\ isn't reliable at all when testing for jitter or packetloss, its a weak test that i'm sure comcast loves)
  15. i'm the guest who posted above...just wanted to say i haven't really tested that much with ookla\ concerning packet loss so i'd like to retract the statement relating to packet loss(but not jitter).
  16. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

  17. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Posts: 551   +26

    I guess you don't have "full rate" so that means that your connections actual speed is "Up to 150Mbps" so if the lines are busy it's slower...

    Anyhow, where is the "like" button for this article? :D

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