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ColdTears Electronics GOverlay LCD Display Review

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Posted November 29, 2013 by Kenny in Peripherals

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Price at time of Review: $31.99 on eBay
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

Intuitive design for Data statistics, Small Footprint,
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Multiple Applications Required to run Data Sensors
 
BOTTOM LINE:
If you are a statistics junkie and looking for data at a glance, ColdTears Electronics GOverlay will feed your needs.
by Kenny
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Package and Specification

First, let’s take a look at the package, while ColdTears Electronics didn’t put a lot of detail into the package, it did get the job done. We received this testing unit in a brown box with its USB cable separate from the LCD. It might have been nice to see ColdTears Electronics use a larger box to be able to house all of its contents in one location, that way if you plan to store this item away when not in use you won’t accidentally lose the cable, but that was only a minor gripe.

 

Once we got inside the box we found our LCD Display to be wrapped in bubble wrap for safe transport, as well as a piece of paper telling you where to start downloading the software that is required. While there isn’t much information included, the web link you are directed to goes over a great deal of information on how to get started. For those who do not have internet access it may be difficult to get started, but who doesn’t have internet nowadays?

One thing we can suggest is to get familiar with the site and read the information that is available so you don’t run into any problems during set up.

Let’s take a look at some Specifications and Features of the GOverlay LCD Display.

Specification: 

LCD Display and 3D Overlay with GOverlay

Gone are the days of ALT-TAB of viewing the amount of stress put upon your GPU or CPU from game playing. Too much stress lowers the FPS causing stutters or lag time.

GOverlay displays instant information using LCDSysInfo for GOverlay or using RTSS for 3d overlay right on top of your games so that all the information you have customized in the setup is within view in a well organized clean display window. Static text display, integrated information (temperatures, fps, etc), an external application, or even a custom text loaded from a remote location.

  • Overlay for OpenGL, DirectX8, DirectX9, DirectX10 and DirectX111
  • Easily customize the information to be displayed.
  • Live Status, no need to be in-game to customize the displayed output, change it and see the live result in GOverlay before playing!
  • Without installing external applications such as AIDA64 or OHM, GOverlay will display CPU and GPU temperatures, usages, time and date, frame rate, latency and current DirectX version running (may vary depending on your hardware)
  • Support for two common applications to load the information they provide right into GOverlay:
    • AIDA64 Support:: Load the AIDA64 information into GOverlay, shows battery display, network download/upload speeds, memory usage, swap utilization and much more.
    • Open Hardware Monitor: Load OHM (Free application) into GOverlay, this will display the temperatures, mhz, voltages and much more.
  • Support for remote information thru INI files: Load a INI file with the information you want into GOverlay, it will update regularly to display the latest information from your file.
  • Get notified by sound when your CPU or GPU temperatures or other data go over a specified value.
  • Log the highest value of the data you want, so in case your computer reboots while playing you can see how high the value was.
Hardware Features: 
  • LCD: 2.8inch TFT LCD, resolution 320×240, 262k colours
  • mini-B USB 1.1 compliant connection
  • Flash memory 2Mb(default)/8Mb for storing icons and images
  • PWM backlight control
  • Acrylic glossy black frame for holding the LCD
  • Protective frame to keep the PCB unexposed
  • Support Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 32&64 bit
  • Standard M3 mounting holes for fixing LCD to computer case
  • Dimension: 90mmx60mmx30mm (including frame) Tilt : 75degree
Now that we have covered some of the basics of the GOverlay, let’s move in and take a closer look at the unit itself.

 

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One Comment


  1.  
    z

    rivatuner statistics… but this is nice. bu riva is free, its on yuor screen though.





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