Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition PC performance and GPU benchmarks

Written by Chad Norton on Fri, Nov 12, 2021 2:35 PM
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Rockstar's notorious Grand Theft Auto Trilogy has been officially remastered with brand new and improved visuals, enhancing textures, characters, and especially the lighting. From previews we've seen it already looked great, but how demanding is it? What kind of hardware is needed to play at its best? We take a look at some PC performance benchmarks for the GTA Trilogy Remasters...

First of all, in this PC performance benchmark article for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition, we benchmark a range of graphics cards going from the higher-end RTX 3070; to the mid-range GTX 1060, which is close to the recommended GPU for GTA Trilogy Definitive Edition; and finally down to the lower-end AMD Radeon R9 380, which is just above the minimum required GPU for Grand Theft Auto Trilogy.

Then we go through the FPS test results of each graphics card running at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. From there we can see the performance of the minimum and recommended system requirement graphics cards and consider how well optimized Grand Theft Auto The Trilogy Definitive Edition really is.

Unfortunately, the GTA Trilogy Remasters don't actually have any graphics quality presets, so we ended up creating our own custom presets for Low, Medium, and High settings. Low being everything turned off or down to their lowest setting, and High being everything maxed out to Ultra or maximum quality, and Medium being somewhere in between. You can check out our custom preset options in the table below:

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition custom presets Low Medium High
Graphics Quality Low Medium Ultra
Anti-Aliasing Off FXAA+ TAA+
Anisotropic FIltering 2x 4x 16x
Distance Scaling Close Medium Ultra
Texture Quality Low Medium Ultra
Car Reflections Screen Planar (Low Detail) Planar
Cloud Quality Material Volumetric Volumetric Max
Reflection Quality Low Medium High
City Glow Effect Off Low Quality High Quality
World Shadow Quality Off Medium Ultra
Ambient Occlusion Off SSAO SSAO
Bloom Off On On
Lens Flare Off On On
Motion Blur Off On On
Depth of Field Off On On
Streetlight Quality Low Medium Max
Vehicle Light Quality Low Medium Max

Additionally, the Grand Theft Auto Trilogy Remaster does not include an in-game FPS benchmark tool, so in order to standardize this run we chose one of the three titles in the trilogy (in this case, GTA San Andreas) and then drove around the neighbourhood before entering the city. In our testing we found that the GTA Trilogy has a lot of performance issues based on certain actions, and so we felt that this run was representative of most of your time exploring the game, but expect performance to drop in certain situations. Lastly, we did not enable DLSS where available.

With that in mind, let's jump into the PC performance benchmarks for Grand Theft Auto The Trilogy The Definitive Edition...

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Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition RTX 3070 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 Aorus Master | Intel i7-10700K | 16GB

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Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition @ 1080p

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition Low Medium High
Average FPS 206.7 151 93.4
Min FPS 154.1 117.6 54.2
Max FPS 323.9 205.1 113.6
1% Low 69.1 67.8 39.2
0.1% Low 25 24.6 23.8

The FPS performance of the RTX 3070 in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition at 1080p is pretty good, delivering around 100fps even on Max graphics settings. This means the RTX 3070 is perfect for playing the GTA Trilogy Remaster on Ultra settings at 1080p resolution.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition @ 1440p

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition Low Medium High
Average FPS 192.8 143.5 90.3
Min FPS 149.3 112.8 55.1
Max FPS 286.4 193.3 116
1% Low 65.4 60.3 39.9
0.1% Low 17.2 27.5 23.9

At 1440p, the FPS performance of the RTX 3070 in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition is again pretty good, once again delivering around 100fps performance most of the time, and dropping to 90fps on Max graphics settings. Therefore, the RTX 3070 is perfect for playing the GTA Trilogy Remaster on Ultra graphics settings at 1440p resolution.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition @ 4K

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition Low Medium High
Average FPS 189.7 125.2 76.3
Min FPS 145.7 107 55.4
Max FPS 263.3 142.2 84.8
1% Low 67.4 54.8 37.2
0.1% Low 22 24.9 18.9

Finally, at 4K, the RTX 3070's FPS performance in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition is still pretty good. This time it still achieves more than 100fps on Low-Medium settings, but drops to 75fps on Max settings, which is still great performance. Therefore the RTX 3070 is perfect for playing the GTA Trilogy Remaster on Ultra graphics settings at 4K resolution.

