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Windows 7: GTA IV max settings

07 Aug 2010   #11

 

At max settings GTA 4 uses about 1.8 GB of vRAM.

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07 Aug 2010   #12

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
at 1280x1024 I would think eve 512Mb vram would be plenty.

1Gb certainly is.
at 1280x720 with everything on high, except distance, cars and details, it eats over 700mb.

so 512mb is not enough. 1gb is absolute minimum nowadays.
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07 Aug 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

The game is so buggy it is not worth bothering with. When it was first released the devs came out with the poor excuse that it was optimised for future computers, how they got away with selling it as a finished product is unbelievable.

Good luck with that
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07 Aug 2010   #14

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RST101 View Post
The game is so buggy it is not worth bothering with. When it was first released the devs came out with the poor excuse that it was optimised for future computers, how they got away with selling it as a finished product is unbelievable.

Good luck with that
Wonder if that was Microsoft's excuse for Vista
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07 Aug 2010   #15

Windows 7 Enterprise X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Seven Eleven View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dampkring View Post
so I could run all max with 1280x1024 res. without any problems?
I will get a Radeon HD 5970 2GB instead of the HD 5870.
you are getting 5970 with 2gb and your display is still 17"? O_O

ot: 1280x1024 isnt allways 17" (my 19" crahp)
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07 Aug 2010   #16

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
At max settings GTA 4 uses about 1.8 GB of vRAM.
It's around 1.1GB. I play with everything on max.

And getting a 5970 won't make any difference. It's 2GB per core, and GTA will still only list it as 1GB total usable.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RST101 View Post
The game is so buggy it is not worth bothering with. When it was first released the devs came out with the poor excuse that it was optimised for future computers, how they got away with selling it as a finished product is unbelievable.

Good luck with that

It's actually a lot better now they've updated it quite extensively.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madtownidiot View Post
either way.. it's not anything wrong with the hardware. Just a poorly written graphics engine

Nothing wrong with the graphics engine. It was just a poor port to PC.
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07 Aug 2010   #17

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dampkring View Post
so I could run all max with 1280x1024 res. without any problems?
I will get a Radeon HD 5970 2GB instead of the HD 5870.
If you are sticking with your current monitor - stay with a 5870.

To fully drive (utilise) a 5970 you'd need to have a CPU clock of 3.4ghz - 3.6ghz and as already mentioned, a resolution of 1680x1050+

Otherwise a 5970 wont offer you any real advantage over a 5870 in GTA IV, or any other games.


At lower resolutions, you are still essentially CPU bound. It's only at resolutions above 1680x1050 that the GPU starts to take the majority of the load.


Unfortunately, GTA IV will never be a truly 'smooth' game to play with max IQ settings, at least not with any hardware available atm.


With my specs at 1920x1200, GTA IV is smoother overall - but it still suffers from a lot of min FPS drops depending on in game time and area.

At 5760x1200 (Eyefinity) it makes both me and PC cry


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RST101 View Post
The game is so buggy it is not worth bothering with. When it was first released the devs came out with the poor excuse that it was optimised for future computers, how they got away with selling it as a finished product is unbelievable.

Good luck with that

It's actually a lot better now they've updated it quite extensively.
It's definitely improved, but it's still not the most stellar performing game
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08 Aug 2010   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bits
 
 

Well, thanx a lot for all the info

I have a Samsung 740bf 17" screen for the moment but I will upgrade to a 19" soon, that's why I prefered choose the HD 5970. Btw, any suggestions for a good 19" monitor? I heard ViewSonic are very nice for games.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
To fully drive (utilise) a 5970 you'd need to have a CPU clock of 3.4ghz - 3.6ghz
Many professionals, also friends told me that Ghz don't really do the difference because it depends on the CPU build.
AMD and Intel Ghz are never equal, like an AMD chip operating at 2.8GHz would process data faster than an Intel chip running at 4.0GHz...

I first decided to upgrade my computer for StarCraft II (to run all on ultra), but I was tempted to finally get GTA IV because I'm a fan, so I guess I will wait a little longer before I buy GTA IV on PC, it seems really to be very bad optimized for nowadays hardware, pity... because it's kinda a lying advertise for the PC version, if it can't run well with these extra settings...
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08 Aug 2010   #19

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dampkring View Post
so I could run all max with 1280x1024 res. without any problems?
I will get a Radeon HD 5970 2GB instead of the HD 5870.
If you are sticking with your current monitor - stay with a 5870.

To fully drive (utilise) a 5970 you'd need to have a CPU clock of 3.4ghz - 3.6ghz and as already mentioned, a resolution of 1680x1050+

Otherwise a 5970 wont offer you any real advantage over a 5870 in GTA IV, or any other games.


At lower resolutions, you are still essentially CPU bound. It's only at resolutions above 1680x1050 that the GPU starts to take the majority of the load.


Unfortunately, GTA IV will never be a truly 'smooth' game to play with max IQ settings, at least not with any hardware available atm.


With my specs at 1920x1200, GTA IV is smoother overall - but it still suffers from a lot of min FPS drops depending on in game time and area.

At 5760x1200 (Eyefinity) it makes both me and PC cry


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Everlong View Post

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RST101 View Post
The game is so buggy it is not worth bothering with. When it was first released the devs came out with the poor excuse that it was optimised for future computers, how they got away with selling it as a finished product is unbelievable.

Good luck with that

It's actually a lot better now they've updated it quite extensively.
It's definitely improved, but it's still not the most stellar performing game

Is that really true?

So me running my GTA4 at 800x600 res is basically being run by the CPU?

I have all my settings to the lowest it can go, all the bars set at 1, and running 800x600 @ 60MHZ, and the best FPS i can get is like 40, and it also varies on whats going on in the game, like rain ill go down to like 20-15 fps... :/
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08 Aug 2010   #20

Windows 7 Enterprise X64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Uber Philf View Post
Is that really true?

So me running my GTA4 at 800x600 res is basically being run by the CPU?

I have all my settings to the lowest it can go, all the bars set at 1, and running 800x600 @ 60MHZ, and the best FPS i can get is like 40, and it also varies on whats going on in the game, like rain ill go down to like 20-15 fps... :/

urs 40 normally and 20-15 is like a dream for me, i get about 3 max and on rainy days its 10 or less... had to complete the game with weather cheat :S
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