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Download of the Week: GMABooster

By Jos
Sep 3, 2009
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  1. Usually when we think of gaming, and more specifically PC graphics, two industry giants come to mind: ATI and Nvidia. Curiously this market is dominated by Intel, though, thanks to its nearly-ubiquitous integrated graphics chips. Although it's a well known fact that these chips are too slow for most games or other graphics-intensive tasks, many budget-conscious buyers are stuck with no other option for their entry-level laptops and netbooks.

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  2. GPU-z reported my clock was set at 400 MHz already. I should've listened to it, but instead I read this misinformation (below) from the site, and downloaded / installed it anyway, just to see no change (400 MHz -> 400 Mhz = 0% gain). Now I wasted time both downloading/installing/uninstalling, AND making this post. Thanks GMABooster! ;-)

    "Q.: On my laptop a popular diagnostic utility GPU-Z reports that I already have GMA 950 running at a speed of 400 MHz. Do I still need the GMABooster?
    A.: Well, GPU-Z detects GMA 950, but does not read its actual clock. This is a known issue. Please note that there are no devices built on IntelĀ® 945GM/GME/GMS/GSE or 943/940GML/GU Express chipset which have GMA 950 running at a default clock of 400 MHz. So, an answer is: yes, the GMABooster is still needed."
  3. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903

    I've actually been using this for a while, and I also get about a 25 % performance increase. Does anyone know why this is? Is is limited by the memory bandwidth?

    To the Guest:

    GPU-Z will not report any change in GPU speed. When you launch GMA Booster, it will tell you the speed your GPU is actually running at.

    To see if it is actually working, you can test it with a GPU stress test, such as this

    Using GMA booster, I increased my fps from 16 to 20
  4. When I first used GMA Booster, I found it to be a miraculous utility which improved performance dramatically. What I soon discovered is it turns off "unneeded" services, services which are actually needed, to increase performance. The result was having to go to Admin in the Control Panel and reset over 20 services. Maybe the program has changed, but I wouldn't recommend it to any user.
  5. Man, what are you talking about? I've been using this program since April or so, and it never touched even a single service. All is does is reprograms the PLL, allowing higher graphics core clock. I play Sims 3 and Trackmania on my old Macbook, and I can confirm that the performance boost IS there. Isn't it clear that avg. 30% of extra FPS cannot be achieved by shutting down the services? Furthermore, in 3DMark 2006 the raw GPU performance is 86% higher, that's not only my observation, e.g. see the following old review http://www.tweaktown.com/articles/2750/gmabooster_improving_intel_gma_igp_netbook_performance/index.html
  6. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 315

    this piece of software seems interesting,nice for all those integrated ones!
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