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How to fix GTA V stuttering issue?

GTA V is one of the most popular games to ever come out, with millions of players across consoles and PC. The game launched nearly a decade ago, in 2013 and is still going strong. 

That said, the game is demanding for any PC to run, considering the graphics, physics and insane detail it has to load meaning there’s a good chance you’ll run into performance issues if you don’t have good enough PC hardware. You can check GTA V’s minimum requirements here.

In this article, we’re taking a look at seven fixes you can try out if GTA V is stuttering on your PC. 


Launch the game as administrator

Starting a program or game as administrator tells your PC to prioritise that particular process over everything else and dedicate as many resources as possible to ensure smooth operation. 

You can check out our detailed guide on how to run programs as administrator here

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Remove fullscreen optimisations

If you’re playing GTA V in fullscreen, Windows automatically applies certain optimisations that might do more harm than good. Here’s how you can disable them and potentially extract more performance out of your PC. 

Step 1: Right-click the GTA V executable and click Properties.

Step 2: Head over to the Compatibility tab and check Disable fullscreen optimisations.

Now restart your PC and the game should work better. 


Close unnecessary apps

Another way you can extract more performance from your computer is by closing unnecessary programs running in the background and consuming important PC resources that could be going to the game instead. 

Head over to the Task Manager and close any uncessecary app or programs running in the background that are non-essential to your system. 


Switch to an SDD

Switching to an SSD from an HDD can help increase performance significantly as your computer will load data much faster. This can help with stuttering and intermittent lagging as the game will be able to load data much faster and run more smoothly. This’ll also help bring down your game loading times as a bonus.

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Increase the space on the GTA partition

If the drive partition on which you have GTA installed has too little space, it can lead to slower load times and overall issues when loading data for the game which in turn causes issues like stuttering. 

If you have space on your drive, extend the GTA partition to have at least 50GB of free space left after the installation. 


Update your GPU drivers

Using the device manager allows you to keep an eye on all drivers to any peripheral on your PC. Here’s how you can update your GPU drivers. 

Step 1: Right-click Start and select Device Manager from the menu.

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Step 2: Under Display Adaptors, find your graphics card’s name, right-click on it and click on Update Drivers.

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Step 3: Click on Search automatically for drivers. Windows will then automatically look for and download the latest drivers for your particular GPU.

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In most cases, this will update your drivers just fine. However, if you’re looking for a fresh start, click Uninstall device and restart your PC to force Windows to install the required drivers. You can then update them later. 


Configure the game

If you haven’t already, change the graphics settings in-game to find the balance between good graphics and performance. The following settings impact your FPS the most:

  • Anti-aliasing
  • VSync
  • Shadows
  • Texture quality
  • Shader quality
  • Reflection quality
  • Grass quality

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