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Grand Theft Auto V: PC Performance Benchmarks for Graphics Cards and Processors v.3

BASIC INFORMATION ON THE GAME

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We decided to conduct additional testing of Grand Theft Auto V in the most difficult mode for it, namely outside the city, where, as you know, the load on GPUs is greatest. CPU benchmarks and video/RAM usage are from past testing as they haven't changed, but we've presented their past results in this review for a clearer picture of the game's performance. You can also check out our first and second tests of Grand Theft Auto V. Below we have presented the requirements for maximum configurations, following from today's testing:

Comparison of AMD and NVIDIA Modes
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In this article, we decided to compare the graphics quality on AMD and NVIDIA products with identical graphics settings. The picture on both manufacturers is almost the same, except that on NVIDIA the image is somewhat clearer.

TEST PART

Test configuration

test stands

Benchmark #1 based on the Intel Socket 2011 v3

Testbed #2 based on the Intel Socket 2011 platform

Test stand #3 based on the Intel Socket 1155 platform

Test Bench #4 Based on AMD Socket AM3+ Platform

Testbed #5 based on the Intel Socket 1150 platform

multimedia equipment

Dell U3010 Monitor 

Monitor  ASUS PQ321QE

Software configuration

operating system

Microsoft Windows 8.1

Graphics driver

Nvidia GeForce/ION Driver Release 350.12

AMD Catalyst 15.4

Monitoring program

MSI Afterburner 4.1

FRAPS

GPU test

All video cards were tested at maximum graphics quality by MSI Afterburner. The purpose of the test is to determine how video cards from different manufacturers behave under the same conditions. The average and minimum FPS were taken as the performance indicator. Below is a video of the test segment:    

Our video cards were tested at resolutions of 1920x1080, 2560x1600 and 3840x2160 at the maximum graphics quality settings allowed by Grand Theft Auto V. The tests in this case were carried out at absolutely maximum graphics settings. In the first case, the game was tested with FXAA, and in the second with MSAA 2X. AMD multi-chip configurations have some problems - they categorically refuse to run on this save, causing the game itself to crash.

 

Testing at 1920x1080 resolution

 

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Testing at maximum quality settings 1920x1080

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With these settings,  video cards of the Radeon R9 270 or GeForce GTX 760 level showed an acceptable FPS. Radeon HD 7970 or  GTX 770 would be the best solutions .

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Testing at maximum quality settings 1920x1080 MSAA 2X

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With these settings,  video cards of the Radeon HD 7950 or GeForce GTX 670 level showed an acceptable FPS. Radeon R9 290 or GeForce GTX TITAN would be the best solutions. Two-gigabyte solutions on these settings periodically freeze.

Testing at 2560x1600 resolution

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Testing at maximum quality settings 2560x1600

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With these settings,  video cards of the Radeon HD 7970 or GeForce GTX 680 level showed an acceptable FPS. The optimal solutions would be the Radeon R9 290X or GeForce GTX 970.  Two-gigabyte solutions freeze periodically.  

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Testing at maximum quality settings 2560x1600 MSAA 2X

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With these settings,  video cards of the Radeon R9 290 or GeForce GTX 690 level showed an acceptable FPS. GeForce GTX  TITAN X levels will be the best solutions It is worth noting that after 10-15 minutes of playing time on 2 GB models, periodic long friezes and freezes begin. 3 gigabyte solutions sometimes freeze a little.

Testing at 3840x2160 resolution

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Testing at maximum quality settings 3840x2160

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With these settings,  video cards of the GeForce GTX 980 level showed an acceptable FPS.  The GeForce GTX  TITAN X  or GeForce GTX 980 SLI would be the best solutions  . It is worth noting that almost all decisions start to freeze a little over the course of playing time (15-20 minutes or more), a smooth process is preserved only on TITAN X and TITAN (which, in principle, is not enough for a comfortable game).

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Testing at maximum quality settings 3840x2160  MSAA 2X

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With these settings, video cards of the GeForce GTX TITAN X  level showed an acceptable FPS .  Everyone will have to forget about a comfortable game with these settings ...

 

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Testing of the video memory consumed by the game was carried out by the  MSI Afterburner program. The results on top video cards from AMD and NVIDIA were taken as an indicator at resolutions of  1920x1080 and 2560x1600 with various anti-aliasing settings.

Testing at maximum memory GPU quality settings

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The recommended amount of video memory usage for a resolution of 1920x1080 will be 3076 MB of video memory, for a resolution of 2560x1600 - 4096 MB of video memory and for a resolution of 3840x2160 about 6128 MB of video memory. 

 

CPU test

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We tested processor dependence on 16 models of basic configurations that are relevant today. The test was carried out in those places where the value of the video card for the game is minimal and its load was less than 99%, this time at a resolution of 1920x1080 with maximum graphics quality settings. Below is a video of the test segment:

Testing at maximum quality settings 1920x1080

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The CPU performance in the game is at an acceptable level.

Loading of processor cores at maximum quality settings 1920x1080 Intel % 

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Loading of processor cores  at maximum quality settings 1920x1080 AMD % 

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Grand Theft Auto V is capable of supporting up to 16 processing threads, but fully utilizes 8 processing cores.

RAM test

The test was carried out on the base configuration Core i 7 5960X @ 4.6 GHz with 16GB DDR4 2400 MGz pre-installed memory. All used RAM was taken as an indicator. The RAM test on the entire system was carried out on various test benches without running extraneous applications (browsers, etc.).

Testing the game's RAM consumption at various quality settings 

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As we can see, with various quality settings, the amount of RAM consumed in Grand Theft Auto V is at the level of 2000-2500 megabytes.

Testing system RAM consumption  

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On a 6 GB system, Grand Theft Auto V consumes about 4.9 GB of RAM. In the presence of a system with 8 gigabytes, the RAM consumption of all RAM was 5 gigabytes. With a 16 GB system, total memory consumption was almost 5.3 GB. And with 32 gigabytes of RAM, the system consumes 6  gigabytes of RAM.