Overall, the RTX 3070 performs pretty well in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition, achieving great performance across the board, making the RTX 3070 perfectly suitable for playing the GTA Trilogy Remaster at 1080p, 1440p, and even 4K on the Maximum graphics settings.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition GTX 1060 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia MSI GeForce GTX 1060 | Intel i7-10700K | 16GB

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Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition @ 1080p

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition Low Medium High
Average FPS 202.5 114.8 67.1
Min FPS 151.9 93.9 56.6
Max FPS 300.2 132.7 74.6
1% Low 91.9 49.8 33
0.1% Low 53.3 12.1 16.5

The GTX 1060's FPS performance in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition at 1080p is pretty good, delivering 100fps performance or more on Low-Medium graphics settings, and dropping to around 67fps on Ultra settings. This makes the GTX 1060 perfect for playing the GTA Trilogy Remaster on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p resolution.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition @ 1440p

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition Low Medium High
Average FPS 139.9 77.8 46.3
Min FPS 113.7 66.1 41.4
Max FPS 171.5 86.9 50.6
1% Low 65.3 37.3 23.5
0.1% Low 25.4 21.1 15.5

The FPS performance of the GTX 1060 in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition at 1440p resolution is still good surprisingly, delivering decent performance on Low-Medium settings above 60fps, and then dropping to around 45fps on Max settings. Therefore, the GTX 1060 is perfect for playing the GTA Trilogy Remaster on Medium-High graphics at 1440p, or even on Ultra settings dpending on your performance preference.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition @ 4K

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition Low Medium High
Average FPS 71.4 36.4 19.2
Min FPS 58.9 31.4 17.5
Max FPS 86.7 40.6 20.7
1% Low 30.9 22.6 13.6
0.1% Low 20.9 17.2 9

Lastly, the FPS performance of the GTX 1060 at 4K in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition is not great, although it still achieves playable performance on Low/Medium graphics settings, but on Ultra settings is completely unplayable. This means the GTX 1060 is fine for playing the GTA Trilogy Remaster at 4K on Low graphics settings, or Medium depending on your preference.

In the end, the GTX 1060 performs surprisingly well in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition, even going as far as able to play in 4K with the right graphics settings. The GTX 1060 then is perfect for playing the GTA Trilogy Remaster at 1080p on Ultra graphics settings, and at 1440p on Low-Medium graphics settings or even Ultra depending on your preference. However, although it is still playable at 4K on Low settings, Medium would be the maximum setting to play on as anything higher is completely unplayable.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition R9 380 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on AMD MSI Radeon R9 380 | Intel i7-10700K | 16GB

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Average FPS for AMD Radeon R9 380 in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition @ 1080p

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition Low Medium High
Average FPS 132.4 61.5 32.4
Min FPS 102.9 50.4 26.9
Max FPS 171.7 72.1 38.9
1% Low 63.4 45.4 17.4
0.1% Low 15 10.1 9.9

The R9 380's FPS performance at 1080p in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition is okay, achieving playable frame rates even up to Ultra graphics settings. However, for a more stabvle experience it is recommended to stay on Medium or lower settings for this GPU. Therefore, the R9 380 is perfect for playing the GTA Trilogy Remaster up to Medium graphics settings, or even higher if you don't mind sub-60fps performance.

Average FPS for AMD Radeon R9 380 in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition @ 1440p

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition Low Medium High
Average FPS 80.2 44.1 17.1
Min FPS 64.5 37.5 14.1
Max FPS 108.3 50.4 19.7
1% Low 49.3 36.6 12.7
0.1% Low 23.3 24.5 8.3

At 1440p, the R9 380's FPS performance is surprisingly okay again, achieving playable performance up to Medium graphics settings. This means the R9 380 is perfectly suitable for playing GTA Trilogy Remaster on Low-Medium graphics settings at 1440p resolution, though any higher is unplayable.

Overall, the R9 380 performs surprsingly well in Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition, delivering playable performance at 1080p and 1440p resolutions on Low to Medium graphics settings. Although it is recommended to stay on lower settings for a more stable experience.

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Conclusion

Overall, looking at the benchmark results above, we can see that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition is a pretty demanding game when set to its maximum graphics settings, but also gives a surprising amount of leeway for higher performance on lower graphics settings in order to get the perfect balance of FPS and image quality no matter the hardware.

For instance, the RTX 3070 unsurpsingly flies through all graphics settings at all resolutions giving a decent performance, however you can still see how big of a difference there is when comparing Low to Ultra settings (sometimes as big as 100fps or more).

Mid-range hardware can also deliver a decent experience, like the GTX 1060 which manages to deliver decent performance across all resolutions, even achieving more than 60fps at 4K on Low settings, but dropping down to 20fps on Ultra. S with a good mix of Medium/High settings, you could get decent performance at 1440p or even 4K.

Lower-end hardware like the R9 380 can also get great performance on Low graphics settings at 1080p and 1440p, and can even go as high as Medium/High settings at 1080p for a roughly 60fps experience. However, higher graphics settings at higher resolutions obviously becomes completely unplayable.

As a side note though, Grand Theft Auto The Trilogy The Definitive Edition has many instances where performance can drop significantly depending on your actions and graphics settings, particularly at night if you have settings high where a lot of shadows from streetlights and cars will be rendered. Plus, explosions can cause massive frame drops when on Max settings, so be wary of that when looking at the results above.

