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How do I get GTA IV to perform as good on my system as the guy in this video below? He only has a hd4870 512mb ddr3 and I have a gtx 460 ddr5 1Gb overclocked and my cpu overclocked at 3.8 GHz but this guys has everything maxed out 1920x1080 and even has view distance + detail distance + car density 100 eveything with 40-50 fps AVERAGE! Even when I use the more performance type patches I only get 30-40 fps and if I turn view distance at 100 I get even lower fps and with the latest patch when I turn shadows on Very High I get only 19-30 fps! This concerns me because why can't I play the game as smooth as him when I have a better gpu and I understand that it's an i5 cpu he's using but my gpu strength should still make the game perform much better than his machine because the 955 isn't bottlenecking at all.

    
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GTAIV is cpu hungry. Run it in window mode and bring up task manager to watch your cpu usage on each core.
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1) There's no way he maxed it with 512MB of VRAM. Period. No ifs ands or butts.
2) He has an i5. You have a Phenom II. GTA IV responds very highly to faster architecture, and higher clock speeds.
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Set GTA IV as a High Priority under Task Manager.
Should get some more FPS.

But idk why people cry about GTA IV...
It's well known it's a horribly coded/optimized game, and even makes i7s cringe.
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i actually have it run like butter on my setup. after the patches its like butter. 70% usage sometimes.
uses like 3 gigs of ram lol
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I can max that on my GTX 570 (hehe) but even with 1280Mb ram, everything is maxed out except for my draw distance which can go up to 72, and that is exceeding my VRAM. No way your 1Gb or his 512mb can max out the game and stay silky smoth!

On the benchmark, everything maxed out (except draw distance which is set to 50) @ 1080p I get around 65FPS.

You can always (as said by 8-Ball, put it as highest priority) and that will gain you a few FPS. You can also OC your VRAM with afterburner
Edited by CrazzyRussian - 2/24/11 at 10:03pm
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If you notice at the bottom of the screen it shows the settings changing warning. He may have put everything at max and didnt "apply" them.
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If you notice at the bottom of the screen it shows the settings changing warning. He may have put everything at max and didnt "apply" them.
I think he was just showing off the settings though because if he changed his settings a screen would come up before he closed saying "Are you sure you want to exit without saving your settings" and that didn't happen in the video.
    
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I can max that on my GTX 570 (hehe) but even with 1280Mb ram, everything is maxed out except for my draw distance which can go up to 72, and that is exceeding my VRAM. No way your 1Gb or his 512mb can max out the game and stay silky smoth!

On the benchmark, everything maxed out (except draw distance which is set to 50) @ 1080p I get around 65FPS.

You can always (as said by 8-Ball, put it as highest priority) and that will gain you a few FPS. You can also OC your VRAM with afterburner
You can use a commandline tweak(nomemrestrict) to unlock all graphics settings I can max the game out but only 19-30 fps as I said.
    
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GTA 4 is more CPU heavy than GPU heavy. To make it worse, it only uses three cores at the very most. Meaning the lack of framerate probably isn't your graphics card's fault half the time.
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