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MSI Afterburner

Anyone who is into PC gaming has probably heard of MSI. This MSI Afterburner is a way to push your graphics card to the max and get the best performance out of your games. What is really cool about this is that you do not even have to be using an MSI graphics card, it actually works with other types of graphics cards too!

How to Download MSI Afterburner

You can download the program after clicking on the Download button at the end of the review.

The Program Review

Overclocking is pushing your graphics card past its limits and unleashing what it is truly capable of. The thing is, to many folks, this sounds rather scary and dangerous, but this software takes care of everything for you. It gives you direct control over your graphics card settings and makes it all as easy as possible for you.

For me, the best feature that this has going on is the OC Scanner. Once you fire this up, it will find what the highest and most stable overclocking settings for your graphics card are. This will give you a better and smoother performance at higher settings! It also takes away the hassle and fear of you messing something up when changing the settings, yourself.

One of the fears that some people have when it comes to overclocking is their computer overheating. The MSI Afterburner gives you all the information you need to know to keep your mind at ease. You can have an on-screen display that will let you know the temperature which is handy if you are worried about overheating.

While it would be the temperature that I am sure most people would want to keep an eye on. This software does offer you the “stats” on things like voltage, clock speed as well as temperature. You can have these stats on the screen while you are gaming. This might be a good idea the first few times you use this so you know exactly what is going on.

I hate to keep talking about “heat” however, it is the main concern for people when overclocking. Another way that this helps with that is the way it lets you set the fan settings. The way the software describes it is that it lets you determine how the fan works. I think this is a good feature, but I must admit it is a little bit above my tech level.

One thing that often gets ignored when talking about this is that it has built-in video capture software too. This means if you are a YouTube or Twitch gamer, you can use this to get the best performance and also record your gameplay. Another neat feature is the way you can customize the software so that it looks the way you want it to look.

I think if you want to overclock your graphics card, this is the software you need to have. It offers you the best of both worlds. You can just let it use its tech know-how to select the best settings it detects for your graphics card. Or, you can get in there yourself and set it just the way you want.

MSI Afterburner
MSI Afterburner is a free graphics card overclocking software that works also on non-MSI cards. Download it now.
8.5 Total Score
MSI Afterburner Review Summary

  • This is free to use!
  • It works on pretty much all graphics cards, not just ones from MSI
  • It will get the very best out of your graphics card
  • Overclocking has never been easier!
  • Some of the features do require a bit of tech knowhow
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Jason Delacey

Jason Delacey

Jason is a 40-year-old writer from Northern England. He has been playing video games his whole life and writing about them for over a decade. As well as enjoying gaming into the wee hours of the morning, Jason is a real film fanatic too! He is open to watching all genres of movies from animated singing animals to brutal horror!

Jason loves to give his honest opinion on games, movies, TV shows and is always willing to give anything a try!

Favorite Games: Resident Evil 4, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time, Bioshock Infinite, Super Mario World, The Last of Us, Halo 2, Streets of Rage 2, Overwatch.

Favorite Movies: Terminator 2, The Empire Strikes Back, Avengers Infinity War, Bloodsport, The Transformers The Movie. Dogma, BASEketball, From Dusk Till Dawn

Favorite TV Shows: X-Files, Supernatural, Lost, American Horror Story, The Mandalorian, Stranger Things.