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GTA V Performance Guide from Nvidia


With the wide variety of graphics options available for GTA V PC, we’ve seen various guides geared toward helping players decide which settings to use. This newest GTA V Graphics and Performance Guide isn’t just from a fan, but straight from Nvidia.

The guide not only compares GTA V’s performance with various Nvidia products (as we’d expect), but it also takes quite an in-depth look at the game’s graphics settings. It includes images, charts, and detailed explanations about each option, and even confirms some current problems like a bug with ambient occlusion.

Whether you’ve seen all the options and don’t know what some of them mean, want information specific to GTA V’s performance and how different options compare, or just find it interesting to dig into video game graphics settings, Nvidia’s guide is worth a read.

Nvidia has released similar guides for other PC releases recently, and we hope there are more to come.

Here’s What the GTA V PC Graphics Settings Look Like


Prior to GTA V’s PC release, we took a look at the impressive amount of graphics options added to this version of the game. If you have GTA V for the PC, you might be a little overwhelmed with the variety of options, especially since you can’t see what they look like without changing your settings.

Well, Youtube user wiliextreme has the answer: a video comparing all of GTA V PC’s graphics options. You can check them out and look at the different settings one after another before you make up your mind.

Additionally, the video’s creator has answered a few questions on Reddit, such as saying he found no noticeable difference between the different Particle Effect settings.

This should definitely help you decide what GTA V PC graphics options to use.

GTA V PC Graphics Options Revealed


The Xbox One and PS4 versions of GTA V already added more options for the camera controls and other features, but if you get GTA V for the PC, you’ll find yourself with a whole host of new graphics options to play around with. Thanks to PC Gamer, we can now take a look at these options to see what GTA V is capable of on the PC.

Not only does it show you how much of your video memory is being used, but you can also tell it to “ignore suggested limits” and change the graphics options beyond what the game automatically sets based on your computer. Next are the standard options you’d expect: screen type, resolution, aspect ratio, refresh rate, and output monitor if you have multiple monitors. It also lets you set your anti-aliasing options, among other things.

Next, a series of sliders let you adjust GTA V’s population density, population variety, and distance quality, along with adjustments to textures, shadows, and other graphics options related to the game environment. These range from “Normal” to “Very High.” You can also adjust motion blur, ambient occlusion, and more.


There’s even a section for “Advanced Graphics” with even more options, if you want to adjust GTA V’s graphics settings further.

Of course, your PC build will determine the graphics options you can run GTA V at, but with so many possibilities, it should be a great experience whether you want to run GTA V at its minimum or push it as far as you can.

New Patch Fixes Accidental GTA V Downgrade

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Last week, many players were troubled by an apparent downgrade of GTA V’s graphics on the PS4 and Xbox One after downloading Update 1.08. After a short time of confusion, Rockstar confirmed the change was accidental and released a new patch, Update 1.09, in an attempt to fix it. This solved some of the problems, but not all of them.

Now, it looks like the matter has finally been taken care of with the latest patch. Update 1.10 for the PS4 and Xbox One fixes a few bugs, including the graphical difficulties caused last week. Early reports from fans, along with Rockstar’s own assessment, say everything is back to normal, so be sure to contact Rockstar Support if you still have problems even after downloading the update.

GTA V for PC Recommended Builds

If stealing cars, wreaking havoc on the streets and running over cops qualify as great ways of spending free time, you’re either a complete psychopath or a big fan of the Grand Theft Auto series. Although we can’t do much in the case of the former scenario (except maybe keeping our fingers crossed that you don’t live in the same city as us) we do have some good news for those that fall in the latter category: the long-awaited PC version of GTA V is almost here. Coming out a year and a half after it hit the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and several months after becoming available on last-gen consoles, the PC version of GTA V bears some nice visual improvements to make up for it.

While the system requirements of GTA V are not all that surprising, considering the complexity of the game, you’ll still need a pretty powerful PC to run the game, and a real beast to run it at its finest. Luckily, we’re here to help, so whether you’re looking for a budget solution that will deliver decent gameplay, or a monster PC that can run GTA V (and everything else you might throw at it) all maxed out, we have just what you’re looking for. Check out our low cost build below, with the medium cost, and the high cost builds on the following pages.

Low Cost

Putting a great emphasis on cost, this configuration is designed to provide you with the bare minimum requirements you need to run GTA V (and will set you back around $400 all up). Forget about cutting-edge graphics effects and smooth textures – this is all about raw gameplay on the lowest quality settings and minimized costs.

Rockstar’s minimum system requirements indicate that in order to run GTA V you’ll need an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor (Phenom 9850, if you’re an AMD fan) or an equivalent, 4GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA 9800 GT or AMD HD 4870 with 1GB of video memory. A 64-bit version of Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista is also required, as well as 65 GB of free hard disk space. Overall, these are not the most outrageous system requirements out there, except maybe for the hard drive space requirement.

