Game Booster

Game Booster

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 489 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.1
  • Total Downloads:
    1,921,332
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 28, 2011
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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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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  • Current Version

    4.0

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star 3
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.2

    out of 489 votes

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    • 4 star 95
    • 3 star 28
    • 2 star 20
    • 1 star 46
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5 stars

"Awesome product"

January 14, 2012  |  By Jayk47

 |  Version: Game Booster 3.1

Pros

Greatly increases performance.

Cons

It does what its supposed to and then some, so no complaints here.

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4 stars

"Prime your PC before battle!"

January 10, 2012  |  By peterlilley

 |  Version: Game Booster 3.1

Pros

- Very simple to use with default settings (click the one giant button).
- The GameBox allows you to optimize and launch a game in one click, then restores all the processes it stopped when the game ends: nice!
- Experts can configure additional programs or services to shut down.
- Also it is now free, no need to buy premium version.

Cons

Not really a con of the program itself, but it would have more effect on older/slower computers. If your computer easily exceeds the requirements for your games, the benefits are probably going to be minimal. Even so, there's a nice psychological boost in getting your system 'primed' for a heavy gaming session.

The only other 'con' to note is that some of the reported resource savings come from reclaiming shared memory. So nice that it gets reported as more free RAM but in truth some of that memory was already available to the games. So the reported "42% Boost" I get each time should be taken with a grain of salt. Still, there's nothing harmful about what it does.

Summary

I recently revisited Game Booster, which I had used a couple of years back as v2.0. I was very pleased to see it is now free in v3.1!

I have seen several reviews of Game Booster that say "you can shut down services manually" or "just use msconfig.exe" and of course you can; but what pain compared to this. The main benefit of Game Booster is that is is a one click operation that undoes itself when you finish gaming.

I'm a bigger fan of its primary purpose (freeing up system resources before gaming) than any of the value-add features like the additional tweaks and diagnosis tools which I find are of arguable benefit but, hey, I don't have to use them :)

I think the default set of services that get shut down during "Boost" have been well-chosen. They are the services you're really unlikely to need during full-screen gaming, but the list is not so aggressive that you suddenly can't network, or that it compromises security. You can always add more to the list if you know what you're doing. I was a little suspect at first as to how reliable it would be to be sending 24+ start/stop commands to the Windows Service Manager in such quick succession, and wondered if any services perhaps wouldn't come back. From my own experience it has been very reliable. Everything seems to shut down cleanly and come back correctly.

I like the ability to select additional programs to shut down as well. For example, I set it to shut down Google Chrome which generally saves a few hundred megabytes, then Chrome offers to reopen my tabs when it comes back.

As hinted above, I think a considerable part of the benefit here is psychological. I just kinda like the idea of shutting down all the unnecessary stuff before gaming. I know perfectly well that many of those Windows services are completely idle and using nearly zero resources, but I want to turn 'em off anyway :)

On my previous PC that struggled with (then) current generation games, I did benchmark with and without and got a small boost in FPS, and an improved 'feel' of responsiveness while playing. On my current system, which is more than adequate for the games I'm playing, I suspect benchmarking would reveal minimal measurable gains. Nonetheless, I still use Game Booster as I like the idea that fewer background processes will start doing their thing during the gaming session.

This program is not for those serious tweakers who would *rather* spend hours on Black Viper's site, learning what every Windows service does and experimenting with having it on or off. This is for those who don't want to do that, and are looking for the single-click solution. I like it.

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5 stars

"Really pumps up a netbook"

January 09, 2012

 |  Version: Game Booster 3.1

Pros

1. Extremely easy to install, configure, and use
2. I noticed an immediate improvement in system performance
3. Going back into standard mode was as easy as clicking a button
4. Free!. They don't even sell the premium version any more
5. Allows for very granular configuration in that you can pick which bits of windows functionality that you want to temporarily shut off.
6. It does a great job of explaining what functionality will be lost by going into "boosted" mode.
7. Not just for gamers. I use it with having multiple programs in the MS Office and several browser windows running simultaneously.

Cons

This is the only con I can find:

1. The grey and magenta user interface is hideous.

Summary

I just bought a Dell duo as my primary personal laptop. The duo combines the best features of a tablet and a netbook. It runs an Intel Atom N570 dual core processor but it only has 2GB of RAM. for most causal users, that is more than enough. However, I also use this for school so when I am writing a paper and running MS Word, MS Visio, Chrome, dual monitors, Dropbox, etc., it really bogs down. I downloaded Game Booster and in 10 minutes, my system was running very smoothly for writing my document. It gives you a list of programs and services that can be temporarily shut down so system performance is increased. It shut down things like Windows update service, my Dell background backup program, iTunes, and the fancy 3D features of Windows 7. Once I was done, it was super-easy to turn everything back on. Everything snapped into place. For example, once I turned off boost, windows update reported that I had several updates to make and it made them just fine. All of the Windows 7 look and feel stuff came back, and iTunes with the various handlers it needs to talk to my iPhone loaded up without a hitch. Add to this that the program is totally free, has no adware, and is endorsed by a host of recognized publications, and you have the perfect killer app. One thing, if C-Net is still presenting 3.1, go to iobit.com and download version 3.2. BTW, they don't sell the premium version anymore. They make other utilities. When I am in the market to buy current utilities for my system, I am going to them first.

