Frequently Asked Questions List (please scroll down to review answers; or click here to open FAQ in a new tab)

Q.:   2.4x boost without adjusting the voltage (right, Your hardware will not be exposed in any way!), how is it possible?

Q.:   The boost in game "X" is about 25%, while in pure GPU tests (like 3DMark® '05/'06 Pixel Shader or Texturing tests) I see a whopping perfomance increase, just as expected (I mean, as might be predicted with calculator) - up to 2.4x! Why is it so?

Q.:   On my laptop a popular diagnostic utility GPU-Z reports that I already have GMA 950 running at a speed of 400 MHz. Do I still need the GMABooster?

Q.:   On my laptop a popular diagnostic utility Lavalys® Everest reports wrong ("1 step down") GMA core clock. Is it a defect?

Q.:   Should I keep the program running, or may I close its window once I set the desired core clock? What if I reboot my computer, do I have to set the core clock again?

Q.:   Is it planned to release GMABooster for mobile chipset ... ?

Q.:   Where is a 64 bit version of GMABooster?

Q.:   I have installed GMABooster on a fresh Windows® XP and it is not working at all ("Application failed to initialize..." error). How to troubleshoot?

Q.:   Is there a way to apply GMA core clock setting automatically on Windows® startup?

Q.:   I have got a question which is not listed here! How can I get an answer?



Q.:   2.4x boost without adjusting the voltage (right, Your hardware will not be exposed in any way!), how is it possible?
A.:   A short preamble is needed to explain what makes a GMABooster technology possible. Let's consider an Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 950 (GMA 950). This integrated solution, while not fully supporting the latest and the most demanding games, still allows a user to enjoy the mass of brilliant gaming hits of all genres. GMA 950 does also fully support Aero and QuartzGL (enhanced GPU-driven user interfaces of Windows® 7/8/10 and Mac® OS X). It features a basic video playback acceleration, as well. However, if You have own a laptop/netbook/nettop computer built on Intel® 945GM/GME/GMS or GSE943/940GML/GU Express chipset, the above statements may not be truth for You. These all chipsets are LV (low voltage) versions of what we normally call Intel® 945. Thus, integrated graphics core has been underclocked dramatically: 166/133 MHz instead of 400 MHz (default GMA clock in a "normal" Intel® 945 chipset). But the truth is, the indicated devices could handle up to 400 MHz with ease: at a nominal low voltage, without the loss of system stability, and with minimal to none impact on thermal specifications/battery life (proven by preliminary testing). Here the GMABooster comes! It allows a user, not a manufacturer to choose the desired GMA speed. It combines a sophisticated assembler-level technology and the user-friendly graphic user interface, offering You to near double the GMA core perfomance without even a need to restart a computer. GMABooster may be considered as a safe, free, "software-level" GPU core upgrade!



Q.:   The boost in game "X" is about 25%, while in pure GPU tests (like 3DMark® '05/'06 Pixel Shader or Texturing tests) I see a whopping perfomance increase, just as expected (I mean, as might be predicted with calculator) - up to 2.4x! Why is it so?
A.:   In some real games or benchmarks the so alluring boost may be *quite limited* either by CPU (most of supported devices come with Intel® Atom which is typically 1/2 of already low-end Celeron M which runs at a same clock) or a by shared RAM speed (this is just a single-channel DDR2 533 shared with CPU). Furthermore, even if the CPU load is not 100% during the specific 3D test, this is not because the Atom is powerful enough, but because RAM bandwidth is so much utilized by GMA that CPU is not receiving enough data to process. In any case, GMABooster does its work, and there are simply no other methods to get at least that kind of boost (e.g. 25% in WoW, as reported by users).



Q.:   On my laptop a popular diagnostic utility GPU-Z reports that I already have GMA 950 running at a speed of 400 MHz. Do I still need the GMABooster?
A.:   Well, GPU-Z detects GMA 950, but does not read its actual clock. This is a known issue. Please note that there are no devices built on Intel® 945GM/GME/GMS/GSE or 943/940GML/GU Express chipset which have GMA 950 running at a default clock of 400 MHz. So, an answer is: yes, the GMABooster is still needed.



Q.:   On my laptop a popular diagnostic utility Lavalys® Everest reports wrong ("1 step down") GMA core clock. Is it a defect?
A.:   Lavalys® Everest is not correct in its readings. It cannot handle the GMABooster-hacked HW clock control registers properly, that's an answer. So, Everest reports 250 MHz for actual 400 MHz, 200 MHz for actual 250 MHz, and 166 MHz for actual 200/166 MHz (for both).



Q.:   Should I keep the program running, or may I close its window once I set the desired core clock? What if I reboot my computer, do I have to set the core clock again?
A.:   Yes, You may close the program once You have set the desired clock. However, once You restart a computer, You need to set the clock again. Such a behaviour is a technical limitation of the chipset. It is not possible to make the setting permanent. For this reason, on return from standby/hibernate the setting will also be reset to default.



Q.:   Is it planned to release GMABooster for mobile chipset ... ?
A.:   Yes, GMABooster for GMA X3100, GMA X4500, GMA 500, GMA 900 is planned. An issue is, 1-2 devices based on each of the chipset families are needed for development and testing... And it's really difficult (not to say impossible) to develop such programs without the real devices on developer's desk. If someone would donate suitable laptop(s), this would speed up the development process significantly.



Q.:   Where is a 64 bit version of GMABooster?
A.:   It is planned, but not for a GMA 950 version (for future releases only).



Q.:   I have installed GMABooster on a fresh Windows® XP and it is not working at all ("Application failed to initialize..." error). How to troubleshoot?
A.:   As stated in GMABooster's readme, please install Microsoft ®.NET Framework version 2.0 or higher (an issue is, unlike Windows® 7/8/10, Windows® XP does not come with a .NET Framework). Then reinstall GMABooster. In case this didn't help, please manually delete folder C:\Program Files\GMABooster and try to reinstall it again.



Q.:   Is there a way to apply GMA core clock setting automatically on Windows® startup?
A.:   Yes, there is such built-in capability.



Q.:   I have got a question which is not listed here! How can I get an answer?
A.:   Please feel free to contact the developers!