The Razer Game booster
The IObit Razer game booster is the latest and newest version in the game booster series. It has new features to record audio and video, take screen shots, monitor the temperature of your computer, defrag specific game folders, as well as close out unnecessary background programs to boost performance.
Does it work?
I was chosen as one of the beta testers to use the Razer game booster and I decided to write a review of my experiences with it. My laptop that I use isn’t a high-end state of the art machine; it is actually quite old and has some problems when it comes to running newer high-end games. So when I started my test I tried out Mount and Blade Warband with the graphics set to the highest settings to see if the Game booster would have any effect.
Normally if I set the graphics that high my laptop would over heat and crash, but I was surprised that the game continued to run and I was still able to play. Did the game run faster? No not really. After I set my graphics higher my laptop greatly slowed down and the built in performance monitor in M&B told me that the performance dropped from 100% down to 59%. When I entered a battle with more than 50 soldiers on the screen at one time, my frame rate drastically dropped to the point the game would freeze up for several seconds while trying to load. So although my laptop could run with higher settings without crashing it still moved slow and couldn’t really handle the changes.I decided to disable all of the advanced settings and go back to the lower settings.
I also noticed that with the extra background processes closed out and my laptop focusing purely on the game my computer didn’t over heat like it use to. I monitored the temperatures to see how hot the laptop would get with the Razer game booster open, and then again with how hot it got when it was closed. While the game booster was open the temperatures were around 50 through 60 degrees Celsius, but when I closed the Razer game booster it shot up to 70 degrees Celsius and my computer over heated and blue screened on me (which is common when running large games on this laptop).
I then moved on to testing Killing floor, which produced similar affects, but not as drastic as Mount and Blade’s. With Mount and Blade I could increase the graphics almost to the max, but Killing floor still ran about the same and had some hiccups in frame rate. I also had to keep the graphics on their lowest settings because it couldn’t handle the increased graphic settings. I was able to play, but just barely because the dynamic lighting and ragdoll physics was still just too much for my little laptop to handle. So yes it does work to improve performance a little on older machines, but not enough to play newer more advanced games like Crysis or APB: All points bulletin.
Large games like the two named above have advanced graphics and functions that will still stress your computer to its limits and the Razer game booster won’t be able to fix that problem. The only way to get around that is to upgrade to a more powerful computer.
First off, some people claim that it has viruses and such, after doing several scans with different types of virus scanning programs I can say that my computer is safe and has no viruses. The Razer game booster has its perks and it can help older machines chug along to perform slightly better than normal, but it also has its draw backs. For some reason the programmers of the newer version of the Razer game booster has removed the “Switch to boost mode” function that was located in older versions of the program, and this is a huge problem for games that run from a launcher. I’ll explain why.
The Razer game booster for some strange reason can no longer run certain games from launchers or that load up from splash screens. There are reports that Star Wars the old republic won’t run, as well as Star Wars battlefront. I didn’t personally experience it with those two games, but I did experience it with Killing floor. The game would load the splash screen, the screen would go black as if it was loading, and then it would close out with an error message. I spent days trying to figure out what it was, only to find out other users had the same problem with other games. I tested this out by downgrading to game booster version 3.4, the version before the Razer game booster, and Killing floor worked and loaded perfectly without closing out.
Because the Razer game booster removed the “Switch to boost mode” function you can no longer manually boost the game after you enter the game. Sadly there is no way to get around the problem where launched games crash and close using the Razer game booster. The only thing I can say is that maybe the developers will fix this problem for the final release version. I have sent in a report about the matter and found that other users have done the same thing. Hopefully the developers will listen and update the program to correct the flaws.
As for the other functions like recording audio and video, I couldn’t seem to get that to work either. I would press the hotkey for it but nothing would happen. I fiddled around with it but to no avail, I still couldn’t get the thing to work. I suppose that isn’t that big of a deal because there are other free programs that can do the same thing like CamStudio. And again, they may fix that problem in the final release version.
Overall, the program does work and will help older machines to handle certain games that they couldn’t otherwise play, but only slightly. You won’t be able to do a drastic jump with the type of games you play. I can run older games perfectly like Star Wars Jedi Academy and Baldur’s Gate II, and with the help of game booster I could also play Mount and Blade. But as said above, it won’t help you run games like Crysis because it will just stress your computer to its limits.
The older versions of the program are free, and IObit has announced that the newer version will be a paid service. So I recommend that you give the program a try while it is still free to see if you like it or not and to see how it works.
If it works for you comment below and tell how, if it doesn’t, still comment below and share your thoughts.
UPDATE: Razer has just updated to Game booster Version 3.6. Click the link for details.