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Catzilla - Advanced version - tests and recommendations for gamers. Features: custom tests, recommendations, archiving and comparing historical results. These options are not available in FREE and BASIC versions. Tests are focused to check all computer components simultaneously (not only GPU).
Release Date: Feb 28, 2014
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About the Software

Catzilla - Advanced version - tests and recommendations for gamers.

Features: custom tests, recommendations, archiving and comparing historical results. These options are not available in FREE and BASIC versions. Tests are focused to check all computer components simultaneously (not only GPU). After the test, you will receive a certificate indicating your computer's performance in games and recommendations how to improve its performance. Catzilla shows what should be replaced and where to buy it at low cost to upgrade PC.

Key Features:


  • Recommendation system - recommendations for software and hardware.
    The program finds fundamental issues and proposes solution e.g. installing latest drivers, setting the appropriate amount of cache, increase free disk space, change color depth, resolution, changing GPU or CPU for a better one etc.

  • Checking games
    The minimum requirements of the game are compared with your computer components during the test, and in this way you'll get an answer, whether the game will run on your computer smoothly and with all the details. Games will be also certified just like computer components and computers, making it much easier to determine how fast computer is required to run them.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista
    • Processor: Intel Core2Duo or AMD Athlon II
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8x00 series or Radeon HD2000 series
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: not required
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 8, Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i5 CPU, AMD FX 6xxx
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce 8xxx series or Radeon HD 5xxx series
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: not required
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
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1 review
3.2 hrs on record
This works fine and IS THE ADVANCED Version. All you have to do is after running a benchmanrk go onto the results tab of catzilla and click the Submit Results Button. It will give you a code then before atcually submitting the results, copy that into a txt editor or run, then goto the catzilla website to http://www.catzilla.com/profil/userdetails after loging in and add the code you just wrote down to the "Invite or Steam Code" Box, Click update and Boom... Advanced version :D
Posted: March 17th, 2014
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
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I Do Not recommend this software. I bought it. Look at the Software Details (in the program's "About"). Does this tell you which version you are getting? Forgive me if i'm blind but i don't see it. Apparently I bought the free version thru Steam for $11.99...... Not sure, might've been the Basic version which is not much better & is $3.99 on their website... Should be the Advanced version which is priced at $14.99 on the program's website.. I'm sorry Steam.. But What gives? I will remove this post right away If iI got something wrong..

c0AX

EDIT: Well, I'm only recommending it because I was wrong about most of those comments but the program was & still is kind of hard to get to the state where it fully works as the Advanced version.

http://www.catzilla.com/catzilla-steam-profile

If you fully watch & follow that video, you will get to the Advanced version. One snag i hit was after entering the Invite code, it still didn't give me the Advanced or Connect Code until i logged out & back in to the web site. That's another thing, the vid shows an Advanced code, but I got a "Connect" code that worked...

I was a bit confused about why my 1440p test was still greyed out, but i finally read a little bit about 1440p & quickly realized it's cause my monitor won't support it. 1080p 22" Gateway LCD. Pretty sure i'm right about that..

I do like this program now & it's a good little way to check your machine farily quickly if you make some settings adjustments or overclocking, new hardware etc.

c0AX
Posted: March 10th, 2014
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
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4.1 hrs on record
It's working fine for me. Works the same as the non-Steam version. Just set a new laptop world record for the 1440p.

Catzilla 1440p - 10998 - Results Detail

Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/viG7SJ6.jpg
Posted: March 9th, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Catzilla is a good software for benchmarking.
I found really funny and original the idea of giving a feline for each result. Oh, and better not to talk of the benchmark itself.
A giant Catzilla that shoots LaZers from his Eyes sowing panic on a post-apocalyptic city! Where you can find something similar?

I've started using Catzilla on my hardware Reviews and passing from a benchmark to another, Catzilla manages to make me smile everytime.

Be advised guys, for activating the advanced edition you need to enter the Connection Code saved on your catzilla.com account!
Just follow the manual Here: http://www.catzilla.com/community/manual-how-to-download-and-launch-catzilla-allbenchmark

However, I found really useful the Recommendation page of catzilla that removed the useless Paging file on my SSD. Also, the Check Game page it's really good to give people the possibility to know if they can run a specific game and how bad/good their PC can run it.

What else to say? Catzilla is indeed one of the most interesting benchmark of this year, give it a try, you won't find anywhere else a giant cat that fires lasers from his eyes... trust me.
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Catzilla è un ottimo software per i benchmark.
Ho trovato davvero simpatica l'idea di affiancare un felino ad ogni punteggio, per non parlare poi del benchmark in se per se.

Un CatZilla che semina il panico in una città post-apocalittica... SUL SERIO, dove trovate qualcosa di simile?

Ho cominciato ad usare Catzilla Benchmark nelle mie recensioni e tra un benchmark ed un'altro riesce sempre a strapparmi un sorriso.

