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).
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Release Date: Feb 28, 2014
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September 25

Catzilla 1.3 is available

What's new?

- correct detection of the latest graphics cards and processors (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745, NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Z, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870 and 880)
- added support of AMD Carrizo
- added caching of GPU I2C devices to speed-up the scan process
- added support of more NVIDIA GM107 and GM108 models
- fixed support of AMD Oland/Mars/Sun/Jet GPUs
- fixed support of DDR4 SDRAM
- fixed reporting of DDR3 memory timings for some modules
- more games for "Check Game" option

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About This 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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154 of 171 people (90%) found this review helpful
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
I've built rigs for the 25 years since I was 12. They're usually very high end rigs, where phenomenal performance and reliability are vital.

My tool-set changes and expands with the landscape. On Windows, some of my favorite utilities remain the following, offered for informative purposes:

+ SpeedFan
+ CPU-Z
+ GPU-Z
+ memtest
+ RealTemp
+ OCCT

These are robust and free. They focus on hardware monitoring, testing, benchmarking, and burn-in. I prefer pegging-out my CPU, RAM, GPU, and PSU for at least 24h before any overclocking or tweaking. Once I'm happy with a configuration, I then burn-in for as many days as patience allows. If something's going to die, I want to know while I can easily RMA it.

Modern GPU manufacturers also distribute good utilities with their hardware.

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Utilities like Catzilla and 3DMARK (an established alternative I'll discuss alongside Catzilla) provide benchmarks geared toward replicating possible realistic gaming usage rather than stressing and killing your system.

Catzilla performs a similar set of complex graphical scene tests as others in this field and provides you an overall score with a breakdown of test elements at the end and an option to submit to an online database for comparison to the wider testing population.

It also seems to use the same score calculations. The numbers come in similar to tests on other suites and at the same "better than 90%" placement that other suites give this 2.5yr old system.

Core functionality, therefore, seems on-par with competitors.

It is everything wrapped around that core which erodes my interest.

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Launching Catzilla hung my system and reduced the GUI to low-memory mode for the two minute load time. Competing products launch instantly.

Once launched, the first thing I noticed was that they used resolution terminology that put me off, because it comes across as inexperienced. They provide only the vertical number, followed by a "p".

It may seem pedantic, but when referencing display resolutions in the world of PCs, you provide both horizontal and vertical measurement (1920x1200). We do this, because there are many aspect ratios (5:4, 4:3, 16:9, 16:10, 21:9). Providing a single number omits vital info that can impact calculations like estimated performance or configuration.

You can't assume 1080 vertical means anything, because horizontal could be 1920 at 16:9, but 2560 at 21:9. You can't assume 2560 horizontal means anything, because at 16:9 vertical would be 1440, but 1600 at 16:10.

This terminology is acceptable for TVs, because they're standardized at 16:9. While prevalence of 16:9 TVs made it common with computers (manufacturers would rather produce one ratio than reconfigure plants for multiple), you can't count in this being the case.

We also don't add p to the resolution. It stands for progressive scan (as opposed to interlaced), which every monitor inherently is, so there's no point going out of our way to redundantly state this.

This is accepted in TVs, because some TVs only do interlaced at certain resolutions and some content is only progressive or interlaced and some hardware (like last gen consoles) only deliver an interlaced signal, in some cases.

I can accept someone coming from the console world, with little PC experience, or simply caught up in the habit of using TV-specific terminology may discuss resolutions in this way, but it leaves me with a negative impression from a professional software developer putting out PC software to test PC displays for PC rigs.

3DMARK and other suites give full resolution detail when referenced and uses accurate terminology.


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The second negative impression came with trying to customize a test for my system. The default tests run at 576 (oops, "576p"!), 720, 1080, and 1440. All 16:9 ratios. I have a 16:10 display and I want a benchmark that is representative of what I'm going to have when I'm gaming at 16:10 at a native resolution.

Unfortunately, you can't. Even "custom" configuration does not allow you to choose anything but those four resolutions. All you can customize are options like multi-threading. A developer confirms in their forums that there is no way to customize resolution and this will never change.

Presumably, this is to standardize certain parameters for comparison of your benchmark against others in the database. Fine. I still want the option to perform my own benchmark under my own conditions and parameters so that I can compare my system against itself after performance tuning. These four resolutions make for a constrained testing environment.

3DMARK and other suites allow full configuration of these options and even uploading them to their database for comparisons.

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I was disappointed that the touted Hardware recommendation feature/tab never worked. It had zero results and kept saying that I needed to run a full test. This was supposed to be a feature which links you to advised hardware upgrades.


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Another problem you will encounter is navigating their site. A dark and "edgy" interface which looks more at home as the official Call of Duty site. It isn't enjoyable to use. In fact, it can be confusing.

One button pulls up a set of information, but it seems broken, until you realize the data has been displayed a couple screens downward, without any evident notification.

Also, one expects the "compare to other users" button to match your results against the database, until much frustration ultimately reveals it only compares you against one user that you must provide a name for. Comparison against the whole population requires going back to the application and selecting "show all" under the Top 10 users list, which launches your browser and takes you to the database.


