So, I'm not creating this topic for deliver something really new, because most of you guys most probably already know general differences between so called "best patch for performance" and "best patch for graphics".
In first case, I refer to patch 4 ( 184.108.40.206 ).
But please note that I'm using patch 5 ( 220.127.116.11). It is international version of patch 4, with few small fixes/additions.
In second case, I refer to patch 8, the last available version at the moment, which is very similar to patch 6 or 7.
So, the point is to show you or should I say remind you about key differences between these GTA IV versions. Three main options:
1. Shadows quality.
3. Pros and cons exlusive to patch 5 and patch 8.
Here we go.
I will show it via screenshots of every shadows quality settings.
I used same save-game for both versions, which mean's that time and weather was the same in both cases.
Patch 5, shadows quality LOW:
Patch 5, shadows quality MEDIUM:
Patch 5, shadows quality HIGH:
Patch 5, shadows quality VERY HIGH:
Patch 8, shadows quality LOW:
Patch 8, shadows quality MEDIUM:
Patch 8, shadows quality HIGH:
Patch 8, shadows quality VERY HIGH:
Now, let's go to performance.
I used same save-game file again in both versions.
I get in same car, and drive same route for ~5 minutes in heavy areas of Liberty City.
Frames Per Second was captured by FRAPS benchmarking tool during this.
I used identical in-game settings for both versions:
The only difference was shadows quality level: VERY HIGH on 18.104.22.168 and HIGH on 22.214.171.124.
You may ask - why ?
Because VERY HIGH shadows quality in 126.96.36.199 version cut FPS in half !
You can actually see this on screens that I posted above.
So, this should be the indulgence for 188.8.131.52 version in performance test.
Here is the results:
GTA IV, version 184.108.40.206 ( Patch 5 )
Frames Per Second:
- Min: 34
- Average: 55
- Max: 82
GTA IV, version 220.127.116.11 ( Patch 8 )
Frames Per Second
- Min: 33
- Average: 49
- Max: 79
And final thoughts - pros and cons exlusive to patch 5 and patch 8.
I will quickly compare main features of both versions, which I test and know for sure.
1.Shadows quality //
In general, shadows is better on patch 18.104.22.168.
VERY HIGH shadows settings literally break fps in patch 8.
If we compare VERY HIGH patch 5 vs HIGH patch 8, the difference is not that big.
Some people like old style shadows (patch5), and other people like new style (patch8).
Worth to mention also - 22.214.171.124 version suffer from "exlusive" shadows bugs, like "horizontal line trees shadows bug", "black line shadows bug" ...
126.96.36.199 version also has some shadows bugs, especially with "Night shadows ", but they can be called minor in comparison with patch 188.8.131.52.
Personally, I prefer patch 5 shadows.
2. Overall rendering quality //
Better in patch 5 IMHO.
Patch 8 has problems with draw distance and lod handling.
Trees rendering is better on patch 5 (no "horizontal line trees shadows bug").
3. Performance //
You already saw the benchmarking results.
Patch 5 can give you ~5 extra average fps, and that mean's much in game like IV.
And funny thing ~40 fps with patch 5 feels better, than ~50 fps with patch 8.
Just my personal feelings.
4. Other stuff.
Of course, newer patch 184.108.40.206 has some minor advantages and fixes, I'm too lazy to name all of them, you better check official changelogs for patches.
I recommend playing GTA IV with Patch 5 (220.127.116.11).
Better performance, less bugs/glitches.
I hate mods, but I can advice some clean "vanilla" fixes, like Recoil Fix, AMD water fix.
I also used MLAA in IV to reduce jaggies, it is AMD driver-level post-processing AA method, similar to FXAA.
You can find more info about all this stuff on this page:
Also, you can check this interesting comparison video:
There is some more stuff I can tell, but I'm really too lazy ))
Even this article tired me ...
Thank you for your attention.
If you have any questions or comments - feel free to post them.
P.S. Here is my PC specs:
Intel [email protected] Q8400 3.2 Ghz
AMD Radeon 7770 2 Gb
4 Gb DDR2 1066 Mhz RAM
Windows 7 SP1 x64
1280*1024 display resolution