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In the use of the PC for gamers, although it is not the only component involved – much less -, the graphics card and its performance are crucial for the good performance of this type of tasks. The graphic quality and, of course, the stability of the framerate for a certain quality depends on it. And this performance can be improved with NVIDIA’s latest drivers, however by adjusting the overclock, the maximum power allowed via software for the GPU, and also controlling the ventilation and cooling of the graphics card. And we can do this with MSI Afterburner.
We can say that MSI Afterburner is a must have for those who play on the computer and demand maximum performance.

MSI Afterburner is a software application developed by MSI. It is a utility application that allows you to monitor and overclock your GPU. You can view detailed information on your graphics hardware or adjust your GPU settings such as GPU clock speed, GPU voltage, memory clock speed, fan speed, and more.

MSI Afterburner is a free application. And although it is an MSI program, it works on graphics cards of almost all brands. You can download it from the Afterburner page of the MSI website.


To show the operating status of the graphics card more accurately, Afterburner offers a complete monitoring function: all important information, including the GPU core clock, memory clock, temperature, voltage and fan speed, has a real-time on-screen monitor in games and real-time information on the Windows tray icon. All settings can be saved as 5 profiles, users can quickly switch to different configurations with the quick access keys.

The new version of Afterburner not only supports the latest NVIDIA GeForce 500 and AMD Radeon HD 6000 graphics cards, but also incorporates video capture into the Predator game. Gamers can now capture all of their most intense moments in their favorite games and share them with the world on sites like YouTube.


Installation instructions for MSI Afterburner Remote Server:

  1. To access your machine from your Android device, you must first download and install the remote server for the download links found here.
  2. Once you download the file, extract the file to your PC and run MSIAfterburnerRemoteServer.exe. Once installed, it should appear in the system tray. Click on it and copy the IP address shown at the bottom (you will need it for the MSI Afterburner application).

Configuring the MSI afterburner application

After downloading the MSI Afterburner App for Android on your Android device and installing MSI Afterburner Remote Server on your PC:

  1. Open the application and click on the settings.
  2. In the configuration select ‘Host IP Address‘ and enter the IP address you got from the MSI Afterburner Remote Server (it should be something like
  3. Once you enter the IP address, your Android device will automatically connect to your PC.



** Some important notes for the owners of RADEON VII:

  • The kernel voltage slider in MSI AB is supposed to be locked in RVII, that is normal and by design. On RVII series cards, the AMD controller allows an overvoltage of up to 1.2V (from 1V by default) and voltage control is provided in MSI AB at the voltage/frequency curve editor level. So simply open the editor (either by pressing the VF editor button on the skin next to the slider of the kernel clock or by pressing <Ctrl>+<F> keyboard shortcut to open the editor) and you can adjust the voltage there.
  • The temperature limit slider is also supposed to be locked by design in the RVII, it was part of the old AMD fan control algorithm. It has gone with the Adrenalin 2019 driver family when AMD introduced the fan curve adjustment approach. Therefore, it is no longer adjustable on the AMD controller and is supposed to be locked now.
  • The voltage/frequency editor allows you to adjust frequencies and voltages independently for the 3 points of the V/F curve (or 3 P-States), however, the AMD controller and the RVII architecture place some restrictions on the curve editing approach. Therefore, the curve will be corrected according to the following limitations when applying it.
  • You can adjust the frequency independently only for the first and last point. The midpoint frequency cannot be adjusted independently, the frequencies are always linearly interpolated from the first point to the last point. Therefore, if you try to adjust the frequency for the midpoint, it will be corrected according to the interpolation rule mentioned above just after applying the new settings.
  • It is not possible to adjust frequencies and voltages below the minimum (which is quite strict and very close to the default value). This puts some limitations on the downnclocking/downvolting of the lower P states.
    2 GPU temperatures displayed by the MSI AB hardware monitoring module are assigned to the edge and junction temperatures. 4 displayed VRM temperatures are mapped to central VRM, SOC VRM and 2 memory VRM sensors. The AMD fan curve uses the junction temperature to adjust the fan speed.
  • In contrast, the implementation of the MSI AB software fan curve still uses the traditional edge temperature sensor. We will probably add the possibility of selecting the input thermal sensor for the adjustment of the software fan curve in future versions, but honestly I’m not sure it’s worth the effort.
  • Currently, the AMD GPU usage sensor is suffering quite bad fluctuations from 0%->100%->0%. Similar problems affected some old GPUs in the past, but now it’s much worse in RVII. I think that’s what they mean by “overlapping performance metrics and Radeon WattMan meters can experience inaccurate fluctuating readings in AMD Radeon VII” on known driver problems, so there is hope to see an AMD solution in the future.
  • It is possible to get rid of these fluctuations by enabling unified monitoring of GPU usage on MSI AB properties, however, this option depends on the GPU DirectX usage performance counter and this counter requires that the WDDM versions of the operating system and display controller match. The current AMD drivers are aimed at WDDM 2.5 OS (October update), so this option will only help you if you have version 1809 OS installed. Otherwise, you will not see any use of the GPU at all times after activating it.


