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Crafty
Posts: 39
Registered: ‎25-01-2011

Why is Steam so slow?

Just wondering why it's slow downloading on steam?

 

At these times I can hit 800kb/s on a torrent but steam will not go above 200kb/s.

 

Really frustrating trying to download an 8GB game :/

Bright Spark
Posts: 52
Registered: ‎27-07-2011

Re: Why is Steam so slow?

one down a phone line is slower at downloading on a steam it will take longer for a 8 gb of game to download

Crafty
Posts: 39
Registered: ‎25-01-2011

Re: Why is Steam so slow?

I understand that but why on a torrent can I hit 800kb/s but on steam it's just patheitc?

Brainbox
Posts: 202
Registered: ‎21-06-2010

Re: Why is Steam so slow?

its not much better with cable, I cant even find game servers, Steam has got issues..

Superuser
Posts: 10,684
Registered: ‎08-06-2010

Re: Why is Steam so slow?

most common factor is bandwidth eg if there is hundreds of people all downloading at one time the connection will be a lot slower, can get max connection all the time going to be next to impossible if it's a just released/popular game.

 

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Crafty
Posts: 25
Registered: ‎05-01-2011

Re: Why is Steam so slow?

I think it's an issue with Virgin DSL, either Virgin on BT are throttling Steam. It's too consistant to be anything else, when I start downloading from steam it's at 600/700kbs then it drops to 220/240kbs and stops at that speed.

 

Friends on Virgin Cable have no such problems, downloading as fast as their connection will allow.

 

I was on Virgin Cable before moving into an no-cable area and I always downloaded as fast as my connection could go expect on rare occassions when the Steam servers were swamped.

Fresh as a Daisy
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎06-05-2012

Re: Why is Steam so slow?

Because Virgin are now blocking ports, if this carries on i will leave to another isp that does not block ports soon gaming will be impossable

Brainbox
Posts: 43
Registered: ‎12-05-2012

Re: Why is Steam so slow?

Yeh, they've already managed to completely limit xbox live connectivity for a lot of customours.Never using Virgin media again.