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SweetFX Joins GTA V Graphics Mod Race

With both the ENBSeries and Gionight‘s graphics mod both turning heads throughout the modding and gaming communities, the race is on for a place in modding history. With the aforementioned two making the rounds on the internet, graphics enthusiasts watch with excitement of varying intensity, waiting which will be ready first.

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What’s this? A new challenger appears!

SweetFX is the name of the newest mod on the block, and the name is quite accurate. GTA V is a damn pretty game in its own right, even, even, on last-gen consoles. This was the game that players called the “first true next-gen” release. This was the game that proved in April that the Xbox One and Playstation 4 still fall way behind the PC. Unmodded GTA V running on max setting in 4K produces screenshots that could be mistaken for photographs.

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And then came a few crazy, crazy people who decided that that wasn’t enough. Talented coders and modders sat down sat down in front of GTA V and said it does not look good enough. Instead of spewing hateful bile on some forums though, they decided to actually do something about it.

We’ve seen the release of other ENB mods, such as the one for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Gionight has also worked on the same game. The guys behind SweetFX have also released mods for a metric ton of other games, making countless titles that much easier on the eyes. They’ve also done a great job with Rockstar’s latest open-world hit. It will be damn difficult to proclaim a winner in this particular unofficial competition considering the minute difference, and who knows how many others will join the fray.

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What do you guys think of this graphical mod? Does it trump the other two? Do you even care?

Sneak Peek Of GTA V’s Next Big Graphics Mod

GTA V is widely known to be a very good looking game, especially on the PC. With the superior hardware capabilities PCs possess, games generally look significantly better on them than they do on consoles. Exceptions to this occur either due to horrible optimization, or purposeful graphical downgrades. Now, GTA V is a very, very pretty game. On max settings, some screenshots can be mistaken for a real-life photograph on first, second and third glances.

Another massive advantage PC has? Modding. While mods can be used for all kinds of mischief such as grappling hooks and jetpacks, or if you so desire, a total conversion of the game into a police sim, they are also widely used to beef up the visuals.

While we’ve already reported on one of the graphical heavy-hitters of the modding community, the ENBSeries aren’t the only popular graphical tweaks out there. Gionight, known for his modding of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has recently released to the public the first glimpse of what GTA V looks like after he got to work on the game. Note that despite being very much a work in progress, these screenshots already show a visible upgrade to the visuals of the game, even without a side-by-side comparison. If this is what Gionight’s Los Santos looks like incomplete, we can only imagine what the finished mod will make GTA V look like. Seems like the ENBSeries mod has a pretty serious contender.

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Just as it is well known that GTA V looks pretty damn good on max settings, it is also common knowledge that you need a pretty beefy machine to get it running. The thing with most graphical mods is that since they are usually made by a one-man team, optimization wise these mods aren’t always the best, and shoot up the system requirements by magnitudes. However, looking at those screens, it’s damn sure worth it.

Do you guys use and graphical mods in GTA V?

GTA V PC Benchmarks Put The R9 Fury X After The GTX 980 Ti

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With both Nvidia and AMD coming out with new cards soon, gamers are eager to know which of the two will be better. AMD was always the budget option with a tad weaker performance, while Nvidia always had a bigger price tag but also packed more of a punch.

AMD recently announced a new line of graphics cards, including the R9 Fury X, their new flagship GPU, and the first ever to feature HBM and stacked memory. Before the NDAs were over, everyone had extremely high hopes for this card, and was lauded as the “Titan-killer” by many AMD fans. The truth, however, is a little less glamorous…

Several benchmarks that have been leaked or released show that, as opposed to what people expected, the Fury X couldn’t quite defeat Nvidia’s pointlessly overpowered Titan X. However, Nvidia has also announced a new GPU since, the GTX 980 Ti, the bigger brother of the 980. The GTX 980 was meant to be the halfway-point between the price of the “regular” cards and the power of the Titan series. While many users suggest that builders go with 970 in SLI instead, the GTX 980 is still a solid card, and the Ti is just more of the lovin’.

GTA V on PC is known to be quite the hardware hog, though the fact that it is well optimized (*cough* Assassin’s Creed Unity *cough* ) means that it can run well on weaker systems too. However, if you want to get GTA V to look the best it can, then you’ll need quite a beast of a machine. As such, the game works well as a benchmaring tool for high end hardware, and a recent comparison between the 980 Ti and the Fury X shows that Nvidia still has the edge with performance.

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Do you guys prefer Nvidia or AMD cards? Will you be upgrading your rig anytime soon?

GTA V ENBSeries Mod Updated, Rockstar Gives Statement About Mods

GTA V has been a massive hit among gamers, and when the PC version launched, Rockstar Games’ flagship title found an all new audience – modders.

People who enjoy tweaking, changing and expanding a game with their home brew content have been poking around the innards of games for as long as there have been games, and the modding community is a sizable chunk of PC gamers. GTA V has been a playground for modders, with creations ranging from the technically useful such as graphical tweaks to the impressively silly ones such as a gun that summons sharks.

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Today we’ll be looking at one of the useful mods, a graphical mod, to be exact. Well, the graphical mod. Boris Vorontsov is a name well known to the PC crowd, as he is the genius behind the wildly popular ENB series of graphical mods. Several games over the years ended up on his operating table ,and came out looking better than ever. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, previous GTA games San Andreas and IV, and Mass Effect are among the game he has elevated to visual masterpieces.

His work with GTA V has been pretty revolutionary. Let’s face it – vanilla GTA V looks pretty damn good, even if you’re not running all max settings. Even so, Boris managed to make noticeable improvements. He just released the newest beta version of ENB Series for GTA V, adding a new external shader and some other new features.

In light of the newest patch for GTA Online messing with single player mods, Rockstar has also issued a statement to reassure their PC fans that the policy regarding modding has not changed.

We have always appreciated the creative efforts of the PC modding community and we still fondly remember the awesome zombie invasion mod and original GTA map mod for GTAIV PC among many other classics. To be clear, the modding policy in our license has not changed and is the same as for GTAIV. Recent updates to GTAV PC had an unintended effect of making unplayable certain single player modifications. This was not intentional, no one has been banned for using single player modifications, and you should not worry about being banned or being relegated to the cheater pool just for using single player PC mods. Our primary focus is on protecting GTA Online against modifications that could give players an unfair advantage, disrupt gameplay, or cause griefing. It also bears mentioning that because game mods are by definition unauthorized, they may be broken by technical updates, cause instability, or affect your game in other unforeseen ways.

What do you guys think of the use of mods in GTA V?

GTA V Performance Guide from Nvidia

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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

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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

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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.

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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:

Processor

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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.

Motherboard

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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.

RAM

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.

GPU

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.

Storage

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.

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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.

Case

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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.

Monitor

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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

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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

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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.