Our recommendation for a budget configuration is as follows:



The cheapest processor to meet the quad-core requirement and not belong to a museum (such as the indicated Intel Q6600) is the AMD A8-6500, priced at roughly $100. There’s no Intel alternative to go with in this price range, the cheapest quad-core Intel processor coming with a price tag in the ballpark of $200. However, there’s a catch: some games that supposedly require a quad-core processor (such as Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare) run perfectly fine on an entry-level Intel G3220 dual-core that’s priced below $60 , assuming the quad-core requirement is not enforced in a way that it actually prevents the game from starting. Since there’s no guarantee that GTA V will fit this bill or not, going with the AMD should be the safer option.



Along with the AMD A8-6500, you’ll need a socket FM2 or FM2+ motherboard. You can get some decent models under $50, such as this Asrock, which features the A58 chipset, or a slightly more powerful A68-based Gigabyte motherboard. The main advantage of the A68 chipset is that it comes with SATA 3 support – quite useful if you plan to go with a solid state drive or a fast hard drive. If you opted for the Intel G3220, or even a powerful i5, the MSI H81M-E33 is a budget 1150 motherboard you can opt for.


When it comes to RAM, the amount is what counts the most, especially when you’re on a tight budget. You can find a 4GB RAM stick for less than $30.


The PC version of GTA V prides itself on being able to run at 4K; however, the terms “4K” and “budget” don’t go well hand in hand, so we’ll leave the 4K (and even 1080p) for the next sections. In fact, if you’re on a tight budget, you can skip over buying a discrete GPU altogether, as both the AMD A8-6500, as well as the Intel G3220 or i5, come with integrated GPUs that should do a fairly good job at running GTA V with all the video details set to low.


A 500GB hard drive is enough for the needs of a casual user, and will offer plenty of space to accommodate the 65GB-requirement of GTA V. This Western Digital Blue 500GB SATA 3 hard drive is spacious, fast and affordable – triple win.


Even when talking about budget builds, a decent power supply from a reputable brand is a must-have. It’s not only about the power output and efficiency, but also about the integrated protection systems, which are totally absent in no-name unit. At roughly $40, this 430W EVGA power supply is a killer deal, packing in all sorts of protections, 80+ efficiency and a decent power output to support some future upgrades.



When on a tight budget, the PC case is not all that important – it’s not like you’ll need space for several hard drives, ginormous video cards or water cooling systems, so this $23 Xion Performance computer case will provide a decent home for your components. It’s small, stylish, and comes with an included 120-mm front fan.



The AOC e2070Swn is among the best options to go with when money is a critical factor. Coming with a 19.5” LED display and a maximum resolution of 1600 by 900 pixels (which is above the 1366 by 768 pixels standard resolution for low-end monitors), the AOC e2070Swn offers a good value for the money.

Keyboard and Mouse


For less than $15, this keyboard and mouse kit will do a good job for a non-pretentious user. Bump up the budget a bit and you can get a wireless kit for roughly $20.

Summing it up, you can get a complete budget PC capable of running GTA V for roughly $400, which is a fair price. As highlighted earlier, though, this configuration will just run the game at its lowest settings; if that’s not enough for you, and your budget is not that tight, you might want to consider the medium-cost configuration on the following page.

Latest GTA V Patch Causes Graphics Downgrade


Usually when you hear players discussing a graphics downgrade, it’s about a difference between early game footage and the final game that was released. This, however, is something unusual. Grand Theft Auto V’s latest patch was only intended to fix minor bugs and improve GTA Online’s stability, but something else came with it. Update 1.08 for the PS4 and Xbox One versions of GTA V downgraded the game’s graphics.

One user compiled a series of comparison shots demonstrating problems with parallax occlusion, popping, anisotropic filtering, and collisions. You can see them all in the video below.

While many of these changes are subtle enough to go unnoticed, the vehicle collisions particularly caught players’ attentions. Some people theorized it was a deliberate downgrade to improve frame rates, although no major frame rate issues had been noticed.

However, it now appears this was unintentional. Rockstar Support addressed the issue and said a fix is underway. So far, a new patch has solved the popping and collision issues, but the other problems remain.

With any luck, this will be taken care of soon, but we’ll keep you updated if we learn something new.

GTA V Graphics Comparison: PS3 v PS4 v PC


Although the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V has been delayed until April 14, there is still much excitement about how GTA V will look and run on the PC. Aside from advantages like fan-made mods, the PC version will also be able to achieve a higher-quality appearance for players running it on the maximum settings. Back when the PS4 and Xbox One versions were unveiled, comparisons between generations became a big incentive for fans to upgrade. None of us have seen the official PC version of GTA V, but we can get an idea of what it will look like.

Thanks to Gamersky, we can take a look at several images comparing GTA V on the PS3, on the PS4, and running on a PC at 4K resolution. Take a look at GTA V’s progression.









