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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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Software

When it came to the software there was a lot to learn with the GOverlay LCD Display. First we had to make sure we got the drivers installed correctly, which was a trick on its own; however going to GOverlay’s site and using the download page here: http://www.goverlay.com/content/download/ we were able to find the information needed to get things going. Following the installation steps here will take you a long way.

One other note we would like to make before we continue here: while GOverlay has its own application for the LCD to function, there is other software (3rd party) that you will need to download and install as well for this LCD to fully function as intended. So before we move forward, let’s go over that just a little bit.

You will need to install the following software to take advantage of some of its features:

  • TeamSpeak: You can enable TeamSpeak in GOverlay so it will read the TeamSpeak information and display it in the Notification Box, you can also add a sensor that will show who is speaking on your current TeamSpeak channel.
  • Skype: You can enable Skype in GOverlay so it will be notified of new incoming messages and display a splash screen with the new message and/or show a status icon in the Notification Box.
  • Rivatuner Statistics Server: You can enable RTSS in GOverlay so it will be notified when a 3D Application is running and also read the DirectX version and Current FPS of the application. RTSS comes bundled with EVGA Precision and MSI Afterburner or can be downloaded as standalone from guru3d.com.
  • Open Hardware Monitor: You can keep OHM open and GOverlay will read their sensor information so you can use them in any of the GOverlay boxes or just put them in the screen wherever you want.
  • AIDA64: You can keep AIDA64 open with “External Applications” enabled and read their sensor information so you can use them in any of the GOverlay boxes or just put them in the screen wherever you want.
**software required is: Rivatuner Statistics Server, OpenHardwareMonitor and AIDA64

While most of these application can be found for free, it’s now a matter of you wanting to constantly have these application running in the background. This is something you the user will have to ponder on.

Once we got the drivers installed correctly, we went into the device manager and saw that the GOverlay LCD display was recognized in our system. We ran Windows 7 and didn’t run into any problems at all.

 

From the GOverlay software stand point there is a lot of information to be learned here, so while you are in this software take a minute to get familiar with the tabs and settings. One of the more important packages here is is the LCD SysInfo. Here you will find tabs that will allow you to create your own sensor reading layout on the LCD. In the SysInfo Tab for both Windows and gaming you will find a customized layout. Here you can add and remove information you want displayed on your LCD. Remember, the software is designed to read sensor points from the 3rd party software we mentioned, so if there is no data readout from your hardware to the the 3rd party software this can limit your data readouts and customization.

Here are the sections we encounter in the GOverlay Software.

Output – Here you can make adjustment to how you want your information to be sent to the display. You can also check the status of the required apps that are needed for the GOverlay to give proper readouts. Items that are highlighted in red mean it’s not running, while green means that it’s running and obtaining data.

 Sensors – CPU Gauge BOX: It lets you use up to four sensors, one being a Gauge BAR display: you can select a sensor and then provide the minimum and maximum values.

GPU Gauge BOX: It provides the same features as the CPU Box

HDD Activity BOX: It can use up to two sensors, one for when the hard disk is reading, and another for when the hard disk is writing. It will show a HDD icon when any of the activities passes the set threshold in the options and then show an R (Read) or a W (Write) when it passes their thresholds.

NET Box: It can use up to two sensors and show their information with up to three digits. You can use your network sensor from AIDA64 to display your network card activity, or if you want to go further you can even load this information from a INI file in case your connection is handled by another computer using ICS/NAT.

Latency BOX: This will show the latency of the selected server.

Time BOX: this will show the current time with seconds and a nice icon next to it.

Bar Graph BOX: You can select a sensor and create a bar graph providing the 100% maximum value. You can select the border color of the graph, the fill color and the background color as well. The width and height can be set as desired and the bar graph can be horizontal or vertical. You can also enable showing the value inside the bar.

Plot Graph BOX: You can select a sensor and create a plot graph of the value of the sensor overtime. You can select the border color, the background color and the line color. The width and height can be set as desired. You can also enable display of the current value of the sensor.

Notification BOX: This Box can be put anywhere on the screen. It will create a phone-style notification bar that will show the status of several activities on your computer. Among the basic features, it will also display icons when:

  • Teamspeak is Open
  • Teamspeak microphone is muted (Optional)
  • Teamspeak microphone is transmitting (Optional)
  • Mumble is Open
  • Skype is Open
  • Skype message is received and unread (Optional)
  • Hard Disk activity (Optional)
  • Hour with/without seconds (Optional)

You also have plug ins that are available:

Plugins: As of GOverlay 1.3.7 it will support plugins that can interact with GOverlay as new elements to be added to the screen, meaning that you can create new elements to retrieve the information you want from other applications or create a totally custom draw on the screen.

The plugins allow you to draw on the screen the following:
– You can draw regular text with the available colors
– You can draw square fonts
– You can draw numeric-fonts
– You can draw images uploaded on the device
– You can draw rectangles and filled rectangles
– You can draw lines

 SysInfo – Here you can customize your screen settings and layout. There are pre-designed boxes to make for easy selection. Here you can choose from all the sensor reading layouts and make adjustments to which sensors you want to read. It took us a few minutes to get used to the sensors and figure out exactly what we wanted; we recommend that you do the same since your systems motherboard and graphics card may react differently.

Help Section –  This section will go over some FAQ and also trouble shooting if you run into any. There is a great support section here to answer most questions.

Let’s take a look at the software for a min and click through all the tabs.

Output Tab Main

Output Home

Output Status

Output 3D Overlay

Output LCD SysInfo

Output LCD SysInfo Settings

Output SysInfo Gaming

Output Gaming Sensors

Output SysInfo Windows

Output SysInfo TeamSpeak

Output SysInfo Skype

Output SysInfo Upload Files

Sensors

Sensors 1

Sensors 2

Configuration

Configuration Options

Configuration Plug-ins

Help

Help About

Help What’s New

Help Support

The software is just one part of the set-up. Let’s take a look at the testing of the actual LCD and the layout of the information we choose.

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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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