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RIVATUNER - ENABLING HARDWARE MONITORING ON CONTEMPORARY PLATFORMS * 18.06.2011
RivaTuner was one of the most popular tools for overclocking and tweaking the graphics card. Its development was abandoned when the author was hired by MSI to work on MSI Afterburner.

While the new software has quickly become just as popular, it is still missing a few things, most importantly two plug-ins for hardware monitoring - CPU and system memory usage.

Fortunately there is a way to enable RivaTuner's hardware monitoring on platforms with contemporary graphics cards.
While in most cases monitoring of the card itself will not work, we are able to enable the CPU and system memory plug-ins. They allow us to monitor the system resources used by any games or software.
RivaTuner's monitoring also allows us to place markers on the graphs, which show their exact values at any given moment. Very useful, and it helps in calculating the average usage of multi-core CPUs.

Enabling the monitoring is very easy. I am writing this guide on my HTPC, so I will use my Radeon HD 5450 as the example.

You should begin by starting RivaTuner. In the main tab click on the small icon right next to the "Customize..." label.
Now open the "Graphics subsystem diagnostic report".

Main Tab

A new window will open.

Graphics subsystem diagnostic report

Two parameters are important here. The first one is the "Device ID", the second one is the base address corresponding to the I/O range, in this case being "Base address 4".

What you have to do now is add these parameters to the RivaTuner.cfg file. You will find it in the main RivaTuner folder (usually located in Program Files (x86)).

Once you open the file, you need to find two sections where you will add the necessary information.

For a GeForce card:
- find section [GPU_10DE]
- add a new item to the list, the name is not important, you can use the codename of your GPU
- now you have to add the base address after the "=" symbol
- the address needs to be separated with a dash into two groups of four, like this: 0000h-b000h
- next you have to find the [VEN_10DE] section
- now add the Device ID from the report, like this: DEV_68F9 = "Your GeForce Card"
- save the file and restart RivaTuner

For a Radeon card:
- find section [GPU_1002]
- add a new item to the list, the name is not important, you can use the codename of your GPU
- now you have to add the base address after the "=" symbol
- the address needs to be separated with a dash into two groups of four, like this: 0000h-b000h
- next you have to find the [VEN_1002] section
- now add the Device ID from the report, like this: DEV_68F9 = "ATI Radeon HD 5450"
- save the file and restart RivaTuner

This is what the final result should look like. Please note that I only deleted the unnecessary entries to fit everything in a small window. You should not delete anything from the cfg file.

RivaTuner.cfg

If you did everything correctly, you should now be able to open the Hardware monitoring tab.

Monitoring

Click on the Setup button followed by the Plugins button and enable the CPU.dll and SysMem.dll plug-ins.
After that new items will appear, you can enable and disable any of them. Personally I do not monitor the CPU clock speeds, as I do not use C1E or any form of power saving. I only monitor the usage of individual cores, as well as system memory and pagefile.

If you click anywhere on the graph, a marker will be placed and will remain there as long as it stays withing the monitoring time limit. You can adjust the time limit by resizing the window and changing the data polling interval in the Setup tab.

I hope this guide is clear enough, and that you will find it useful. I hope I am not the only person who likes monitoring the system resources.
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