Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto IV

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Mox Fulder Sep 4, 2013 @ 7:22am
So I recently bought myself a new graphics card (GeForce GTX 770), a beast on all games, compared to my previous 9800GTX+. Unfortunately, GTA is not as friendly as most games. With my previous card I had 80 fps on medium settings @ 1024x768. Now, on medium @ 1280x720 I get 30-40. On a card that can run BF3 1080p max with 60+ fps. Anyone know what the problem is?
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Razorbak86 Sep 4, 2013 @ 10:00am 
When you run the game, use the following command lines as launch options:

-nomemrestrict -norestrictions
Mox Fulder Sep 4, 2013 @ 10:01am 
Already tried that, to no avail, unfortunately.
Razorbak86 Sep 4, 2013 @ 10:02am 
What CPU are you using? Hopefully, it's not as old as your previous graphics card.
Mox Fulder Sep 4, 2013 @ 10:03am 
I suspect that the CPU is exactly the problem. AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition. No need to tell me to get a new one, going to get an i5-3570k soon enough.
Razorbak86 Sep 4, 2013 @ 10:06am 
What settings are you running? Run the benchmark, and then copy/paste the results from the text output file in your Documents folder.
Mox Fulder Sep 4, 2013 @ 10:07am 
Max, which, for this card, should be easy peasy. Going to make a benchmark right naow.
Razorbak86 Sep 4, 2013 @ 10:10am 
This game is very CPU-constrained, whereas most modern games are very GPU-constrained.

Suggestion: Turn down/off all shadow settings, and move the Distance, Details, and Car Density sliders down below 50%.
Mox Fulder Sep 4, 2013 @ 10:11am 
Average FPS: 56.29
Duration: 37.43 sec
CPU Usage: 74%
System memory usage: 45%
Video memory usage: 56%

Graphics Settings
Video Mode: 1280 x 720 (75 Hz)
Texture Quality: High
Shadow Quality: High
Reflection Resolution: Very High
Water Quality: Very High
Texture Filter Quality: Anisotropic x16
Night Shadows: Very High
View Distance: 25
Detail Distance: 31

Microsoft Windows 8 Pro

Video Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770
Video Driver version: 326.80
Audio Adapter: Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 965 Processor

File ID: Benchmark.cli
Mox Fulder Sep 4, 2013 @ 10:12am 
I'm guessing it's a CPU bottleneck?
Racuch Zawodowiec Sep 4, 2013 @ 10:14am 
You need to change CPU to have fps increase, otherwise you won't have high framerate, i5 3570 K is a good choice, you will feel the huge difference.
Razorbak86 Sep 4, 2013 @ 10:28am 
Originally posted by Such a waste:
I'm guessing it's a CPU bottleneck?

The 74% CPU Usage stat suggests that you are right.

In light of this, while you are awaiting your mobo/CPU upgrade, look at the notes next to each of the graphical settings, and focus on the ones that rely most heavily on the CPU. Then turn those settings down, if you want to increase your average frame rate.

But don't expect blazing performance, regardless. The in-game frame rate will always drop at times during gameplay, and there are some missions where having too fast a frame rate can actually hinder performance (e.g., the game's finale cannot be completed on some rigs until the average frame rate is down around 30 FPS). Only 12% of PC gamers ever finish GTA IV, so you don't hear about this a lot, but it is a very real issue at the very end of the PC version of the game.
Last edited by Razorbak86; Sep 4, 2013 @ 10:29am
Mox Fulder Sep 4, 2013 @ 10:44am 
I finished the game like 2 times before on my old rig :D Thanks for the help :)
Dropz Sep 5, 2013 @ 1:29am 
why would u waste your money on an i5 cpu if you have a gtx 770? I assume your looking at ways to bottleneck your new graphics card? save your dosh. Sell whatever you can. Get an i7 3930k. GTA 4 is a♥♥♥♥♥♥game anyway.
Mox Fulder Sep 5, 2013 @ 5:04am 
Dropz, let me assume now. I assume you go for the theory that the more expensive the better? Plus, it is a FACT that i5's are better for gaming. And it's cheaper.
This game is crappy optimized and works different on different PCs..GTA IV simply doesn't like new HWW..they could add a note "Game is bad optimized and should not work properly on every system"..i think people in 2 years will reporting "GTA IV 1 FPS ON GTX870 TI HEEELP"
Last edited by 𝓢𝒐𝒍𝓭𝓲𝓮𝒓𝓢𝒄𝓪𝓻; Sep 5, 2013 @ 8:52am
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