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GTA V Faces AMD Issues Once More

It seems that GTA V and AMD are just not right for one another. AMD graphics cards have suffered from issues with the game on multiple occasions in the past, with the same issues being fixed over and over again after re-appearing. With entire portions of the screen going black, to low-rez shadows and various crashes, AMD rigs have suffered every possible graphical bug and issue with GTA V over the months.


The issue became so prominent that AMD included fixing issues with GTA V in it’s annual top 10 goals – something that a few players and AMD users found to be a bit ridiculous. However it was seemingly a smart move, as the bothersome shadow issues returned just one major driver update after the fabled Crimson drivers allegedly fixed the bug.

The last time around, the bugs were once again exterminated. However, some players have once again been reporting issues on rigs running AMD GPUs while playing GTA V after the recent driver update. Specifically, after the update the game would frequently crash while throwing the “err gfx d3d init” error message.


The rule of thumb for these issues is to roll back to the previous driver when everything worked, however obviously it proves to be an inconvenience for users, as they cannot enjoy the other benefits of the new drivers.

AMD isn’t the only one suffering driver issues. Their counterpart, nVidia, has its own share of problems to deal with, though it isn’t suffering GTA V specific issues. The most recent driver update for nVidia cards completely disabled entire PCs and allegedly bricked some hardware (unconfirmed).


This doesn’t help AMD with their GTA V issues, however. Even stronger cards are struggling with the game, though not for lack of ability. The graphics bugs are universal, meaning it matters not how powerful a GPU you have running under the hood as long as it is AMD.

GTA V on PC is considered to be the peak of video game visuals by many players – provided we’re talking about maximum settings. That has always required some serious beef in your rig to run at serviceable framerates. With AMD and nVidia leading the industry and being really the only options out there, as integrated graphics can’t take the heat, players are at a bit of an impass.


Now, with both major manufacturers facing issues, what can GTA V fans do? Sticking to older drivers or jumping to console are the only two solutions currently, however picking the latter would lead to missing out on the bonuses of the PC version.

Beyond the superior visuals, the PC version of GTA V features modding support, allowing players who prefer a solo experience to expand their content. The lack of any single-player DLC having been released by Rockstar means Story mode is pretty much identical to what it was at release if un-modded.


Swinging back on course, we can expect AMD to address the driver issues with GTA V in a hotfix pretty quickly, so AMD users don’t need to stick to outdated drivers for long.

How long do you think until the GTA V graphics issues return on AMD rigs after the fix is implemented?

GTA V Be My Valentine Causing Performance Issues

A recent increase in performance issues and hardware demand in the PC version of GTA V has been linked to just-released DLC. Known for being a visual masterpiece, GTA V’s final port was always notoriously needy on the higher settings, though the mid range was well enough optimized that it could run smoothly on most machines. Modding also added a new factor into the equation, with both graphics enhancing mods which upped the requirements, or performance improving mods, which occasionally achieved their results at the price of worse visuals.


Even so, GTA V had a bit of a bumpy road on PC. There was a time when hackers and modders in GTA Online got so bad that Rockstar opted for the rather extreme solution of cluttering up the game files with heaps of dead code. They succeeded in making modding no longer viable both in single player and in Online, however they also accidentally made the game a tad broken.

However when that was fixed, the troubles of the PC players weren’t over. A large portion of PC gamers have rigs running AMD graphics cards. Despite being generally weaker than their nVidia counterparts, AMD cards have the massive advantage of a balanced price-value ratio. While nVidia GPUs are a bit stronger, they’re more than a bit pricier. You’ll be able to run mostly the same settings with a high-end AMD card as a high-end GeForce, at a smaller price.


You might imagine then how big of an issue graphical bugs that only affected AMD cards were. AMD even put fixing GTA V compatibility on the top of their list of yearly goals. Efforts are still underway.

A new issue has seemingly popped up too. Ever since the Be My Valentine DLC was released, some players have begun to report performance issues and specific graphical bugs with shadows.

The subreddit dedicated to the PC version of GTA V suddenly saw an influx of new posts complaining about a change in the quality of shadows throughout the game. Even worse, the pixellated darkness covering parts of the screen, which was the AMD exclusive bug until now, has been encountered with nVidia GPUs as well.

