MSI Afterburner is a graphics program developed by the GPU manufacturer MSI. It helps with overclocking, graphics performance monitoring in games, benchmarking and video recording. It offers a range of interesting features and benefits, which we will discuss later in the article.
The afterburner was originally developed for MSI cards. However, since its release, the utility has been configured to work with any other aftermarket GPU. It is currently the most widely used overclocking and screen monitoring program for graphics cards.
The following article describes the main features of the utility, what they offer and how they can be used. But before we get into the details, let’s start by downloading and installing the software.
To load MSI Afterburner
Downloading and installing MSI Afterburner is a pretty simple process that you’ve probably done a hundred times before. But for those installing the game for the first time, here’s how to proceed:
- Type Google MSI Afterburner Download and click Search
- Find the official MSI page and follow the link.
- This should take you to the official MSI Afterburner page, once on that page, scroll down and you will see a download link. See the picture below.
- Click on the MSI Afterburner download link and download the installer.
- After downloading, run the installer and let Afterburner and Rivatuner install.
- Restart your computer and download MSI Afterburner to use the software.
What does the MSI afterburner do?
The easiest way to understand what MSI Afterburner does is to divide the utility into categories. Below are the main features of the software and exactly what it offers.
For many, overclocking is a challenge because it involves walking a tightrope between better performance and broken hardware. MSI recognized this and developed their own Afterburner overclocking program to simplify the process. The overclocking feature provides precise settings that maximize the potential of the GPU while protecting the hardware from irreversible damage.
The software can adjust almost every aspect of the GPU, including clock speed, core voltage, power limit, temperature limit, memory clock speed, and fan speed. Forcecam gives you all the tools you need to tune your GPU to your exact specifications, something no other application offers.
To make Afterburner work with any available graphics card, it uses OC Scanner, a utility that uses an algorithm developed by Nvidia to identify any GPU model (be it the 960 or the 2080). Once OC Scanner has determined which card is working, it selects the highest and most stable overclock settings for that particular card. It then applies the changes to your card for an immediate performance improvement.
Afterburner also allows you to fine-tune the fan profile, allowing you to select a customizable fan speed curve that changes based on the temperature of your GPU. The higher the temperature, the faster the fan turns, the lower the temperature, the slower it turns. It’s very simple.
All overclocking profiles can be stored in the program and switched at the touch of a button. Find the settings you like, save them and play!
So, at this point, you might think about adjusting yourself a little bit, maybe increase the clock speed a little bit? If so, that’s great! Afterburner has an excellent monitoring feature that allows you to see in real time what changes are being made to your GPU and what they are doing to every aspect of your graphics card.
The utility tracks everything from GPU temperature, core and memory clock speeds, voltage, FPS and percentage utilization, with a series of graphs and a full-screen view.
The display also uses the Rivatuner statistics server, which can be pre-programmed for various purposes. Tracking GPU activity during a game is an important part of benchmarking today, and the monitoring feature allows you to do this with real-time updates on the screen.
Benchmarking is very popular among product testers and enthusiasts these days, especially since competition in the GPU industry is fierce. People want to know which card is better, and there’s no better way to show that than in an honest, eye-to-eye benchmark test.
MSI Afterburner includes a benchmarking tool called MSI Kombustor that allows you to run serious GPU loads to see how your graphics card responds to pressure. This is a good way to see if your overclocking settings have affected the performance of your GPU. We will discuss exactly how you can use the software in the future.
There are several methods of recording video and, as you might have guessed, Afterburner has a unique recording software built in. The app is called Predator and allows you to record game footage, tutorials, test results and more. You can capture images in a variety of formats, qualities and frame rates.
To use the MSI Combuster
So, if you have decided to overclock your GPU, you need to know how to use Kombustor. You need to understand how to use and read Kombustor, because before we overclock our card, we need to know what performance we are currently getting at base level.
The following quick guide will show you how to do this.
- Open the MSI of the afterburner
- At the top, in the middle, you should see three buttons. One of them must be the letter K.
- To means Combustor and should be marked like the others. If it’s not highlighted and can’t be clicked, you’ll need to go to the MSI Afterburner website and download the Kombustor application.
- Click on the K icon, which should be above the main voltage display.
- MSI Kombustor should load immediately and start testing your card.
- You can now check GPU temperature, FPS, GPU load and more. This will give you an idea of the basic performance of your graphics card.
- After completing the test or before shutting down, write down your performance values so you can compare them to an overclocked setting with improved performance.
At this point, you want to begin the overclocking process. We recommend that you research what other users have achieved by overclocking the same card as you to make sure you have reached your limit.
To use the overclocking function
The first thing to understand when considering overclocking hardware components is that overclocking is by no means risk-free. You risk irreversible damage when you accelerate, so don’t be reckless when you begin this process.
If at any time you feel that something is wrong or out of place, stop immediately and seek advice from more knowledgeable people before proceeding.
