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March CSGO Update; Lesser CPU memory, More scoreboard options

Earlier today CSGO welcomed an update which reduced the CPU memory usage 40%. Further it added more scoreboard options to mute enemies and even hide their Steam display pictures.

The release notes are (https://blog.counter-strike.net/index.php/2019/03/23362/)

CSGO Update March – Log


– Added an optional -d3d9ex command line switch to reduce CPU memory use by about 40%. If you encounter graphics problems with this feature, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject “D3D9EX”.


– Added communication options in Game Settings which allow the following:

— Mute 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


– Katowice 2019 comes to a close: Champions and Legends have been engraved on the trophies, and the Katowice 2019 graffiti can no longer be applied in game.

– Increased the voting time on official servers before transitioning to the next map.

– Fixed a scoreboard case where a player’s rank icons sometimes didn’t get removed when the player was replaced with a bot.

The first update after IEM Katowice unfortunately did not see any AUG related changes but now gives users the ability to reduce CPU memory usage by using the startup command “-d3d9ex” which reduces the load on the CPU from CS:GO up to approximately 40 percent.

In order to enable the changes,  go to CS:GO in your Steam games library, right click on the game and select “Properties,” click “Set Launch Options” in the General tab, and type “-d3d9ex” in the box.

The change has slightly increased frame rates and increased the ALT+TAB speeds.

The new communication settings look like this ingame. These features have been wanted for a long time as many streamers have faced issues on Twitch after opponents changed avatar pictures to obscene images so that the streamers would get banned for nudity

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