Which graphics card is the best for playing GTS 4 on the PC? PC Games Hardware checked seven graphics cards for their performance in matters of Grand Theft Auto and testes how much video memory is required.
GTA 4 (PC): Benchmark review with 7 graphics cards - Introduction
GTA 4 (PC): GPU benchmarks [Source: view picture gallery]
Grand Theft Auto 4 caused a lot of problems on its launch: crashes during startup, the copy protection and the performance annoyed the customers. By now Rockstar reacted and delivered a patch
which fixes several bugs and also makes it possible to test several graphics cards without complications. GTA 4 (PC): Benchmark review with 7 graphics cards - Test procedure
To check the performance of the graphics cards we use our Promenade benchmark. It challenges the system with many passengers and heavy traffic as well as a huge range of visibility and is quite representative for GTA 4 because you spend a lot of time in the city. In order to keep the framerate at a moderate level we use maximal details, but restrict the draw distance to 50 percent - a value normally intended for cards with 1,024 MiByte VRAM.
As our CPU benchmark review
reveals, GTA 4 primarily needs a fast CPU. Therefore we use a Quadcore Extreme QX6850 clocked to 3.33 GHz instead of the Core 2 Duo E8500 we usually use. Te remaining components are a Intel chipset and 2x 2,048 MiByte DDR2-800 RAM and Windows Vista SP1.