The issues are pretty complex and different fixes seemed to have worked in different cases. One of the first things you should try is cycling through all the available shadow settings. It seems that the update tweaked each setting level in some way, so maybe something that worked before is no longer optimal for your setup.


The second step is attempting to tweak your post-processing settings, both in game and the native settings of your GPU (if possible). You’ll need to be careful here, as these are some of the most taxing graphical features.

A different cause some GTA V players have discovered is that the game is less tolerant of low-end HDDs ever since the update. Depending on the RPM of the drive you have GTA V installed on, you may be experiencing issues with texture pop-ins. This means that even after the loading screen is gone and you’re in-game, some textures and objects haven’t loaded and will appear randomly.

Adding to the issues with shadows, nVidia’s own shadow rendering system, PCSS has seemingly stopped working properly since the update. If this setting is selected, shadows will disappear entirely beyond a certain altitude with no reason.


There are other general issues as well, such as lower framerates and the HUD flashing in and out across all specs.

Have any of you guys encountered these issues in GTA V since the DLC was released?

AMD Users Still Experiencing Issues With GTA V

It seems like GTA V is to AMD what Batman: Arkham Knight was to Nvidia… and AMD. Players running GTA V on rigs with AMD GPUs have been experiencing a number of graphical issues that their Nvidia using counterparts weren’t – nor were console gamers – for quite some time now. This is despite both current-gen consoles running AMD hardware.


The GTA V issue got so out of hand that when AMD released a top ten list of the main issues that their newest wave of shiny and crispy Crimson drivers would solve, the GTA V issues were among them.

However, the aforementioned shiny and crispy Crimson drivers ended up not fixing the issues with GTA V. In fact, they all but introduced new issues, while making the already existing partial blackness graphics glitch became worse for many players.


AMD also released an unrelated patch around this time which allegedly fixed the heating issues many of their GPUs were suffering from by allowing more power to be directed to the fans (as in the spinny bits that cool the card down, not the people with copious amounts of brand loyalty).

As the issues persisted, droves of angry players took to the internet to voice their concerns. Some player fixed the issues by reverting to an older version of Direct X. Others solved it by updating to the newest version of Direct X. Most didn’t solve it at all.

Then, after yet another driver update, the issues were seemingly gone.


Then, after yet another driver update, the issues returned in full force.

Less than a whole day ago, a number of posts began cropping up on GTA V related subreddits wherein AMD users complain of issues after the latest driver update, and the attached screenshots are hauntingly familiar.

Any AMD users experiencing this while playing GTA V?

GTA V’s Newest Graphics Enhancer Combines Best Mods

Want to make use of your beastly gaming rig and max out the visuals of GTA V, but can’t make heads or tails of all these graphics mods floating around? Here’s one that packs them all into one neat enhancer.


We’ve covered a number of graphics mods for GTA V that push our PCs to the limit and enable near photo-realistic graphics while playing GTA V. We’ve written about big names in the modding community like ENBSeries and SweetFX, as well as some newcomers like Toddyhancer and Gionight, however all of these take slightly different approaches to enhancing the visuals of the game.

For laymen, the whole affair may seem overly complicated and more trouble than its worth, with all sorts of additional files that need downloading, strange options and settings, and cumbersome installation processes.


If you want to top up your graphics quickly and simply, this mod is for you. Project RELOAD combines elements of ENBSeries and SweetFX, as well as some assets from Pinnacle of V. Better yet, the download also comes with several option presets, so you don’t need to spend time tweaking the new mod.

Granted, you will need to download ENB and SweetFX as well as this mod, however it is still significantly simpler than the installation of most full graphics enhancers out there. The mod packs some serious content, and most importantly is bug free.


Reload adds immense amounts of new textures to the game, all of them in crispy 4K resolution. The usual suspects are all here, such as lighting effects, water effects, particle effects, reflections, materials and smoothing improvements, with a number of entirely new graphics options added. Foliage and plant density has also been improved, and the trees themselves saw a large makeover.

Have any of you guys thought of modding GTA V’s graphics? Which enhancer do you use?

GTA V (Finally) Meets Watch_Dogs. Sort Of.

This mix between GTA and a potential rival has been a long time coming. Seriously, how did this not happen sooner?


Watch_Dogs, after its announcement at E3 2012, garnered massive popularity, and was lauded by many as a “GTA Killer”. The gameplay trailers released immediately after seemed to back up that claim, However as time passed, the trailers kept showing a progressively worse and worse image of the game.

