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GTA IV extremely low FPS on decent gaming PC?

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August 17, 2012 4:05:27 AM

I am aware that GTA IV is poorly optimized, but I think my system should be able to handle it. No matter what settings and resolution I play on its the exact same. My system is in my signature. I get like 5 FPS, and it freezes every few seconds.

Any solution? It's not a big deal, I have GTA IV on my Xbox 360 too, but I wanted to play with mods.

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August 17, 2012 4:37:24 AM

I've played gta and my machine is a little less as high spec as yours but mine seems do to okay however, I have a NVIDIA card.
What resolution are you running the game in? you might have to lower it a fair bit.
However I think the problem lies with how your graphics card its ATI and gta was very very poorly optomized for ATI threads like that used to be found all over the steam forums. I suppose making sure that your drivers are up to date as always, maybe even trying beta drivers. Also try turning the settings down or to application only in the AMD Control centre. Sorry I didn't give you a sure fix but that's all I know.

Lemon out :D 
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August 17, 2012 5:08:41 AM

I have tryed both my native resolution, 1920 x 1080, and the lowest possible resolution of 800x600 and still the same FPS. I have the latest drivers, but I suppose I could try the beta ones. Not a big deal if it doesn't work, as I said, I have it on Xbox too.
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August 17, 2012 5:33:09 AM

The game should run much better than that with your system. I have a Radeon HD 6870, and the game runs okay, so it isn't necessarily that the game is unplayable on AMD/ATI cards.

Make sure the game is patched to at least Version 1.0.4.0. The original release of the game was extremely buggy. You may try reinstalling the game, or verifying integrity of the game cache if you have the Steam version. It could be a bad installation.
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August 17, 2012 6:09:12 AM

Hmm, didn't check what version it was patched too. I am not home right now, so I can't check the version till I get back. I have the retail boxed version, not the Steam one.
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August 17, 2012 10:01:59 AM

You need to patch it. With the patch you will be able to max it out.
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August 17, 2012 12:40:35 PM

Sunius said:
You need to patch it. With the patch you will be able to max it out.


Where do we get these updates for GTA IV because I used to get a similar issue on my 4650. It may be a weak card but it had a stupidly high OC.
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August 17, 2012 3:42:05 PM

I'll try that, thanks.
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August 17, 2012 4:25:55 PM

Ahh, yes. That worked. I also had to install some Xlive.dll thing or it wouldn't launch. I am maxing it out at 40-60FPS now, so I'm happy.

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August 17, 2012 5:28:07 PM

Glad I helped you :) .
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August 17, 2012 8:28:26 PM

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August 22, 2012 9:39:14 AM

Thanks for the link
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December 10, 2013 2:38:00 AM

Guys, I'm having the same problem, however, I have the last patch!
My Graphics Card is an R9 280X and it always caps around 15FPS
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December 23, 2013 4:06:33 PM

I have R9 280X too with i5 2500k and patch 1.0.3.0, the game runs fine, same as my old GTX 560 '-'
Try updating ur game and check temps, voltage, etc..
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February 14, 2014 7:29:01 PM

DiogoR said:
I have R9 280X too with i5 2500k and patch 1.0.3.0, the game runs fine, same as my old GTX 560 '-'
Try updating ur game and check temps, voltage, etc..


The Graphics card is all ok. It's only on GTA EFLC/IV, ArmA 2 and Sniper: Ghost Warrior (this one is the worst. The image is black and white and upside down and I loved this game the first time I playd it) that I have problems on. On BF4 I usually get an average of 60-65FPS with everything maxed out, so the VGA is ok
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April 21, 2014 7:18:05 AM

Do you have Vista i got Windows 64 or 32 bit and it acts the same Way i have heard it Works fine on Vista but if u have 64 or 32 bit you meed to go to the Windows event log and disable it Search on YouTube there is a tutorial on there to disable event log for me it worked for 30 min before acti ng wierd again i gave My gta4 away but maybe the patch has already fixed it i dont know for sure
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