Now here’s a pretty surprise: IOBIT Game Booster has turned into *drumroll* Razer Game Booster.

IOBIT Game Booster was a nifty app that basically analyzed your PC, determines the unnecessary processes hogging up RAM and CPU (by that I mean anything which isn’t related to your game) and shut them down to free up said resources. It actually worked. I was running a P4 at the time and used it a lot.

So…apparently they’ve teamed up with Razer. It’s now the “Razer Game Booster” and it’s in 3.6 Beta. That’s good branding. Every competitive gamer knows Razer. It’s practically a household name. Especially if you’ve ever considered buying a gaming mouse.

Game detection is still spotty, though, especially if you have the game installed to an unconventional location. You can drag-and-drop exe’s to add em.

Setting up the software
Setting up the software

This is the beta 3.6 version, which is the latest (as of the time of writing). Let’s take it for a spin and see what new stuff is in here.
Firstly, you need to logon to use it. For that you create a Synapse account. It’s as easy as creating a Steam account, though I fail to see why you absolutely HAVE to login to use the software.  The revamped Booster has more tricks up it’s sleeve – including syncing to Synapse 2.0, which is a Razer service that stores your configs and Razer addons in the cloud for easy access. It’s also got video recording, auto-detects when you launch a game (the old IOBIT version had this functionality) and… a defrag tool?
Interesting. The starting interface is the one that lets you launch a game. There’s CPU / GPU / RAM / HDD usage and temperature meters there as well. A quick check with CPU-Z, GPU-Z and Core Temp: the CPU temperature seems to be off. No way my CPU is running at 61 Celcius, especially since it’s load is just 4% at the moment. The others seem to be accurate. Mainboard at 27, GPU at 33 Celcius, hard drive running at 38.

Now let’s not launch a game, because the performance gain is going to be unique to every system and there’s no point saying “it works” when it a) clearly does work and b) has been working since version 1.0 from way back.

The  analysis tool yields perhaps the most thorough full system report I’ve ever read on my PC, detailing everything from the BIOS to CPU to checkups on running processes, registry keys and everything in between. Here’s the first few lines of the report for my PC. I’ve had to chop out bits of data here and there.  The report itself is far too long to present in full, but take it from me – it’s thorough. It even shows the log of Google Update on my system failing and registry keys pointing to missing apps.

0102 – Language                 : English (Regional Setting: English)
0103 – BIOS                     : BIOS Date: 07/26/11 11:23:40 Ver: 04.06.04
0104 – Processor                : Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G620 @ 2.60GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.6GHz
0105 – Memory                   : 2048MB RAM
0106 – Available OS Memory      : 2030MB RAM
0107 – Page File                : 1617MB used, 2443MB available
0108 – Windows Dir              : C:Windows
0109 – DirectX Version          : DirectX 11
0110 – DX Setup Parameters      : Not found
0111 – User DPI Setting         : Using System DPI
0112 – System DPI Setting       : 96 DPI (100 percent)
0113 – DWM DPI Scaling          : Disabled
0114 – DxDiag Version           : 6.01.7600.16385

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02 – Processor
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0201 – Caption                  : Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G620 @ 2.60GHz x2 ~2600MHz
0202 – Current Clock Speed      : 2600MHz

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03 – Video Adapter
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0301 – Card Name                : NVIDIA GeForce GT 630
0302 – Manufacturer             : NVIDIA
0303 – Chip Type                : GeForce GT 630
0304 – DAC Type                 : Integrated RAMDAC
0305 – Device Key               : EnumPCIVEN_10DE&DEV_0F00&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_A1
0306 – Display Memory           : 2758 MB
0307 – AdapterRAM               : 2.00 GB
0308 – Current Mode             : 1152 x 864 (32 bit) (75Hz)
0309 – Monitor Name             : Generic PnP Monitor
0310 – Driver Name              : nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
0311 – Driver Version           : 9.18.0013.0697
0312 – Driver Language          : English
0313 – DDI Version              : 10.1
0314 – Driver Model             : WDDM 1.1
0315 – Driver Beta              : False
0316 – Driver Debug             : False
0317 – Driver Date              : 10/3/2012 03:51:00
0318 – Driver Size              : 18252136
0323 – Device Identifier        : {D7B71E3E-4C40-11CF-0961-0D201CC2C435}
0328 – Driver Strong Name       : oem30.inf:NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTamd64.6.1:Section024:9.18.13.697:pciven_10de&dev_0f00
0329 – Rank Of Driver           : 00E00003
0330 – Video Accel              : ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C ModeVC1_C ModeWMV9_C
0332 – D3D9 Overlay             : Supported
0333 – DXVA-HD                  : Supported
0334 – DDraw Status             : Enabled
0335 – D3D Status               : Enabled
0336 – AGP Status               : Enabled
0337 – Notes                    : No problems found.

0338 – OpenGL                   : 6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)

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06 – Motherboard
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0601 – Model                    : MT-H61M-D3
0602 – Manufacturer             : Barclays Computers PVT .,Ltd

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07 – Sound Device
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0701 – Description              : Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
0702 – Default Sound Playback   : True
0703 – Default Voice Playback   : True
0704 – Hardware ID              : HDAUDIOFUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0662&SUBSYS_10EC0000&REV_1001
0705 – Manufacturer ID          : 1
0706 – Product ID               : 100
0707 – Type                     : WDM
0708 – Driver Name              : RTKVHD64.sys
0709 – Driver Version           : 6.00.0001.6392
0710 – Driver attributes        : Final Retail
0711 – Date and Size            : 6/14/2011 19:38:12
0713 – Driver Provider          : Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
0714 – Min/Max Sample Rate      : 5047294, 5047294
0715 – Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs  : 5047294, 5047294
0716 – Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs   : 5047294, 5047294
0717 – HW Memory                : 5047302
0718 – Voice Management         : False

It also accesses application logs to show what’s been happening.  Expect this sort of stuff at the bottom of the report.

1201 – Time                     : 12/15/2012 12:38:21 AM
1202 – Source                  : Service Control Manager
1203 – Description         : The Etisalat Connect. OUC service failed to start due to the following error:
                                                     The system cannot find the file specified.

1201 – Time                     : 12/13/2012 10:44:29 PM
1202 – Source                   : atapi
1203 – Description              : The driver detected a controller error on DeviceIdeIdePort0.

1201 – Time                     : 12/13/2012 10:44:28 PM
1202 – Source                   : cdrom
1203 – Description              : The device, DeviceCdRom0, is not ready for access yet.

Analysis: I’m impressed by this extremely thorough system lookup.

The Tools > Tweaks section shows stuff you can do to optimize disk performance. Hit Optimize to see these changes applied to your system.

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I go for the NTFS disk tweaks.
The TOOLS menu also has two other submenus: Drivers and Defrag. Defrag does what it says – not for your whole system, but for your game files only. Drivers checked my system and found drivers that I have to update. The download button propels you to the download site. Useful. I’m updating my sound drivers as I write this.

What else is new? The screencast menu, which lets you display your FPS (frames per second) of whatever game you’re running in one of the four corners of your display.  It also lets you set up hotkeys for screen captures and gameplay recording.

Now what we need it for Xfire or Raptr to integrate this cool shit.

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