Creating an Intel® Graphics Checker Data Capture
You can use the Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers (Intel® GPA) tool suite to create Intel® Graphics Checker data capture files for further analysis with the Intel® Graphics Checker software assessment tool.
The Intel Graphic Checker generates a Tool Report File that you can upload to the Intel® Software Partner Program website for access to a customized Software Assessment Report, plus several development and marketing resources designed to increase the visibility of your gaming title.
The Intel Graphics Checker data capture collection is supported only for Microsoft DirectX* applications, and only on newer Intel processor graphics. For a complete list of supported graphics devices and configurations, refer to the “Requirements” section of the Intel® Graphics Checker User’s Guide.
To create an Intel Graphics Checker data capture file in a game:
Run the Intel® GPA Monitor.
Launch the graphics application as described in Launching an Application.
Use the keyboard-shortcut combination to capture approximately 600 frames of data. By default, the Intel Graphics Checker data capture keyboard-shortcut combination is Ctrl+Shift+B.
For information on how to assign a different capture keyboard shortcut, refer to Customizing the Keyboard Shortcut Assignments.
You can save multiple Intel Graphics Checker data capture files throughout your game development and optimization cycles to help determine the impact of code changes on game performance.
When you create an Intel Graphics Checker data capture file, the Intel® GPA System Analyzer HUD displays the progress bar and, upon completion of the capture operation, a message with the name of the Intel Graphics Checker data capture file or possible errors:
Do not resize the target application window or switch between this window and other ones while the Intel Graphics Checker data capture files is being captured. It will immediately result in the interruption of the Intel Graphics Checker data capture operation.
All Intel GPA System Analyzer HUD keyboard shortcuts are disabled during the Intel Graphics Checker data capture operation, with the exception of the Intel Graphics Checker data capture keyboard shortcut.
Pressing the Intel Graphics Checker data capture keyboard shortcut before the capture has completed cancels the operation in progress. The data capture file is not created.
During a data capture operation, the Intel GPA System Analyzer HUD ignores all currently active profile settings and instead uses the Intel Graphics Checker-specific settings. Once the data capture operation is over, currently active profile settings are restored.
All created Intel Graphics Checker data capture files are saved with the
.gpa_sat extension and reside in the user’s default home directory:
C:Users%USERNAME%DocumentsGPA_2012_R1. – the path under Microsoft Windows Vista* OS and Microsoft Windows* 7 OS
Launching an Application
Customizing the Keyboard Shortcut Assignments
Analyzing the Intel® Graphics Checker Data Capture