Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

Low, Medium, High and Ultra - Do our custom presets look good?

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

Low, Medium, High and Ultra - Do our custom presets look good?   

When creating our custom graphical presets for Red Dead Redemption 2, we made a few assumptions. First, we assumed that PC gamers would be using 4GB+ graphics cards, which are commonplace today on both the new and used market. Next, we did the logical thing and didn't use Red Dead Redemption 2's lower texture settings. This is a Performance Analysis and Optimisation Guide after all. 

Anyone that says that Red Dead Redemption II looks like garbage at settings under high are forgetting rule number 1 of PC game performance optimisation. If the performance cost is practically free, enable it. If your GPU has enough VRAM, you will be able to run Red Dead Redemption 2 with Ultra textures, and that will keep the game looking great, even with most other settings set to low. 

We also opted to keep TAA set to medium, as this eliminates seemingly all jagged/stairstep edges from Red Dead Redemption 2. This removes the aliased, gamey look that many other modern games have. We feel that this setting is worthy of being added to our Custom Low Preset for Red Dead Redemption 2, given its low performance cost and its impact on the game's visuals. More information on our custom graphics presets is available on page 2. 


(Custom Low VS Custom Medium)
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As we continue to up Red Dead Redemption 2's visuals, we can see that each additional setting is having an impact on the game's framerate. 1440p high is enough to push our RX 5700 Red Devil below 60FPS at times. This is where we need to weight up performance cost vs graphical impact. Yes, higher settings will look better, but if it comes at the cost of smoothness, I'd rather use lower settings and enjoy a higher framerate. 


(Custom Medium VS Custom High)
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Between our custom High and Ultra settings, you will be hard-pressed to notice any major differences in a lot of scenes, which is strange given the 10FPS hit that RDR2's high settings inflict on our RX 5700 Red Devil. 


(Custom High VS Max Preset)
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Most Recent Comments

07-11-2019, 14:31:24

AngryGoldfish
If Nvidia don't release a driver that massively improves performance, I can imagine when AMD release their RTX 2080 Super competitor whenever they do, it could actually match a 2080Ti. It's interesting considering GTA V has been one of AMD's worst games. It's one of the most popular of all time yet AMD could never catch Nvidia.Quote

07-11-2019, 15:03:47

NeverBackDown
I am just surprised he got the game to launch let alone testing it Quote

07-11-2019, 15:12:27

Bartacus
LOL, yeah I hear this game wreaks havoc on certain antivirus software.Quote

08-11-2019, 08:59:59

billeman
BIG Congrats TOM with getting out this guide , it's the first I found !

That's the way to do it alive and kicking Kudos.Quote

08-11-2019, 09:09:25

AlienALX
Another fantastic article, thank you Mark !

Nice to know that with reduced settings I can play this at 4k on pretty much any of the three rigs I will have shortly. Whether I will get it though? IDK. I'm not a fan of Rstars games really. Well, apart from Max Payne 3.Quote
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