MSI Afterburner gets plugin support

Published: 26th Sep 2017, 09:24 GMT   Comments

Yesterday Alexey Nicolaychuk updated MSI Afterburner with tons of new features.

The MSI Afterburner 4.4.0 Beta 17 delivers a support for external hardware monitoring plugins, such as AIDA64 or HWINFO. This is Afterburner going back to its Rivatuner roots (which by the way was developed 20 years ago).

The Beta 17 also gets programmable critical thresholds, you can now define what Afterburner will do when certain values are reached. If you want a fan to go 100% when the temperature goes up or take a screenshot when your framerate goes lower (via command line) — it is now possible thanks to built-in alarms and triggers.

Let’s be honest here, Afterburner has the best OSD from any GPU application (plus it works for both GeForce and Radeon), so it only gets better as external plugins are now supported. There are four plugins to choose from (direct quote from the changelog):

  • SMART.dll – demonstrates HDD SMART attributes readback and HDD temperature monitoring
  • PerfCounter.dll – demonstrates the principles of importing native OS performance counters into MSI Afterburner. The list of imported performance counters includes but not limited to hard drive usage, hard disk read and write rates, free disk space on system partition, network download and upload rates. You may also add any other performance counter visible to OS (e.g. disk queue size or some specific process CPU usage) via editing the plugin configuration file
  • AIDA64.dll – demonstrates the principles of importing sensors from AIDA64 application via shared memory interface. The list of imported performance counters includes but not limited to motherboard temperature, CPU socket temperature, CPU fan speed, CPU voltage, CPU package power, +3.3V, +5V and +12V voltages. You may also add any other sensors available in AIDA64 via editing the plugin configuration file
  • HwInfo.dll – imports sensors from HWiNFO32/64 application via shared memory interface. The list of imported performance counters includes but not limited to motherboard temperature, CPU socket temperature, CPU fan speed, CPU voltage, CPU package power, +3.3V, +5V and +12V voltages. You may also add any other sensors available in HWiNFO32/64 via editing the plugin configuration file. Please take a not that the plugin is not open source per HWiNFO developer request

Another big change is a full customization for on-screen display. So not only you can add more charts metrics, but you also change the colors, alignment, size, separators and much more.

I like simple designs, so I’m sticking to mono-color graphs. The new customization allows me to add different separators. Here you can see the new NET metrics from the PerfCounter.dll plugin.

Take a tour through new features with the author himself:

Source and download link: Guru3D Forums




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