NVIDIA Nsight 4 released. Finally adds Visual Studio 2013 support.


Last week I published a resource round-up for OpenGL HLSL shader programming and one of the tools I mentioned was nVidia NSight.  One of the major downsides at the time was a lack of Visual Studio 2013 support, while the Eclipse version was Linux and Mac OS only.  With todays release of NSight 4 this has been rectified.

Visual Studio 2013 support isn’t the only new feature, the new release adds:


New NVIDIA® Nsight™ Visual Studio Edition 4.0 Features:
  • Support for the new Maxwell architecture (for example, found in the GeForce GTX 750 Ti and 750).
  • Added support for new GPUs, such as the GeForce GT 720M, GeForce GT 730M, GeForce GT 735M, and GeForce 740M.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 is now supported.
  • Visual Studio macros are now supported, so values such as $(TargetPath), $(ProjectDir), and $(LocalDebuggerCommandArguments) are able to be added on the NVIDIA Nsight properties page.


Graphics Debugging and Profiling
  • The Nsight Frame Debugger, when running DirectX™ applications, has been redesigned to use flexible, dockable tool windows.
  • Dynamic shader editing is now available for GLSL shaders.
  • Debugging of release compiled HLSL shaders at the byte code level.
  • Pixel history supported for release compiled shaders.
  • Frame Profiler results can be exported to an Excel/CSV file.
  • Support for FP16 vertices in the Geometry viewer.
  • Visual Studio can now visualize the Render Target/Back Buffer/Frame Buffer.


Compute Debugging and Profiling
  • Support for the CUDA 6.0 Toolkit.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 is now supported.Note: In order to build CUDA applications, your project settings will need to be set up for the Visual Studio 2012 or prior toolset.
  • Several bug fixes.


If you’ve never heard of NSight, in their own words it is:

NVIDIA® Nsight™ Development Platform, Visual Studio Edition brings GPU Computing into Microsoft Visual Studio. Build, Debug, Profile and Trace heterogeneous compute and graphics applications using CUDA C/C++, OpenCL, DirectCompute, Direct3D, and OpenGL.


It’s is a free download and can be downloaded here.  Be sure you are running a very current display driver and obviously nVidia hardware.

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