Offering up to an astonishing 2.4x of extra processing power for your computer's integrated graphics engine, the GMABooster is a must-have tool for every user interested in advanced 3D gaming, truly flawless Windows Vista and Mac OS X experience, smoother operation of Google Earth, improved video playback, and performance gain in a variety of professional applications!
GMABooster is a free ("donateware") program, available for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. You can endlessly use it without charge: just download a new weekly build once the previous weekly build has expired. However, if You like GMABooster and use it often, You are welcome to make a voluntary donation.
Supported chipsets: Intel 945GM/GME/GMS/GSE and 943/940GML/GU Express featuring GMA 950. Supported devices: Asus EEE PC family, MSI Wind family, netbooks/nettops by Acer, Dell, HP, LG, Samsung and more. (Not every device may be supported; please check Your specific device's technical specs for a compatible chipset).
Supported operating systems: Windows XP 32 bit, Vista 32 bit, Windows 7 beta 32 bit. Prerequisite for Windows XP operation: Microsoft .NET Framework version 2.0 or higher.
How does it work?
A short preamble is needed to explain what makes a GMABooster technology possible. Let's consider an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (GMA 950). This integrated solution, while not fully supporting the latest and the most demanding games, still allows a user to enjoy the mass of brilliant gaming hits of all genres. GMA 950 does also fully support Aero and QuartzGL (enhanced GPU-driven user interfaces of Windows Vista and Mac OS X). It features a basic video playback acceleration, as well.
However, if You have own a laptop/netbook/nettop computer built on Intel 945GM/GME/GMS or GSE943/940GML/GU Express chipset, the above statements may not be truth for You. These all chipsets are LV (low voltage) versions of what we normally call Intel 945. Thus, integrated graphics core has been underclocked dramatically: 166/133 MHz instead of 400 MHz (default GMA clock in a "normal" Intel 945 chipset). But the truth is, the indicated devices could handle up to 400 MHz with ease: at a nominal low voltage, without the loss of system stability, and with minimal to none impact on thermal specifications/battery life (proven by preliminary testing).
Here the GMABooster comes! It allows a user, not a manufacturer to choose the desired GMA speed. It combines a sophisticated assembler-level technology and the user-friendly graphic user interface, offering You to near double the GMA core perfomance without even a need to restart a computer. GMABooster may be considered as a safe, free, "software-level" GPU core upgrade!
Now both the GMA 950 and 900 are fully supported. On GMA 950 side, Asus 1005HA support has been added. This release comes with a stable version of GMABooster Power Plan Watcher (component capable of realtime switching of GMA core clock based on a selected Windows Vista/7 Power Plan) and with a set of the Quick Presets for 166/200/250/400 MHz (Quick Presets are available via Windows® Start Menu and can be used for automatic applying of the desired GMA core clock on Windows startup).
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