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I always assumed that the speed setting is only informational and is used for download time estimates. I have never seen anything that would suggest otherwise - until I read this answer. I still don't believe that it is used as a cap; however I also think the remaining time estimate is computed from the current speed. How it really is?

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A supplementary question might then be, if it is computed from the current speed, what is that setting used for? –  ver Nov 24 '11 at 22:10

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I don't believe that the Steam connection settings are used in any meaningful way to effect download speeds. I know they are part of the Steam Hardware Survey, but your download speed is simply a factor of the maximum speed your connection to the Steam servers can sustain.

The "Time Left" is a reflection of the amount of data left to transfer, and recent instantaneous speeds between your machine and the Steam servers.

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So it's what I thought; I just forgot about the hardware survey. Thanks. :) –  ver Nov 25 '11 at 6:28

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