Impressed? While the contrast between the PS3 and PS4 versions is startling, the PC version takes another leap in quality. The level of detail, lighting effects, and even the colors have a noticeably more realistic appearance. If you’d like to see these images in video form, as well as more console-to-PC comparisons, you can check them out below.

Share your thoughts on these images and videos in the comments below. GTA V on PC is bound to be beautiful, and there are many reasons why fans of the game might consider an upgrade. Are you planning to buy it, or do you remain unconvinced?

Screenshot Comparison: GTA V on PS3 versus PS4

Want to know just how the recently confirmed Playstation 4 version of Grand Theft Auto V will compare to the currently available Playstation 3 version? Just check out these animated GIFs made up by some helpful people over at the GTAForums…

Simply click each image in order to open up the animated GIF version and see exactly the sorts of enhancements that the next-generation PS4 version of GTA 5 will bring us.

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The Evolution of GTA Set to Continue

Graphics and realism have come a long way since the early days of video games and the Grand Theft Auto series is a great example of that. Each of the individual GTA games themselves are actually split into categories (2D, 3D, and HD) that reference changes in the series style and appearance. These changes also reflect the overall progression and advancements made in the world of video games over the past decade or so.

When images from Grand Theft Auto V were first released, fans were stunned by how much better the game looked than previous tiles – particularly Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto 4. Some fans even re-created scenes from the GTA V images with the older games, to better illustrate the differences (as can be seen at the bottom of this article).

With technological advances and more powerful consoles, the developers were capable of things far beyond what the previous entries in the series could handle. Grand Theft Auto fans were stunned by how vivid, detailed, and realistic the characters and environments were.

Now, roughly one year after GTA V launched for the Xbox 360 and PS3, fans can look ahead to the upcoming remastered versions of the game and say the same things. As amazing as GTA V looked, it looks even better on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. All three of those systems are much more powerful than the Xbox 360 and the PS3, so improvements were expected, but the new trailer and screenshots still blew fans away. Comparison shots show the increased detail, and the effect is unbelievable. It makes the original version of GTA V look as outdated as GTA V’s predecessors did a year ago!

There’s no denying that video game graphics have progressed even further with the advent of the new generation of consoles, which makes the remastered GTA V look more realistic than ever before. We can only imagine what GTA VI will look like!

How excited are you by the prospect of improved visuals (amongst other things) in the remastered versions of GTA 5 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One?















One GTA V Version to Rule Them All?

Whenever there’s a major multi-platform release, tongues inevitably waggle as to which platform version will be the best one to get. And when tongues waggle about consoles and their capabilities, fanboy flame wars usually follow, accompanied by all the destructive insult-hurling you can shake two consoles at.

With the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 having been locked in mortal kombat for some years, they’ve had quite a few head-to-head battles, with each side coming out victorious in some cases, and humbled in others. One of those great and mythic battles was courtesy of Grand Theft Auto V’s predecessor itself, GTA IV. As one of the most hyped (and ultimately best-selling) games of all-time, there was fierce debate over which console version was better. In the end, while both versions did a superb job of running the game and were very close technically, most tech and gaming experts gave the edge to the Xbox 360 version (fanboys – you may commence battle in the comment section below).


At the time however, the PS3 was still in its relative infancy, the game was developed and optimized for the 360, and given that the PS3 was a particularly challenging system to learn on top of that and was no simple task to port a 360-based game to, the results did have to be accompanied with a proverbial pinch of salt. Now years later, as each console nears the end of its glorious gaming lifespan, the battle appears much more even.

Rockstar will definitely be making a more concerted effort to develop the game for both platforms, in such a manner that they may end up being virtually indistinguishable from each other. In fact the early screens and gameplay footage were courtesy of the PS3 version of the game, which tells a good deal about the differences between this new GTA version and the past one.

In the end, the PS3 vs. Xbox 360 battle may be a moot point, as the rumored PC version would have the potential to trump both of them. GTA IV’s PC version was able to deliver vastly superior graphics, sharper textures, render more objects on screen at once, and provide a much greater viewing distance. Of course unlocking that full graphical prowess required a sizable amount of computer horsepower (at least for the time) that not every gamer was able to tap into.

The PC port of GTA IV also came loaded for battle with additional features courtesy of its later release date; an occurrence that will likely repeat itself yet again if (or more likely when) the PC release rumors are proven true. Such features included a replay editor and traffic density control.


The wildcard is the possible Wii U port. While a Wii U version is unlikely to exceed the PS3/360 versions by much (if anything) graphically, the game could take advantage of the Wii U’s unique hardware to produce additional and creative ways to explore and battle through Los Santos. Grand Theft Auto has not made an appearance on a Nintendo home console to date (however, there have been versions made for the Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS).

It’s safe to say that no matter which version of GTA V you snag, it’s going to be an amazing, good looking time. As to which version may technically be the best however, that we’ll have to wait (grrrrr!!) and see.