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DH-026


Radeon™ Software Adrenalin Edition 17.12.1 introduced Radeon Overlay, a feature that allows quick access to some common driver settings without having to toggle out of the current application.

This document provides information on using Radeon Overlay and is organized into the following sections:

Overview of Radeon Overlay Menus

Radeon Overlay provides an on screen display (OSD) menu with Desktop or In-Game options which appears on top of the active application screen and can be brought up using a pre-defined hotkey combination.

Radeon Overlay Desktop menu includes options for:

  • Radeon Relive
  • Radeon FRTC
  • Radeon FreeSync™
  • Color

Here is a screenshot example of Radeon Overlay Desktop menu: 


Radeon Overlay In-Game menu provides two additional choices, which are:

  • Performance Monitoring
  • Radeon Chill

Here is a screenshot example of Radeon Overlay In-Game menu:

Note! In-Game options are only available when running the game in exclusive full screen mode.
Note! Changes made via Radeon Overlay are also applied to Radeon™ Settings.

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Assigning Hotkey Combinations to Open Radeon Overlay

Assigning Hotkey Combinations to Open Radeon Overlay
By default, Radeon Overlay can be brought up using the ALT+R hotkey combination.  Assigning a different set of hotkeys can be done only within Radeon Settings. 

To configure hotkey combinations to open Radeon Overlay:

  1. Open the Radeon Settings application. This can be done in any of the following ways:
    1. Right click on your desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings
    2. Select AMD Radeon Settings from the Programs menu

       
  2. Click on the Preferences button at the bottom of the screen
  3. The default Radeon Overlay hotkey combination ALT+R is shown. If you wish to change the default combination, click the Toggle Radeon Overlay Hotkey tile and press the hotkey combination of your choosing.

    Note! Hotkey combinations must include the CTRL and/or ALT Keys.  Do not choose a hotkey combination that is reserved by the operating system or another application (for example, ALT+F4 is used by Windows® to close the current application). 
  4. When finished, close Radeon Settings.
     
  5. Now that the hotkey combination is defined, Radeon Overlay can be brought up at any time by using that combination.
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Adjust Radeon™ ReLive Recording Settings Using Radeon Overlay

Adjust Radeon ReLive Recording Settings Using Radeon Overlay
Radeon ReLive allows users to capture, stream and share gameplay videos and screenshots.  Capturing gameplay using Radeon ReLive is easy to configure and has a minimal impact on performance, which is measured in frames per second (FPS).

For more information on adjusting Radeon ReLive settings using Radeon Overlay, please click on the following link 

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Adjust FRTC Settings Using Radeon Overlay

Adjust Radeon FRTC Settings Using Radeon Overlay
Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC) enables users to set a target maximum frame rate when running a 3D application in full screen mode; the benefit being that FRTC can reduce GPU power consumption (great for games running at frame rates much higher than the display refresh rate) and therefore help reduce heat generation and fan speeds/noise on the graphics card.

FRTC is especially useful when rendering mostly static content on powerful hardware where frame rates can often run needlessly into the hundreds of fps on game menus or splash screens.

If you have a Radeon FreeSync™ compatible display, FRTC can help ensure that you do not exceed the maximum FreeSync™ range of your display, resulting in a smooth, optimal gaming experience.

Note! Changes to the FRTC must be done prior to launching the game.

To adjust Radeon FRTC using Radeon Overlay: 

  1. Bring up Radeon Overlay by using the hotkeys described earlier
  2. Click on Radeon FRTC
  3. Click on button to enable FRTC
  4. Drag the FRTC slider to choose the desired framerate.  Frame rates can be adjusted between 30 and 300 frames per second (FPS)

    Note! To restore Radeon FRTC to the default setting, click RESET
     
  5. When finished, close Radeon Overlay using any of the following methods:
  • Press the hotkey combination
  • Click the 'X' at the top right of Radeon Overlay
  • Click anywhere outside Radeon Overlay
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Enable Radeon™ FreeSync™ Using Radeon Overlay

Enable FreeSync™ Using Radeon Overlay
Radeon FreeSync™ is an AMD technology designed to eliminate stuttering and/or tearing in games and videos by locking a display's refresh rate to the frame rate of the graphics card1.

To enabled this feature using Radeon Overlay:

  1. Bring up the Radeon Overlay by using the hotkeys described earlier
  2. Click on Radeon FreeSync
     
  3. Click on the button to enable FreeSync
  4. To turn off FreeSync, click on the FreeSync button once again
  5. When finished, close the Radeon Overlay using any of the following methods:
    • Press the hotkey combination
    • Click the 'X' at the top right of Radeon Overlay
    • Click anywhere outside of Radeon Overlay
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Adjust Color Settings Using Radeon Overlay

Adjust Color Settings Using Radeon Overlay 
Radeon Overlay allows quick color adjustments without having to open Radeon Settings.  Color changes are applied globally and take effect immediately.

