Hardware Configuration Single GPU System Dual GPU System Two systems, each with GPU Optimus Equipped
Notebook
Microsoft Hybrid Equipped
Notebook[1]
CUDA Debugger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CUDA Dynamic Parallelism Debugger   Yes Yes    
Graphics Frame Debugger
Direct3D and OpenGL 4.2 - 4.5[2], and Vulkan
Yes Yes Yes   Yes
Graphics & Compute Shader Debugger
Direct3D and OpenGL 4.2 - 4.5[2][3][4]
Yes Yes Yes   Yes
Graphics Shader Debugger[2]
OpenGL 4.1 and lower
    Yes    
Graphics Analysis Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CUDA Analysis Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
[1] Ensure the laptop is set up for Microsoft Hybrid mode.
[2] Shader debugging is supported on Kepler family GPUs for Direct3D 11 and OpenGL.
[3] Many OpenGL extensions are supported. [4] Compute Shader Debugger does not support OpenGL
Supported Tesla GPUs Tesla K-Series, M-Series, P-Series[5], and V-Series[6], or better
Dell XPS 15
Optimus Equipped
Notebook and
others
Microsoft Hybrid
Equipped
Notebook
Supported Quadro GPUs Quadro K-Series, M-Series, and P-Series[5], or better
Supported GeForce GPUs GTX 600 series or better, including GTX 10-series[5] and TITAN V[6]
See here for a complete list of officially supported hardware
Note: Fermi family GPUs, and older families, are no longer supported with Nsight™ Visual Studio Edition 5.2 or better.
[5] NVIDIA® Nsight™ Visual Studio Edition 5.3 and later supports GP100 debugging, but not profiling. Please use the CUDA Visual Profiler from the CUDA toolkit for profiling on GP100 based devices.
[6] NVIDIA® Nsight™ Visual Studio Edition 5.5's Next-Gen CUDA debugger supports TCC mode debugging on Pascal and Volta GPUs. Next-Gen will support WDDM mode in an upcoming release. The Legacy debugger supports Pascal (WDDM mode only) and earlier GPUs (TCC and WDDM). Please see the CUDA Debugger compatibility chart on the Supported GPUs page.
Operating System Requirements
  • Windows 7, Windows HPC Server 2008, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10
  • 64-bit

Note: 32-bit operating systems are no longer supported with Nsight™ Visual Studio Edition 5.0 or better.

Framework/SDK Requirements

.NET framework 4.0

Visual Studio Requirements[7] One of more of
  • Visual Studio 2017 Community Edition, Professional Edition, Enterprise Edition[8]
  • Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition, Professional Edition or better
  • Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition, Professional Edition or better
  • Visual Studio 2012 Professional Edition or better

[7] VS2010 is not supported by Nsight™ Visual Studio Edition 5.6 and later.
[8] If multiple instances of VS2017 are installed and Nsight is configured to install on VS2017, Nsight will be registered with all instances of VS2017.

Display Driver Requirements

Please see the display drivers recommended at the time of each of the Nsight Visual Studio Edition releases in the GameWorks Download Center.

Minimum Hardware Requirements
  • CPU: Intel® Pentium ® Dual-core CPU or equivalent @ 1.6 GHz minimum
  • Memory: Host machine: 2 GB; Target machine: 2 GB
  • Hard Disk Space: 240 MB for 32-bit machine; and 330 MB for 64-bit machine.
  • For remote debugging: TCP/IP network to connect host machine to target machine
Recommended Hardware
Requirements
  • CPU: Intel® Pentium ® Dual-core CPU or equivalent @ 2.2 GHz or higher
  • Memory: Host machine: 2 GB; Target machine: 4 GB or more
  • Hard Disk Space: 240+ MB for 32-bit machine; and 330+ MB for 64-bit machine.
  • For remote debugging: TCP/IP network to connect host machine to target machine

NVIDIA® Nsight™ Visual Studio Edition supports 5 flexible hardware configurations:

  • Single GPU System: For developers working on API level frame & shader debugging, profiling and GPGPU developer debugging with the Nsight™ Visual Studio Edition CUDA Debugger.
  • Dual GPU System: The recommended single machine configuration for a GPGPU developer. This configuration supports both the Nsight™ Visual Studio Edition CUDA Debugger and Analyzer.
  • Two systems, each with one GPU: The recommended configuration for graphics developers who need the additional power of the Direct3D Shader Debugger, or developers doing both GPGPU and graphics tasks. Supports every GPGPU and graphics debugging, profiling and analysis feature of Nsight™ Visual Studio Edition.
  • Notebook equipped with NVIDIA Optimus technology: This configuration supports both the Nsight™ Visual Studio Edition CUDA Debugger and Analyzer.
  • Windows 10 (or later) notebook configured for Microsoft Hybrid mode: This is the recommended single notebook machine configuration for a GPGPU developer. This configuration supports both the Nsight™ Visual Studio Edition CUDA and Graphics Debugger and Analyzer.


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