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Old 01-28-2009, 06:45 PM   #1
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Default 4870 1GB GTA4 Issues

I just put in my HIS 4870 and when I am playing GTA4, I can't put all the settings on full or else the game becomes sluggish, Right now im running with them at Medium and its doing decent, I know this card can handle this game so I am wondering if its some other hardware affecting it. I AM running a 520Watt MasterPower PSU, but from what I have read online, people are running their 4870's fine with a 500W PSU. So my other guess could be my ram, its 3gb of Kingston Value ram, (PC4200) I am planning to upgrade to 4gb of G.Skill (pc2 8500) soon. Should this fix the problem?

I also am running DOD:S on full everything and that is running flawlessly. GTA4 is the only thing I am having problems with. I am using latest drivers off of ATI's website as well.

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Old 01-28-2009, 06:55 PM   #2
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Default Re: 4870 1GB GTA4 Issues

Hmm, your video card, and more importantly, your Phenom 9950BE should be able to handle that game. Have you installed the latest drivers?

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Have a read through this: GTA 4 (PC): Graphics settings compared plus system requirements
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:55 PM   #3
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Default Re: 4870 1GB GTA4 Issues

happens to many ppl no matter how powerful ur card is. GTA 4 is pretty buggy rite now. Upgrading ur ram won't do anything
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:07 PM   #4
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Default Re: 4870 1GB GTA4 Issues

I'm running what's in my sig and GTA4 has worked just fine for me...highest settings. But maybe I got lucky. As Atomic Rooster said, make sure you have the latest drivers. Never use the CD that comes with the video card...the drivers are almost ALWAYS outdated...
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:48 PM   #5
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I do have the latest drivers, version 8.12, right off the site. A buddy of mine has a 8600GT and a 500W PSU but he is also running a watercooling system, and on his rig the 8600GT starves for power when its at maximum settings and starts to lag, so I am wondering if thats whats happening to me, but Im not even running a lot of stuff, just one HDD.

I even had the resources about 150ish lower than my max
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:50 PM   #6
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Nah, I'm still thinking 500W is plenty...there's got to be an underlying issue here; either that, or it's the game itself. Do you have any other newer games to test on high settings to see if it's laggy?
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Old 01-28-2009, 07:52 PM   #7
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I do have the latest drivers, version 8.12, right off the site. A buddy of mine has a 8600GT and a 500W PSU but he is also running a watercooling system, and on his rig the 8600GT starves for power when its at maximum settings and starts to lag, so I am wondering if thats whats happening to me, but Im not even running a lot of stuff, just one HDD.

I even had the resources about 150ish lower than my max
It's not your card, it's the game. The same thing happens for me. The drivers are getting a bit better. It's just going to take some time to iron the whole thing out. The programming wasn't done too well for the PC version.
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:48 AM   #8
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Well, it runs fine on my HD 4850. I suggest you make sure you've uninstalled all the previous drivers and then install 8.12 again.
Uninstall the drivers through control panel - add/remove programs -> Reboot in safe mode and run Driver Sweeper -> Reboot and install 8.12 again.

I used to have issues like that until I installed 8.12.
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:02 AM   #9
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id count yourself lucky that it runs well on medium, and just wait for some better patches/drivers to come out.
my laptop (in sig) can only handle low / medium (i keep it on low just so it runs as well as it can) and it looks fine.
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