Then, it was released in 2014, and gained the ire of players and reviewers almost instantly. The whole game felt half-finished. It only accomplished a fraction of the things it claimed in marketing material and was ridden with bugs. It did show the hints of potential, shadows of the game it was before the corporate shear cut it down into the cheapest game it could become.


Despite all this, the game still has some fans. Some players who kept themselves away from most marketing material and didn’t have too many expectations for the game. For all the issues, the hacking feature works well, and the gameplay is extremely fun and solid. Any issues with the game are directed towards the marketing and graphics, and in the end the game itself is enjoyable.


However, GTA V is considered better in absolutely every way, so why not add Watch_Dogs’ hacking feature to it? This Hack Mod, not to be confused with a method to gain unfair advantage over other players, allows the player to use his smartphone to hack into various social services in the city, such as the power grid. Currently, the mod only has the blackout feature from Watch_Dogs, however the author seeks to expand it with the other hacks that appear in the Ubisoft game.

What games other than Watch_Dogs do you think would be better as a GTA V mod?

GTA V Issues With AMD Continue After Driver Update

It seems PC players using AMD GPUs aren’t in luck when it comes to GTA V.


Recently, we reported on a set of driver updates being released for AMD graphics cards, which were intended to solve a host of priority issues with the GPUs. Top on the new Crimson driver’s shitlist was random crashes occurring when playing GTA V, even if the card is up to snuff hardware-wise (as much as an AMD card can be, mind you).

Unrelated to the Crimson drivers, AMD has also released a patch which allegedly fixed the heating issues AMD cards are infamous for. The fix is meant to work by allowing the fans to run at full speed, providing sufficient air-flow and cooling to keep the cards at optimal temperatures and forcing scores of AMD gamers to turn on the heating for the first time this year.


However, AMD gamers who have had their drivers and software fully updated with a nice, clean, uninterrupted game of GTA V were in for a disappointment. The newest drivers may have fixed the crashes, however the Crimson drivers have introduced a new one – black textures and dead pixels. Before you start fearing for your expensive gaming screen, we don’t mean “dead pixels” in the hardware sense, rather as a graphical bug in GTA V that prevents certain areas of the screen getting any signal.


While some players have managed to solve the issue by switching over to the most recent version of Direct X, others are still enduring the issue. In some extreme cases everything save the sky itself is entirely black, as if some ancient void has consumed existence itself.

Have any of you guys encountered this issue?

Disclaimer: The jokes berating AMD’s GPUs are solely included for comedic effect. GTA 5 Cheats fully acknowledges the versatility and adequacy of AMD cards. Put the pitchforks away.

GTA V Looks Better Than Real Life

Graphical modders keep pushing the visuals of GTA V to the next level.


If you have a pointlessly overpowered PC, and feel that GTA V at maximum vanilla settings is “acceptable”, its not like you’re strained for options. Between ENBSeries, Toddyhancer, SweetFX and who knows how many others, you can pick any mod to your liking to milk those four Titans you have in SLi, justifying that insane amount of money you paid for them (of course, your GPU isn’t the only factor).


Most recently, the constantly under-development mod, Pinnacle of V, which we reported on when it was in its early stages, has shown off more progress images proving that they really want to stand by their name.

The recent batch of screenshots focus on the 4K textures the mod adds to the game and the alterations it makes to colors in GTA V, making everything look more vibrant and alive. The developers have also made some immense strides in their own weather system and the custom water is also in full display (with which we get up close and personal with in the first few seconds of the video). Another substantial improvement was that of the explosions, undeniably one of the most frequent and important effects found in GTA V.


Some of these GTA V screenshots look like photographs, while others look downright more real than actual life does. Considering the speed at which technology is advancing, this very well may be a glimpse into the future. While today you need stupidly powerful rigs to run this sort of thing, soon, the hardware that enables visuals like that will be common place and cheap. While virtual and augmented reality are on the rise, it will be a good long while before anything on the Oculus looks like GTA V does with this mod.

At what settings do our PC GTA V fans run their games at?

GTA V AMD GPU Crashing Fixed

You know what gamers look for in their graphics cards? Great performance, low heat, low noise, and an affordable price which fits the value of the card.


