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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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    4.2 stars

    out of 486 votes

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    • 4 star: 95
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    • 2 star: 20
    • 1 star: 46
  • Current version:

    4.6 stars

    out of 110 votes

    • 5 star: 89
    • 4 star: 14
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 5
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Absolutely horrible update"

    February 9, 2013  |   By fuqdapoleez

    Version: Game Booster 3.4

    Pros

    There is literally no improvement from the last version. If anything, it's a blatant downgrade.

    Cons

    You have to log in to a razer account every time you use it
    You need an internet connection just to run it
    Lots of bloatware. This version itself is double the size of the previous versions.
    You can't just run it, you have to have it launch a game and keep the game on.
    The "login" seems to be there so that the companies can keep track of the user's information for data mining. This type of underhanded practice is what gives companies a bad name.

    Summary

    Look for GB 3.5 Beta or lower if you want to use it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Game Booster"

    November 19, 2012  |   By clarkdaw

    Version: Game Booster 3.4

    Pros

    This program scans the games loaded. It offers you what you do not need running to play your games. It boots up fast and then loads my games quickly as well. Though I rarely had game issues of slow loading screens, I see I never get those things any more!

    Cons

    I have not run into any issues using this program with my WinXP Pro.

    Summary

    Such that you play your games, I sincerely recommend this! And it is all free!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very useful."

    November 19, 2012  |   By DannyJP

    Version: Game Booster 3.4

    Pros

    Definitely notice a marked improvement in gameplay when using versus not using. Easy to use, quick set up.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "would recomend to others"

    November 15, 2012  |   By jowall

    Version: Game Booster 3.4

    Pros

    some improvement was noticed

    Cons

    still not fast enough the boss when playing poker

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great for my 7 year old laptop if I massage it a little"

    November 15, 2012  |   By GehovaGyra

    Version: Game Booster 3.4

    Pros

    It removes a lot of overhead from RAM and changes settings all in one button push. It also will restore those same settings when desired.

    Cons

    I have to shut it down after use to free RAM the software is using.

    Summary

    The IObit software has been very trustworthy over the years. I recommend any of their software with intelligent use.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "It slows my FPS !!! no good!!!"

    November 4, 2012  |   By DistX

    Version: Game Booster 3.4

    Pros

    It works for some ppl.

    Cons

    It may sounds weird but it actually slowed down my game (World of Tanks). Maybe its good for some new PCs but my old laptop didnt like it. Dunno what this software is boosting, but its definitely not FPS.
    And thats what im after.

    Summary

    It slowed my game = uninstall. But you go ahead and try it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "is what it is"

    October 27, 2012  |   By jazirian

    Version: Game Booster 3.4

    Pros

    it shuts down non essentials runs my games smooth and hassle free

    Cons

    none that i can see yet except they over advertise but i can live with it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Game Booster is World of Warcraft Love"

    October 25, 2012  |   By ElvesAteMyRamen

    Version: Game Booster 3.4

    Pros

    Recommends running programs that could be switched off to boost game play.
    Shows you what is currently running in detail & if you're not sure whether you want to keep it or not, there's a link to click that will show you what people recommend.
    Easy to use-just click "Boost & Launch" & game starts right up.
    Just as easy to turn off if needed or if you want to change something.
    IT'S FREE!!!!!!!

    Cons

    None-it unclogs the memory, leaves on what you need, all for free!

    Summary

    Absolutely love it! I have a brand new laptop & thought my World of Warcraft game would run smooth as butter...after one too many jerky graphics, I found Game Booster through CNET. Downloaded & was amazed when it brought up all the junk I had running in the background & after clicking off 30=something odd programs, it cleared over 400,000 mb of memory! I've been using Game booster for a few weeks now & have never had any issue with it & am enjoying a totally smooth, high-graphics gameplay.:)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "VERY GOOD and RECOMMENDED TO USE"

    October 24, 2012  |   By randysyn

    Version: Game Booster 3.4

    Pros

    it's very helping when playing a high end game.

    Cons

    haven't found any problem yet

    Summary

    good

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Game Booster helped my guild wars 2 game"

    October 24, 2012  |   By Xoner30577

    Version: Game Booster 3.4

    Pros

    closes unnecessary programs

    Cons

    needs more tweaking options like OC and UC and Voltage adjustments and so forth but its ok

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