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GMABooster - Improving Intel GMA IGP netbook performance - Benchmarks - 3DMark06

GMABooster promises to allow users to overclock the integrated Intel graphics on their computers with nominal voltage increases for more performance.

By: | Netbooks (EOL) in Laptops | Posted: May 5, 2009 12:37 pm

Benchmarks - 3DMark06


The proof is in the pudding and now we will be testing the performance of the software using my MSI Wind U100. I installed the software and loaded 3DMark06 onto the U100. I also wanted to run some real world game tests, but none of the games I have on hand will run on the Wind, no thanks to the lowly integrated GPU.


I ran 3DMark06 at all default settings in the application and in the graphics drivers before installing the GMABooster software. Check out the screen shot below for the results of the first test run.


GMABooster - improving Intel GMA IGP netbook performance

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After installing the software, I ran 3DMark06 at the same exact settings with the GMABooster application running at an indicated 400MHz frequency for the GMA 950 GPU in the U100. Check out the screen shot below for the results.



(Click the above image for the large version)


As you can see, the GMABooster application did actually work. It simply overclocked the GPU from its default 166MHz to 400MHz. At 400MHz, the performance of the GPU on 3DMark06 was about 86% higher than before we ran the application. The performance gains are certainly not earth shattering, but they are gains nonetheless and could make the difference between playing some games and not playing them.


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