Accompanying the recent release of the RX 480 is Radeon’s newest overclocking tool aptly named “WattMan”. Despite the unusual name, WattMan aims to bring advance overclocking controls to amateur overclockers without being too overwhelming. According to Radeon, its new overclocking utility is made to encourage overclocking amongst PC gamers.
“The Radeon WattMan utility interface”
Interestingly, Radeon WattMan comes with an all-new interface that can be deemed as even more user-friendly compared to the dated AMD OverDrive software. That said, WattMan will retain the simple GPU and Memory control features as well as the Power Limit control from the OverDrive utility. Aside from that, the Radeon WattMan utility comes with new “exciting features” as well.
This include a Dynamic GPU Frequency Curve and Voltage Control Curves; Acoustic Limit and Advanced Temperature/Fan Control; a new histogram interface; and a crash recovery mechanism for… well, safety.
The feature that stands out amongst all this would be the Dynamic GPU Frequency Curve Control. Using this feature in the WattMan utility will allow users to have more control on the GPU clock, frequency and voltage of a particular Radeon graphics card “per state”; Polaris 10 comes with seven “controllable” GPU states.
Now for the not-so-fine print: According to Radeon, the WattMan utility will only work with its RX 400 series graphics cards. Say what man? That’s right, for the time being, graphics cards with Fiji GPUs or older will not be compatible with the Radeon WattMan overclocking utility. Regardless, more information regarding the WattMan utility can be found here.