Fraps 3.5.99 Build 15619

Fraps 3.5.99 Build 15619

Reviewed by Corwin Peter
  • Size

    2.22 MB
  • License

    Demo
  • OS

    Windows
  • Price

    $37
  • Developer

    beepa
  • Updated

    5 Mar 2013
  • Downloads

    537 (1 last week)
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"Real-time video capture and benchmarking."

Winner Best software in 2014 - Screen Capturing.

Overview

Fraps is a simple utility that is primarily meant for benchmarking your PC’s performance while running DirectX or OpenGL applications. Almost every PC game uses either of these technologies, so Fraps has become a tool most gamers keep handy. Read on to find out if it does what it claims to do well.

Installation

Installation is quick and painless, with no complicated settings to deal with. There was no adware that was bundled in, even in the free version’s installer. No additional downloads are needed to successfully install Fraps, but you should ensure that you’re running DirectX 9.0C or higher. Any Windows OS newer than and including Windows XP is supported.

Interface

The interface is a straightforward, no frills one. All the options are organized logically into tabs and explanations are present everywhere they would be needed. One caveat is that in the trial mode, on the home screen, there’s a large banner that asks you to upgrade to the full version. One really handy feature is that Fraps comes with an option that allows it to be minimized to the system tray instead of the taskbar. Most features can be enabled or disabled using Hotkeys. Overall, the interface is nothing exceptional, but it serves the purpose.

Pros

Fraps’ features can be broken into two categories, benchmarking and screen capture. Under benchmarking, the most basic feature is the frames per second overlay. This puts a counter in a corner of your screen that displays the current number of frames per second. A more helpful tool allows you to run a timed benchmark, and Fraps logs the maximum, minimum and average FPS over the duration of your benchmark. This gives a more realistic picture of performance. Coming to screen capture, Fraps allows you to take screenshots, or capture video. The screenshot feature isn’t too helpful, since you can take screenshots using the Print Screen key anyway. However, you can set up Fraps to take a screenshot every few seconds and save it automatically. Coming to video, the options are pretty diverse, and you can set the frame rate for the video, set the audio source, and even force lossless capture. The quality of both screenshots and videos was found to be excellent.

Cons

The trial version has several restrictions on it. Apart from the ugly banner on the home screen, it puts a watermark on all recorded videos, and limits their length to 30 seconds. Further, screenshots can only be saved in the BMP format. These are pretty harsh restrictions, and can make the video capture feature useless for some users. At a list price of $37, Fraps offers too little in terms of features for the price.

Alternatives

CamStudio, which captures in-game videos for free, is a solid alternative. Also take a look at Futuremark’s 3DMark, which is a more comprehensive benchmarking tool than Fraps.

Conclusion

Fraps does everything it advertises well. While there are alternatives, none of them offer an integrated benchmarking and screen capture toolset like Fraps does. A worthy purchase if you need all the features it offers.

Winner Best software in 2014 - Screen Capturing.

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Antivirus information

Download3K has downloaded and tested Fraps on 5 Mar 2013 with some of Today's best antivirus engines and you can find below, for your convenience, the scan results:
  • Avira:

    Clean
  • Kaspersky:

    Clean
  • NOD32:

    Clean
Fraps Antivirus Report
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