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How to improve Your On-board VGA’s (Part One Intel)

May 20, 2010 8 comments

This is relevant to Intel GMA 900, GMA 950, GMA 3000, GMA 3100 GMA X3000, GMA X3100, GMA X3500, GMA X4500, GMA 500, HD Graphics (GMA HD) ok.

Ok Now most of us do not have external High End VGA’s isn’t it ? But every now & again we would love to play a game or two. It makes us bit sad when we end up with a message saying that performance in the VGA is not enough for playing that certain game. Now here I am intending to help you to improve your INTEL on-board VGA to have some kind of a boost ( Pardon me for not using the term GPU or Graphic’s Processing Unit which was introduced by Nvidia OK .. I don’t consider Intel On-board VGA as a GPU )

Approximately if all done successfully you will get a 20 % boost to your video gaming performance . First let me tell you that the Intel on-board VGA packs quite a punch But what it lacks is the proper drivers to harness its true energy. This is quite pity for a VGA chip brand which covers almost 60 % of the VGA market. So let me take you through the steps OK.

** Install Windows 7 if your PC can support – What it does is that ( My personal Observation ) it enables AGP texture acceleration if it was not available in your PC previously. This is because of the new drivers . I experienced this on my Laptop where in windows XP this feature was not enabled thus i was not able to play Call of Duty 2 even. But with windows 7 this option is enabled & i can even play COD 4.

** Install Latest Drivers for Intel VGA’s – Even if you have the latest OS up & running without the latest drivers you will not get the optimum performance with out proper up to date drivers. So get the & install those ( Its a good idea to have all your drivers updated – Windows 7 will do this automatically if Windows update is enabled – But it is good to install drivers from the specific vendor OK )

http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Default.aspx –> Download your drivers from here & there is a handy tool available in the site too (Intel Driver Update Utility).

** Now lets tweak a bit OK . So when you start up the computer go to BIOS & Find out where is the option to select DVMT – Dynamic Video Memory Technology & set it to the maximum possible (DVMT will dynamically allocate video memory from RAM depending on the application running )

http://www-dr.cps.intel.com/Assets/PDF/whitepaper/307508.pdf  — > Read More on DVMT ok its an interesting technology.

** Now since you have the latest Hardware up & running lets tweak the drivers a bit. You can search the internet for days but end up having no tweaks . But here i found this option works a bit to increase the performance OK.

Go to the Intel Graphic Properties( from the Task Bar Icon– > then go to 3D settings which will open the OPEN GL settings –> Then scroll down to find Driver Memory Footprint & Make It High.

Confused How to open it ..  Read this article from Intel http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/sb/cs-022130.htm OK

**Finally Let us do some over clocking – ( Hope all know the risks of over clocking Ha )

To do that there is a nice application called GMA booster. It will increase the clock rate of your intel VGA thus resulting in 20 % increase in your VGA performance

You can download it from here ok http://www.gmabooster.com/download.htm

Unfortunately at present it only support Intel GMA 900 & 950 only

Features of it — >

  • The boost in game “X” is about 25%, while in pure GPU tests (like 3DMark® ’05/’06 Pixel Shader or Texturing tests) I see a whopping perfomance increase, just as expected (I mean, as might be predicted with calculator) – up to 2.4x
  • No hardware over clocking only software ( You have to run GMA booster every time you start the computer OK )

SO Happy Gaming People

In Next Article

How to tune your On-board Nvidia VGA

— > PS — If you are interested & I see any comments here I will post a list of games suitable for these Intel VGA’s & download links which i tested out personally  ( If I see comments Only Ok )