User Guide

  • 2020.3
  • 07/10/2020
  • Public Content

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Triggers enable you to capture a frame or a trace automatically when a certain condition is satisfied. The conditions are specified in the form of custom logical expressions.
For example, you can configure the Graphics Monitor to capture a system trace when the
Frame Time
is high and either of the
EU Stall
or the
Sampler Cache Misses
values is high, which is a combination that can be observed when occasional stutters occur within a game. Such triggers can be useful for solving sporadic performance issues that are difficult to isolate manually.
Follow these steps to set up a trigger:
  1. In the Graphics Monitor
    screen, click the
  2. Open the
    tab and click the
    toggle to enable a trigger.
  3. Select the desired action from the
    drop-down. You can choose between
    Frame Capture
    Trace Capture
  4. In the
    box, specify your condition for the trigger. Conditions are true/false expressions that contain metrics, numbers, logical operators, and simple functions. To create an expression:
    1. Type "" (double quotes) to get a drop-down list of available metrics and choose a metric.
    2. Treat the metrics as operands in a Boolean expression and use the available operators and functions to create a custom logical expression. Available operators and functions:
      +, -, *, /
      Basic arithmetic operations
      Logical AND
      Logical OR
      Logical NOT
      >, <
      Greater than, Less than
      >=, <=
      Greater or equal, Less or equal
      NOT Equal
      value1, value2
      Returns the largest of two values
      value1, value2)
      Returns the lowest of two values
  • The max() and min() functions can be nested and support metric values as parameters.
  • Graphics Monitor checks the expression correctness dynamically and displays an error or warning icon in the
    box if an issue is detected.
  1. Select the action to perform after the trigger execution from the
    Post Action
    drop-down menu. Available options are:
    1. Nothing: no action is performed.
  2. Specify the retrigger delay. The retrigger delay is the amount of time since the last trigger activation during which the trigger is ignored. This option can be used to prevent multiple subsequent trigger activations and to avoid capturing multiple duplicate frames or traces. The delay also provides time to write the capture files to disk.
  3. (Optional) Add another trigger by clicking the
    Add new trigger
    button to have multiple triggers working simultaneously.
This option is only available for Microsoft DirectX* and Vulkan* APIs.

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