Compiler Switches for Performance Analysis on Windows* Targets

Intel® VTune™ Amplifier can analyze most native binaries on Windows* target systems. However, the settings below are recommended to make the performance analysis more productive and easier:

Use This Switch

To Do This

/Zi (highly recommended)

Enable generating the symbol information required to associate addresses with source lines and to properly walk the call stack in user-mode sampling and tracing analysis types (Hotspots and Threading).

Release build (highly recommended)

Enable maximum compiler optimization to focus the VTune Amplifier on real performance problems that cannot be optimized with the compiler.


(Intel C++ Compiler)

Enable the VTune Amplifier to identify inline functions and, according to the selected Inline mode, associate the symbols for an inline function with the inline function itself or its caller.

/MD or /MDd

Enable identifying the C runtime calls as system functions and differentiating them from the user code when a proper Call stack mode is applied to the VTune Amplifier collection result.


Enable full support of Intel Threading Building Blocks (Intel TBB) for the VTune Amplifier.

Without TBB_USE_THREADING_TOOLS set, the VTune Amplifier will not properly identify concurrency issues related to using Intel TBB constructs.

/Qopenmp (highly recommended)

(Intel C++ Compiler)

Enable the VTune Amplifier to identify parallel regions due to OpenMP* pragmas.


(Intel C++ Compiler)

Enable the Intel Compiler to choose the dynamic version of the OpenMP runtime libraries which has been instrumented for the VTune Amplifier. Usually, this option is enabled for the Intel Compiler by default.


(Intel C++ Compiler)

Enable/disable source location emission when OpenMP or auto-parallelism code is generated. 2 is the level of source location emission that tells the compiler to emit path, file, routine name, and line information.

The following compiler settings are NOT recommended:

Do Not Use This Switch

Because Of This


Enables the Intel® Parallel Debugger Extension for the Intel Compiler, which is not used for the VTune Amplifier.


Chooses the static version of the OpenMP runtime libraries for the Intel Compiler. This version of the OpenMP runtime library does not contain the instrumentation data required for the VTune Amplifier analysis.


Prevents OpenMP code from being parallel.

Explore the list of libraries recommended or not recommended for the user-mode sampling and tracing analysis types:



Not Recommended

OpenMP Runtime (supplied by the Intel Compiler)

libiomp5md.dll or libguide40.dll

libiomp5mt.lib, libguide.lib, vcomp80.dll/vcomp90.dll, or vcomp80d.dll/vcomp90d.dll

C Runtime

msvcr90.dll, msvcr80.dll , msvcr90d.dll, or msvcr80d.dll


Optimization Notice

Intel's compilers may or may not optimize to the same degree for non-Intel microprocessors for optimizations that are not unique to Intel microprocessors. These optimizations include SSE2, SSE3, and SSSE3 instruction sets and other optimizations. Intel does not guarantee the availability, functionality, or effectiveness of any optimization on microprocessors not manufactured by Intel. Microprocessor-dependent optimizations in this product are intended for use with Intel microprocessors. Certain optimizations not specific to Intel microarchitecture are reserved for Intel microprocessors. Please refer to the applicable product User and Reference Guides for more information regarding the specific instruction sets covered by this notice.

Notice revision #20110804

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