MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

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Installation and Initial Settings

1. Download MSI Afterburner from the MSI website and install it with the Rivatuner Statistics server.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

 
MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

You can separately download and install the Rivatuner Statistics Server if needed. Download it from here.

2. In the MSI Afterburner interface, click the gear icon to open the settings window.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

3. Click the monitoring tab then click the checkmark beside the metric you want to display and click the checkbox for “Show in On-Screen Display” in the “properties” section and click the “Apply” button.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

Select:

    • GPU Usage
    • Memory Usage
    • GPU Temperature
    • CPU Usage
    • CPU Clock
    • CPU Temperature
    • RAM Usage
    • Framerate

Uncheck the others.

4. Rearrange the metrics by dragging it to where you want to see it. Hold click and use the mouse scroll (middle button) then click Apply. It should look like this.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

5. Run a game to see the overlay. Make sure the RivaTuner Statistics Server is also running.MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

6. If you don’t see the overlay, just run the RivaTuner Statistics Server. The executable file is usually in “C:\Program Files (x86)\RivaTuner Statistics Server\RTSS.exe“. Turn ON the “Start with Windows” setting so it will run automatically.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

Changing Colors

7. To change the color of the “name” of a metric, click the … button in the Properties section.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

8. Go to “Group color” and look for the item you wanted to change the color. Double-click its current color and a drop-down list will appear, select its new color and click Apply.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

Do the same for all the metrics you selected but choose red for Framerate.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

9. To change the color of the values, double-click the color of “System color 0” from “Colors Library”.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

10. Color palette window will appear. From there you can select the new color, then click OK and Apply.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

11. To change the value color of the Framerate, go to “Value Color” then double-click the Framerate and select a new color, the same as the color of Framerate which is red. Click Apply and OK.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

Our overlay now should look like this.
MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

Notice that the “value” (red) and “unit” (white) colors for Framerate are different.

12. To change the unit color of the Framerate, go to “Units color” then double-click the Framerate and select a new color, same as the color of Framerate which is red. Click Apply and OK.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

The Framerate value and unit now the same color.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

Grouping

13. We want to add the Memory (Mem) to the GPU group and put it next to GPU Usage. To do that, put Memory after GPU usage from the list. Then first select “Memory usage” in the Monitoring tab then click the checkbox for “Override group name”, then rename it to “GPU” because the group name of GPU usage and temperature is GPU. All metrics with the same group name will be put on the same group.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

Memory usage of the graphics card is now on the same line as GPU usage and temperature.
MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

Changing Names

14. You can also change the group name according to what components you have in your system. You can change it from the “Override group name” option. Just keep in mind that the metrics you wanted to group should have the same group name.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide
 
MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide
 
MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

Adding Graph

15. To add a graph for your framerate, select the Framerate metric from the list then select “graph” from the drop down list in the “On-Screen Display” option then click Apply.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

The graph now appears, replacing D3D11.
MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

16. Noticed that the graph is not colored red. To change its color, click the “Select On-Screen Display layout” button (…).

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

17. Go to graph color, and double-click the “Framerate” designated color. Select the color red then click Apply and OK.
MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

18. To make the Framerate graph texts bigger, go to “Graph text size” then select “” from the drop down list, then click Apply.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

The Framerate graph now looks like this.
MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

19. To make the graph wider, shorter, or taller, just change the values of width and height from the “Graph” properties.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

Higher negative values for width will make the graph wider and taller for height.
MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

Units Size

20. To make the unit size (MHz, MB, %) be in its normal size, go to “Unit Size” and select “”, then click Apply and OK.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide
 
MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

Changing Font and Size

21. To change the font style, open the RivaTuner, click the “Raster 3D” and select the desired font style and size and click OK.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

Positioning

22. To adjust the metrics position, open the RivaTuner Statistics Server then change the value of horizontal and vertical coordinates. It is found on the lower portion the window. You need to press the enter key to apply the new coordinates.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

Spacing

23. To adjust the spaces between columns, click the “Select On-Screen Display layout” button (…), then go to “Alignments library”, double-click the “Alignment 1” then change its value and click OK. Lower value will reduce the spaces between columns.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

On-Screen Display Toggle Hotkeys

24. To turn on or off the on-screen display, go to “On-Screen Display” tab and press the keys you wanted to use in the “Toggle On-Screen Display” text box.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide

Here is our customized layout.

MSI Afterburner Overlay Customization Guide
 

That’s it!
Customize your own layout and share it with us using #MyFPSCounter in your posts.

7 Comments
  1. How do you stop the overlay report appearing in every monitor in multi-monitor setup?

  2. Can you share your config file to everyone? Thanks.

  3. How do I change CPU/GPU to be a different font colour to the units colour?

    EG “CPU” reads in red, “GPU” reads in green, and the units are all in orange.

    Cheers

  4. Is there a way to change the colors of the units when it goes above certain values? eg. above 75 °C in temp it changes to red or above 95% usage of GPU?

    Thanks.

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