Asus has released the third full iteration of its GPU tuning app, the inventively named GPU Tweak.
GPU Tuning III (opens in new tab) comes with a completely revamped user interface, new graphics card metrics, and additional language support for German, French, Turkish, Korean, and Simplified and Traditional Chinese. It is available for desktops and laptops with dedicated graphics cards.
The updated design is an aesthetic and intuitive improvement intended to update the look and feel and improve the user experience, making the tool easier to navigate. New tooltips make using GPU Tweak III more self-explanatory than before, while the on-screen overlay can now be customized to your liking.
The new version also gains access to additional operational information from Nvidia graphics cards, including Render Preset Latency and new framerate metrics. GPU Tweak III is obviously designed for Asus GPUs, but most functions will still work on non-Asus cards in case you choose to upgrade your GPU but want to keep Tweak as your software of choice.
Interestingly, the patch notes for Tweak III list that owners of Special Edition Evangelion-themed EVA GPUs from Asus (opens in new tab) you will enjoy a custom software theme based on the famous anime. The manufacturer is also currently running a hardware donation (opens in new tab) to celebrate the release of Tweak III, which is worth checking out.
Analysis: Do you need GPU monitoring software?
For hardware heads like me, the idea of having a PC (especially a turbo-charged gaming desktop) without system monitoring software is like garlic to a vampire. I love adjusting my components to squeeze every last drop of performance, and that goes double for the graphics card.
But the average PC gamer needs to tinker with tools like GPU Tweak III or MSI Afterburner? Overclocking the GPU can shorten the lifespan of your card, although using proprietary software to activate overclock presets is generally much safer.
You’re not likely to get a huge performance boost from overclocking the GPU, but it could mean a 10% framerate boost in games. This might not seem like much, but if your PC is struggling to hit 60fps, it might be worth it. Modern overclocking software also means no tinkering with the BIOS, which is a far more intimidating prospect than turning on an OC profile in GPU Tweak. Take a chance!