RivaTuner is one of the top-rated video card overclocking software. While its name suggests that it's intended to focus on NVIDIA cards only, RivaTuner also supports ATI / AMD video adapters. Its main goal is to break the barriers set by manufacturers and set clock and memory speeds as well as fan speeds. Thus, you can easily make adjustments to overclock and even underclock your video card.
Simple deployment process
The installation process of the application only asks for your attention at the end of it, by providing two options: 'Protect process virtual memory' and 'Protect memory mapped I/O ports'. The last of them, as the developer informs us, is a must if you are into multiplayer games that require PunkBuster.
A high amount of attention required
RivaTuner provides in-depth tweaking capabilities for its users. Beginners are only advised to use this program after studying the documentation, as any misjudged tweaking may end up literally frying the video adapter. If you still want to do it, it's recommended that your video card has a high cooling potential. Thus, first of all, make sure you have the proper hardware to tweak before you go ahead and set higher core and memory speeds.
Suitable for advanced users
The application's interface is quite simple. It features a tabbed layout comprising 'Main', 'Settings', 'Power user', 'Launcher' or 'Scheduler' options. You get adapter information and driver settings in the 'Main' section and RivaTuner user interface preferences, startup and hotkey manager settings within the 'Settings' section. The 'Power user' tab is available for advanced users that posses a high level of VGA knowledge.
Create multiple custom profiles
Although it supports hardware from ATI / AMD, RivaTuner works at its best with NVIDIA video cards. The counterpart software in this case is ATI Tray Tools. RivaTuner's 'System tweaks' window enables you to choose the core, shader and memory clocks with the optional 'Link clocks' feature. You can also manage your selection within the 'Overclocking profile settings' by saving, loading and deleting them.
All in all, this application brings a sturdy environment for overclockers and the right set of tools for them to make use of. RivaTuner's supported cards spectrum spreads from Riva TNT to GeForce 200 Series. Being one of the most commonly used software for GPU overclocking, RivaTuner provides a wide array of options regarding multi-monitor support, overclocking tool or fan control.