Originally Posted by Princess Garnet
My Pentium III 800MHz, 384MB SDRAM, and GeForce 4 Ti4200 ran Grand Theft Auto Vice City fine. It actually had more trouble running Grand Theft Auto III, though I think turning down one video setting helped that, and it wasn't unplayable.
That was in 2003 the PC version released, so a Pentium III was pretty mainstream (or old if you were a gamer) at the time. Likewise, Grand Theft Auto III released in the middle of 2002 on the PC. If you were running it on a Pentium II at the time, that's your (your in general, not your as you) fault. The Pentium II was years old against the then new/powerful Playstation 2.
That'd be me like trying to run a console port of the next generation consoles if they came out today and expecting perfect performance.
Also, a GeForce 6150 is onboard, no? There's your likely problem, especially if you're running a "high" resolution (considering 1024x768 was about the norm back then). Granted, I'm not saying their ports are performance optimized, but rather that they didn't not run (double negative on purpose) on the hardware of the time.
Requirements for GTA III (released in 2001
450 MHz Intel Pentium II or AMD Athlon CPU
96 MB RAM
8x CD-ROM drive
500 MB hard disk space
16 MB DirectX 8.1 compatible graphics card
DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card
Windows 98/98 SE/Me/2000/XP
Compare that with the requirements of GTA IV:
Core 2 Quad 2.4GHz / AMD Tri core at 2.1GHz
512MB 8600GT / 512MB HD3870
So try to run GTA IV on those requirements. Then imagine trying to run GTA III on the requirements it has listed. Neither will be a playable experience. And the Pentium 3 architecture is INSANELY superior to the Pentium 2 architecture, so that argument is really quite silly. That's like comparing a P4 to C2D.
And yes my 6150 is onboard, its a laptop. And I'm playing GTA III at 640x480 bottomed out, and its just barely staying playable (over 30 FPS). That shows you how well optimized GTA games are for PC's. Yes, its onboard, yes its slow....but the game only requires a 16MB DX8.1 video card to run.