A computer system is built out of various hardware components. Some of these parts are simple in terms of what they do and how they use them eg, ports, fans, wireless network cards, Bluetooth radios etc, but others are more complicated eg, CPU, GPU , RAM, help.
The hardware on a system, whether pre-built or pre-built, comes with factory settings that allow it to run at optimum speed. The options allow the hardware to work well with a wide range of hardware but that also means they work below their maximum capacity.
Since factory settings typically configure some of the most powerful parts on a PC to run at maximum capacity, users go to great lengths to change them. Settings for hardware components like the GPU are usually not locked from being changed but you need an app for the job.
MSI Afterburner Review
MSI Afterburner is one of the most popular tools for overclocking GPU. Excellent interface and relatively easy to use. You need to have some idea of what you are doing but even if you are not looking to overclock and / or overclock the GPU, MSI Afterburner is an excellent tool for monitor the GPU, CPU, and system temperature, among other things.
1. Download MSI Afterburner
MSI Afterburner is free to use. you can download it here and run the EXE file to install it. You need admin rights to install the app, but this applies to all apps installed on Windows 10.
2. Install MSI Afterburner
During installation, Afterburner asks you to install RivaTuner Statistics Server. It is a tool for overclocking GPU and is essential if you plan to use Afterburner for overclocking. If not, you can have a team installed, however, you will not be able to use some Afterburner features.
RivaTuner statistics server is not malicious. It’s a good, stable app and you won’t find many overclocking devices that don’t rely on it.
Afterburner has several features but the app will not install all of them even if you decide to install RivaTuner with it. These apps enable some of its other features eg, the Kombuster app needs to be installed if you want to run a stability test on your GPU.
Kombuster was developed by the developers of Afterburner and is not required for overclocking GPU. If you overdo your GPU, it’s a good idea to run a stability test after that and that’s when the machine comes in smoothly.
3. GUI & Afterburner Options
Afterburner has a dashboard-like GUI for quickly changing settings and applying them. The dashboard allows you to overclock and overvolt or reset your GPU. It’s also where you can set a custom speed for the fans and if your rig has a GPU fan and a CPU fan, you can set them to run in sync, or randomly. The choice is yours.
The GUI gives you an overview of the health of the system; normal GPU default clock, memory clock, power consumption, and temperature.
The Afterburner Options panel is accessible by clicking the cogwheel button, where you can configure additional features. It’s almost like a second GUI to operate the app where you can enable replay, select which system vitals you want to monitor within a game, and set up hotkeys for various Afterburner features.
RivaTuner server settings
If you use MSI Afterburner, and you have installed RivaTuner, you should know that it has its own options panel. This is something you should be aware of, especially if you plan to use Afterburner’s reboot and scan features.
RivaTuner adds an image to the system tray and when you double-click on it, you can access its options panel.
4. MSI Afterburner Features
MSI Afterburner has an extensive list of features, too many to list, but we are going to mention the most impressive ones.
- GPU overclock and overvolt.
- Fan speed control.
- Monitor GPU usage, temperature.
- Re-apply for GPU and CPU usage and temperature.
- Run benchmark tests on the GPU.
- Take screenshots and record screenshots.
- Create profiles for hardware settings and move easily between them.
- Log GPU and CPU usage history.
MSI Afterburner does not have many limitations however, it may not work with older hardware, especially older GPUs. GPU models older than ten years may not work with the app. Other than that, it’s a great tool.
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