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MSI Afterburner

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MSI Afterburner
MSI Afterburner cover

Setting Up

App Menu
App Menu
Configuration Options Afterburner
Configuration Options Afterburner
  1. Download MSI Afterburner then extract it and install it.
  2. When prompted select both MSI Afterburner and RivaTuner Statistics Server, then install them.

Video recording

Recording videos

  1. Run MSI Afterburner, click on the Settings button.
  2. Find the Video capture tab, then set Video capture setting to a key.
  3. Find the On-Screen Display tab, then uncheck the Show On-Screen Display on captured screenshots and videos checkbox.

Ignoring launchers and other background applications

Useful for games such as Grand Theft Auto V.
  1. Navigate to the main RivaTuner Statistics Server installation path and run RTSS.exe
  2. On the bottom left, click on the big plus sign button, then add the desired launcher.
  3. On the top right, under the Application detection level header, select None.

Suggested settings

These settings can be used as a guideline.
  1. Run MSI Afterburner, then click on the Settings button.
  2. Find the Video capture tab.
  3. Under Video capture properties, Video format, select External Plugin.
  4. Click on the dotted button, then under Encoder select the NVIDIA NVENCH H.264 plugin.
  5. Click on the Configure button, and set both the Preset and Target bitrate to the highest values.
  6. Set the Container format to Matroska MKV.
  7. Check if Frame size is set to Full Frame, then set both Framerate and Framerate limit to the same desired values.
  8. Under Video capture compatibility properties, select the Use dedicated encoder server checkbox.
  9. Check if Multithreaded optimization is set to Automatic.


Certain video players may display the recorded videos incorrectly, disable the YUV conversion or hardware acceleration.

RivaTuner Statistics Server

App menu (with fps limit set to 20).
App menu (with fps limit set to 20).
Configuration Options RivaTuner
Configuration Options RivaTuner

Framerate limiter

  1. Run the RivaTuner Statistics Server, then click on the Plus icon, located in the bottom left corner.
  2. Locate the desired game executable and Double Click on it.
  3. Find the Framerate limit text field, located on the right side.
  4. Click on the 0 value and type the new desired value, then push Enter to save.


The RivaTuner Statistics Server needs to be left open while playing.
If the program needs to be run every time the computer boots, then tick the Start with Windows checkbox.

Issues fixed

Won't stop recording videos

Run MSI Afterburner as an Administrator

Game overlays don't work while RivaTuner Statistics Server is running

Client overlays occasionally do not display while RTSS is running, such as Steam, GOG Galaxy, and Discord.
  1. Navigate to the Profiles directory in your RTSS install directory (ex: C:\Program Files (x86)\RivaTuner Statistics Server\Profiles).
  2. Edit the Global file.
  3. Locate the [Hooking] section and add the following lines under it. If there is no [Hooking] section, create it.
    InjectionDelay=15000 InjectionDelayTriggers=IGO64.dll,IGO32.dll,GameOverlayRenderer.dll,GameOverlayRenderer64.dll,steam_api64.dll,steam_api.dll,d3d9.dll,dxgi.dll,d3d9_smaa.dll,d3d11.dll,DiscordOverlay.dll,DiscordOverlay64.dll,Galaxy.dll,Galaxy64.dll
  4. Save the file.
  5. Optional: Set the file to read-only mode to prevent the settings from being modified.
  6. Close and re-launch RivaTuner Statistics Server.
You can add any DLL file to this list.

"Core Voltage" option is greyed out

"Core Voltage" option can be grayed out on some graphics cards (mostly non-MSI ones), even if they support overclocking.
Modify graphics card's profile[1]
  1. Go to your MSI Afterburner Profiles folder (ex: C:\Program Files (x86)\MSI Afterburner\Profiles).
  2. Right-click the file named VEN_10DE&DEV... and go to Properties > Security.
  3. Select "Edit" and then click on "Users (username\Users)" and with the permission boxes below, check "Allow" for the first box - "Full control". Click OK and OK again (this allows the file to be saved after editing it).
  4. Now you can open the file named VEN_10DE&DEV... in Notepad (or WordPad) and replace everything you see with this:

5. Save the file and restart MSI Afterburner.
6. Go into MSI Afterburner's Settings and check the boxes under General > "Unlock voltage control" and "Unlock voltage monitoring" then click OK and restart Afterburner.