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5 stars

"Big improvement over the earlier version"

January 03, 2012  |  By DavidMadison

 |  Version: Game Booster 3.1

Pros

The biggest pro is the fact that you can now have more than one game in the boost box
2nd Pro - The Game Booster now has a much improved console interface which has a more intuitive and user friendly design.
3rd Pro - You can also use the Game Booster with online gaming, (The booster will not cut back on resources and apps needed for the online game to run smoothly.)
4th Pro - Yon can defrag just the gaming files on your hard drive (Nice, if you don't use boot defrag or have time to wait for a full HD defrag.)

Cons

Umm... Improves game play; has a user friendly interface with more features; it's free... Help me out, I can't think of a negative to put in here.

Summary

I use it with both my old Pentium 4 (mobile) Dell, which has 2GB of ram (running under Windows XP, SP-3), and my old AMD64 Athlon eMachine W3400 desktop with 1GB of ram, (Also running Windows XP, SP-3). With the limited resources of these old machines, the Game Booster 3.1 really makes a significant improvement in overall game play: I actually play StarCraft II WoL in single player mode on both of these dinosaurs without too much lag - at least with the laptop - with the benefit of Game Booster 3.1.

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4 stars

"I like this little program."

December 25, 2011  |  By 1948seeker

 |  Version: Game Booster 3.1

Pros

I store games in the "game box" side of the app. which keeps them convenient.
Games seem to run more smoothly (or at least they did on my old desktop, which suffered from memory-space problems).
I have never had problems with other programs as predicted by the reviewer above (even though he(she) sounds like some kind of expert).

Cons

I haven't found any yet, however the "game defrag" has never found any problems.

Summary

All-in-all, this tight little program hasn't given me any problems at all.
Conversely, no games or other programs have given me any problems as a result of using this program either.

I'm pleased with this small and effective little program.

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4 stars

"goed programma stopt overbodige processen"

December 18, 2011  |  By eclipse1

 |  Version: Game Booster 3.1

Pros

alles wat niet nodig is wordt uitgeschakeld, en er wordt eerst netjes voor de zekerheid een herstelpunt gemaakt

Cons

??? geen idee zie t er netjes uit eenvoudig

Summary

prima proggie voor niets groots gebaar van de maker

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4 stars

"At first I was really sceptical but no more"

November 18, 2011  |  By Trufflezoey01

 |  Version: Game Booster 3.1

Pros

I think it does a good job & better yet it is free

Cons

I really haven't noticed any cons yet

Summary

Actually I was going to give it 4 & 1/2 stars but I wasn't able to

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1 stars

"useless software"

November 12, 2011  |  By Jbone1337

 |  Version: Game Booster 3.1

Pros

May help computer with less then 1gb of ram.

Cons

Is for the most part a useless piece of software.
Software from a shady company.

Summary

It frees up a few mb of ram via shutting down processes and taking away free ram from other processes.
Which the latter can be a bad thing. Programs usually set aside a little more ram they they are using at a given time. it may set aside 300mb of ram and be using 200mb at this moment. this program takes away the extra 100mb it isnt using, but if it needs to use more, it isnt able to and will either crash the process or make it run utterly slow...

This program also needlessly shuts down services, which is utterly pointless. Doing that frees up almost no ram. As only services in use will use ram, and if its in use, shutting it down will cause other processes to crash or not work properly.

Game defrag does almost nothing unless you dont defrag your computer (which you should be).



You would see more performance gain from going into Msconfig.exe and stopping programs from auto-starting when windows does, and switching the windows scheme to basic or turning off all visual effects...
And keep on top of maintenance of running ccleaner and something like auslogics defrag regularly.

If you still are getting bad fps in games, its a problem with your hardware not meeting the requirements.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.1
Version 3.1 added "Delete" game in Gamebox and Defrag module.
General
Publisher Razer
Publisher web site http://www.razerzone.com/
Release Date October 28, 2011
Date Added October 28, 2011
Version 3.1
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows NT
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 40.01MB
File Name RazerGameBoosterSetup_4.2.45.0.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,921,332
Downloads Last Week 5,041
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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