Per chiunque abbia acquistato la versione advanced da loro sito, basta solo seguire il manuale sul sito di catzilla ed attivare la propria versione advanced, non è così difficile come sembri...

Ottima la sezione di ottimizzazione del proprio PC e la possibilità di verificare se la propria configurazione riesce a reggere i giochi più moderni mediante un test personalizzato specificatamente per un gioco.

Che dire, CatZilla è sicuramente uno dei benchmark più interessanti dell'ultimo anno!
Acquisto consigliato, anche perché non troverete da nessuna parte un gigantesco gatto che spara laser dagli occhi...
Posted: March 31st, 2014
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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3.2 hrs on record
Catzilla is going to be the new standard of benchmarks, it provides accurate results which can be compared with other systems and it has really nice looking graphics test.

Before i start, here are some FAQ's about benchmarks:

1) What is a benchmark and why you use it?

A "benchmark" it's a kind of software that can be use to compare the performance between two or more computers, speaking in software terms. You can do a benchmark on everything that can be measured, computers performance or procesing power can be easily measured.

2) Benchmarks itself are useful?

They turn more and more useful when the number of results and people who uses it increases, if we have 10 or 20 results is not really useful to compare because most of the systems will use different hardware, but when the number is enormous like 3dmark results (we are talking about millions of results). Benchmarks are essential to know if your system is running well and has optimum performance.

3) Oh well.. why can't we use games instead?

Benchmarking with games is not accurate because they don't use "timedemos", when you run Catzilla on diverse systems every part of the benchmark lasts the same time and renders the same frames, the results are based on how many frames your computer renders PER SECOND.

4) So, Catzilla is not a game?

No and no, you can't fight Catzilla or control any caracter, this kind of software was not made to play with it.

5) Which are the main uses of a benchmark?

.Measure
.Compare
.Test stability when Overclocking

It is ESSENCIAL to know the capabilities of your computer's hardware, there are so many different graphics cards out there, you need to know which performs better, then you can evaluate its price/performance by your own.



Enough talking, lets see what Catzilla can do!

Catzilla consist on five different test:

*Main Test
*Fluid Test
*Physics Test
*Fur Test
*Raymarch Test

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Test Setup

*Processor: Intel Core i5 4670K@4.4ghz 1.16v
*Graphics card: Zotac GTX770 AMP! 2Gb stock (1267/7200mhz)
*Memory: G.Skill RipjawsX 2x4Gb 2133mhz CL9
*Motherboard: ASUS Maximus VI Hero
*Power supply: OCZ Fatal1ty 750W
*HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2Tb
*Case: Antec 902 V3
*Monitor: Samsung S23B350


Results (best out of 3 runs):

GTX770 Stock

576p = 25646
720p = 19618
1080p = 11597
1440p = 6586

GTX770 OC (1293/7200mhz)

576p = 26490
720p = 20499
1080p = 12158
1440p = 6969

As soon as you increase the resolution the overclocking performance gain became higher (more GPU bound)

You can compare your results with other pc gamers or enthusiast on pages like HWbot or any other overclocking forum!
Posted: April 4th, 2014
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704 of 747 people (94%) found this review helpful
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MAJOR UPDATE TO THIS REVIEW! CHANGING FROM NOT RECCOMENDED TO RECCOMENDED.
PLEASE READ THE NEW UPDATE FOR 23/03/2014.

UPDATE 23/03/2014:
Catzilla has apparently listened to the negative feedback and fixed pretty well everything I had an issue with.
They've :
- improved their description to show exactly what you're getting
- upgraded what you actually get for your $15
- changed their product base from a subscription service to one-time purchase
- updated the software to fix bugs

I can now say that I'm happy that I spent $15 on a piece of good benchmarking software.

Now you get pretty much everything you could ask for from this product for $15. A consistent overall benchmark that seems to allow a good comparison between machines. Some nice features like being able to save all test scores to disk for later use, or being able to upload all your test scores to an online profile where you can compare against other users on the leaderboards.

I will leave the old version of the review below, but please note that the old review no longer reflects anything of the new updated version.






EVERYTHING UNDER THIS LINE IS OLD AND NO LONGER APPLIES TO THIS PRODUCT.
I AM ONLY KEEPING IT HERE AS A BIT OF HISTORY TO MAKE OLDER COMMENTS MAKE SENSE.

I wish I had realized that this is basically the "free" version of Catzilla (mentioned nowhere in the description) that you can download from their website at no charge. In order to actually get any real features, you have to sign up for a damn subscription (again mentioned nowhere in the description).

UPDATE: I didn't notice before but as another reviewer pointed out, it does allow you to run all the tests (vs just up to 720p like the free version), but that's the only difference between this and the free version that I've been able to see so far.
Posted: March 1st, 2014
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