GTA-V PC Graphics Performance Review

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Image Quality Settings and Test System

Image Quality Settings and Test System

Before we begin with the graphics performance tests a little explanation. We use a time based measurement and not the internal benchmark. The test is a representative for any modern age GPU.

If you like to try out the benchmark:

  • In the advanced graphics menu press TAB.
  • Make sure you finished the prologue, otherwise the benchmark will exit on an error.
Again, we diverted from the internal benchmark as we felt is it not representative enough of the actual frame rate you will experience. Our measurements are taken on the street running towards a car to hijack. 

Our settings are as follows:





Obviously feel free to twiddle around with settings a bit. We choose quality settings, as hey as PC gamers @ that is what we are after. 

The graphics cards used in this specific article are:

GeForce GTX 660
GeForce GTX 680
GeForce GTX 760
GeForce GTX 770
GeForce GTX 780
GeForce GTX 780 Ti
GeForce GTX 960
GeForce GTX 970
GeForce GTX 980
GeForce GTX Titan
GeForce GTX Titan X
Radeon HD 7950
Radeon HD 7970
Radeon HD 7970 GHz
Radeon R7 260
Radeon R9 270X
Radeon R9 280X
Radeon R9 285
Radeon R9 290
Radeon R9 290X (4GB)
Radeon R9 290X (8GB)
Radeon R9 295x2

So that is a selection of the more popular graphics cards anno 2015. Our test will be the a level recording based up-on a heavy on the GPU level. Therefore our FPS can overall look a little lower then what you guys see yourself.

A test run can be quick or slow depending on your graphics card based on several factors like scene, resolution and image quality settings. Typically for a benchmark run there will be a scene rendered where the output of the number of frames rendered over time equals to an average framerate. 


Our test system is based on the eight-core Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition with Haswell-E based setup on the X99 chipset platform. This setup is overclocked to 4.40 GHz on all cores. Next to that we have energy saving functions disabled for this motherboard and processor (to ensure consistent benchmark results). We use Windows 8.1 all patched up. Each card runs on the same PC with the same operating system clone.

Our test rig was assembled this way (heavy setup) to prevent and remove CPU bottlenecks that could influence high-end GPU scores. Especially in resolutions up-to 1080P with high performance graphics cards, CPU limitation quickly kicks in.

But let's head on-wards to the next page where we'll look at some screenshots of the game.


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