Catzilla: These Killer Cats Can Benchmark Your Gaming PC

Catzilla is not interested in sleeping on your keyboard, but this destroyer of worlds will help benchmark your GTX 780- and Core i7-4770K-based gaming PC.

We wrote about the Catzilla benchmarking tool close to a year ago, back when the project was in its infancy. In 2012, developer Michal “Bonzaj” Staniszewski said of his Cat of Mass Destruction “It’s not a game, but technologically it’s very close to it. I would call it ‘an exercise before future challenges.’” Now Catzilla is a full-featured PC benchmarking tool, capable of spitting out results, tweaks and hardware/software recommendations.

From the Catzilla blog:

After the test, which takes just a few minutes, Catzilla provides instant benchmark results, and hardware and software recommendations. With just one click, users can tweak their PC settings for more “oomph.” This includes installing the latest drivers, setting the appropriate amount of cache, increasing free disk space, and changing the color depth and resolution. Catzilla also can recommend the latest hardware, such as graphics cards, that can increase performance.

It’s a computer test focused to check your computer graphics capabilities. The test can analyze if your computer is suitable for latest games or watching HD movies in best quality. It can also suggest what hardware modules of your computer should be replaced in order to get best performance.

The benchmark will also check software configuration of your system and will suggest improvements that may cause your computer to work faster and more efficiently.

There are four tests available:

  • 576p – (1024 x 576) – for testing netbooks and ultrabooks, requires 256 MB of GPU memory.
  • 720p – (1280 x 720) – for testing the low end desktop computers, requires 512 MB of GPU memory
  • 1080p – (1920 x 1080) – for current desktop computers, requires 1024 MB of GPU memory
  • 1440p – (2560 x 1440) – for most demanding high-end computers, requires more than 1024 MB of GPU memory
  • …and CUSTOM based on your own options and features settings

At $14.99, the Advanced version of Catzilla is pretty robust, and the suite includes bencmark leaderboards, similar to Futuremark’s products. There’s a free version, too, along with a $3.99 Basic version (click through for a larger image).

I don’t think Allmark’s Catzilla will replace Futuremark benchmarking software for me, but it will definitely be a nice addition to any benchmarking catalog.

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