GTA V FPS Drop Fix PC

If you are experiencing drop frame rates and lag spikes in GTA V for PC then I might have a fix for you!

So first are these the signs you have?

  • Drop frames when going fast through the map either riding or driving.
  • Random frame drops e.g going from 50 to 10 frames per second then back up.

Do you have an AMD processor? if so then continue to read…(if you have an Intel processor this fix will not work, though if you are getting lag spikes on an Intel processor it could be due to “Intel boost”, which is similar to what is described here)

There is a fix for this, and it’s caused by the throttling of AMD Turbo Core which basically dynamically boosts your processor when using a lot of CPU power. The problem is when the boost starts to decline GTA V gets a bit jittery!

The fix is turn off AMD Turbo Core whilst you play GTA V.

Right, now you know why this is happening, here’s how to fix:

  1. Download AMD OverDrive from HERE: http://www.amd.com/en-us/markets/game/downloads/overdrive (direct link) which is about 30MB at the moment.
  2. Once installed open AMD OverDrive, click on Clock/Voltage on the left menu under Performance Control.
  3. Now click Turbo Control Core, then UNTICK the box “enable turbo core”, click OK then apply.
  4. Now run GTA V!

For illustration:

 

This should stop and lag spikes that are caused by turbo core in Grand Theft Auto 5. There maybe times that you want turbo core enabled, to do this just tick the box again and you are all set.

If this helped you, share this fix with others!

Note: Once you restart your computer this setting will be lost unless you setup AMD OverDrive to do this when your computer starts.

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GTA V FPS Drop Fix PC
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How to stop lag spikes and frame drops in GTA V.
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  1. Gustavo

    Days after looking for a solution without success, this worked perfectly.

    Thank you for sharing if us.

  2. Spencer Post
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  3. marvin

    do you have any solution for intel and nvidia gtx 980 ?
    i got the same fps drop while driving fast
    but then from 60fps back to 45

  4. Spencer Post
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    Spencer

    No, I don’t have a solution for an Intel based CPU.
    Though if it works the same as AMD then you could try to disable Intel Turbo Boost. I’m not sure how you would go about this, as I do not have an Intel system though I expect it could be an option in BIOS or a piece of Intel software. The solution above is only for AMD CPU based systems.

    Going from 60 to 45 doesn’t seem to bad, if it is at heavy loading times for graphics etc.
    For me this was a very big difference something like 50 down to 10 and back up.

  5. Alex

    Hi. It worked a little, but when I drive a car it’s still a little low fps. My specs are: r9 270x, fx-6300 , 8g ram.

    And another question, should i disable turbo mode only in GTA? Or should i disable it in the background anyway?

  6. Spencer Post
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    Spencer

    Disable turbo for any application that has a problem with it, but generally it is OK.
    Try disabling motion blur and turn some anti alias effects this did help a lot for some users too.

  7. Kris

    I have an AMD fx-4300. I recently upgraded my GPU to an Nvidia GTX 960 with 4GB of VRAM. I originally had an Nvidia GT 720 which would play GTA 5 fine, but on normal graphics settings. I upgraded cards specifically for GTA 5 (I wanted an approximation or improvement on PS4/XBox One graphics). Since the upgrade, I’ve had a constant lag/stutter issue in the game. I’ve been corresponding with Rockstar support for three weeks looking for a solution. I’ve reinstalled my OS, re-re-reinstalled my drivers, and re-re-re-re-reinstalled the game. I even tried this proposed solution. Nothing works. For what it’s worth, this solution (turning off turbo core) has come the closest to providing an actually playable game. I think I spent $200+ on a GPU that ruined my favorite game instead of improving it.

  8. Spencer Post
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    Spencer

    Hi Kris that’s good information for anyone thinking of buying a new GPU. Can you provide the rest of your spec?
    Such as PSU power? Any overclocking going on?

    I would suggest installing MSI Afterburner to find out how hard your GPU and CPU are working, (they have an ingame overlay) to check for any bottle necking.

    Just another thought the gt720 should have a minimum of 300watt PSU and the 960GTX a minimum of 400watt, turning off turbo core may have reduced the power which your CPU had been taking.

    Anyway test with MSI then try underclocking your CPU to see if it makes a difference.

  9. Dylan

    Played the whole story mode and GTA Online til level 90 with lag til I found out about this solution. Highly recommended.

  10. Leo chadwick

    Overdrive says it can’t find an amd cpu on my system, or it isn’t supported!? What should I do

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