Download speed cap increase for Supporters and non-Adblockers

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Since 2007, Nexus Mods has had a download speed cap of 1MB a second on all downloads unless the user is a Premium Member. Starting this week, this download speed cap has been increased to 2MB a second if certain criteria are met.

Why does Nexus Mods place a speed cap on downloads?
The download speed cap on Nexus Mods ensures we can budget for and keep our substantial bandwidth bills within an acceptable price range and makes sure we aren't shocked (or utterly destroyed!) by spiralling bandwidth costs.

We use a global CDN to serve our files and our bandwidth is charged by the 95th percentile method. Essentially, that means we're charged based on the speeds we deliver, not the total amount of files that are downloaded. Thus, the faster users download from us, the more our bandwidth bills will cost. By limiting the speeds, we ensure that our expenses remain linked to the number of users who use our site and not the connection speeds of our user base. As a result, it's far easier to budget our bandwidth bills based on our active user base because more users typically means more ad revenue which means the increased bandwidth costs will be offset by the increased advertising income. If we didn't cap our downloads we could not budget in the same way.

What are the caps?
Premium Members who have financially supported Nexus Mods are able to download without a speed cap as they are directly supporting the upkeep of the sites. If you're interested in finding out about all the perks of Premium Membership, or want to become a Premium Member, please head to our information page.

Thus, up until now, there have been two tiers of users on Nexus Mods when it comes to download speeds:

  • Normal users. Members who have not bought Premium Membership. These users are capped at 1MB/second.
  • Premium Members. Members who have an active Premium Membership. These users are not capped.

We've now created a third tier of users on Nexus Mods that directly impacts the download speed cap. This third tier includes "Supporters", and users who do not use Adblockers. Supporters are users who previously bought a Premium Membership that has since expired (or who have specifically bought the "Supporter" membership from the site for a price of £1.29).

Supporters, along with users not using Adblockers, will have their download cap increased to 2MB a second, which is double what Adblock users will receive. This is how the speed cap tiers now look:

  • Adblock users. Members who have not bought Premium Membership and use Adblockers on the site. These users are capped at 1MB/second.
  • Supporters and non-Adblock users. Members who are in the Supporter member group or who consistently do not use Adblockers on Nexus Mods. These users are capped at 2MB/second.
  • Premium Members. Members who have an active Premium Membership. These users are not capped.

This speed cap increase is live now for manual downloads and will be rolled out to Vortex within the next two weeks.

Why increase the speed for non-Adblock users and Supporters?
Simply put, if you're reading this, you've cost us money. To keep this site running we need to pay a very hefty price. From direct expenses, like the servers and bandwidth that are used to serve the page content to you, to more indirect but equally important expenses like our office space, the staff that maintain and improve the site, the hardware we work on, software license fees, HR, payroll, legal fees, insurance and so on and so forth. All of these expenses need to be accounted for in order to keep these sites up and running well. If you'd like a full breakdown of what Nexus Mods needs money for, we've dedicated an entire page of the site to an infographic that puts it all in to easy to read data points. You can see that page here.

In this age of Adblockers, we believe that the users who financially support the site should be rewarded for their help. Whether by directly donating towards the site by buying Premium or Supporter Memberships or simply by choosing to not use an Adblocker while browsing the site, these users are the ones who help to keep the site up and fully operational. Without them, Nexus Mods would simply cease to exist. We believe the help they provide, consciously or unconsciously, should be incentivised and rewarded.

On the flip side, we do not want to punish users who want to use Adblockers but do not financially contribute to the running of the site. There are myriad different reasons why users choose to use Adblockers, and a lot of them are perfectly valid. For these users, their experience is not changing at all. They'll still be able to browse the site and receive the same experience as they always have done in the past.

In conclusion, we are now rewarding users who contribute financially to the running of the site and we are not placing any further caps or punishing users who use Adblockers.


  1. BuffyKillsVampires
    • member
    • 111 posts
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    Oh no, now my downloads are like 3 seconds slower, that'll teach me not to use adblock, you sure showed me
    1. dungeons0
      • premium
      • 16 posts
      • 0 kudos
      what a shitty attitude.
  2. Balx2
    • premium
    • 134 posts
    • 1 kudos
    I get why you need to do this but f*** turning adblock off on this site. The three times I was dumb enough to do that I managed to get a virus. I know you guys claim you fight back against shitty ad providers but yeah. Instead I bought a supporter pack. If anyone ever asks me if they should disable adblock or just buy lifetime membership I'll respond "do you prefer aids or cotton candy?"
  3. Phylistine
    • member
    • 150 posts
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    Does it help you more if I buy the supporter membership and you get the couple bucks, or if I allow ads? I'd like to support and this seems like a great compromise. Hats off, much appreciated.
  4. BlueGunk
    • premium
    • 4,134 posts
    • 37 kudos
    I am a premium member, have favourited the European servers, and my cap appears to 1.0MB/s. I never go above this.
    Am I doing something wrong?Apologies if the raised cap is not yet in place.
    I use Mod Organizer 2. MO2 does not place its own cap on downloads - I checked that on their Discord pages.
    Please can this cap be checked?
    Thank you, I doff my cap to you!
    1. lyoko1
      • premium
      • 67 posts
      • 2 kudos
      You need to log in the MO2, then clear cache in the MO2 close it, and reopen it as admin
  5. omega2008
    • supporter
    • 1,385 posts
    • 202 kudos
    Hmm, I have Supporter, but I still seems to be getting 1mb/s through MO2. Is it not enabled yet or MO2 doesn't support the changes?
    Edit: Seems to be MO2 seeing as manual downloads has 2mb/s.
  6. thamythic
    • member
    • 24 posts
    • 1 kudos
    Want to buy life time premium and heave the money on my paypal ,but i cant buy it because for some reason you need a credit card???? thats just stupid!!!
    i can buy a shitload off stuff from ebay without a credit card but i cant buy a premium from you!
    1. Dark0ne
      • Site Owner
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      You can pay with Pay Pal. Just select it in the payment method drop-down menu.
  7. Lyonmane
    • member
    • 102 posts
    • 3 kudos
    Did you know that if you use a download accelerating software you get faster downloads even from Nexus.
  8. MaxwellTanner
    • member
    • 7 posts
    • 0 kudos
    It's pretty easy to use an adblocker without being detected, so really you just increased the cap to 2 MB/s for everybody. Well, thanks I guess...

    You might get more supporters if the payment options weren't so restrictive and if you didn't shackle the uncapped download speeds to your own mod manager. Food for thought.
  9. Khrada
    • supporter
    • 154 posts
    • 9 kudos
    Thank you for all the works you and your team do for the modding community, and your commitment to it.
  10. TheLinuxMan02
    • member
    • 1 posts
    • 0 kudos
    You know whats funny? I have the 1mb/s download cap thingy and I think that is plenty fast for downloading 750kb mods. I only really download My Summer Car Mods.