Samples Written

The Samples Written metric shows the number of fragments successfully rendered and written to the render buffer memory.


This metric does not include unlit fragments on edges.

The graphics driver 9.17.10 introduces a new notion of deferred clears. For the sake of optimization, the driver decides whether to defer the actual rendering of clear calls in case subsequent clear and draw calls make it unnecessary. As a result, when clear calls are deferred, the Graphics Frame Analyzer shows their GPU Duration and Samples Written as zero. If later it turns out that a clear call needs to be drawn, the work associated with that clear call gets included in the duration of the erg that was being drawn when this clear call was deferred, not necessarily a clear call. This means that in the Graphics Frame Analyzer metrics associated with a clear call accurately reflect the real work associated with that erg.

For more complete information about compiler optimizations, see our Optimization Notice.