How to Improve Your Intel Graphics Card's Performance in Gaming With GMABooster and Modded Drivers
I'm sure you've heard a lot of PC enthusiasts telling you that integrated graphics are not suitable for gaming. However, they’re not entirely right because it’s possible to modify your Intel graphics card to maximize performance. Read on to learn how to run your Intel© GMA 950 at its full potential with this amazing program: GMABooster and Modded Drivers.
What are Modded Drivers?
A driver allows your computer to connect and communicate with hardware and external devices, such as video cards, printers, external hard drives, etc. A “modded driver” refers to a driver that has been altered from the manufacturer’s specification with the aim of improving performance. For our purposes, we will be modding drivers created for more expensive or more comprehensive graphics cards. Depending on the operating system, modified drivers can bring a number of different benefits.
For Windows XP:
- A higher rate of frames per second (FPS), giving a smoother, less jerky gameplay.
- A new graphics options menu.
- OpenGL functionality, which is the basis for hardware-accelerated graphics so there’s no loss of performance.
- Improved stability.
For Vista/Windows 7
- A higher FPS rate in some games (especially Source games like Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike).
- No need for 3DA (Three Dimensional Array) to render TCL (Transform, Cutting and Lighting) as modded driver can emulate it via addgame.reg.
- Improved performance of shaders (mostly noticeable with pixel shader) (Windows 7 only).
Installing the modified drivers is pretty self-explanatory. Scroll till you find your version and download it. However, make sure you uninstall your previous drivers first or else you will get the Blue Screen of Death.
How to Uninstall Drivers
Uninstalling drivers may sound really complicated, but it's actually pretty easy if you follow these steps.
- Go to "Screen Resolution" by right-clicking on your desk top.
- Click on "Advanced Options"
- Click on "Properties Now" on the Adapter tab.
- Navigate to Driver tab and click "Uninstall."
- Then, go to the Device Manager
- click "Display Adapter"
- Right-click your Graphics Card and select "Uninstall."
Note: When uninstalling the drivers, make sure to check the option to delete all driver software from your device.
Two Other Modded Drivers
There are a couple of other modded drivers you might want to check out and see whether they work for you.
First up is Royal BNA Driver, which is compatible with Windows 7/Vista/8.
- Uninstall old drivers.
- Disable Windows Update (If you don't know how, just disconnect from internet to prevent the driver from updating).
- Install the new driver version.
- Reactivate Windows Update.
- Reboot computer.
The second is called Source Engine Fixer. This driver requires Microsoft's .Net Framework 4 (which can be downloaded for free), and is designed for source engine games including Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, etc. To set up, follow these steps:
- Copy RoyalSEFixer.exe to the main folder of your selected source engine game (such as Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2, or CS:GO).
- Run RoyalSEFixer.exe
- Choose "Create Backup," then "Fix It!"
- Close RoyalSEFixer.exe
- Start your game and enjoy your improved graphics!
So What Is "GMABooster"?
GMABooster is the world's first and only performance-boost solution for the Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator series (currently supported chipsets: Intel® 945GM/GME/GMS/GSE and 943/940GML/GU Express featuring GMA 950).
Providing up to an astonishing 2.4x extra processing power for your computer's integrated graphics engine, the GMABooster is a must-have tool for every user interested in advanced 3D gaming. It offers a truly flawless Windows® Vista and Mac® OS X experience, smoother operation of Google® Earth, better video playback, and improved performance in a variety of professional applications.
One might ask: 2.4x boost without adjusting the voltage? How is it possible? Well, the short version is that the integrated graphics core in a lot of computers have been "underclocked," meaning that they are only working at 166 or 133 MHz and could easily handle up to 400 MHz without any negative consequences to the system's stability, battery life, or hardware.
Go ahead and try GMABooster yourself and experience a solid boost in FPS rates in demanding games as well as a truly flawless Aero Glass experience in Windows® Vista!