How to increase fps in GTA 5 on low-end PC or laptop?

In this article, I will explain how to increase fps in GTA 5 on low-end PC or laptop.

How to increase fps in GTA 5 on low-end PC or laptop

GTA 5 has a hell lot of things, so many vehicles, peoples & many more, and some PC requirements which are needed to run this game.

It takes around 89-90 GB of your storage after installing the game. I love hanging out with my friends in GTA online & have fun but sometimes my PC crashes due to all of the kinds of stuff that renders while playing.

But hey, when has that stopped us? Gamer's having low specs can play this game and everything over 20 FPS is considered a playable frame rate.

Let's discuss on how to run GTA 5 smoothly on your low-end PC / laptop

> When you start the game it will start in the default configuration, Now this is the game's default minimum preset with two very important things that I have changed. Set the smallest resolution possible 800x600 pixels it will increase your performance, the game might not look good in low resolution but you can play it smoothly.

> Also, turn off vertical Sync, Vertical Sync locks FPS if you see that your FPS is fluctuating a lot then you can try tuning on V Sync that might help you to get stable frame rates.

> Set Direct X to 10. You can see good results from Direct X 10 there is not much difference between Direct X 10 & 10.1. For the rest of the options set it to the lowest you can go that is “Normal”, which is very important as it will impact your graphics memory.

> So now definitively you can see improvements. But in most cases when you run to the north of Los Santos where things usually slow down.

> Now you can also turn off auto-scan for music in your audio menu.

Seems like something very simple, but the auto-scan function is searching for music in the background as you drive, and if your CPU is weak it will impact your performance.

> Now there is a couple of settings that are hidden on the game that we can disable using the settings file.

> Go to the Document folder > Rockstar game > GTA5 > Settings.xml. Open Settings.xml file with notepad or notepad ++ to edit the settings, Set Shadow Quality to"0". After all these settings it will disable most of the game's shadow altogether. Just to be sure disable shadows in particles then disable blur in reflections and fog volumes by typing "false". This setting will disable all effects and shadows. Make sure to save your Settings.xml file.

I am providing the settings.xml file configured for low end PC. Just download it and replace it with your existing settings file in Documents> Rockstar games > GTA5. Click Here to download Settings.xml file.

> GTA 5 has lots of shadows that use lots of resources disabling those that will increase your game performance & FPS. This looks odd now. Well, now you will see that the performance of the game is a lot better. Disabling reflections have some odd effects on water, check out how strange it will look. Well, it's playable.

> If you are a low spec gamer you have most probably messed up with settings in task manager like increasing CPU priorities etc. So, open task manager> Go to Details> GTA5.exe>Right click on gta5.exe> Set Priority>High.

Final thoughts on how to increase fps in GTA 5 on low-end PC or laptop with settings. 

At last, I want to just mention key points which you need to change while playing GTA 5 also if you want to play smoothly in GTA online but here is something you need to note that if you join a public server in GTA online with 15 to 20 + players then at that moment it will lag a lot like a lot of renderings happen so you will get very low FPS if your system has weak CPU with low ram & yes you need to have a good stable internet connection with low latency & ping. Minimum 10Mbps will be sufficient also make sure your NAT type remains open, otherwise, you will face issues while playing in public servers.

GTA 5 low-end PC settings for online/offline.

> Keep your resolution Lowest as possible: 800*600.

> Turn off V Sync.

> Turn off all filtering.

> Play at Direct X 10.

> Keep all setting like grass quality shadows etc to "Normal"

> Check Video memory usage, make sure your game uses as much low memory as possible. ( If you have 1 GB graphics memory make sure it doesn't exceed above 800 MB )

> If you have 4 GB Ram then while starting the game make sure you close all background applications as much as possible. Make sure 60% of your ram is free or else you will encounter shutter lags while driving cars & also in some cases your game will crash.

Virtual memory doesn't help much but you can also try increasing virtual memory in Advanced System Setting then on the performance tab. Increase it up to a limit depending on your available space on your hard drive. 

Frequently Asked Questions. 

 1. Can GTA V run on low end PC?

Yes. Make sure you check GTA 5 minimum PC requirements below:

> OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 64 Bit Service Pack 2* (*NVIDIA video card recommended if running Vista OS). 

> Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz.

> Memory: 4 GB. 

> Video Card: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1 GB / AMD HD 4870 1 GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11). 

> Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible. 

> HDD Space: 100 GB +.

> DVD Drive.

2. Can 8gb RAM run GTA 5?

Yes, with no issues. But, make sure you have decent graphics card and processor too.

3. Can i3 run GTA V?

Yes, with 4 GB ram at least. You have to run the game on low settings and in some scenarios you might face minor lags but if your graphics card is decent enough then the game will be playable.


4. How many GB is GTA 5?


Its around 95 GB. Size may vary for new updates.


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