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CS:GO's latest patch greatly reduces strain on your CPU

Reduces CPU load by up to 40%.

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In CS:GO’s first patch following the IEM Katowice Major, Valve has introduced an option which can reduce CPU memory use by around 40%.

In addition to reducing hardware strain, Valve's also increased the voting time before matches transition to the next map on official servers, and updated a few communication options as well.

If you want to start reaping the benefits of lowered CPU consumption, you’ll need to input “-d3d9ex” as a CS:GO startup command in your Steam client. Do be warned that it’s still early days for the update, so you might encounter a few graphics problems. To report any issues, send an email over to with the subject “D3D9EX”.

If you’re playing ranked matches on the official servers, the voting time has been increased before you transition to the next map. This might seem like a small change, but it’s always nice to have a bit more time to think things through and prepare before heading into battle.

Elsewhere, Valve has added a few extra quality of life improvements to the in-game communication systems. Here’s a breakdown of the changes:

  • Mute the enemy team
  • Block communication from everyone except players you are friends with, or players in your matchmaking party
  • Hide avatar images
  • Change names of players not on your friends list to something neutral

Additionally, and with CS:GO's first Major of the year behind us, the Katowice 2019 graffiti can no longer be applied in-game.

To round things off, Valve has fixed a scoreboard issue where a player’s rank icons sometimes didn’t get removed when the player was replaced with a bot. A minor addition, but every little improvement helps!

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