RAGE 2 PC Performance Review

Testing Methodology, Hardware and PC System Requirements

RAGE 2 PC Performance Review

PC System Requirements

RAGE 2 is designed for modern systems, and even a cursory glance at the PC version's system requirements show that. 3GB of VRAM is in this game's minimum specifications, calling into question whether graphics cards like our R9 380 and GTX 960 will even play the game. We will look into this further on page 10, from the outset it looks like this game could prove tricky to run. 

The game's recommended requirements are designed to run RAGE 2 at 1080p 60FPS, and we know that because that is the resolution and framerate target that the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X aim for. Both the base Xbox One and PS4 aim for 30FPS framerate targets, which is not ideal for an FPS. RAGE 2 doesn't promise to be easy to run. 

MINIMUM:

OS: Win7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit versions)
Processor: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD Ryzen 3 1300X
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 780 3GB or AMD R9 280 3GB
Storage: 50 GB available space

RECOMMENDED:

OS: Win7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit versions)
Processor: Intel Core i7-4770 or AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB or AMD Vega 56 8GB
Storage: 50 GB available space



GPU drivers

When testing RAGE 2, we opted to use the newest drivers from both the Radeon and Geforce camps, utilising AMD's Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.5.1 driver as well as Nvidia's Geforce 430.64 driver.

Testing Methodology

OC3D is a website that is dedicated to PC hardware, so you better believe that we test every game on a wide range of hardware configurations. This commitment to variety means that we will be using both Intel and AMD based testbeds as well as a range of GPU offerings from both Nvidia and Radeon. 

Our primary test system uses Intel's X99 platform, containing an Intel Core i7 6850K at a fixed clock speed of 4GHz. This testbed will use 32GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 memory and will be powered and cooled by an HX1200i PSU and an H110i AIO liquid cooler respectively, with everything sitting inside a Corsair 460X chassis. In this system, we are using an ASUS Strix X99 motherboard.

The system below will be used to conduct the majority of our game testing. This system will be used in this review unless otherwise stated.

 


Game Test Rig

Intel i7 6850K @4.0 GHz
ASUS X99 Strix
Corsair Vengeance LP 4x8GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair HX1200i
Corsair H110i GT
Windows 10 x64 "October 2018 Update"

 


Secondary Ryzen Test System

Aside from our standard X99 test system we also have a testbed based on AMD's Ryzen 7 1700X CPU, which will sit at a clock speed of 4GHz be housed in an ASUS Crosshair VI Hero motherboard. This system will use Corsair's 3200MHz Vengeance White LED memory and is contained inside another Corsair 460X chassis. 

This additional system will allow us to see if any games offer a performance advantage to AMD's Ryzen or Intel's Core series processors.  

 

AMD Ryzen Game Test Rig
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X @ 4.0GHz
ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Hero
Corsair Vengeance LED 2x8GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair 460X System Chassis
Corsair RMi650
Corsair H115i
Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition
Windows 10 x64 "October 2018 Update"

 

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GPU Selection

No gaming test suite would be complete without a large selection of GPUs, which in this case covers Nvidia's RTX 20-series GTX 10-series and 9-series and AMD's RX Vega, RX 400 and R9 300 series graphics cards. We have replaced our RX 480 GPU with its RX 580 equivalent, giving us a fairer comparison point between AMD/Nvidia's modern graphics card lineups. 

Starting with Metro Exodus, we will be testing new PC games with Nvidia's latest RTX series of graphics cards, with the mid-range RTX 2060 and high-end RTX 2080 Ti entering our graphics card lineup. 


Geforce RTX 20-Series

- Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition
- Nvidia RTX 2060 Founders Edition

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Geforce GTX 10-series

- Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition
- Nvidia GTX 1070 Founders Edition
- ASUS GTX 1060 Strix Gaming OC


Geforce GTX 900-series 

- ASUS GTX 960 Strix 

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AMD RX Vega Series

- AMD RX Vega 56

AMD RX 500 Series

- AMD RX 580 Strix OC


AMD GCN GPUs

- ASUS R9 380 Strix

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Keyboard & Mouse

To control this setup, we will be using Corsair Strafe RGB keyboard with Cherry MX Silent keys alongside a Corsair M65 RGB mouse, matching the general theme of this RGB illuminated system.  

Cherry MX Silent Keys are ideal for gaming, coming with similar characteristics as Cherry MX Red keys, but with quieter operation. This comparative silence will help keep players immersed in their games, without the distracting clicks that are present in other Cherry key switches.  

 

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Most Recent Comments

17-05-2019, 01:33:08

Dicehunter
The 4K numbers are surprising for the Vega 56 and 2080 Ti especially considering with prices right now the 2080 Ti is exactly 4 x times the price of a Vega 56 yet doesn't REALLY give worlds better performance at 1440P and 4K.Quote

17-05-2019, 08:41:36

Bartacus
I'm surprised this doesn't support SLI, but it runs nice enough that I'm not complaining.Quote

17-05-2019, 09:35:01

AlienALX
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bartacus View Post
I'm surprised this doesn't support SLI, but it runs nice enough that I'm not complaining.
I'm not. Wolfenstein didn't either.

The original RAGE did, heck it even supported quad SLi but IIRC that was pure Carmack.Quote

17-05-2019, 09:46:24

tgrech
If this is Vulkan only then that would explain why it doesn't support SLI. They'd need a custom mGPU solution and afaik there are no existing libraries out their for a dev to easily replicate AFR on Vulkan atm.Quote

17-05-2019, 10:09:42

Wraith
Runs like a dream on my 4790K and 1080Ti I'm seeing 120fps on average with Ultra settings, only thing I have to complain about are the audio glitches in cut scenes where sometimes there is no audio at all and the lack of co-op play.Quote
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