Additionally, the GTA Trilogy Remasters include official support for Nvidia DLSS, so you can significantly improve FPS by enabling this feature, though you are likely to still come across big frame drops in certain scenarios. 

As always, we welcome any and all feedback from you guys as well with your experience of hardware configurations and FPS performance/quality settings. That way we can all better gauge how well our systems will be able to run Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition.

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07:06 Nov-14-2021

This is pure comedy, the more things come to light the better it gets xD


Almost feel bad for anyone that actually played these atrocities for the 1st time and not the originals... almost lol.


p.s. Anyone that seriously supports these poor & lazy remasters that destroy great original games should feel ashamed!

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23:15 Nov-13-2021

Another poor remaster...shocking lmao

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10:56 Nov-13-2021

My god, R*, wtf have you don't with this trilogy....

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09:54 Nov-13-2021

The trilogy was delisted on PC for being utter garbage with bugs, spelling mistakes and 3D models made by absolute beginners 🤣


Also terrible performance on consoles.

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15:59 Nov-13-2021

Worked fine for me at Ultra settings capped 100 fps. Would occasionally dip to 60 fps. Noticed no bugs of note and played like 12 hours.

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17:27 Nov-13-2021

PC performance is ok, it's the consoles that are suffering, as I already mentioned. None of THIS, though? lol

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18:37 Nov-13-2021

Oh no it's the "let's take this 2minute topic and make it 10 times longer" -Youtuber

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11:49 Nov-16-2021

Why so salty? xD

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08:42 Nov-14-2021

These companies now days seem to follow suit to Bethesda(Fallout 76) and CDPR(Cyberpunk 2077).


I will surely do not buy this garbage.

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08:13 Nov-13-2021

It seem's to be way more demanding then what it looks like. Barely a bit more then 60 fps on 1080p high settings? What the hell lol

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08:19 Nov-13-2021

1080p high settings on a gtx 1060* (For some reason i can't edit my comment above so had to add correction as a reply)

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09:42 Nov-13-2021

Same here. It runs, and its very much playable, but thats about it.


I have it maxed out, with dlss set to quality, and i dont complain, but ive expected more. Although the games look gorgeous now, besides the character modelling ofcourse

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12:04 Nov-13-2021

It's very much playable? It stutters like hell even on high end hardware!! Imo and i bet in many others it's not at all a playable experience and if it is, it's not at all enjoyable!!


Expected far better optimization from R* since the visuals are not that demanding as poorly as it runs!!

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12:03 Nov-16-2021

For me its much playable and i like it a lot. The much better controls are a key factor here. Yes, i like the game so far a lot :) (in my case, san andreas)

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16:00 Nov-13-2021

What resolution are you playing at? Mine has been smooth at 3440x1440p, also no bugs at all.

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16:00 Nov-13-2021

What resolution are you playing at? Mine has been smooth at 3440x1440p, also no bugs at all.

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16:00 Nov-13-2021

What resolution are you playing at? Mine has been smooth at 3440x1440p, also no bugs at all.

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16:00 Nov-13-2021

What resolution are you playing at? Mine has been smooth at 3440x1440p, also no bugs at all.

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What resolution are you playing at? Mine has been smooth at 3440x1440p, also no bugs at all.

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What resolution are you playing at? Mine has been smooth at 3440x1440p, also no bugs at all.

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07:16 Nov-13-2021

Just had both the autosave and manual save (which i kept saving just in case) corrupted on PS5. Was almost at the end of the game, going for 100%. Screw Rockstar, Grove Street Games, and this dumb ass remaster.

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06:51 Nov-13-2021

was i dumb in expecting a almost 20 year old game to run at 4k 120-200 fps on a 1060 with memory VRAM being the only issue? i mean what am i missing here? seriously?

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10:55 Nov-13-2021

It would have if it was build from the ground up in a simplified very optimized engine without any change in the graphics department, except optimization (for modern computers).


Afaik, this runs on UE4 and the graphics upgrade most definitely have an impact on the performance.


Edit: I've seen some videos on it and wow, it's bad, really bad.

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21:54 Nov-12-2021

work perfectly on old phenom ii x4 955 , gtx 960 4gb , 8 gb of ram - below the min


not need sse 4.1 or 4.2 also avx

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Can They Run... |

| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 4k
APU A10-9700E 4-Core 3.0GHz Radeon R5 M320 2GB 12GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-11400 6-Core 2.7GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Asus TUF Gaming 6GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-6500 3.2GHz GeForce GTX 1060 16GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3500 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Asus Phoenix OC 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Gigabyte Windforce 2X OC 3GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-12700K 16-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 8GB 32GB
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 7 2700X Radeon RX 550X 4GB 24GB