NVIDIA has released a new program that aims to facilitate the creation of image and video comparisons for reviews and similar demonstrations. Dubbed ICAT (Image Comparison & Analysis Tool), the application was originally designed for internal use only but proved so useful that NVIDIA decided to make it available to everyone. Users can load up to four screenshots or videos and ICAT does a lot of the rest, such as dividing the media up into even portions.
NVIDIA ICAT allows users to easily compare up to 4 screenshots or videos with sliders, side-by-sides, and pixel peeping zoom-ins. Align comparisons spatially and temporally, examine the differences, and draw your conclusions. It’s that simple!
To compare different scaling technologies, we encourage you to first use ICAT to find the most comparable image quality modes, and then look at the performance gains. Note that just because two quality modes are named the same, doesn’t mean they are equivalent. While this varies by game and resolution, we’ve found that DLSS Performance mode is best compared to the Ultra Quality mode of spatial upscalers. We call this approach “ISO-Quality”, as performance is compared at equivalent image quality levels.
ICAT supports JPEG, PNG, WEBP images, as well as MP4 and WEBM video. A direct link to the program can be found here.