You know what else gamers look for in their graphics cards? The ability to run the most popular games without crashing constantly due to poor drivers. Nvidia may be top dog when it comes to GPUs, however quality comes with a price, and the more affordable pricing of AMD cards have made the arguably inferior manufacturer equally popular among the hardcore gamer crowd. However, this time around it wasn’t the hardware causing the issues.


GTA V fans with AMD cards have been reporting for quite a while now that the game started crashing with alarming frequency since the latest driver update. AMD has reached out to the community regarding the matter, stating that they have compiled a list of the 10 most urgent fixes, with the crashes that have been plaguing GTA V and Diablo 3 being at the top.

Placing this issue at the top of the hit list is understandable, considering that GTA V and Diablo 3 are among the most popular games still being played. GTA V alone sees a weekly traffic of over 8 million players, which makes it the single most popular online AAA video game, surpassing even the weekly players of most popular MMOs, and outperforming the most popular modern-military shooter franchise.


GTA V on PC has been known to be quite the hardware-hog when pushed to max settings, however it is undoubtedly worth it. GTA V has been praised as the first truly next-gen game – even though it came out in the previous generation. Don’t worry though – the game is well optimized, and on medium to low settings, any rig will run this open-world masterpiece.

Do we have any AMD gamers who had issues with GTA V before?

Graphical Mods In GTA Online Will Get You Banned

GTA 5 Cheats has covered the most popular and most advanced graphical mods out there quite extensively – however, will they get you banned from GTA Online?


These mods allow PC users to drastically enhance the visuals of GTA V by adding extremely high resolution textures to the game, as well as new visual effects and tweaks to existing ones. The kinds of results these mods have achieved are nothing less than astounding, with the most popular ones creating a near photo-realistic graphics while playing – provided you have a rig powerful enough to run it.

Now, these graphical mods increase visual fidelity and improve special effects, but they don’t affect gameplay – or do they? The question whether or now strictly visual mods are allowed in GTA Online has been one even Rockstar Support hasn’t been able to answer for a good long while. Players have spoken of instances when even after a 6 response ticket was closed, the support representative still could not provide a clear answer as to whether or not its use is a bannable offense.


Some users of SweetFX have, surprisingly, gotten positive response from Rockstar.


As long as you do not use the mods to effect the online experience you will not be banned.

However, it seems Rockstar’s policy has since changed, and this is likely to be a result of the prolonged crisis regarding the extremely high amount of hackers present in GTA Online. Most recently, one player reported that they got a very, very clear response from Rockstar, which is bound to quell any further discussion on the matter for good.

Unfortunately, mods of any kind are prohibited for online use. This would include graphic enhancement mods.

Another rep goes on to clarify as to the reason why.


Even a subtle change in saturation can give you an edge in visibility (eliminating glare for instance) when engaged in PVP.

Straight from the source folks – no graphics mods are allowed in GTA Online.

Have you guys been using any visual mods while playing GTA Online?

Watch GTA V Played On A Motion Simulator

Modern AAA games strive to be as realistic as current technology allows, with the biggest publishers and devs going so far as to invent newer and newer tech to make their games ever more immersive and life-like.

The focus in the endeavor to create realistic games is usually placed on the visuals. As time goes on, games feature greater and greater graphical fidelity, with higher resolution textures, more polygons, and better animation. Another big factor is immersion, and the given game’s physics engine is a key factor here, because if the character falls in the opposite direction of the push, no level of graphical fidelity will make it look realistic!


That said though, software can do only so much. No matter how many individual strands of hair are animated on the hero’s head, no matter how smoothly the blades of grass sway in the breeze, no matter how closely the blood spurting from the neck of the hundredth orc adheres to liquid physics, you’re still just sitting on a couch with a controller in your hands.


The guys over at Force Dynamics want to change that. Motion simulators with tactile feedback are hardly and innovative, but what Force Dynamics has done with their 401cr models is truly a step forward. While the motion simulators of the past were severely handicapped, and their limitation caused extremely jarring movement, the 401cr has a full range of motion and is considerably smooth. The team demonstrated what their machine can do by playing none other than GTA V, displaying its versatility by driving several of the in-game vehicles, including a jet ski, as well as getting on a roller coaster. Also, since this is GTA, they got into a police chase. Running over innocent pedestrians has never been so realistic!

Any of you guys dream of playing GTA V using a motion sim?