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Game Booster

CNET Editors' review

Game Booster is an easy-to-use program that shuts down unnecessary system processes in order to improve the performance of resource-thirsty games. With an intuitive interface that makes it easy to switch between gaming mode and normal mode, Game Booster is a simple but powerful program.

Game Booster's interface is basic, with a list of 24 noncritical processes that can be shut down during gaming. Check boxes allow users to select specific processes. It is true that you have to take a leap of faith with some of these; if you're not extremely computer savvy, you may have no idea what it is that you're shutting down. We can say that our system suffered no ill effects from temporarily disabling all of the listed processes, and the program quickly started them again when we switched back to normal mode. We do wish that the program came with a Help file that went into detail about this issue, though. In addition to disabling unnecessary system processes, Game Booster offers a game defragmenter that specifically defragments the game directories, allowing a given game to start and run more quickly. Overall, we found Game Booster to be both easy to use and effective. We noticed a significant difference in game performance when using gaming mode, and we think this is a great choice for users who need to optimize their systems for gameplay.

Game Booster is free. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Gaming Booster for Minecraft"

    February 16, 2012  |   By chjacobs1

    Version: Game Booster 3.0

    Pros

    Makes games less laggy.

    Cons

    Freezes computer, but rarely.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simple but can be very effective!"

    October 13, 2011  |   By G0NE2W4R

    Version: Game Booster 3.0

    Pros

    It helped shut down unnecessary programs and all other executables that normally I would have done through the Task Manager. It does this with just one click. It had a dramatic boost on games that didn't seem playable for me on my laptop, but mainly because it shutdown programs that were eating up RAM and CPU power. I could have done this myself through the task manager, but on Windows 7 there are just too many to unnecessary .exe files and Game Booster simplified it for me. I can cite two games that Games Booster dramatically boosted performance on: Team Fortress 2 and Combat Arms, both are Free to Play. I dont know how Game Booster will do with higher end games. If you are already running games like Crysis 2 on your PC, chances are you already have the necessary hardware to run them at optimum performance. I predict Game Booster won't help much. But try it out. I highly recommend.

    Cons

    It didn't shut down all unnecessary programs but you could do that yourself if you know what your doing. Those who arent careful can possibly shut down important windows files.

    Summary

    Highly recommend for gaming.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Truly amazing program!"

    September 10, 2011  |   By Fife1100

    Version: Game Booster 3.0

    Pros

    Use it for all games
    Speeds the game up quite a bit
    Defrags game folders and also tells you when to update drivers!

    Cons

    I liked the version before this a bit better.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Always use when gaming."

    September 10, 2011  |   By grahampalmer1

    Version: Game Booster 3.0

    Pros

    Easy and quick to use and modify.

    Cons

    None that I can see.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This app does it ALL for games!!!"

    September 5, 2011  |   By 1948seeker

    Version: Game Booster 3.0

    Pros

    Game Booster keeps your games in one place, defrags, tweaks them to play better and faster, shuts down unness. pgms. to free more RAM for your games. Is easy to activate. When done with your game it auto. returns computer to normal and ends itself.

    Cons

    I haven't found any so far.

    Summary

    If you use your computer for games that you find online, you will certainly want to use this program to keep your computer Running at it's peak performance before, during and after your gaming experience.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Uninstalled lousy piece of trash."

    August 30, 2011  |   By PurpleDragons52

    Version: Game Booster 3.0

    Pros

    Liked the previous ones.

    Cons

    I'm not very computer savy but GameBooste3 seems to have wiped out all my game .exe files gives me the error message 'can not create 3d device'

    Summary



    Updated on Sep 6, 2011

    Cured my problem by updating my video card software.

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