What’s new:

  • Beta version of Windows upgraded to beta 16
  • Android version updated to 2.2

MSI Afterburner 4.6.0 beta 16:

  • Includes full support for RVII, including overclocking (which did not exist in the previous version of b15).
  • You can now use the <Tab> and <Shift>+<Tab> keys to select the next/previous point of the curve. This feature is useful for those who will prefer to use the <Up>/<Under keys to fine tune the frequency shift of the selected point instead of adjusting the point with the mouse cursor. We remind you that you can also hold down the <Ctrl> key while tuning the frequency with the <Up>/<Down> keys to jump to the nearest frequency value rounded to 10MHz.
  • You can now press the <Enter> key to edit the selected point frequency offset from the keyboard. Alternatively you can press <Shift>+<Enter> to specify the absolute value of the target frequency, so that the editor will automatically calculate the desired deviation.
  • Slightly modified keyboard control interface for AMD implementation of the V/F curve editor. Previously, you could select P-State and adjust the frequency with the <Up>/<Down> or <Ctrl>+<Up>/<Ctrl>+<Down> keys or with the <Left>/<Right> or <Ctrl>+<Left>/<Ctrl>+<Right> keys. Now both frequency and voltage are set with the <Up>/<Down> or <Ctrl>+<Up>/<Ctrl>+<Down> keys and the input voltage or keyboard frequency focus is selected with the <PageUp> / <PageDown> keys. The input voltage or frequency focus of the keyboard is now highlighted with the brightness of the selected point on the curve. The keyboard input focus also affects the new function <Enter> / <Shift> + <Enter> , allowing you to enter the target voltage or frequency in both offset and absolute form.
  • Similar to the NVIDIA implementation, you can now also hold down the <Alt> key when dragging the V/F curve point on AMD systems. This will result in moving the entire curve up/down while preserving the displacement of each point.
  • Added support for undo/redo to the stress/frequency curve editor:
    Now the voltage/frequency curve editor is saving up to the last 1024 curve states during editing and allows you to undo/reduce changes with the <Ctrl>+<Z> or <Ctrl><Y> / <Ctrl>+<Shift>++<Z> keys.
  • Undo history is discarded when the curve is applied, forcibly read back from the hardware with the <F5> key, or switched to a different GPU in a multi-GPU system.
    The number of recorded undo/redo steps is shown in square brackets in the title of the editor window.
  • The application properties dialog window is now displayed with the highest style when properties are activated from a separate monitoring window and the “Always on top” mode is enabled.
  • NVIDIA Scanner components have been updated to the latest version, so the problem with NVML.dll needs to be fixed now.


The new Afterburner utility allows Android-based smartphones and tablets to adjust or monitor Afterburner settings on the PC via a Wi-Fi connection. In addition to controlling the temperature, voltage and fan speed, the utility can also be used for overclocking and overvoltaging. You can use the MSI Afterburner for Android to monitor and overclock your machine from your Android device. To use the MSI Afterburner App you must have the MSI Afterburner remote server installed on your computer.

Ideal for gamers who like to control the operation of their graphics cards, they can now do so via their mobile phone or tablet, even while playing FPS games, without having to use a separate screen. Key parameters can even be adjusted on-the-fly in specific test scenarios to make it even easier to beat world performance records. You can even connect to your home computer and see how the graphics card works when you’re away!


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