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Worse, you have to register an account and link it to your application. An overly complex process involving multiple long codes, contradictory sets of instructions, and numerous failed attempts. I ultimately had to rely on a user in the forums who found another guy's steps listed somewhere. Even these did not help; but they guided me in the right direction. This should be a simple matter of "application gives me a code, I go to website and enter code on my profile". Some parts of the process even take you to dead URLs with error messages.

My final complaint is that when you exit the program, Steam thinks it is still running. I am unable to identify this application running in the process table, but Steam will not close, because of it. You can not launch Catzilla again, either, until you reboot your computer.


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Ultimately, Catzilla is serviceable.

It has received some press in the last year, but it's usually around how quirky the superfluous test video is. Dismissing that; focusing on what is actually provided, it does what other packages do, but in a less polished way with fewer customization options.

I still prefer 3DMARK, which I mention in this review because of its popularity, my familiarity, and its availability on Steam. While $10 USD more, it's more robust, less glitchy, has a pleasing interface, allows more customization and control, and has an established history and reputation. It is also frequently updated and offers a wider variety of specialized tests for everything from a tablet, notebook, and laptop to an extreme gaming rig.

Even better, wait until 3DMARK is on sale. I've seen it 90% off ($2.50) in the last week of 2013. While waiting for a sale, use the free version (or free version of another suite).

But keep an eye on Catzilla. I love competition and hope they continue to refine this. I hope it evolves into a robust utility giving competitors a run for their money. I just don't see the current iteration being part of my tool-set at the current price.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
I'm a big catzilla. 10/10
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
It's an alright benchmark, i wouldn't put it up in the ranks of 3dmark but it's good all the same, one issue i had with this if you're running a crossfire setup the benchmark won't untilise both cards only the one, so if you're benching something like a laptop this might be an alright bench but there are defonatly better options out there.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
Christof told me to rate this benchmark because it is do
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Catzilla will test your hardware at different screen ressolutions using the latest DX feature sets and provide you a over all score and recommendation to improve your current hardware if need be.

Very nice tool to have, Updated frequently, user friendly.
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708 of 755 people (94%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
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.
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520 of 555 people (94%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
When this game first came out it was an appaling mess. The website didn't work with the software, and the subscription model didn't line up with the Steam release.

This has all since changed. Things now work (although they aren't exactly streamlined). But the software does now do what it is intended to do.

It's a benchmark, designed for people who want to test what their system is capable of. And it does exactly that, runs a graphically intensive scenario and delivers a score on how well the system performs.

And this version now lets you save that data online, and the developers are engaging the community in improving things.

To that end I'm changing my review to positive, there is no reason for it to be negative now.
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253 of 283 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
NOTICE: This review was written THE DAY OF CATZILLA'S LAUNCH and does not reflect the most recent updates that have been implemented.

Wow do I regret buying this. The Steam version of this application doesn't seem to line up with any of the paid versions you can get through AllBenchmark. It doesn't seem to want to play ball with their online score recording at all. It wont save historic scores, you can't upload scores to your website, you can't push your scores to facebook, you can't even save your score and go back to it later. Once you close the application the scores get wiped. And the syndicated sign-on part of things is just horrible. The amount of times I've tried to log into their website using Facebook sign on and the browser just ends up in a redirect loop. It's a horrible experience. I regret buying this, I want my money back, steer clear...
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611 of 863 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Worthless sorry gamers .i got the impression this was to look at my system and tell me where my week spots was and make sugestion to up date my system .when i finnshed with there scan it would not tell me about my hardware with out paying more for a update . was a good system but was misledding . im an old man that just likes to play games !!!! and with no way to trouble shoot why games wont start or crashes out any more seems like they walk away from you after you buy there games.----sorry im not a geek just a gamer who likes to play and have fun-- smartbombbradie if theres a way i can give you this i will just tell me how ? and you might be able to tell every one about it . thank you guys from the weedcutter
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40 of 50 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
Updated: now I can clear see I have advanced version for my 15 bucks.
Such a shame with marketing start-up on the steam platform.


LOL

This is the first time I paid for FREE software!

ROFL

Not sure If I can get my money back...

Read comments guys before make decision to buy something on steam!
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40 of 50 people (80%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
Skip this and get 3DMark for proper benchmark testing of your rig.
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27 of 32 people (84%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
EDIT!

The catzilla team heard our pleas and complaints. its a whole lot better giving us the advanced version. Have to do it from their website but still, much better. tests just as good as Future Mark. The recommendations it makes a extremely valuable in creating a better system. All in all, they made it worth my money ^^
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
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
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20 of 31 people (65%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
crashes constantly on my laptop half way through the test the sceen on my laptop goes blank
please fix
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
If you like testing and benchmarking you PC, like any hard core nerd..you will want this.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
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
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
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
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Do not buy this software, It's so messed up it won't even register on there site. A total waste of money..
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
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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...
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9 of 19 people (47%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 4
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!
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