If you’re an AMD graphics card user, you may be interested in learning how to set up a Rivatuner statistics server (RTSS) for more accurate performance monitoring. This can help you optimize your gaming and graphics settings to get the best results.
GPUs are an important factor in gaming and they can be the difference between a smooth, high-quality experience and something that’s simply not up to par.
Today we’re going to show you how to get the most out of your AMD graphics card by setting up the Rivatuner statistics server. RivaTuner is a popular tool for monitoring and overclocking Nvidia GeForce graphics cards, but it also has some features that are helpful for AMD users.
Rivatuner is the gold standard for monitoring and overclocking AMD cards, and the statistics server component lets you collect detailed performance data that can help you get the most out of your hardware.
So let’s take a look at how to set it up and start squeezing every bit of performance out of your hardware!
What is Rivatuner?
Rivatuner Statistics Server is one of the best monitoring tools you can get for your graphics card. Not only does it give detailed information on clock speeds, temperatures, and FPS—it also logs data to a file over time so you can figure out exactly what settings are affecting performance the most.
Once it’s set up properly, RTSS will help you improve your graphics quality and boost FPS in games by playing around with things like anti-aliasing, textures, and render resolutions.
First, you’ll need to download RTSS from Rivatuner.net. Once it’s downloaded, extract the files into a folder that you can easily find.
Once that’s done, open up your graphics card software and apply any changes or tweaks to your standard settings—the goal is to have everything tweaked as much as possible before you start using the statistics server.
Once you’ve done that, click on the ‘S’ icon in your system tray to open up Rivatuner Statistics Server. Here you’ll find a box with some tabs at the top—the General tab is selected when you first launch RTSS.
Make sure the ‘Enabled’ checkbox is checked and that the ‘Launch with Windows’ checkbox is also activated. If you’re using a multi-GPU setup, make sure there’s a ‘Run Mode’ set to either CrossfireX if you have multiple cards working together or Single if you have just one card plugged into your motherboard.
Under the ‘Input data file’ section there’s a button that says ‘Open Data File Location’—click this to open up your folder. You should see all the files you’ve downloaded from Rivatuner by now, including the RTSS executable file.
Click on the statistics server executable file and then click Open. Next, go back to RTSS and check the ‘Cycle on every launch’ box. This will ensure that your statistics start recording as soon as you fire up a game or application on your computer.
You also have the option of adding a hotkey shortcut to stop and start data collection—this can be useful for quickly pausing the data while testing out a new graphics card overclock without having to go back into RTSS each time. Once you’re all set, click Apply and then OK in the General tab of RTSS to save these settings.
That’s it! You’re now ready to use Rivatuner Statistics Server with your AMD graphics card. Make sure that when you run any games or programs, they use the same GPU(s) that you’ve configured in the RTSS settings.
Now you can use your favorite monitoring and overclocking tools for AMD graphics cards while data-logging your results. The more you play with your card’s settings, the better you’ll get at optimizing performance and image quality.
How reliable is Rivatuner Statistics Server?
According to most user feedback, RTSS is very reliable and rarely has any issues once it’s set up correctly. But make sure you don’t forget to toggle it on and off as needed—the last thing you want is for data to corrupt from being collected at the wrong times.
As with any software, there will be some bugs here and there so if something goes wrong try reinstalling or updating your driver before worrying about it too much.
Best Settings of Rivatuner for AMD graphics cards
After RivaTuner is installed, go into its settings (by right-clicking on the tray icon) and find “Enable hardware monitoring interface” near the very bottom—check this option so that it’s enabled.
The next thing you’ll need to do before getting into games or programs is set up your hotkey for switching RTSS on/off once you have everything else configured properly. This won’t work if left blank so I suggest setting something unique so there isn’t any confusion later about which key turns RTSS on/off.
Now open up whatever you want to monitor RTSS with—games, benchmarks, etc. Then simply hit the hotkey you set in the last step and RTSS will come on without any further configuration needed. Simple!
Once that’s done, it’s time to figure out which settings are best for you. To do this, open up RTSS’ settings again (right-click on the tray icon) and go to “Log Files” near the top-left of your window. This is where all of your data reports will be located so select appropriate log file sizes depending on how much history you want vs how big/precious your hard drive space is.
Now that logging is enabled, launch whatever game or program you plan on playing with and play around with all of the graphics settings you’re interested in changing. Don’t worry about messing anything up—RTSS will log it even if you do (so long as your hotkey was switched on) and you can always readjust RTSS’ logging levels according to what’s safe for your space without losing too much data.
Finally, after everything is set up correctly, go back into RivaTuner’s main menu and select “API Logging” near the top-left of your window. Now make sure that OpenGL or Direct3D (depending on which API your game uses) is selected under “Target Application”, then hit “Start” at the bottom of the window to begin collecting detailed information about RivaTuner’s API calls.
The next step is to download MSI Afterburner if you don’t already have it; after that’s downloaded and installed, go into its settings by right-clicking on the tray icon. Go to the “Logging” tab near the top of the window and select “Enable RivaTuner Statistics Server support”, then choose which API you’ll be monitoring in your games.
By default, it only logs details about voltage, core clock speed, and fan speed but if you have advanced graphics cards, you can set Afterburner to log more detailed information by checking the “Show advanced fields” option and checking the other available items you want to monitor.
Once this step is complete, your hardware monitoring and statistics should be all set up—and you should have a much better idea of what each graphics setting does in any game or program while also getting a higher average FPS without sacrificing too much quality.
You can go back into RTSS’ main menu and select “API Overrides” near the top of your window to manually set custom control values for each graphics setting if you want a more extreme FPS boost at the cost of extra graphical quality, but use that as a last resort since it’s better to avoid using such a risky feature in most cases.
How much data is collected by RTSS and in which games?
Rivatuner will give you in-depth information on your graphics card’s clock speed, temperature, memory usage, and FPS in real-time. You can also log this information to a file if you want to get more detailed results from specific games or programs without running them through RTSS.
Note that for AMD cards specifically, only the following stats are collected:
core frequency, GPU engine clock frequency, total memory amount, engine temperature (AMD GPUs only), fan speed (AMD GPUs only), and free system RAM. Some other interesting stats like VRAM usage may be included depending on whether or not they’re available from the API being used.
That covers setting up RivaTuner Statistics Server for AMD graphics cards—you’re now ready to start monitoring and tweaking to get faster frame rates and higher graphics quality.
Thank you for reading this article. I hope you found it both informative and easy to understand. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below using either the comment section or the form on my Contact page—I’ll be happy to reply as soon as possible!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the biggest factor that affects graphics quality and performance?
A. It’s a tie between resolution, anti-aliasing settings, and textures. Texture quality will seriously eat into your available VRAM so try to find a balance where you don’t need to use as high of an option as possible but still get good image fidelity.
Q: Can I use this information on all AMD cards and operating systems?
A: That depends on which version of Rivatuner you download, but most likely the general steps will be universal for any hardware and OS as long as the statistics server executable file is named correctly.
Q: How do I find my graphics card’s frame rate?
A: Command prompt will give you this information, outputting it in a format like so: D3D11 (fps): 12.2, D3D12 (fps): 8.1
Q: How can I enter an Imgur URL into Rivatuner to upload screenshots directly from within the software?
A: To do this, simply append .imgur.com/ at the end of whatever your screenshot’s path is after right-clicking on it in your file explorer. This shortcut will not work if you’re trying to upload an entire folder of screenshots, however—you’ll need to manually attach each one via Imgur after uploading them individually with this method.