MSI Afterburner is an app used the world over for graphics card monitoring, overclocking, and undervolting. It is change into fairly synonymous with normal GPU tinkering, but the app’s developer has recommended it may not have lengthy left to dwell in a discussion board submit earlier this month. MSI disagrees, telling us “we totally intend to proceed with MSI Afterburner.”

MSI Afterburner is developed by Alexey ‘Unwinder’ Nicolaychuk, a Russian nationwide who has stored the overclocking app functioning over a few years. Nicolaychuk can also be liable for the event of RivaTuner Statistics Server, which is a part of the foundational software program layer powering Afterburner.

In a submit on the Guru3D boards (through TechPowerUp), Nicolaychuk means that Afterburner’s improvement has been “semi-abandoned.”

“…MSI afterburner undertaking might be useless,” Nicolaychuk says.

“Battle and politics are the explanations. I didn’t point out it in MSI Afterburner improvement information thread, however the undertaking is semi deserted by firm throughout fairly a very long time already. Really we’re approaching the one yr mark because the day when MSI stopped performing their obligations below Afterburner license settlement on account of ‘politic [sic] state of affairs’.”

Nicolaychuk says improvement of the app has continued over the previous 11 months, however which will even be ending quickly.

We’re approaching the one yr mark because the day when MSI stopped performing their obligations below Afterburner license settlement.

Alexey ‘Unwinder’ Nicolaychuk

“I attempted to proceed performing my obligations and labored on the undertaking alone over the last 11 months, but it surely resulted in nothing however disappointment; I’ve a sense that I am simply beating a useless horse and waste vitality on one thing that’s now not wanted by firm. 

“Anyway I am going to attempt to proceed supporting it myself whereas I’ve some free time, however will most likely have to drop it and swap to one thing else, permitting me to pay my payments.”

Improvement of the RivaTuner Statistics Server—software program is pivotal to most of the capabilities of Afterburner—is materially separate from Afterburner and can proceed, Nicolaychuk notes.

Nicolaychuk suggests the difficulty comes right down to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and we have since confirmed with MSI that that is the case. MSI has acknowledged to PC Gamer that the funds have been halted because of the ongoing warfare in Ukraine, saying: “funds had been placed on hold because of the RU/UA warfare and the financial laws that entailed.”

The continuing invasion has led to many nations and firms pulling out of Russian or decreasing their footprint within the nation considerably. The banking system used internationally to simply switch funds throughout the globe, SWIFT, has been restricted in Russia. Lots of the nation’s banks have been cut-off from the system since final March. But in keeping with a report by Yale, up to date January 9, 2023, Micro-Star Worldwide Co. (MSI) remains to be working in Russia.

On this being the top for Afterburner, MSI disagrees.

We totally intend to proceed with MSI Afterburner.


“We totally intend to proceed with MSI Afterburner,” MSI tells PC Gamer. “MSI have been engaged on an answer and anticipate it to be resolved quickly.”

Whether or not in the identical kind or one thing barely completely different, this does not sound like the top for the Afterburner software program. Although it is unclear whether or not meaning discovering a strategy to pay Nicolaychuk, the only custodian of the applying for a few years, or working one other plan to develop the overclocking app fully.