To adjust Color settings using Radeon Overlay:

  1. Bring up Radeon Overlay by using the hotkeys described earlier
  2. Click on Color

     
  3. Color settings can be individually adjusted for each display connect to your system.  Select the desired display by clicking on the Display # as shown below:
  4. For each connected display, the following settings can be adjusted:
    1. COLOR TEMPERATURE – Adjusts the 'coolness' or 'warmth' of the display. This is measured in K (Kelvin) and values can range from 4000 for a cooler (emphasis on blues and greens) to 10,000 for a warmer (emphasis on reds and yellows) image.
      1. SATURATION – Adjusts the saturation of the image. Values can range from 0 to 200.

        Below is a screenshot example of the Color menu in Radeon Overlay:

        Note! To return the display to the default color values, click RESET.
         
      2. CONTRAST – Adjusts the contrast of the image. Values can range from 0 to 200.
      3. HUE – Adjusts the hue of the image. Values can range from -30 to +30.
      4. BRIGHTNESS – Adjusts the brightness of the image. Values can range from -100 for a darker image to +100 for a brighter image.
      5. When finished, close Radeon Overlay using any of the following methods:
  • Using the hotkey combination
  • Clicking the 'X' at the top right of Radeon Overlay
  • Clicking anywhere outside Radeon Overlay
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Monitor System Performance Using Radeon Overlay

Monitor System Performance Using Radeon Overlay
Radeon Overlay provides a separate on screen display (OSD) which allows monitoring of system performance during 3D gameplay.  Individual performance metrics can be selected as well as the display area to show the Performance Monitoring OSD.  Performance data can also be saved to a file for later analysis.

To monitor system performance using Radeon Overlay:

  1. Bring up Radeon Overlay by using the hotkeys described earlier
  2. Click on PERFORMANCE MONITORING

     
  3. The following options for customizing PERFORMANCE MONITORING will become available
  4. Click on METRICS OPTIONS to access the following sub-options:
    • SHOW METRICS – This is a toggle option to show or hide the Performance Monitoring OSD, the hotkey combination ofCTRL+Shift+O can also be used.
      • SHOW IN ReLive – Performance Monitoring OSD appears in Radeon ReLive streams/captures
      • HIDE IN ReLive – Performance Monitoring OSD is hidden in Radeon ReLive streams/captures
      • SAMPLING INTERVAL – The time between each update of performance data. Sampling intervals can range from 1 to 10 seconds and can be adjusted in one second increments.
    • START PERFORMANCE LOGGING – Start/Stop logging performance data
      • SHOW METRICS – Show the Performance Monitoring OSD while logging data
      • HIDE METRICS – Hide the Performance Monitoring OSD while logging data

        Below is a screenshot example of the METRICS OPTIONS menu:

         
  5. Click on SELECT METRICS to choose any of the following performance metrics to have displayed and/or logged:

FPS – Number of frames per second

  • GPU Utilization – Reported as percentage (%)
  • GPU Engine Clock – Reported in megahertz (MHz)
  • GPU Memory Clock – Reported in megahertz (MHz)
  • GPU Temperature – Reported in Celsius
  • GPU Power –  Reported in Watts
  • GPU Fan Speed – Reported in revolutions per minute (RPM)
  • VRAM Utilization – Reported in gigabytes (GB)
  • CPU Utilization – Reported as percentage (%)
  • System RAM Utilization – Reported in gigabytes (GB)

    Below is a screenshot example of the SELECT METRICS menu:
  1. Click on SELECT METRICS LOCATION to choose the placement of the Performance Monitoring OSD.  The options are:
  • Top left corner of display
  • Top right corner of display
  • Bottom left corner of display
  • Bottom right corner of display

    Note! To return Performance Monitoring options back to their default values and selections, click RESET.

7.       When finished, close Radeon Overlay using any of the following methods:

  • Press the hotkey combination
  • Click anywhere outside Radeon Overlay
  • Click the 'X' at the top right of Radeon Overlay
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Adjust Radeon Chill Using Radeon Overlay

and lower GPU temperatures.

To adjust Radeon Chill using Radeon Overlay:

  1. Bring up Radeon Overlay by using the hotkeys described earlier
  2. Click on Radeon Chill

     
  3. Click the button to enable Radeon Chill globally or use the predefined F11 hotkey

    Below is a screenshot example of Radeon Chill menu when the option is enabled in Radeon Overlay:
  4. Once enabled, the following Radeon Chill settings can be adjusted for the currently running game:
  • Chill - Enable Radeon Chill for the current game
  • Chill MIN – The minimum frame rate for Radeon Chill to function within (the minimum is 30 FPS, the default value is 70)
  • Chill MAX - The maximum frame rate for Radeon Chill to function within (the maximum is 300 FPS, the default value is 144)
     
  1. When finished, close Radeon Overlay using any of the following methods:
     
  • Press the hotkey combination
  • Click the 'X' at the top right of Radeon Overlay
  • Click anywhere outside Radeon Overlay

 1 Radeon FreeSync requires a monitor and AMD Radeon™ graphics, both with FreeSync support. See www.amd.com/freesync for complete details. Confirm capability with your system manufacturer before purchase. GD-127

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