Up For Debate - How Fast is Your Gaming Internet Connection in 2017?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Aug 5, 2017 4:00 PM

A recent conversation here on GD reminded that it’s been a little while since we last talked about internet connection speeds and download caps. Every year our game downloads become increasingly gargantuan; unwieldy beasts that mean if we want to play a game we have to plan for it potentially days before.

Barring the few of us that have insane business net connections measuring in the gigabits, downloading GTA 5 in a matter of minutes rather than hours, we all have to contend with regular 50GB downloads. At the last time of writing I was hooked up to a 15Mb/s ADSL connection and I was pretty happy with it. Fast forward two years and I couldn’t live without my 50Mb/s fiber. It’s not setting the world alight, but I’m usually downloading at a decent 6.5MB/s, enough to get pretty much any game within a few hours.

The problem I’ve now encountered though is patches. If, like me, you’ve got several dozen games installed at any one time, there’s several patches I need to download every time I turn my PC (my other half is paranoid about leaving electronics on). It would be alright, but even with single-player games, Steam locks me out of playing until the patch is complete. Some are fine, while others, like DOOM’s impromptu 18GB patch last week, are a pain in the proverbial arse.

When it comes for bandwidth speeds, we’re always found wanting for more. I know here in the UK we sit somewhere near the middle of the heap, while elsewhere there’s a spread of blistering speeds and crawling paces. What we don’t have to contend with often here are broadband caps though, an entirely different problem that can become a logistical nightmare for some. Data caps don’t seem to be going anywhere though, and in some places they’re getting either worse - ISP’s settling on a method to squeeze out every last penny from their customers. Just the prospect of having a 200GB limit for a month is enough to set me off - do I download this? Or will it mean I can’t stream this? Not choices you want to make when you’re handing over 80 bucks a month.

So this Up For Debate is threefold, which is sadly beyond the technical ability of our single poll CMS. We've opted for a poll below for you to share your net connection speed, and feel free to share your bandwidth caps below, as well as how fast you think a gaming net connection should be in 2017!

How fast is your internet connection?

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11:14 Sep-07-2017

10Mbps down, 1Mbps up with 100 GB monthly cap for 1299 php (about 25 usd) T_T

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17:32 Jan-05-2018

got myself 20 mbps for 1500 php without a cap, i presume that's pldt?

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23:34 Sep-01-2017
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07:35 Aug-08-2017

Im in Pleasanton Tx USA. Im using commzoom isp with 25Mbps Down and 3Mbps Up. Top speed for my area is 100Mbps down and 30Mbps up. The beauty of it is... no data cap at all. YEAH!!!

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12:10 Aug-07-2017

Around 40 Mb/s down speed with 60 GB peak time and 60 GB off peak time at about 27 USD (4000 LKR) here in Sri Lanka. But ping is a bit high.

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12:10 Aug-07-2017

DL 300Mbit/s, no cap; the upload speed's about 30Mbit/s. The cost is about 40$, but as it is combined with other services I use from that company I've gotten a discounted package for everything I used from them.

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06:26 Aug-07-2017

Here in rural Idaho, I'm limited to satellite internet with a 50 GB monthly cap. I can get decent download speeds of about 4 MB/s, but my ping is never under 800. Can you imagine paying $140 per month for that trash? There is literally nothing better in my area...

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08:34 Aug-07-2017

Are there any plans for 5G in your area? That might solve the issue, provided they don't jack up the price.

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17:19 Aug-07-2017

Ya that sucks...

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00:50 Aug-07-2017

10Mb download and 1Mb Upload, it's from Vospol, and it's the only one reliable provider here. I'm paying 12€/month. I hope that we will get faster connection in the future :/ Well, at least it's realiable...

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08:34 Aug-07-2017

Happy to hear.

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00:19 Aug-07-2017

In UK Virgin Media seems to be the fastest, I have around 200mb/s bandwidth.
In Romania in rural area bandwidth is around 15mb.
In the cities, you can get up to 1000mb/s download and 500mb/s upload...

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21:32 Aug-06-2017

Bandwidth caps here are outrageous, $130 for 200gb a month. Had to give up playing AAA games on Steam, due to massive download size and updates.

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06:28 Aug-07-2017

Try paying the same amount for satellite capped at 50 GB... I'd kill for 200 GB

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08:38 Aug-07-2017

I know your pain. I had to go from flat rate to 50GB cap. I had to be really careful what I was downloading.
My tip for downloading games in a data cap situation, is to wait for the last day in the month. What ever GB you have left over spend them on the last day. That way if you go past your monthly cap you don't...

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08:39 Aug-07-2017

have to wait a long time to use your internet again.
Hope this tip helps.

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21:17 Aug-06-2017

150mb down and 20mb up...

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08:39 Aug-07-2017

Nice

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17:16 Aug-07-2017

Thanks, oh and it is unlimited. Ii don't have cable TV. I stream what I want to watch (Youtube, Netflix) Here is Canada this servive costs about $100 per month.

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17:31 Aug-07-2017
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18:31 Aug-06-2017

i have the worst connection.
only 1 mbit/s for about 8 dollars a month.

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19:50 Aug-06-2017

that's near dial up speed, my girlfriend has a similar internet speed and she hates it. She lives in a rural area in Canada were there isn't a better option.

