Hardware Requirements, Performance & Conclusion

The Rockstar website gives the range of tested PCs for GTA V:

GTA V PC System Requirements

Minimum specifications:
OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 64 Bit Service Pack 2* (*NVIDIA video card recommended if running Vista OS)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz
Memory: 4GB
Video Card: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB
DVD Drive

Recommended specifications:
OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHZ (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHZ (8 CPUs)
Memory: 8GB
Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD7870 2GB
Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
HDD Space: 65GB
DVD Drive

Nvidia has their own optimization suggestions which may be quite helpful, or a player can just use the GeForce Experience included with the latest recommended 350.12 GeForce drivers.  The GeForce Experience will, at the touch of a button, set near-ideal custom settings for any PC and for more than 100 games including for GTA V.

Performance

GTA5 2015-04-22 10-41-08-71Nvidia suggests that a GTX 980 can max out GTA V at the highest settings, including using 4xMFAA at 1920×1080. Our own results with maxed out settings suggest that this is correct.  It is just a really demanding game.

And you will need at least 3GB of vRAM to max out your settings and 4GB or 6GB – or even more – are preferred if you game above 1920×1080 resolution.  TITAN X is not overkill with its 12GB of vRAM if you are running maxed out 4K resolution settings, preferably with TITAN X SLI.  You will not get the performance issues and stuttering that we found with GTX 980 SLI running 4K with MSAA.

Conclusion

After enabling FXAA, MFAA is the logical choice for GTA V if you are playing with a Nvidia card and have the performance to enable MSAA. TXAA definitely blurs the scene, but gives a cinematic look and removes most of the shimmering and crawling in motion. 4K DSR is incredible at 1920×1080 but takes a hit as severe as using native 4K.  The overall IQ using 4K DSR is better in our opinion than using native 2560×1600 resolution!

GTA V comes recommended and it is a certain hit for Grand Theft Auto fans.  The graphics are extraordinary, the gameplay is enhanced over the earlier games, and while the story is acceptable, the voice acting and gameplay are absolutely top-notch. We feel it is worth the $60 asking price for an excellent long single player adventure with good multiplayer action also.

GTA V has become BTR’s latest benchmark. Stay tuned as we have many more reviews and evaluations coming up. This weekend, you can expect a full review of the HyperX Cloud gaming headset  And we are working on our next overclocking review using GTX 980 SLI versus R9 290X CrossFire versus TITAN X in a 30-game Showdown at high resolution.

Happy Gaming!

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