#1 By: Chris Hoffman, September 6th, 2013 06:41
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/171734/benchmarked-will-a-game-booster-improve-your-pc-gaming-performance/
PC gaming is different from console gaming. Consoles run a stripped-down operating system optimized for games, but PCs run a general-purpose operating system like Windows that may be doing other things in the background.
#2 By: BigTech, September 6th, 2013 13:19
In short, snake oil. Like painting flames on your car to make it go faster. Also , updating your drivers can sometimes make things worse. More than a few times drivers introduce as many problems as they fix. First rule if it ain't broke...
#3 By: Naman Sood, September 6th, 2013 14:55
...don't fix it. But if it is broke, try duct tape.
#4 By: Ross Uhlfelder, September 6th, 2013 15:14
thanks for the info. I believe that this forum has debunked the pc memory boosters and the registry cleaners also.
One small point, the 0 indications in task manager are not necessarily nothing. There is Sysinternals tool called Process Explorer which will show the fractions of a percent some of the resting processes use. The point that they use minimal resources is, I believe, correct.
#5 By: James McFarlane, September 6th, 2013 21:39
Gameboosters are very efficient, however, they're designed for older computers that meet the standards in order to run the game but resources are being used up. Back before I built my current PC, my old one couldn't even run Minecraft without stutter every 2 seconds (Sure, it's badly coded but a bad PC doesn't help).
Ran a gamebooster and I was getting over 60FPS without worry (All graphical settings at max, btw). I've tried the same on my current PC, 350FPS in Minecraft without Vsync (Or gamebooster) and gamebooster does not increase it.
To re-iterate what I said, gameboosters do indeed work wonders, however this test wasn't set up correctly.
#6 By: localhost, September 7th, 2013 00:39
Well that's obviously because the flames weren't red. If it ain't red, you're doing it wrong...
On topic: I keep all my systems free of these "booster" and "cleaner" type programs. I only allow CCleaner - everything else is uninstalled the second the I find it... assuming I install it in the first place. Its just one extra process competing for resources. Very much snake oil.
#7 By: Brian Ortiz, September 11th, 2013 02:06
What about multiplayer? I think they also claim to reduce network latency.
#8 By: Michael Aaron Murphy, September 11th, 2013 21:54
They can and do help, but if you are on a machine with a lot of cores, the chances of you seeing a performance benefit are going to be not at all. You'd mostly get a benefit with laptops and other low end devices.
#9 By: Naman Sood, September 12th, 2013 05:43
Actually, with anything above (and including) a second gen Core i5 and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M, you won't see a difference anyway.
#10 By: Manu, September 15th, 2013 18:02
1) The game booster by razer is basically a copy of the game booster by iobit iobit.com/gamebooster, however the razer gamebooster created a bunch of problems on my computer including stalling my startup (even when automatic start was disabled). The iobit version did not have these issues.
2) I run a bunch of things that I like to close when I'm gaming, XAMPP, google drive sync, dropbox, bittorent, etc--basically anything that connects to the internet. The MOST critical is windows update! Windows update can bog your system down into the mud when you're trying to frag those noobs. And if you're set to update automatically, there's no warning that this running in the background, until it's ready to restart.
Sure you can close all these things individually, but it sure is nice to set a hotkey that does this work for you automatically.