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08:40 Aug-07-2017

Are there any planes for getting the internet through copper wires (how you get electricity) in your area?

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11:05 Aug-07-2017

Are you high?? That is nowhere near dial up speeds.

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20:31 Aug-07-2017

I don't know how it's in your area, but there are some places in Croatia where they get internet through copper wire. Speed is about 12Mbps (download) and 1.5 - 2Mbps upload. I think that there was an article on GD a while back, where there was some talk about using data compression to achieve 400Mbps by copper.

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20:32 Aug-07-2017

1M up 1M down is a T1 line.

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20:53 Aug-07-2017

Is that enough 4 you needs Jacob?

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18:30 Aug-06-2017

Speed is 50MB/s ( download is around 6.2 Mb/s and upload is around 2 Mb/s ) soon im getting a 60MB/s connection ( Down 7.5 Mb/s Up 2.5 Mb/s )

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11:09 Aug-07-2017

You do realise that 50MB does not equal 6.2Mb plus 2Mb, right? And your second one is even more false.

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15:22 Aug-07-2017

Probably just what the ISP advertises vs. what they actually get. My ISP says 30MB/s download, while speedtest.net gives me 12MB/s at most, and downloading games on Steam I'm lucky to get better than 2MB/s.

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20:57 Aug-07-2017

Nope not false read the speeds 50 MB/s notice the capital MB that means Megabytes per second while the actual download is 6.25 mb/s and lower case mb means megabits ( 1 bit is 8 bytes thats why 50/8 gives 6.25 down speed and for the up i just coped from the site because i dont test that since i dont need / use it so i might be wrong about that )

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15:44 Aug-06-2017

hrmm most everyone's down is different then their up. 36D 6U for me. i have heard that the US has worse internet for price than a lot of European countries. id like to see a pole of GD users speed and costs. I pay 50-60 USD a month for that speed via the cable company. i only pay for internet, no tv or phone.

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15:18 Aug-06-2017

Not fast enough, VDSL2 12Mbps

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15:11 Aug-06-2017

Here in croatia I have 100-214... Kbp/s

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17:13 Aug-06-2017

10mbit/s (1,2mb/s download) here, also in croatia xD, i guess i need optic cables for faster

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08:41 Aug-07-2017

Ozbiljno Luka? Gdje živiš?

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08:45 Aug-07-2017

Here is a tip from me for all those in Croatia. TELE2 has a new package for 169kn (using their sim card), you get 4G speed (about 5-6MB download speed & 1.5 MB upload speed (max values my xp)). The data cap is 1TB, and in case you pass that limit your connection doesn't get slowed to a crawl. Best part...

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08:46 Aug-07-2017

NO CONTRACT OBLIGATION. Meaning you can cut the service at any time with no penalties. I have been using their service for 8 months now and it's beyond great.

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14:47 Aug-06-2017

dang it, i clicked 51-100 but i actually have 350 :/

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12:34 Aug-06-2017

5Mbit, and that's really a maximum available here on the edge of capital city, due to high household aggregation (regardless of price I'd pay), upload is around 0 lol

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13:30 Aug-06-2017

5MB/s download? because 5mbps mean 500 Kb/s download? right?

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15:05 Aug-06-2017

yes roughly around 620kB/s download

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14:20 Aug-06-2017

no divide by 8

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20:23 Aug-06-2017

Yup , thanks guys!

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10:12 Aug-06-2017

look at all you 10Mb loosers, lol

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12:05 Aug-06-2017

Well if u don't know some countries NET is expensive or they don't have faster net. Like some people's have nice cars, some don't. Its simple as that.

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18:13 Aug-06-2017

Yea, what a bunch of dumpfu***. Everyone knows you can just download mbits from the internet. The other day I downloaded 8gigs of ram and now my PC running fine.

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19:46 Aug-06-2017

I could say look at you rx 480 loser,it's the same thing not everyone can afford the best :/

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20:24 Aug-06-2017

What's the problem with RX 480 ?

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21:06 Aug-06-2017

You didn't get my point,there's no problem with the rx 480.

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11:33 Aug-07-2017

shut up 1070 peasant :p

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08:47 Aug-07-2017

Real mature Mohamed.

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10:12 Aug-06-2017

i have 150 megabits p.s. download, and 15 mbps upload.
it's okay, but i would really like my upload to be higher...
if only i would get Fiber here. i could take up to 1 GBPS down AND upload!! :D

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19:34 Aug-06-2017

I see someone is downvoting all comments with (semi) high numbers.. nice..

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14:18 Aug-08-2017

Only weak ppl have the need to walk over others so they can feel strong. The strong have no such need.

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19:53 Aug-06-2017

I upvoted you because it makes no sense to downvote, some GD users I've noticed are salty AF.

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11:42 Aug-07-2017

thanks :) . some are yes. but i think the more long time users, are nice. it's just some new people that seem like it.

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14:20 Aug-08-2017

I up-voted you as well.
A person who has the balls to speak his/her mind, should never be underestimated or undervalued.

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10:08 Aug-06-2017

500 Mb/s..Pretty much the only good thing in my country is the fast internet xD

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13:06 Aug-06-2017

Where do you live?

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13:32 Aug-06-2017

My guess is Romania.

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20:50 Aug-07-2017

Yup Romania,extremely cheap and very fast internet(at least here in the capital)

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