Alright, this is the third time I've made a topic like this. I'm kind of surprised that after five years there are no mods that optimize IV in any way. Yet I always hear about how "the community had to optimize the game."
It's either you use some launch commands that don't even really seem to do anything, or downgrade IV to 126.96.36.199 - which honestly, is my least favorite "solution" to see get thrown around. Not only does this fix the performance, but it's not a solution for EFLC. Downgrading to 188.8.131.52 is also the same thing as turning down the graphics in 184.108.40.206.
I find it amazing how people are able to run GTA IV on max settings, let alone with mods like ENB or iCEnhancer. What really astounds me is that I've seen multiple benchmarks or videos where people are using the same GPU as me, yet I can't get the same performance as them.
For reference, I have an AMD FX-6300 six-core, running at 3.5Ghz. A Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 with 2GB of video memory. And 8GB of RAM. This set up is better than my i5-2310 and HD 6850, yet I'm still getting the same performance. Hell, I think it's even a bit worse.
Seriously, give me a combination of graphic settings to try out and I'll let you know what kind of framerate I get. It's crazy, it makes no sense.
Is there truly any possible way to get some good performance out of IV/EFLC? Is there any hope of optimizing the game? Why the hell does it run so bad in the first place? What kind of tricks are you guys doing with your game to get it to run so good?