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How to setup MSI Afterburner?

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Apart from making top-notch gaming laptops, MSI also makes a lot of hardware, especially GPUs. To go along with its impressive lineup of GPUs, MSI also has a few software to enhance their user’s experiences. One such neat tool is the MSI Afterburner.

It’s a software used to overclock your GPU to extract the maximum performance possible out of whatever card you’re rocking. Initially, the software only worked with MSI cards but it has now been tweaked to work with just about any GPU. So even if you’re running a non-MSI card, chances are you’ll be able to overclock it regardless. 

In this article, we’re going to talk about how you can set up MSI Afterburner on your machine.

Do keep in mind that overclocking your PC hardware is risky business, especially if you’re on a laptop, where the components do not have as much thermal headroom. You run a serious risk of permanent component damage so be sure of what you’re doing. 

Also read: How to check GPU temperature in Windows 10?

Setting up MSI afterburner

Step 1: First up, we’re going to have to download the software. Head over to the official MSI website to get the download link. 

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You can get MSI Afterburner here

Step 2: The software will be downloaded as a .zip archive. Head over to the download location, right-click the file and extract it to your desired location. 

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Step 3: Once extracted, you’ll see an executable file to run the setup. Go ahead and double click it to get rolling. 

How to setup MSI Afterburner? | Candid.Technology

Step 4: Follow alongwith the onscreen instructions to install Afterburner. 

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Step 5: Exit the installer with the Run MSI Afterburner checkbox ticked to run the software.

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Step 6: The MSI Afterburner will launch immediately. Depending upon what your GPU supports, you can now get to overclocking your card.

How to setup MSI Afterburner? | Candid.Technology

Also read: How to change your MSI laptop’s keyboard colour?


Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: [email protected].