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    ON Screen Display

    Hi everyone

    Here's a little guide to see gpu information, cpu temps, system ram usage and frames per second on screen while playing games. I'lll be using MSI Afterburner but works with EVGA Precision X too. You can install HWinfo and use the OSD settings in there but is not necessary. Most of you will have a 64 bit operating system installed, under the native 64 bit version click download installer, local (u.s.) then click run.

    1) HWinfo - http://www.hwinfo.com/download.php

    2) MSI Afterburner version 4.2.0, click the downloads tab - https://gaming.msi.com/features/afterburner

    Once you get those installed click on the Afterburner desktop icon to open the program. You can use the default skin but I'll show you real quick how to change it to a better one.

    Click settings to bring up the properties, at the top right click the arrow pointing to the right until you see the user interface tab. Down under user interface skinning properties tick the little arrow and select "Gaming Afterburner skin by Derex Design" then click ok.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    You now have this, the settings button is the gear which is circled in yellow. Click the gear and on the General tab check the two boxes "unlock voltage control" and "unlock voltage monitoring" then click ok.

    Gear - Settings
    Checkmark - Apply
    Circular arrow - Reset to defaults

    Click image for larger version. 

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    Now we're ready to show things on screen while playing games and there is a lot to choose from. You can use any and all you like, I'll just show you the ones I use so let's start with the GPU Temp.

    Click the monitoring tab, click on GPU temperature and highlight it blue then down near the bottom left check the box beside "Show in On-Screen Display", beside GPU temperature will now show "in OSD". Highlight each one you want and check the box beside show in on screen display, make sure each one you highlight shows "in OSD" beside it. You'll have to put a checkmark to the left of Framerate and GPU voltage before highlighting them.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    Once you have what you want displayed let Afterburner open and fire up a game, what you selected should be showing in the upper left corner in purple, I changed the text to white and here's what I use from top left to right.

    First line GPU - GPU Temp, GPU Usage, GPU fan speed, GPU core clock, GPU voltage
    Second line MEM - GPU memory clock, GPU memory usage
    Third line D3D11 - Framerate
    CPU 1 to CPU 4 - CPU Temps
    CPU usage - shown as 20%
    System Ram usage

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    To change the color and size of the text, on the bottom right of your screen bring up Riva Tuner Statistics Server, change the color with the On_Screen Display palette and make the text bigger or smaller with the On-Screen Display zoom slider then click ok.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    You can show alot more stuff with HWinfo, open HWinfo and click the sensors tab.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    It brings up the sensor status page, at the bottom right click the gear to bring up the sensor settings.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    On the sensor settings page click the OSD(RTSS) tab, I selected Virtual Memory Committed as an example, highlight it blue then put a checkmark by "Show value in OSD", it will then show yes under Riva Tuner to show in the on screen display, do this with any settings you want then click ok.

    Click image for larger version. 

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    If you have any questions please ask, when you get it working please post a screenshot playing your favorite games.

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    Hey Nate152,

    Awesome tutorial, much appreciated!
    I look forward to following your tutorial when I'm ready to set it up on my pc. I'm still experimenting with different OS setup & installations.
    I'll be sure and post-back with a screenshot of FarCry4.
    Thank You!!
    Last edited by Nate152; 06-16-2016 at 05:13 AM.

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    Very useful and informative guide, thanks a lot of sharing this Nate!

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    Hey guys and thank you,

    I'm just waiting for someone to try it out and post a screenshot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate152 View Post
    Hey guys and thank you,

    I'm just waiting for someone to try it out and post a screenshot.
    Hai Nate:


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    Hi AKBAAR

    Awesome, that looks like a hitman game.

    Did you use the guide or did you already know how to do it.

    Don't forget you can change the text to any size and color you want.

    P.S. I edited the guide

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate152 View Post
    Hi AKBAAR

    Awesome, that looks like a hitman game.

    Did you use the guide or did you already know how to do it.

