keywords: Graphics, RGP, NSight, RenderDoc, Snapdragon, AGI, PIX, Tracing, Profiling, Monitoring, Sighting, Capture, Android, MIUI, iOS, Mobile, Debug

How to check supported OpenGL ES version and Vulkan version on Android device

Download Device Info HW from Google Play, open it and switch to soc tab.

How to capture GPU frame for Android UE5 game in Snapdragon Profiler

1, Enable USB debug and GPU debug on Android device:

2, Build Android package using OpenGL ES in UE5 editor settings.

Although both Development and Shipping are available for profiling, however, in development mode, there’re lots of additional overhead which will seriously affect the accuracy of the test.

Profiling tools can’t capture GPU data for Vulkan backend games built without Vulkan validation layer (also named Debug Vulkan layer) libs

3, Startup Snapdragon Profiler and click Start a Session.

4, Connect device.

5, Switch Layout to OpenGL, if can’t see OpenGL option, maybe the GPU debugging has been disabled.

Even you turn GPU debugging on, device may turn GPU debugging off automatically for saving performance, so you need to enable it again manually.

6, Click Snapshot GPU Frame Capture.

7, Click Launch to open game.

search the package name.
After a while of stun, you game process appear in the list, then click Take Snapshot.

Finally, capture GPU frame successfully.

How to install Vulkan validation layer for Android device in UE5?

  • Check the NDK version you installed:
  • Download Vulkan validation layer on official site:Vulkan-ValidationLayers for Android.
    Then extract libs into directory: %NDKROOT%/sources/third_party/vulkan/src/build-android/jni/
  • Project Settings -> Platforms -> Android -> Debug Vulkan Layer Directory, locate to the directory that Vulkan validation layers lib installed.
  • Add validation layer name VK_LAYER_KHRONOS_validation in Debug Vulkan Device Layers:

Shipping mode is available for OpenGLES profiling, however, you must build Development package for Vulkan profiling since Vulkan validation layer has been excluded in Shipping mode.

How to check the dispatch count (calls)

RGP: Overview -> Frame summary -> Event Statistics -> Dispatch

RenderDoc: Window -> Statistics Viewer -> Dispatch calls

NSight: (in GPU Trace Profiler) Metrics -> Dispatch Started

Dispatch Started is the ratio of current dispatch count to the maximum dispatch count. See the Nsight profiling specifications.

How to debug D3D12 (run Debug Layer or GPU Validation) in RenderDoc for UE5 games

1, Build package in Development.

2, Disable TDR detection:

KeyPath   : HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDrivers
KeyValue  : TdrLevel
ValueType : REG_DWORD
ValueData : 0

Need to reboot device to take effect.

3, Append -d3ddebug in arguments to initialize a device with the debug layer enabled.

At this time, there will be a prompt in the top-left corner of the screen: Profiling with debug device ON!

-gpuvalidation or -d3d12gpuvalidation only enables GPU Validation, but does not enable Debug Layer, and gpuvalidation may cause games under AMD graphics cards to crash.


How to debug D3D12 (run Debug Layer or GPU Validation) in PIX for UE5 games

1, Build package in Development.

2, Disable TDR detection and reboot device.

3, Append -d3ddebug in arguments to initialize a device with the debug layer enabled.

4, Start Analysis (Ctrl + F5).


Testing and debugging TDR during driver development -
Graphics diagnostics tools -

PIX on Windows in UE5

Added support for attaching to PIX on startup. You can either pass parameter on the command line:


or add variable in ConsoleVariables.ini:


You will still need to manually hit “attach” inside PIX.


Enable RGP Frame Markers in UE5


; Uncomment to enable frame markers in D3D12 for the Radeon GPU Profiler (RGP)
; (Vulkan will auto-enable frame markers for RGP, but in D3D12, they have to be enabled manually for now.)
How to measure GPU performance from scratch (without benchmark)

Start a query, upload a large buffer, and when you get the query back you can measure the time delta.

Origin: Is there any way to get the count of TMU and ROP of GPU at run-time? - reddit

Hardware (GPU) Information

Check GPU API (OpenGL, D3D, Vulkan) extentions

C++ Library for pulling system and hardware information, without hitting the command line.

Home of the community driven hardware databases for Khronos APIs.

GPU Specs Database

Debugging & Profiling

Orbit & Dive: C/C++ Performance Profiler (both for CPU and GPU)

The RAD Debugger is a native, user-mode, multi-process, graphical debugger.

Dig the well before you are thirsty. -Chinese Proverbs