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I just found out about GMABooster for OSX which supposedly boosts performance for the Intel GMA 950 in my mac mini.

As anyone used this? Is it spyware? The site seems real but at the same time seems a little bit untrustworthy.

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GMABooster is most likely just snake oil: it promises a lot but delivers very little. It won't have any real, tangible results. And this bit of information from the site seems rather weird:

The gift is, a given Number, once entered, permanently disables the expiration date check

It's free, I can use it how much I want but it expires? What gives?

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it isn't exactly snake oil ... but nothing to write about either. –  Molly7244 Sep 28 '09 at 19:55
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I've yet to see software like this really improve performance noticeably. Maybe it's just me, but I don't really buy into this :) –  alex Sep 28 '09 at 20:03
    
as i said, it does improve the performance in certain scenarios, but i wouldn't bother with it. –  Molly7244 Sep 28 '09 at 20:14
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I've tried it, and could get no change in benchmarking using either OpenGL Viewer or XBench (though I don't really trust XBench much for its graphics tests). I have no idea why changing the frequency has absolutely no effect on the OpenGL performance, but that was my conclusion on a Macbook...

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GMA Booster wont uninstall from my computer as NIS2010 deams it to have suspicious activity.... Turned fire walls off and it wont unistall.

I noticed no benefit what so ever with this program. I'm using 1000he win 7 ultimate with 2gb memory and 4gb flash as readyboost. The gma booster (2.1 I think) was buggy and shot to pieces. The most dramatic thing it did was make a white block appear on my desktop. Strangely no diagnostic program detected any change in memory clock and it is argued on the gma booster website that this is normal as the clock speeds test is innacurate.

Sounds like one big joke and yes snake oil. I need to clean my system of this crud now.

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didn't know it is available for OS X. does Apple build computers with Intel's integrated graphics???

anyway, it is not spyware, but the results are rather questionable and improvements are limited to very few programs/games.

over at eeeuser.com, there are a couple of threads where GMABoster is discussed (incl. benchmark results), e.g. here

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Well, yes, they do use Intel integrated graphics. Macbooks, for instance, have an Intel X3100 graphics processor (which is actually a GMA 945). –  alex Sep 28 '09 at 19:47
    
i remember when it first was released, it generated quite some hype in the netbook scene (the kids were dreaming of Crysis on their netbooks :) but it never delivered. the developer, a Russian, wanted to charge $$ at first but later i became freeware (well, that was the last i heard). –  Molly7244 Sep 28 '09 at 19:58
    
My 2007 mac mini has Intel GMA 950, which is why I asked. –  bentford Sep 28 '09 at 20:48
    
alex-X3100 is not GMA945. It was a moderate upgrade to GMA 950 –  MDMarra Sep 28 '09 at 22:19
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It works, just not as much as many would hope:

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. -TweakTown

The bottom line is that many are ricing their underpowered system, hence the reports of it not doing anything. It does quite a bit, but it won't magically support things like H.264 decoding, geometry processing, transform, lighting, nor advanced vertex shaders (I jacked some of that from the Wikipedia entry for the GMA 950).

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