Having played Grand Theft Auto V on the Xbox 360 and again on the Xbox One, I didn;t grab a copy of the PC version for the story or the multiplayer—I got it for those sweet 3840 x 2160 ultra HD graphics. So far I’m very pleased.

After Rockstar released the first set of 4K screenshots for GTA V I vowed to acquire a 4K-capable monitor . Shortly after I made that vow I made good on it, and the Phillips Brilliance 28-inch monitor has been sitting on my desk for a month or two, waiting for this day. Coupled with a pair of Nvidia Geforce GTX 980 running in SLI, I’ve managed to run the game satisfactorily at four times 1920 x 1080 with most of the bells and whistles maxxed out.

To get the full effect of the screens below, right click and choose to open them in a new browser tab. Then zoom to 100 percent.

Now when I say satisfactorily, that doesn’t mean perfect. While the frame rate hovers around 60, when it gets busy there can be spurts of pretty serious slowdown. Check out the video below.

It doesn’t start off bad, but once I jack the yellow car at around :35 the framerate dips significantly. Note that the video is only 30 frames per second, as YouTube currently limits 4K video to that frame rate.

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It’s not perfect, but I’m still tweaking settings—if I dial down some of the extras, I’m positive a steady 60 is achievable.

Here’s the setup I am currently running:

  • Philips 28-Inch 4K Ultra HD LED Monitor
  • Dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 980s running in SLI
  • Intel Core i7-3770k running at 3.50 GHz
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Soundblaster Pro (just kidding)

I’m due for a processor upgrade, and that 8 GB of RAM is feeling mighty lonely. But otherwise I’m pretty happy with the setup. My choice to go 4K for GTA V was a good one.

Anyone else max out their graphics hardware for Rockstar’s lastest PC port?