FCAT Overview


NVIDIA’s Frame Capture Analysis Tool (FCAT) helps test and maximise the performance of your graphics card.

GPU performance is often calculated by running benchmark PC games and recording the average Frames Per Second (FPS) using FRAPS or a similar tool. Unfortunately, many significant performance implications can be missed by using this traditional method. What we have found is that the data reported by FRAPs does not match what you see on screen and feel in the game so, in 2011, NVIDIA engineers began work on a way to examine GPU performance in far greater detail.

These efforts resulted in the Frame Capture Analysis Tool, referred to as FCAT for short. Measuring performance as it’s delivered on a monitor, FCAT identifies dropped frames, runt frames, micro-stuttering, and other problems that reduce the visible smoothness of the action on-screen, even when running at sixty frames per second and above as reported by FRAPS. This in-depth examination of performance has enabled us to fine-tune our graphics cards while in development, resulting in a GeForce graphics card powered by Kepler producing a smoother PC gaming experience than any previous NVIDIA GPU.



Download FCAT now to see how it is helping to improve gaming by pushing us all to deliver better experiences.



Read more about FCAT, including helpful instructions on how to install the software and best to test your GPU with popular PC games.


FCAT Technology

Why use FCAT?

To show you FCAT and to explain its inner workings, Tom Petersen, FCAT’s creator, put together the following video that cuts through the technical jargon to detail the real-world benefits of FCAT for PC gamers.

As Tom mentions in the video, independent press sites such as PC Perspective and Tech Report have already integrated FCAT into their test suites. Check them out here:

FCAT is helping to improve gaming by pushing us all to deliver better experiences. Understanding how GPUs affect perceived smoothness and measuring it accurately is the first step.