MSI Afterburner software without MSI support, “the project is probably dead”

MSI Afterburner software without MSI support, “the project is probably dead”

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The MSI Afterburner project is facing hard times

Alexey “Unwinder” Nikolaychuk has confirmed that the Afterburner project may be dead.

The most popular overclocking tool for modern graphics cards is facing licensing issues due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. Due to sanctions, companies like MSI cannot fulfill their obligations under the agreement signed with the developer. Alexey, who is based in Russia, is now continuing the project without MSI’s support.

The developer has confirmed that the project has been dead for over 11 months now. The current political situation, he explains, prevents MSI from fulfilling its duties. Now the project is supported only by Alexey in his spare time.

MSI Afterburner software without MSI support, “the project is probably dead”

Alexey on MSI Afterburner support, Source: Guru3D

MSI Afterburner is one of the most popular tools for overclocking discrete GPUs. The software is a spiritual successor to the RivaTuner software that was used for GPU overclocking many years ago. Users may find it problematic to find an alternative that supports all of the many GPU vendors. Most brands now include their own monitoring and simple overclocking software that also controls GPU functionality such as lighting control or fan speeds. MSI also has such a tool called MSI Center.

What is worth mentioning is that MSI still officially lists the software for newly released GPUs, including the RTX 4070 Ti. The popularity of the software means that fraudsters try to take advantage of it by releasing cloned apps with malware. MSI is aware of this fact and continues to mention that the official source of the software is still MSI’s own website. The following tweet was posted in November, so many months after Afterburner’s license defaults:

MSI mentions Afterburner, Source: MSI

The only good news is that RTSS (RivaTuner Statistic Server) is not an MSI tool, therefore it is not affected by sanctions. This statistics and overlay software is fully supported by Alexey and will continue to be supported as it has been. However, third-party software that uses RTSS should not be affected.

Alexey confirms that he will continue to support the Afterburner project in his spare time, but it is not the full support that many of us would prefer. What is important to note is that sanctions may not be limited to financial compensation, but also access to pre-owned hardware, which essentially stagnates the development process or prevents it altogether.

source: Guru3D Forums

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