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Best Free Software Tools for Gaming PC Optimization


While your PC’s hardware is undoubtedly the most important factor when it comes to your PC’s performance, with items such as graphics cards, CPUs and Random Access Memory (RAM) allowing your computer to complete tasks efficiently and effectively, it is not the only factor. 

There is huge range of software available online that can help to get the most out of your computer’s performance, enabling factors such as higher framerates, higher-fidelity graphics and less burden on your system’s CPU. Even better, there is a large number of free applications available, meaning you can boost your PC’s capabilities at no extra cost. 

While software will not achieve the same gains as purchasing newer, more advanced hardware, those hardware items can come at a great cost, especially if you are buying new, and investing in the latest range of hardware devices – meaning that not everyone, especially those who are not yet old enough to work for their money, can obtain these advanced hardware items easily.

Read on to find out more about the available software that will help to boost your PC’s performance, and how the available software can help you even if it’s just performance management that you are looking for. 

Razer Cortex

The first free software for boosting your PC’s gaming performance on this list is Razer Cortex. It’s a highly popular software that has a range of useful functions, that help to give you total control over your PC’s performance and the actions it uses resources on. 

When you load up your favorite games, whether they are from Steam, Origin, your desktop or any other launcher, Razer Cortex automatically steps into action, working to channel your PC’s available processing power into the game that you are playing. 

This has no effect on your computer’s hardware configuration, but simply closes down all unnecessary programs and processes that aren’t required while you are gaming, to free up resources such as RAM and CPU to enhance your gaming performance. It also displays handy statistics like your live framerate.

Mz Game Accelerator 

Much like the Razer Cortex, Mz Game Accelerator is designed to help strip back your computer’s functions so that it can free up resources to go into your game instead. Whether you’re running a Lenovo gaming system or your mum’s old laptop, this software is extremely lightweight and easy to use, and is very much the predecessor to many modern game boosters, with a minimal heads up display that only requires a couple of clicks to begin working. 

While it may not be as statistically insightful as Razer Cortex, this is a great option if you just want simple functionality without all the flashing lights. 

MSI Afterburner

The final option on this list, MSI Afterburner, has slightly different functionality when compared to the previous two examples. It is a more capable but more risky option, as it changes your PC’s settings as part of its functionality, including the ability to overclock your graphics card to higher performance. 

Because it is changing the functionality of your PC’s hardware, it has more power to enable noticeable changes to your graphical performance, and even allows you to control fan speeds to ensure your PC stays sufficiently cool.

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