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Why is GTA 4 so laggy on my PC?

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Why the hell is this game soo f'ing laggy? I play other games like L.A Noire, Alan Wake, Mafia 2, etc and they aren't laggy. Any ideas? I have to play on medium settings to get a playable frame rate.


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post #2 of 17
GTA IV is a very bad console port. It is not even minimaly optomised for PC gaming. Being able to play it is a matter of luck. But it specificly doesnt liek AMD, be it a CPU or GPU

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post #3 of 17
Because gta iv is an awful port. I have seen it to run like crap with super high end systems and then to run just fine with mid range systems.

Also you can try to oc a bit your cpu
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post #4 of 17
it doesn't like multi-gpu setups either. and the benchmark lies when it tells you performance.

turn off the shadows and lower the draw distance.
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post #5 of 17
It's laggy on everyone's PC so don't worry.thumb.gif
It's a bad console port, that's why.
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post #6 of 17
think of GTA 4 as a game running on playstation emulator
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post #7 of 17
CPU does not matter but ATI GPU does not work well with it. I use AMD with Nvidia and have no problems with GTA. I can advice the OP to install latest patch for GTA IV it fixes a lot of graphical problems and glitches.
post #8 of 17
I loved - The Lost and Damned, that was laggy! Hey, now i have more mem and a better card i just might load that up again biggrin.gif
post #9 of 17
i have played GTA4 with a 965x4,,,1090tx6,,,and now a 3570k,,,,,it was ok with the AMD chips,,it got way better with the Intel,,,all with the same gtx570,,,,make sure you have the latest patches,,,its a glitchy game anyways
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post #10 of 17
The game has very poor coding its pathetic really...there are a few fixes google "gta 4 graphics fix" there's a few console commands that fixed my issues with my main system
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