If you are a PC gaming enthusiast, it is pretty safe to say that you are familiar with the term ‘overclocking’ for those who don’t know; overclocking is a term widely used in PC gaming or benchmarking. It means to run the GPUs or the CPUs at a higher speed than the default speed set by manufacturers. Surely this feature comes with a risk but as long as everything is kept under a safe limit; you shouldn’t be having any issues.
To overclock your GPU, you will be needing a tool. Most GPU vendors like MSI bundle their own tools with their GPUs. MSI’s tool is known as MSI Afterburner. It works with all GPUs whether or not they are supplied by MSI itself. Using MSI Afterburner is extremely easy thanks to the user-friendly interface. However, if you are new to overclocking and want to try out what overclocking is and how it effects your hardware’s performance; check out the guide below.
How To Use MSI Aferburner
Upon launching the MSI Afterburner, you will be presented with a simple looking user-interface. Now this UI might not be as flashy as the ones that are being offered by the other competitors in the market but don’t let this simplicity fool you. MSI Afterburner is one of the most feature-packed overclocking tools. The tool will be divided in 2 panes; the left one will be showing the information about your GPU along with the driver version and the variables you will be able to change such as; core voltage, power limit, core clock, memory clock and fan speed. On the right pane; you will be given a hardware monitor, it will be showing your fan’s speed, GPU usage, GPU temperature and fan’s RPM. By now most of your will probably know what to do. All of the values on the left side can be changed. But before you go on changing them; make sure you are doing them on a safe level.
How to make sure the poweclocking you are doing is safe? Luckily, if you exceed the safety limit, your GPU will start behaving in a wrong way (artifacts on the screen and consistent freezing is a sign of bad overclocking) This serves as a warning and gives you the chance to revert to default settings or lower your extended values to see which value ends the artifacts on the screen. Do keep in mind that if your computer starts freezing after the GPU usage exceeds, it’s probably because the values you have set are triggerring this issue. Simply roll back to the default values and everything will be set.
Luckily, MSI released another program along with Afterburner called MSI Kombustor. This program utilises FurMark for stress testing your GPU after you have overclocked it. One amazing thing about MSI Kombustor is that it can also stress test your CPU so if you think you might be having some troubles with your CPU; simply run the stress test to find it out.