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Game Booster - does it work ?

Discussion in 'Gaming (Software and Graphics Cards)' started by orngcrsh85, Jan 13, 2010.

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  1. @nthony

    @nthony Notebook Evangelist

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    I only used the term to complete thinkpad's analogy.

    It's sort of like how you'd expect that a person who buys a manual should know how to use the clutch, is the same way a gamer who cares about performance should know how to tune their system.
     
  2. HTWingNut

    HTWingNut Brain size of a planet...

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    I don't think it would hurt to try it. And if it turns off things you don't want running in the background while you play, like other bandwidth consuming apps (i.e. utorrent, Steam, etc) I guess setting up executing closing these and restarting them automatically would be worth it. Or if you have 2GB or less of RAM and run lots of stuff in the background, it might help a bit. But usually stuff running in the background only consumes RAM and won't hinder performance much except for having to use the swap file over physical RAM.
     
  3. sean473

    sean473 Notebook Prophet

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    i would say that game booster is useful for ppl with even 4GB RAM espeically in RAM intensive games like MW2... i get lagg because of lack of video RAM at high details... game booster actually closes all those unnecessary services and the extra RAm helps and gets rid of the lagg.... and my comp has no bloatware .... even if it does , its disabled and only starts when i want it to... i would get game booster.
     
  4. lozanogo

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    Well, game booster is supposed to clean your regular RAM, not video RAM... so I am not sure how it can help in your case.
     
  5. Mastershroom

    Mastershroom wat

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    It would help integrated cards which share system memory.
     
  6. gdansk

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    I do not think it would help for anyone who pro-actively uses and configures Windows (msconfig is your friend). If you close unnecessary applications before gaming, you should get near maximum performance form your hardware (provided you keep your drivers up to date). Furthermore there are many open source or freeware applications that use less memory and processing power (Pidgin vs. MSN messenger, and foobar2000 vs. iTunes/Windows Media Player).

    If I understand correctly the app closing portion doesn't sound detrimental. It just performs a simple scan and asks to close programs, which is better done by yourself, but automation is always nice. However, it may be detrimental if it interrupts super or prefetching during its 'RAM cleaning' process. I don't think the 'processor intensifying' is anything legitimate or useful... They must be trying to sell it through marketing, but that begs the question, why does a freeware application need marketing? Also, are any specifics as to what it does when running in the background? Apparently, certain virus scanners view it as malware as well. This software seems unnecessary, and the actual benefits aren't noticeable or worth the risks.

    In regards to video memory: I don't think that any application can fix video memory shortages, considering the only options are to reduce detail or to put video data (vertices, textures, etc) in regular memory, which is much slower for the GPU to access. Then again, 512MB should be sufficient for most (lower) resolutions. But size isn't everything, DDR3 is much slower bandwidth than more modern GDDR types.

    Somewhat off topic: It amazes me when I help people from school with technical issues, and they always have dozens of applications running that they rarely use. Generally with out of date drivers... It makes me understand why some people go with Mac OS, you don't have to work as hard to get a safe and fast installation (on well built hardware).
     
  7. Terminal42

    Terminal42 Notebook Evangelist

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    I experience a lot of lag on CPU/ram intensive games like the sims or simcity. Specs in sig. Will gamebooster increase fps in those games?
     
  8. dougbrad82

    dougbrad82 Notebook Consultant

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    i use it as a quick way to disable aero(dmw) and themes services.. with those 2 disabled i get 3-4 more fps in my current games dragon age and risen. this on asus m50sv with nvidia 9500m gs windows 7.
     
  9. WankelRotor

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    I use it. 1fps max difference but its free 1fps so why not. lol. If you have lots of crap running in the background or you haven't formatted your drive in a long time and your registry is all messed up, then it will help much more.
     
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