Announcing Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers Version 2016 R4

Announcing Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers (Intel® GPA) 2016 R4
December 21, 2016


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 R4 offers these new key features:

What's New

Intel® GPA 2016 R4 offers the following new features:

New Features for Analyzing All Graphics APIs

Graphics Frame Analyzer: 

  • Bar Chart now supports grouping draw calls by regions (debug regions, shader usage, etc.) for Microsoft DirectX* 12 and OpenGL* APIs.

Trace Analyzer [Beta]: 

Trace Analyzer is a new timeline analysis tool supplemental to Platform Analyzer. At this moment, Trace Analyzer provides the same functionality as Platform Analyzer and adds support of platform analysis of desktop OpenGL* applications on Ubuntu* systems. For detailed information on Trace Analyzer, see the Platform Analysis topic in online help. Here is a summary of the supported features per target application type:

  • Microsoft DirectX* applications:
    • DirectX API calls
    • CPU and GPU queues and relations between CPU and GPU tasks
    • VSync
    • CPU and GPU frame boundaries
    • GPU and API metrics
    • ETW Events
    • Context switches
  • Android OpenGL ES* applications:
    • OpenGL ES API calls
    • Context switches
    • GPU and API metrics
    • atrace events
      • You can analyze Android* apps on both rooted and non-rooted systems.
      • x86, x64 and ARM*-based 32-bit systems are supported.
  • Ubuntu* OpenGL* applications:
    • OpenGL API calls
    • API metrics
    • Context switches
      • You cannot analyze traces on a remote system using Trace Analyzer.  

New Features for Analyzing Microsoft DirectX* 12 Applications

Graphics Frame Analyzer:

  • Resource viewer for ResourceBarrier calls
  • Resource usage history. 
  • Support for MSAA textures
  • Support for bundles 
  • Support for DirectX* 12.1
  • Arguments for DirectX* 12 API call visualization

New Features for Analyzing DirectX 9/10/11 Applications

Graphics Frame Analyzer:

  • Added support for VR games (tested on HTC Vive* and Oculus Rift*). 
  • Added support for high DPI Monitors.

New Features for Analyzing OpenGL/OpenGL ES* Applications

Graphics Frame Analyzer:

  • Enabled support for ARB shaders
  • Disabled pipeline view 
    Note: On Ubuntu* and OS X* host systems, Trace Analyzer is the only platform analysis tool installed by default. If you would like to analyze Android* OpenGL ES* applications with the Platform Analyzer, you need to install it separately. 
    For desktop OpenGL* applications, you can only use Trace Analyzer to capture and analyze trace files. 

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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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 (Intel)'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)

jack l.'s picture

where can i download the old version?

like 4.3

Neal Pierman (Intel)'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 (Intel)'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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