The future of popular overclocking utilityMSI Afterburner has been called into question after developer Unwinder claimed that the project has been abandoned. According to TechPowerUp, a Russian national who goes by the name of Unwinder suggests that he may need to stop development of Afterburner and switch to something else if he doesn't get paid for the rest of the year.

The software will continue to be developed, according to the statement. A person from the company tells PC Gamer that it will continue with the product. They said that the solution was being worked on and expected it to be resolved soon.

There were doubts raised after the author of the "MSI Afterburner project is probably dead" wrote on the forum. I tried to continue performing my obligations and worked on the project on my own during the last 11 months, but it resulted in nothing but disappointment.

Screenshot of Guru3D forum post.
Nicolaychuk’s statement on MSI Afterburner’s development.

One of the most popular programs used to increase the performance of graphics cards isMSI Afterburner. Despite its name,MSI Afterburner supports both Nvidia andAMD graphics cards from a variety of vendors beyond justMSI, making it a popular tool that you will often see recommended in overclocking guides like this one from Rock Paper Shotgun.

The cause of the apparent payments issue is war and politics, and the timing of the sanctions against the country is similar to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The product marketing and accounting team atMSI are dealing with this problem right now. The payment couldn't be transferred to the author's account due to the war. We are trying to find a solution to this. The Verge asked for comment from bothMSI andNicolaychuk, but neither responded.

If a solution can't be found, it's unclear how long Afterburner will be usable. The most recent stable version of the software was released in December of 2021. In our testing, it only adjusted clock speeds.

Although he indicated his desire to move on from Afterburner, he plans to continue working on the application that displays hardware performance while playing games. With EVGA exiting the graphics card business, it is not clear how long its overclocking software will be supported. If the two companies can't find a solution, another manufacturer should step in.