Announcing Version 4.0 of Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers (Intel GPA)

Announcing Version 4.0 of Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers (Intel GPA)

Portrait de Neal P (Intel)

Version 4 of Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers (Intel GPA) is
now available for download.

Intel GPA is a suite of software tools that provides game developers
with platform-level performance analysis tools to help optimize
application performance. Version 4.0 adds significant new features to
the product, based upon recommendations from game developers such as
yourself.

If you're already a registered user, you can download Version 4.0 by browsing to the Intel Products Download Page. If this think link doesn't work or if you're a new user, download this latest version by browsing to the Intel GPA Home Page and selecting the "Download Now" button.

What's New

Version 4.0 of the Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers contains the following new features:

  • General
    • New workflows simplify analyzing games
    • Microsoft DirectX* 11 support allows more games to be analyzed and optimized with the product
    • Fully-configurable triggers to automatically capture frame or trace
      files (such as "capture all frames that are slower than 20 FPS)
    • Screenshot thumbnails provided for frame capture files, providing a visual queue for which frame to analyze
    • New "how to" help videos assist both new users and seasoned veterans to more quickly take advantage of the new release
  • Intel GPA System Analyzer Heads-Up Display (HUD)
    • The new HUD interface provides for an easier, more intuitive analysis when running on a single PC
    • Support for new GPU metrics when running on Intel HD Graphics
      2000/3000 hardware provides for an even more detailed analysis of your
      game's performance bottlenecks
  • Intel GPA Frame Analyzer
    • Multiple Render Target (MRT) view support for games that utilize this feature
    • Vendor-specific texture types now supported
    • Support for new GPU metrics when running on Intel HD Graphics
      2000/3000 hardware provides for an even more detailed analysis of your
      game's performance bottlenecks
  • Intel GPA Platform Analyzer (beta release)
    • The features of the Intel GPA System Analyzer Platform View
      (originally released with Intel GPA 3.0) have now been implemented as a
      stand-alone application
    • A new, optimized tracing API makes it easier to add instrumentation to your own games and graphics applications.

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To start using the new workflow and features, "take the tour" of Intel
GPA 4.0 by referring to the new Quick Start Guide that's installed with
the product (access it through the Windows Start Menu for the Intel GPA
product).

If you are upgrading from Version 3.0 to Version 4.0,
see an overview
of the GPA 4.0 features
for information on the changes included in
this release.

NOTES:

  • This release includes version 4.0 of the Intel
    Graphics Performance Analyzers (Intel GPA). We recommend that all
    existing users download and install this new version, as this update
    includes several new features, as well as performance and reliability
    improvements.
  • To use Intel GPA, download the latest graphics driver
    for Intel graphics chipsets from the graphics
    driver update page
    . A script on this page examines your system
    configuration, and will update the Intel Integrated Graphics drivers
    to the latest version. If the automatic graphics driver update process
    fails, manually download the graphics driver by browsing to the Intel Download Center, then
    search for your particular chipset and select the latest released driver
    for your operating system. When using non-Intel graphics devices, be
    sure to reference the vendor's site for the latest graphics drivers for
    that device.
  • Please review the Release Notes that are included
    with this product, as these notes contain important information for
    installing, configuring, and using this product, including information
    on known product issues and workarounds.
  • For all users of Version 4.0 of Intel GPA, we
    recommend that you view the Quick Start Guide for the product, which can
    be accessed from the Windows Start Menu for the product. Note that this
    version includes improved workflows compared to previous versions of the
    product, so users of Version 2.x and 3.x of the product should refer to
    this document.
  • Frame capture files from previous versions of Intel
    GPA are not compatible with this latest version, so you will need to
    regenerate your frame capture files using this version of Intel GPA.
  • For additional information on the Intel GPA product,
    visit the Intel GPA Home
    Page
    ; for product support, visit the Intel
    GPA Support Forum
    .

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Hello,

I forgot to mention that Version 4 now has some great videos showing how to use some of the key features of the new release. You can check these out by browsing to the Intel GPA Home Page, and looking on the right-had side of the page.

Also, please let us know of any feedback you might have on using the product; just start a new thread in this forum and I'll forward your comments to the marketing and development teams.

Thanks!

Neal (on behalf of the entire Intel GPA team)

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