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

Even with a single GPU, in GTA V, the results of "Sandy v. Sky" show a damning result for the 5-generations old platform. With an average frame rate drop of 25% and frame time variance that exceeds 4ms at the 90th percentile, the gaming experience of GTA V is significantly lower on the Core i7-2600K than it is on Skylake.

Like we saw with Bioshock, the results at 2560×1440 are much less severe than they were at 1080p. However, the Skylake system is still 4% faster than Sandy Bridge and hits 3ms of frame time variance at the 95th percentile, something Skylake doesn't hit even at the 99th percentile.

Adding in the complication of multi-GPU makes this even worse for Sandy Bridge, with an average frame rate deficit of over 40%! While both configurations have some frame time consistency concerns, the Core i7-6700K provides a much smoother overall gaming experience than the Core i7-2600K.

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