Announcing Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers Version 2016 R3

Announcing Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers (Intel® GPA) 2016 R3
September 15, 2016
 

Introduction

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 the Windows* OS and Ubuntu* platforms or Intel® Atom™ processor based devices and a very limited set of ARM* based devices running the Android*. 

Available now, Intel® GPA 2016 R3 offers these new key features:

What's New

Intel® GPA 2016 R3 offers the following new features:

New Features for Analyzing All Graphics APIs

Graphics Frame Analyzer: 

  • Enabled API log export into a text file.
  • Added Pixel Overdraw view for render targets.
  • Updated Metrics Viewer in accordance with the latest performance optimization guide.

New Features for Analyzing Microsoft DirectX* 12 Applications

All Tools: 

  • A fix for a crash in Graphics Frame Analyzer in case of profiling DirectX12 Unreal based game titles on 15.45.10.4542 graphics driver
  • Added support for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps.
  • Added support for Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Make sure to capture frames with Intel® GPA 2016 R3 as previously captured frames are not compatible with this version.
  • Added support for the 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 Processors.  

Graphics Frame Analyzer:

  • Implemented extended grouping in the Bar Chart. You can now group by Render targets, Pipeline States and Shader Sets.
  • Added Wireframe and Metrics map views into the Render Target viewer.
  • Added Command Queue debug region visualization into the API log.
  • Improved geometry support.
  • Implemented API call parameters visualization.
  • Added resource labels to the API log and Resource viewer.

New Features for Analyzing DirectX 9/10/11 Applications

Graphics Frame Analyzer:

  • Unified the opening mechanism for all frames. You can now open all frames using the Graphics Frame Analyzer, regardless of the DirectX* version. Intel(R) GPA automatically opens DirectX 9/10/11 frames in the legacy version of Graphics Frame Analyzer.
  • Fixed an issue with handling frame files with spaces in the name.

New Features for Analyzing OpenGL/OpenGL ES* Applications

Graphics Frame Analyzer:

  • Added support for glBegin/glEnd. 
  • Implemented visualization of assembly ARB shaders. Shaders are available on read-only mode.
  • Added support for GL_Texture_1D.
  • Added support for Multiple RT in highlighting and Simple FS experiments.

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

To find out more about the Intel® GPA, check out one or more of these 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 tools, 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. A great place to start if you are new to Graphics Performance Analyzers.
  • Online Help: Explore details on the product tools and metrics for various platforms.
  • Support Forum: Ask questions or report issues about the product, or let us know what other features would help make the tools more useful for your workflow.
  • Knowledge Base Articles: Explore a list of useful technical articles, including tips & tricks and workarounds to help you get the most out of the tools.
  • Intel® Processor Graphics: Get an overview of the latest Processor Graphics from Intel, including information about the architecture.

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