Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V (DirectX 11)


From one of the biggest series in gaming history, the latest iteration of the Grand Theft Auto titles is a stunning collection of graphics and gameplay. The PC version adds new features like an optional first-person mode and increases visual fidelity dramatically, making this one of the best looking and most GPU-demanding games available.

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Settings used for GTA V Testing

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Settings used for GTA V Testing

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Settings used for GTA V Testing

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Settings used for GTA V Testing

2 GPU Testing

Well, at 2560×1440, neither the GTX 980 Ti nor the Fury X seem to scale well at all in terms of average frame rate or in terms of frame time variance. Even though the NVIDIA solution is a bit faster overall, frame time variances of nearly 5ms starting at the 90th percentile are very poor and create a sub-par gaming experience.

At 4K things get quite a bit better for the 980 Ti though the Fury X descends back into the realm of pre-frame pacing! The experience with the pair of Fury X cards in this game at 4K in CrossFire was awful and is clearly something that no one should be using, even though raw average FPS scaled from 29 FPS to 41 FPS. The GTX 980 Ti though scales by 66% and hits 55 FPS with a much smoother experience.

3 GPU Testing

Umm..yuck. 3-Way SLI and 3-Way CrossFire both show 6-8ms frame rate variance at the 90th percentile and 0% scaling at 2560×1440.

Even at 4K things look bad for 3-Way GPU configurations. GTA V is clearly not ready for either of these configurations from AMD or NVIDIA.

GTA: V – 2560×1440
  Single GPU (FPS) 2-Way (FPS) Scaling 3-Way (FPS) Scaling
AMD Fury X 45 51 +13.33% 51 0%
GTX 980 Ti 60 66 +10% 64 -3%
GTA: V – 3840×2160
  Single GPU (FPS) 2-Way (FPS) Scaling 3-Way (FPS) Scaling
AMD Fury X 29 41 +41% 43 +4.8%
GTX 980 Ti 33 55 +66% 61 +10.9%

Today's table is a little different than recent ones as we are not comparing directly between the AMD Fury X and GTX 980 Ti, and instead we are comparing single GPU to 2-GPUs and to 3-GPUs. The resolutions are separated to make things a big easier to digest and the "scaling" columns show you how much performance improvement you see going from 1-to-2 GPUs and then from 2-to-3 GPUs.

You can see from the data that at 2560×1440, neither GPU vendor is able to really see gains in GTA V at our image quality settings; that really takes place at 4K. But at that point you need to look at the Frame Variance data above – it looks just fine for the GTX 980 Ti SLI setup but not for AMD's Fury X in CrossFire. As for 3-Way, just don't bother here.

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