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Razer announces Game Booster beta

Razer announces Game Booster beta

Razer's Game Booster builds on IObit's software of the same name, providing one-click performance-boosting tweaks and a new 'Share Mode' for recording video and audio.

Peripherals giant Razer has announced plans to launch a system tweak utility based on IObit's Game Booster, providing performance-boosting settings along with integrated social networking functionality.

Called Razer Game Booster, somewhat unoriginally, the software's basic functionality is unchanged from the IObits version: the system provides a toggle for 'normal' and 'gaming' computing modes, disabling a series of non-critical processes in the latter to provide additional resources to games and then re-enabling said processes once the game is finished. The system also includes a dedicated defragmentation tool which specifically optimises games directories, ignoring the rest of the disk, for a quick load-time reduction.

'Razer Game Booster takes what Razer is all about and supercharges it,' claimed Robert Krakoff, president of Razer USA, at the announcement. 'We are huge fans of IObit's Game Booster software and we are dedicated to providing gamers with the absolute best experience possible. To that end, we are committed to everything that adds performance and fun to gaming, which includes software and the systems they run on.'

Razer's Game Booster does add some functionality over and above the IObit original: an improved 'Calibrate Mode' has been inserted, allowing access to driver updates and the tweaking of system settings, while the 'Share Mode' provides real-time audio and video capture and screenshot functionality, allowing users to quickly share their favourite gaming moments or even create tutorials for on-line posting.

Currently, the software is in closed beta, but Razer is taking sign-ups for eager testers at the official site. Although it's unlikely to make a massive difference to system performance, every little helps - and if Razer's 'Share Mode' addition proves as powerful as the company claims, could become a tool found on most gamers' systems.

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BLC 21st September 2012, 11:12 Quote
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disabling a series of non-critical processors

I sure hope it doesn't disable processing cores! Think you mean processes there ;)
Gareth Halfacree 21st September 2012, 11:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by BLC
I sure hope it doesn't disable processing cores! Think you mean processes there ;)
Hah! Yes, yes I do. Fixed, ta!
theshadow2001 21st September 2012, 11:37 Quote
I'm highly sceptical of any software that claims to boost the performance of your pc.
bigc90210 21st September 2012, 12:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by theshadow2001
I'm highly sceptical of any software that claims to boost the performance of your pc.

Same, hows about BT gives it and some similar "game fps boosting" software a run down to see if its worthwhile? I cant imagine it making much of a difference tbh
Phalanx 21st September 2012, 14:16 Quote
The logic of it makes sense, if you watch the video. However if your machine isn't being taxed on the resources it free up already, then you'll see no difference. I'm in the beta for this and I can definitely see the benefit of it for people. Not for myself, but then I still want to contribute to the beta.
SpAceman 21st September 2012, 14:42 Quote
I used to have Game Booster installed. It definitely freed up lots of memory. Not sure I saw any benefit though. The best part was when it classified Steam as one of those "non-critical processes" and stopped it running until you set it as one of the things to ignore.
GravitySmacked 21st September 2012, 16:34 Quote
I'm sure older systems would see some benefit from it but a modern gaming box shouldn't need it.
Showerhead 21st September 2012, 17:49 Quote
Yeah it's more for awfully weak systems. It makes skyrim playable as opposed to a slideshow on my gfs laptop which has 2GB ram a 2.6Ghz dual core and some awful 4 series integrated intel graphics.
suragh 21st September 2012, 17:50 Quote
Downloaded it and tried to use the FPS overlay but it didn't work - 100% garbage
digitaldunc 21st September 2012, 19:13 Quote
I vote bloat.

I have a 395 byte batch script that kills any random unnecessary processes.

Any self respecting geek should have disabled unnecessary services and startup guff anyway.
Bede 21st September 2012, 19:35 Quote
I used to have an Acer Travelmate laptop, awful thing with 256MB RAM, 1.5GHz processor, IGP. To get a few more FPS in most games I went into task manager and force-killed many of the running processes including explorer.exe - this actually worked quite well, so I imagine IOBit's software does too.
CowBlazed 21st September 2012, 23:05 Quote
So if it disables all non critical processes, does it disable itself before launching the game as well?
ajfsound 22nd September 2012, 14:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by CowBlazed
So if it disables all non critical processes, does it disable itself before launching the game as well?

Lol - yes I actually did.
Star*Dagger 22nd September 2012, 14:54 Quote
For people still running ancient Vista systems with old dual core tech
Yslen 22nd September 2012, 19:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by theshadow2001
I'm highly sceptical of any software that claims to boost the performance of your pc.

It probably works. AMD had an app of a similar nature floating about the web a few years back. In full boost mode it crippled various bits of Windows. The result on my old PC was a 20-30% effective boost in CPU power, but at the cost of zero security features. I just disconnected from the internet and made sure to switch the app off and restart the PC before going online again. Not something I'd want to use nowadays though.
Ninja_182 23rd September 2012, 23:35 Quote
Bring back game specific boot disks!
aramil 23rd September 2012, 23:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Ninja_182
Bring back game specific boot disks!

It has been a while since I had to make one of those.

Although that is sort of what I do with DosBox.

Sent on my CM10 JB powered i9100 by TapaTalk 2
The_Beast 24th September 2012, 00:02 Quote
Razer....





.....no thanks
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