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Overclock your Graphics Media Accelerator

I’ve tried playing WarCraft 3 on several netbooks and the graphics wasn’t any good but what can you expect from an Intel GMA 950 chip?

GMA Booster though is promising up to 2.4x better performance by overclocking the embedded graphics chip. Though they say that the GMA950 is actually underclocked what they’re doing is just bumping it up to normal speeds.


Anyway, I tried it on one of my netbooks and there was some improvements with the benchmarks. FPS on fullscreen texture rendering went up 11.5% which isn’t much. Will need to try other benchmarking tools and run a round of DOTA again.

Do check it out and see if you get better results.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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19 Responses

  1. Will this shorten the life of a netbook or invalidate its warranty?

  2. Mhaki says:

    Overclocking, a point of no return!

  3. PitOots says:

    laro tayu dota yuga! ;)

  4. Darren says:

    can this help the external VGA card?

  5. Enteng says:

    hi abe…

    i need something like this. my laptop only has intel 945 chipset and i can’t use it to play guitar hero (hehehe)…

    is there any way to get it to meet this requirement:

    Video Card: 3D Hardware Accelerator Card Required – 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 128 MB Video Memory
    Video Card (ATI): Radeon X800
    Video Card (Nvidia): Geforce 7600

    or have it upgraded?

    thanks and happy easter to all!!!

  6. Enteng says:

    btw, the laptop is presario V3304tu.


  7. jhay says:

    I was never really a fan of overclocking, wrecked two good graphics cards because of it. ;)

  8. Agrimensor says:

    never been a GMA fan…even if its injected with steroids ^__^

  9. sylv3rblade says:

    It’s a novel idea but wouldn’t this be phased out one the GN40 chipset get a much more widespread adoption?

  10. information says:

    Overclocking can cause overheating which will start large fires, right?

    Warning: Overclock with care.

  11. Andre Marcelo-Tanner says:

    wheres the disclaimer, doing this may void your warranty and cause your processor to overheat and be permanently damaged?

  12. DTA says:

    I couldn’t trust this GMA thingy for gaming that I’d replace it with true gaming notebooks carrying either nVidia or ATI chipsets.

  13. kevinn says:

    Ugh, Tried this out before. I really hate the 7 day thingy. The developer just want more ad impressions on his site. AdBlock to the rescue!

    Performance gains are little to none on some games, so your mileage may vary greatly.

  14. khangkhung says:

    I recommend overclocking your Graphx card if one has a very efficient cooling system. In case of laptops, I don’t recommend overclocking.

  15. StarMars says:

    Nice to know that you play Warcraft III kuya Abe. :)

  16. madzman23 says:

    Its nice to know that it is possible to play DOTA in netbooks, its the only thing that torn me from laptop to netbook.. hehehe.. :D
    Yeah, it is really nice to know that Sir Abe plays DOTA. I hope you have a PLDT Bnet account. Lets pawned each other up.

    Please update us about this experiment so that we’ll know if you can comfortably play DOTA in a netbook.
    Interesting post.

  17. w00t says:

    gma booster does not overclock, it will just unlock the 400mhz capability of gma 950.

  18. Love your blog I’m gonna to subscribe

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