GTA V PC Runs Pretty Well In Ultra HD, If You Have The Hardware

GTA V PC Runs Pretty Well In Ultra HD, If You Have The Hardware

Having played Grand Theft Auto V on the Xbox 360 and again on the Xbox One, I didn’t grab a copy of the PC version for the story or the multiplayer — I got it for those sweet 3840 x 2160 ultra HD graphics. So far I’m very pleased.

After Rockstar released the first set of 4K screenshots for GTA V I vowed to acquire a 4K-capable monitor . Shortly after I made that vow I made good on it, and the Phillips Brilliance 28-inch monitor has been sitting on my desk for a month or two, waiting for this day. Coupled with a pair of Nvidia Geforce GTX 980 running in SLI, I’ve managed to run the game satisfactorily at four times 1920 x 1080 with most of the bells and whistles maxxed out.

GTA V PC Runs Pretty Well In Ultra HD, If You Have The Hardware

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GTA V PC Runs Pretty Well In Ultra HD, If You Have The Hardware
GTA V PC Runs Pretty Well In Ultra HD, If You Have The Hardware
GTA V PC Runs Pretty Well In Ultra HD, If You Have The Hardware

Now when I say satisfactorily, that doesn’t mean perfect. While the frame rate hovers around 60, when it gets busy there can be spurts of pretty serious slowdown. Check out the video below.

It doesn’t start off bad, but once I jack the yellow car at around :35 the framerate dips significantly. Note that the video is only 30 frames per second, as YouTube currently limits 4K video to that frame rate.

It’s not perfect, but I’m still tweaking settings — if I dial down some of the extras, I’m positive a steady 60 is achievable.

Here’s the setup I am currently running:

  • Philips 28-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED Monitor
  • Dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 980s running in SLI
  • Intel Core i7-3770k running at 3.50 GHz
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Soundblaster Pro (just kidding)

I’m due for a processor upgrade, and that 8 GB of RAM is feeling mighty lonely. But otherwise I’m pretty happy with the setup. My choice to go 4K for GTA V was a good one.

Anyone else max out their graphics hardware for Rockstar’s lastest PC port?


  • Don’t have 4k res, but all settings maxed out otherwise and runs at 60FPS. It’s glorious.

  • My setup is as follows and I’ve been getting 100+fps (even though V-sync is on which is weird). Nearly all setting maxed besides the shadows draw distance and such due to on a 3GB card.

    ASUS 2560x1440p IPS
    Intel core I7 4770k
    EVGA GTX 780TI

    Nothing is overclocked, card temps run around 68-72c depending on room temp, or how fast fans are going.

    Overall I’m very happy with it, It is very well optimized. I was not expecting to be getting more than 60fps in all situations.

    I’ve noticed some little graphics bugs where the shadow would be stuck in the same position on the screen, following the camera as it moves and a few lighting bugs when walking inside. Nothing drastic though.

    I bought it when it first came out on PS3 and all I can say is it looked like a trud back then compared to the PC version.

    I forgot to add, I’m also using win 10. Some issues from that as well include a delay when the game in running and it’s minimized and I’m typing in google etc, text takes a second to show up from when I pressed it. Also the game stutters when it loads into the game but a simple Alt-tab fixes that.

    • Have you noticed a little screen glitching in the bottom right corner? Kind of mixed, broken pixels? It’s not permanent and only happens every so often.

      • I get that a little, over the map generally. It’s kinda strange, almost like it’s having trouble working out layers or something…

        I’m running a ATI 7870HD BTW. With the beta drivers I’m getting consistent FPS (seems around 60 but I’m, not measuring it, so how would I really know :))

        • Same card as me. Probably driver related, not that it’s a huge issue. It’s only a small portion of the screen in the bottom right side, so I hardly notice unless I’m looking for it now.

  • My setup is…

    i5 3570k @ 4.2GHz
    8GB RAM
    Soundblaster ZXR
    Wait for it… HD6990 awwwww yeah…

    Will find out how it runs tomorrow 🙂

  • I must be one of the few people who isn’t really concerned about running GTA 5 at full max graphics.

    To me the main draw card is the ability to customize my controls and have mouse aim.

  • i5 2500
    8GB RAM
    Geforce GTX 670

    Runs smooth and looks great but I can’t max it out.

    I was going to buy another 670 but looking into it, it seems that my motherboard won’t support SLI 🙁

  • i7 5820k overclocked to 4.4GHz
    2 x GTX980’s in SLI (o/clocked too)
    16Gb DDR4 2800MHz RAM
    4K Samsung LED LCD Monitor

    Installed late last night, will update FPS tonight if anyone is interested, basically only got this game to see it in 4K and to give my new rig its first proper 4K test :p

  • Some settings are pointless, such as anything to do with Blur or Depth of field, and at 4k you don’t need that FSAA either!

    You can get away with turning quite a few things off or down before you NOTICE the visual impact. The mentality of running EVERYTHING on ULTRA/MAX just because its a option is idiocracy!

  • I ran it on standard/default settings and still looks amazing. Only thing that is causing me grief is the memory leak issue that is being reported by a lot of people.

  • I have the money to get a 4k Monitor, im currently using SLI Titans so i dont really have a problem with graphics running smoothly but heres my thing:

    Does the 4k monitors make THAT BIG of a difference then regular 1920×1080?

    • $k makes an insane difference. I was one of those epic pc gamers that just laughed at those rushing to buy 4k tvs monitors until recently when I purchased an LG 55″ 4k TV. It took a day to get it setup and running at 4k, but I cant state enough just how much more amazing it is t watch all my favorite tv shows (Which you can do at hulu or any other service) and the up scaling is gorgeous. And then theres gaming. Battlefield hardline was my first 4k experience and theres just NO going back. I even busted out old games and was in awe enjoying them all over again. Just insane. I have a gtx 980 powering my video and it does the job well.

    • Yes it does. Once you go 4K you’ll never go back. I built a big 4K beast (see above comment), and said I’d use my gaming laptop for LAN’s.

      My girlfriend now has a $4000 gaming tumblr machine as I can’t bring myself to look at 1920×1080 anymore haha

      • “My girlfriend now has a $4000 gaming tumblr machine” – Quote of the millennium. Well done.

      • People say the same thing about 120Hz and IPS displays, & some people also say that about 21:9 AR displays. “Once you experience it you can’t go back, yo”. I’m in the 120Hz basket myself, & really can’t return to 60Hz, ever. Best thing for me is to get one of the 1440p 144Hz IPS monitors coming out soon. I have not personally seen 4K gaming.

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