Announcing Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers Version 2017 R3


Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers (Intel® GPA) are powerful, agile developer tools for analyzing and optimizing games, media, and other graphics-intensive applications. The tools support applications intended for Windows*, macOS*, and Ubuntu* platforms or Intel® Atom™ processor based devices and a very limited set of ARM* based devices running Android*. 

Available now, Intel® GPA 2017 R3 offers these new key features:

What's New

Intel® GPA 2017 R3 offers the following new features:

New Features for Analyzing All Graphics APIs

Trace Analyzer 

  • Trace analyzer is now the only timeline tool in the Graphics Performance Analyzers suite. Platform Analyzer was removed from the product.
  • Many stability fixes were made to the tool.

GPU Metrics

  • Accuracy of time-based GPU metrics in System Analyzer was significantly improved.
  • A more accurate MDAPI-based "AVG GPU core frequency" metric replaced "GPU Frequency.”
  • GPU Busy metric calculation in System Analyzer and HUD was fixed.

Graphics Frame Analyzer

  • ​User interface was redesigned
    • Bar Chart, API log, and Metrics panes are now resizable
    • Bar chart now shows Debug and Render target regions
    • Metric groups can be collapsed and expanded
    • Ability to sort captured frames by time is now supported
  • API Call IDs were changed, IDs are assigned only to GPU-intensive calls like in Frame Analyzer (DirectX 9, 10, 11).

New Features for Analyzing Microsoft DirectX* Applications

All Tools

  • Support for Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) titles was added for "simulation mode" in the WMR portal.

Graphics Frame Analyzer for DirectX* 12 Frames

  • Visual experiments (Highlight and Hide) are now only applied to selected Render Targets.
  • Post-Transformation geometry was implemented in two modes: transformed mesh and screen-space view.

Graphics Frame Analyzer for DirectX* 11 Frames

  • Highlighting and Simple Pixel Shader experiments was added for multiple Render Targets.

Trace Analyzer

  • Windows 7 Event Tracing Windows (ETW) events are enabled.
  • Initial DX12 multi-adapter support has been implemented.
  • Data synchronization between ETW and ITT (Instrumentation and Tracing Technology) tasks was improved.
  • Oculus* and HTC Vive* VR compositor ETW events were added.

New Features for Analyzing macOS Metal* Applications

The first version of a new tool called Multi-Frame Analyzer, which is targeted at profiling macOS Metal applications, was released. Analyze frames during the runtime of your application or during the replay of a recorded game stream. The major features are:

  • Capture a Multi-Frame file for offline analysis.
  • Pause workflows during live and offline analysis.
  • Metal 1.0 and 2.0 APIs are supported.
  • Visualization of Metrics and Pipeline Statistics that helps identify hotspots within the GPU.
  • View a Draw Call histogram and hierarchical API log that helps identify optimization opportunities.
  • Resource Viewer that shows Textures, Buffers, States, and Shaders
  • Performance experiments such as disabling events
  • Fast scrub mode (draw only to last selected)
  • Command line interface

Documentation Updates

  • Documented all newly added product features.

The product also adds other minor enhancements and stability improvements. You can download and install this latest version of the product from the Intel® GPA Web Site.

Next Steps

For detailed information and assistance in using the product, refer to the following online resources:

  • Release Notes - explore recent updates, detailed product requirements, installation information, legal information, and version-specific technical issues and workarounds for the tools.
  • Home Page - view detailed information about the tool, including links to training and support resources, as well as videos on the product to help you get started quickly.
  • Getting Started - get the main features overview and learn how to start using the tools on different host systems.
  • Training and Documentation - learn at your level with Getting Started guides, videos and tutorials.
  • Online Help for Windows* Host - get details on how to analyze Windows* and Android* applications from a Windows* system.
  • Online Help for macOS* Host - get details on how to analyze Android* or macOS* applications from an macOS* system.
  • Online Help for Ubuntu* Host - get details on how to analyze Android* or Ubuntu* applications from an Ubuntu* system.
  • Support Forum - report issues and get help with using Intel® GPA.

* Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.
** Disclaimer: Intel disclaims all liability regarding rooting of devices. Users should consult the applicable laws and regulations and proceed with caution. Rooting may or may not void any warranty applicable to your devices.

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Pablo S.'s picture

when trying to install i get an error message about a missing dll but i cant find what dll that is

Neal Pierman's picture


For those who are interested in getting more information about using the new version of Intel GPA Platform Analyzer, please see this article.



ps-> ... and thanks for your comments, as these pointed out a hole in our documentation -- we neglected to provide you with sufficient information on how to transition from the old version to the new product release (which the above-mentioned article provides)

Neal Pierman's picture

Hello Jack,

Intel GPA 4.3 is no longer available or supported -- only the latest version of Intel GPA is available for download -- get the latest version from the Intel INDE site or the Intel GPA Home Page.



jack l.'s picture

where can i download the old version?

like 4.3

Neal Pierman's picture

Hello Joshua G.,

Thanks for your feedback on Intel GPA Platform Analyzer -- I've forwarded your comments to the product owner for the tool.



Joshua G.'s picture

This new Platform analyser doesn't seem to have the same functionality the original did?
i.e. There are no task statistics available anymore? Which was really what platform analyser was good at before.

When can we expect this functionality back?

Neal Pierman's picture


For "The Game Creators":

I'm a little confused as to exactly what issues you are seeing. The Intel GPA 2013 R4 installer should remove the 2013 R3 version before installing 2013 R4 -- if it doesn't happen, please let us know so that we can fix this. So if this is a problem, please right-click on the Intel GPA Monitor in the notification area, and copy the "About..." info here.

However, one other suggestion -- note that you always have the option of removing Intel GPA 2013 R3 from the Windows Control Panel ("Programs and Features"). Again, if this doesn't work please provide more details.




Lee Bamber's picture

Cannot install R4 as R3 must be uninstalled first. I have deleted my original R3 MSI, and R3 is no longer available for download so cannot get another MSI of R3. No way to get the latest GPA on my PC without a complete re-format or a clumsy registry clean. Whoever thought making the uninstaller dependent on the original installer must have plenty of hard drive space ;)

sangeet s.'s picture

it's really good tools for me or us...................................................

thanks for this tools
#DPL13 #IntelAndroid #IntelDZ

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