    Don't forget you can change the text to any size and color you want.
    hehe, I already know how to do it honestly, but the thing i didnt know that you can change color loololol


    ya Hitman is awesome game, although still waiting for MSI OSD to be compatible with DirectX12 ... so i will be running dx11 for the mean time

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    Scroll up in the guide, I tell you how to change the color and size of the text, you do it in Riva Tuner Statistics Server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate152 View Post
    Scroll up in the guide, I tell you how to change the color and size of the text, you do it in Riva Tuner Statistics Server.
    ya ofcourse.... i read all the guide. luv it !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nate152 View Post
    Hi everyone

    Here's a little guide to see gpu information, cpu temps, system ram usage and frames per second on screen while playing games. I'lll be using MSI Afterburner but works with EVGA Precision X too. You can install HWinfo and use the OSD settings in there but is not necessary. Most of you will have a 64 bit operating system installed, under the native 64 bit version click download installer, local (u.s.) then click run.

    1) HWinfo - http://www.hwinfo.com/download.php

    2) MSI Afterburner version 4.2.0, click the downloads tab - https://gaming.msi.com/features/afterburner

    Once you get those installed click on the Afterburner desktop icon to open the program. You can use the default skin but I'll show you real quick how to change it to a better one.

    Click settings to bring up the properties, at the top right click the arrow pointing to the right until you see the user interface tab. Down under user interface skinning properties tick the little arrow and select "Gaming Afterburner skin by Derex Design" then click ok.




    *Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	57643

    You now have this, the settings button is the gear which is circled in yellow. Click the gear and on the General tab check the two boxes "unlock voltage control" and "unlock voltage monitoring" then click ok.

    Gear - Settings
    Checkmark - Apply
    Circular arrow - Reset to defaults

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	unlock voltage control.png 
Views:	35 
Size:	396.7 KB 
ID:	57645

    Now we're ready to show things on screen while playing games and there is a lot to choose from. You can use any and all you like, I'll just show you the ones I use so let's start with the GPU Temp.

    Click the monitoring tab, click on GPU temperature and highlight it blue then down near the bottom left check the box beside "Show in On-Screen Display", beside GPU temperature will now show "in OSD". Highlight each one you want and check the box beside show in on screen display, make sure each one you highlight shows "in OSD" beside it. You'll have to put a checkmark to the left of Framerate and GPU voltage before highlighting them.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	gpu temp.png 
Views:	36 
Size:	389.9 KB 
ID:	57646

    Once you have what you want displayed let Afterburner open and fire up a game, what you selected should be showing in the upper left corner in purple, I changed the text to white and here's what I use from top left to right.

    First line GPU - GPU Temp, GPU Usage, GPU fan speed, GPU core clock, GPU voltage
    Second line MEM - GPU memory clock, GPU memory usage
    Third line D3D11 - Framerate
    CPU 1 to CPU 4 - CPU Temps
    CPU usage - shown as 20%
    System Ram usage

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	onscreen display.jpg 
Views:	46 
Size:	266.6 KB 
ID:	57649

    To change the color and size of the text, on the bottom right of your screen bring up Riva Tuner Statistics Server, change the color with the On_Screen Display palette and make the text bigger or smaller with the On-Screen Display zoom slider then click ok.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	text size and color.png 
Views:	17 
Size:	373.0 KB 
ID:	57647

    You can show alot more stuff with HWinfo, open HWinfo and click the sensors tab.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	sensors.png 
Views:	18 
Size:	177.2 KB 
ID:	58793

    It brings up the sensor status page, at the bottom right click the gear to bring up the sensor settings.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	sensor status 1.png 
Views:	17 
Size:	251.6 KB 
ID:	58794

    On the sensor settings page click the OSD(RTSS) tab, I selected Virtual Memory Committed as an example, highlight it blue then put a checkmark by "Show value in OSD", it will then show yes under Riva Tuner to show in the on screen display, do this with any settings you want then click ok.

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	sensor settings 2.png 
Views:	19 
Size:	261.0 KB 
ID:	58796

    If you have any questions please ask, when you get it working please post a screenshot playing your favorite games.


    Hi Nate152, Does the MSI Afterburner support SLI? *Thanks great Tutorial. Awesome job!*

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