Nothing is more frustrating to a gamer than hitting a sudden and severe patch of lag while attempting to gun down your foes, rescue the princess, or do just about anything in a game. Low frame rates, unresponsive controls, and muddy gameplay can ruin a player’s experience.
If you take part in ladder matches and online tournaments, having your PC perform poorly is never an option. You need the smoothest gameplay possible from the time you boot up your machine to the moment you log out at the end of the game.
Some players, with significantly large budgets, opt to fit their systems out with the latest and greatest hardware, running up a massive electric bill and running a system that sounds more like a jet engine than a desktop PC. Believe it or not, there are some ways to increase the performance of your PC without spending a small fortune to do so.
Unfortunately, many of these methods require manual tweaking before and after the game has started. Killing off unnecessary processes,
What Does it Do?
Windows is known for running a vast array of different services and processes in the background while you’re doing your day-to-day activities. These processes can be largely cumbersome, especially on older hardware. Your experience during gameplay may include occasional patchy lag that dips your frame rate down to a point where it becomes difficult to play. This may happen for a few seconds or even result in the game crashing if it is particularly intense.
Game Booster 3 steps in and temporarily kills these excessive processes when you launch a game, and restores them after it has finished. In a sense, it does all the legwork for you.
In addition, Game Booster 3 helps you keep your drivers updated, defragments important game files, and gives you a virtual gaming environment that wipes everything but the game you’re currently playing from the desktop. This helps you focus on what you’re doing.
You can also customize which programs and services are and aren’t impacted by gaming mode. TeamSpeak, Fraps, and other complementary programs are detected by the program and put on a safe list.
Does it Work?
During the shift from standard to gaming mode on my Core i5 Windows 7 machine with 8 GB of RAM and a GeForce GTX550 Ti video processor, Game Booster 3 managed to increase performance by what it claimed was 42%. Each time I ran it, the percentage changed by a few degrees up or down.
When it came to real-world gaming, the results were slightly different.
In Ultra settings at 1080p, Skyrim usually swayed between 15 and 40 frames per second, a less than optimal range. With Game Booster 3 on, that rate stayed between 20 and 40, a much more acceptable range that allows for more fluid motion. Still, this performance was a far cry from perfect.
Without having to invest in any hardware improvements, a 25% increase in frames is hard to overlook. Manual tweaking would have, in my opinion, achieved similar if not better results, though the time it takes to switch things off and back on one-by-one can be incredibly time consuming.
Where it really shined for me was during the driver updates. Windows has a built-in update center, though the drivers provided there aren’t always the correct ones for a gaming rig. Game Booster 3 does a pretty good job of keeping up with the latest bits and pieces and finding them for your particular system.
The defragmentation feature does what it is supposed to do, though I didn’t notice any particularly obvious improvements after running it on a few games. This could be do to regular defragmentation that is performed on a regular basis anyway, though it is a handy feature.
In a world where you get what you pay for, it was refreshing to see a free download actually work. Optimizers are a tough sell, especially when so many of them are spammy and otherwise useless. This one, I liked.
What about you? Have you tried Game Booster 3? What was your experience like?