Article Number
DH-026

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

Overview of Radeon Overlay Menus

Radeon Overlay was first introduced in Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 17.12.1 and enhanced in AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition (18.12.2).

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 WattMan
  • Radeon Chill
  • Radeon FRTC
  • Game Advisor
  • Performance Monitoring
  • Display Settings

Here is a screenshot example of Radeon Overlay Desktop menu: 


Here is a screenshot example of the 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.
NOTE!  Radeon Overlay along with any associated hotkeys can be disabled from the Overlay menu.  Click on the cogwheel icon, select Disable Radeon Overlay, then click Confirm.

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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, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Radeon Settings by right-clicking on your desktop and select AMD Radeon Settings
     

  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.

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

Radeon ReLive allows users to capture, stream and share gameplay videos and screenshots. 


For information on adjusting Radeon ReLive settings using Radeon Overlay, please refer to KB article: How to Capture and Stream Gameplay Using Radeon ReLive
 

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Adjust Radeon™ WattMan Settings Using Radeon™ Overlay

Radeon WattMan is a power management utility that controls GPU voltage, core clocks, memory clocks, fan speed and temperature.   Radeon WattMan provides performance tuning and monitoring of GPU behaviour and can now be controlled by Radeon overlay In-game.

For more information about Radeon WattMan, please refer to KB article:  How to Tune GPU Performance Using Radeon Wattman and Radeon Chill

To adjust Radeon WattMan using Radeon Overlay, bring up Radeon Overlay by using the hotkeys described earlier (default hotkey is ALT+R).

Click on Radeon WattMan.

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The following Radeon WattMan options will become available for adjustment in Radeon Overlay:

  • GPU
  • Memory
  • Temperature
  • Load/Save Profiles



GPU

Click on GPU to access the following sub options:

  • Frequency %
  • Voltage Control

By default, the Frequency % is set to Manual.  Click the Frequency toggle button to switch between Manual and Dynamic Frequency core clock modes.


Move the slider left or right in Manual Mode to reduce or increase the GPU Frequency.


Move the slider left or right in Dynamic Mode to reduce or increase the GPU Frequency states in increments of 5Mhz.  Click Apply to save your changes.


Voltage Control (mV) enables adjustment of voltage levels for GPU clock states.  By default, Voltage Control is set to Automatic.  Click the Voltage Control  toggle button to switch between Manual and Automatic Voltage modes.


Once you have changed it from Automatic to Manual, you have the option to adjust voltage for the available states in increments of 5mV.


 

Memory

Click on Memory to access the following sub options:

  • Frequency %
  • Voltage Control
  • Memory Timing

By default, the Frequency % is set to Manual.  Click the Frequency toggle button to switch between Manual and Dynamic Frequency Memory clock modes.  Move the slider left or right to reduce or increase the Memory Frequency by increments of 5Mhz.


Voltage Control (mV) enables adjustment of voltage levels for Memory clock states.  By default, Voltage Control is set to Automatic. Click the Voltage Controltoggle button to switch between Manual and Automatic Voltage modes.


Once you have changed it from Automatic to Manual, you have the option to adjust voltage for the available states.  Move the slider left or right to reduce or increase the Memory Voltage in increments of 5mV.


Memory timing reduces memory latency based on the selected level.



Temperature

The Temperature slider allows adjustment of the GPU Power limit in increments of 1%.  Move the slider left or right to reduce or increase the GPU Power limit.



Load or Save Profiles

Load or Save Profiles enables quick saving and loading of Radeon WattMan Profiles.  To save a Radeon WattMan profile, click Load/Save Profiles.


Select Save Profile.


Click on a Profile (1-3) to save the current Radeon WattMan settings to that Profile.  In the example below, the current Radeon WattMan settings were saved to Profile 1.


To load a Radeon WattMan profile, click Load/Save Profiles


Select Load Profile





 

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Adjust Radeon Chill Using Radeon Overlay

Radeon Chill is a power-saving feature that dynamically regulates frame rate based on your character and camera movements in-game. 

To adjust Radeon Chill using Radeon Overlay, bring up Radeon Overlay by using the hotkeys described earlier (default hotkey is ALT+R).


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

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)

Below is a screenshot example of Radeon Chill menu when the option is enabled in Radeon Overlay.

 

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Adjust 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.

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

To adjust Radeon FRTC using Radeon Overlay, bring up Radeon Overlay by using the hotkeys described earlier (default hotkey is ALT+R).


Click on Radeon FRTC.

Drag the FRTC slider to choose the desired frame rate.  Frame rates can be adjusted between 30 and 300 frames per second (FPS).

NOTE!  To restore Radeon FRTC to the default setting, click RESET.

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Using Game Advisor Within Radeon Overlay

Game Advisor is a tool that can analyse game performance in real time and provide recommendations on how to improve the gaming experience through available in-game graphics settings.  The recommendations are based on creating a balance between performance and image quality in the game.


For information on how to use Game Advisor, please refer to KB article:  How to Use Game Advisor Within Radeon Overlay

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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, bring up Radeon Overlay by using the hotkeys described earlier (default hotkey is ALT+R).

Click on PERFORMANCE Monitoring.


The options for customizing PERFORMANCE Monitoring will become available, as shown in the example below.


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 of CTRL+Shift+O can also be used.
  • 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 available sub-options.


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.


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 settings back to their default values and selections, click RESET located next to PERFORMANCE Monitoring.

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Adjust Display Settings Using Radeon Overlay

Display Settings offers adjustment of the following options.

  • Radeon FreeSync
  • Radeon Enhanced Sync
  • Color
     


Radeon FreeSync

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 card.  For more information on Radeon FreeSync, please visit the page:  Radeon™ FreeSync Technology

To enable this feature using Radeon Overlay, bring up the Radeon Overlay by using the hotkeys described earlier (default hotkey is ALT+R).

Click on Display Settings and select Radeon FreeSync.


Click on the toggle button to enable FreeSync.  To turn off FreeSync, click on the toggle button once again



Radeon Enhanced Sync

Radeon Enhanced Sync is an AMD technology designed to enable low latency gameplay and offer a tear-free experience when the games frame rate exceeds your display’s refresh rate.

For more information on Radeon Enhanced Sync, please visit the page:  AMD Enhanced Sync Technology

To enable this feature using Radeon Overlay, bring up the Radeon Overlay by using the hotkeys described earlier (default hotkey is ALT+R).

Click on Display Settings and select Radeon Enhanced Sync.


Click on the toggle button to enable Enhanced Sync.  To turn off Enhanced Sync, click on the toggle button once again.



Color

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, bring up Radeon Overlay by using the hotkeys described earlier (default hotkey is ALT+R).

Click on Display Settings and select Color.


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:


For each connected display, the following settings can be adjusted:

  • 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.
  • SATURATION – Adjusts the saturation of the image. Values can range from 0 to 200.
  • CONTRAST – Adjusts the contrast of the image. Values can range from 0 to 200.
  • HUE – Adjusts the hue of the image. Values can range from -30 to +30.
  • BRIGHTNESS – Adjusts the brightness of the image. Values can range from -100 for a darker image to +100 for a brighter image.

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

NOTE!  To return the color values back to the default, click RESET.

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