When overclocking with the MSI Forsage, remember to follow a tried and true routine: try and test. Make a small change; check the results. Make one more small change; check the results. You got it.
Anyway, let’s go:
- You must first set the Power Limit and Temp Limit sliders to the maximum value. With these improved settings, the GPU will now be more power efficient and should reach higher temperatures than the base variant. It should be noted that the GPU will never reach the upper limits unless there is a hardware failure. So don’t be surprised if the maximum temperature seems ridiculously high.
- Then increase the core clock frequency in small steps, i.e. 20-30 MHz per step. Each block on the slider refers to a MHz. If you move the slider to the positive 40 position, you theoretically overclock the central clock by 40 MHz. We strongly recommend increasing the clock frequency by 20 to 30 MHz each time to avoid damage. Remember to click the Apply button after each step.
- Another tip is to always keep the Combustor in the background. This allows you to monitor how your GPU handles overclocking settings, and detect when your GPU starts to falter under load. Flickering, discoloration, glitches or crashes usually mean that the GPU is no longer stable with the current settings and needs to be reset to factory settings or the last known stable settings.
- After a while, depending on the card you have, you will start to see a steady stream of graphical problems, and your card will no longer be able to maintain a stable playing field. At this point, you know you’ve reached the limit your card can handle. Don’t be surprised by this behavior, all graphics cards have their limits. If your GPU shows completely black screens or crashes, the card will reload the driver and allow you to lower the clock speed.
- Start decreasing the clock frequency in 5MHz increments until all errors and noise are gone. The combustion chamber must be stable and working properly if the settings can be checked. If Kombustor is stable, try running the game with high settings and high load on the graphics card to see if it can handle this scenario. If so, you have successfully overclocked your GPU.
- Next is overclocking the memory clock, following the same method with slightly different steps. We recommend increasing the memory clock frequency by 50 to 100 MHz per step.
- Again: If you experience frequent errors and crashes with Kombustor, lower the memory clock frequency by small increments of 10 MHz until you find a stable setting.
- At this point, you really need to test the new settings over a long period of time to make sure the card is stable. I recommend running Kombustor for at least 10 minutes while looking at the map. Just make sure there are no glitches, glitches, crashes, etc. If yes, reduce the clock speed by 10 and repeat the test.
- Once you are satisfied with the configuration and everything seems stable. Save the settings as a profile by clicking on the diskette icon and choosing one of the profile options.
Activate screen display
Using MSI Afterburner for comparative image analysis is a great way to show how good or bad your GPU is. You can easily configure the program to display temperature, load, memory clock, clock speed and everything else related to the GPU.
Without further ado, let’s dive into the process.
- Go to the Settings tab and find the Monitoring tab.
- In the Active Hardware Monitoring Charts section, select the information you want to display on screen by clicking on the desired fields and checking the Show on Screen box. If you z. For example, if you are running a test, you can display FPS, core clock speed, memory clock speed, and tempo.
- Each time you start a game, the OSD (on-screen display) provides detailed information about the real-time performance of your GPU.
- You can assign in-game hotkeys to turn the OSD on and off, which is handy for everyday use.
Adjustment of fan profile
I haven’t used the fan profile setting in all these years, because the GPU just does its job and the world keeps spinning. However, when overclocking, I think the fan profile setting is an important part of your GPU’s efficiency.
Anyway, I’m a bit of a control freak and like to have total control over every element of my PC. Find out how to create your own fan profile here.
- In Afterburner MSI, click on the Settings tab and find the Ventilation tab in the top menu bar.
- Check the Enable Automatic Fan Control by Custom Software tab to begin configuring the fan profile.
- You will see a curve diagram with the fan speed in % and the temperature as values. You can adjust the curve to suit your specific needs.
- Once you have created your ideal fan profile, click Apply and close the window. Your new ventilation system will operate at full power.
The scenario depends on the fan profile you choose. You can switch from 60% to 100% fan speed once the GPU gets above 50 degrees. For me, GPU overclocking always requires a bit more fan juice, because you want to keep the card as stable and cool as possible.
It’s a learning opportunity – *sigh* – so play around and see what works best for you.
Finally, there is compatibility, which we discussed earlier, but will discuss in detail here.
MSI Afterburner is largely compatible with all GPUs regardless of make, model, chipset or card manufacturer. If you have a GPU made in the last decade, this thing will support it. This makes Afterburner the most versatile tool for editing graphics. You can use Afterburner to tune your Radeon Rx 570 or your Nvidia GeForce GTX 2080Ti; it doesn’t matter which you use.
The multi-brand support in Afterburner is different from other existing overclocking programs (EVGA Precision X1 or AMD’s Overdrive) that are only meant for specific cards. The afterburner is also completely free and very intuitive, as you’ve already seen.
For me, this is the best GPU overclocking software and I highly recommend it to any beginner who wants to tweak their hardware to take advantage of it.
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