Display fps: Why MSI Afterburner is the best tool for this

Display fps: Why MSI Afterburner is the best tool for this
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MSI Afterburner is one of the best free system monitoring applications in games. Also, the tool lets you overlay an in-game overlay showing FPS, temperature, fan speed, etc. along with the Riva Tuner Statistics Server (RTSS). With our step-by-step guide we will show you how to enable the in-game overlay.

1. Download MSI Afterburner

The first thing you need to do is download the MSI Afterburner application. If you already have the application installed, you can skip this part. You can download the application by clicking on the link below:

2. Install MSI Afterburner

The downloaded file is a zipped file that you must first unzip. Windows can usually do this out of the box, so you simply right-click on the zipped file and then select extract to desired location.

Once you have unzipped the file, open the extracted folder and inside you will see the actual MSI Afterburner installer. Double-click it to launch the installer. First the installer asks for the language. Select the language you want and click OK. After installation, a welcome message will appear. Just click the Next button to continue.

The next section is the license agreement, which you accept if you choose to install. In the next section, make sure the check box for the RivaTuner Statistics Server is activated. After that, click the Next button to continue.

Then select the folder where you want to install the application and click the Next button again. Ignore the next section and click the Install button to install the application. MSI Afterburner will proceed with the installation and once it is complete, the RivaTuner Statistics Server installation will start. Choose the same settings as before until the installation is complete.

3. Enable and configure the screen display settings

Now open MSI Afterburner. By default, a shortcut is created on the desktop. In the application, open the settings by clicking on the gear icon.

In Settings, click the Monitoring tab. In this section you select which hardware monitor you want to display in the overlay. One hardware is already selected by default. Enabled hardware monitoring is indicated with a black tick on the right side as below:

To enable a hardware monitor, select the hardware monitor and then click the check mark icon. In the Graph Columns section of the settings, make sure the Show in On-screen display check box is selected. You can also change the color of the overlay, but that’s up to you.

You can only select the FPS counter, we recommend showing the following data as well:

  • GPU Temperature – for the temperature of your graphics card
  • GPU Utilization – utilization of the graphics card
  • Memory usage – how much VRAM of the graphics card is used by the system
  • Core Clock – What core clock is the GPU running at
  • Performance – how much power your system is using
  • Fan Tachometer – displays the RPM (revolutions per minute) of your fans
  • CPU Temperature – shows the average temperature of all cores of your CPU. The list contains all of the cores in your CPU, including physical and logical cores. You can select individual cores or select this option to view the average.
  • CPU Utilization – Utilization of the CPU
  • CPU Clock – shows the average clock speed your CPU is running at. This is the average of all cores. You have the option to select one at a time from the list, as with the CPU temperature.
  • CPU Performance – shows how much power the CPU is using
  • RAM Usage – shows how much RAM is being used
  • Framerate – displays the real-time FPS counter
  • Framerate Min – displays the minimum frame rate
  • Framerate Avg – displays the average frame rate
  • Framerate Max – displays the maximum frame rate

Once you’ve selected all of the overlay settings you want, you’ll need to configure a button to enable or disable the overlay in-game. It’s a good idea to set this up before opening a game so you don’t have to toggle between MSI Afterburner and your game to enable or disable the overlay. To do this, click the On-Screen Display tab.

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