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Don’t forget – you can find advice on developing with AMD hardware, HPC, ML, ray tracing, Vulkan®, DirectX®, Unreal Engine, and lots more over in our technical blogs

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Radeon™ Developer Tool Suite

Our highly-acclaimed developer tool suite should be your first port of call when analyzing and optimizing your game or graphics application. Our tools engineers frequently write detailed blog posts to accompany major updates, making sure you’re able to take full advantage of the new features.

The Radeon Developer Tool Suite comprises of:
Radeon GPU ProfilerRadeon Raytracing AnalyzerRadeon Memory VisualizerRadeon GPU Analyzer, and Radeon™ Developer Panel.

Radeon GPU Profiler (RGP)

The Radeon GPU Profiler is a ground-breaking low-level optimization tool that provides detailed information on Radeon™ GPUs.

Radeon GPU Analyzer

The Radeon GPU Analyzer is an offline compiler and performance analysis tool for DirectX®, Vulkan®, SPIR-V™, OpenGL®, and OpenCL™.

Radeon Memory Visualizer

The Radeon Memory Visualizer allows you to gain a deep understanding of how your application uses memory for graphics resources. 

Radeon Raytracing Analyzer

Our brand new Radeon Raytracing Analyzer allows you to investigate the performance of your raytracing applications and highlight potential bottlenecks.

Other tools on GPUOpen


Compressonator is one of our oldest and widely-used tools/SDKs. It is a set of tools which allow artists and developers to more easily work with compressed assets and easily visualize the quality impact of various compression technologies.  

It consists of a GUI application, a command line application, and an SDK for easy integration into a developer toolchain.

RenderDoc 1.8 has Compressonator support

When associated with DDS files, RenderDoc generates thumbnails for DDS formats and displays them in Windows Explorer. Compressonator Core provides functions for compressing and decompressing DDS files.

Announcing Compressonator 3.2

The latest version of Compressonator is now available, featuring new BCn codec kernels, framework interfaces, cube maps, and more.


We have many, many SDKs on GPUOpen, as you’d probably expect! While you’ll find blogs on some of them grouped elsewhere on this page, here’s some of the more recent ones.

Render Pipeline Shaders

We’ve recently developed a new framework for graphics engines to use Render Graphs with explicit APIs (e.g. DirectX12 or Vulkan), with a generally optimal resource barrier and memory aliasing scheduler. The compiler-like architecture of Render Pipeline Shaders (RPS) is designed to be both controllable and extensible.

RPS SDK Tutorial

This tutorial demonstrates key RPS SDK API usage, provides an informal introduction to RPSL, and explains how the RPS Render Graph is built.


AMD FidelityFX SDK

The AMD FidelityFX SDK is a collection of heavily optimized, open source technologies (shader and runtime code) that can be used by developers to improve their DirectX®12 or Vulkan® applications.

We’re excited to provide full documentation for ALL our AMD FidelityFX SDK technologies here on GPUOpen!

We’ve also written some excellent guides, published here on GPUOpen, on how to use some of our effects, and we’ve there’s some guest blogs too! 


Radeon ProRender and HIP

Our engineers who work on Radeon ProRender and related areas regularly keep you updated on their latest developments.

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AMD GPUOpen Technical blogs

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AMD GPUOpen Samples

Browse all our useful samples. Perfect for when you’re needing to get started, want to integrate one of our libraries, and much more.

AMD GPUOpen videos

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AMD GPUOpen Performance Guides

The home of great performance and optimization advice for AMD RDNA™ 2 GPUs, AMD Ryzen™ CPUs, and so much more.

AMD GPUOpen publications

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