Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

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Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

When using Red Dead Redemption 2's Maximum preset, the settings for which are detailed on page 2, we can see that the game is a huge performance hog at 1080p. In fact, the framerates are only around 2x higher than 4K in practically all cases, which is odd given 4K's 4x resolution boost. 

Yes, we know that a lot of people will start using the term unoptimised to describe these performance levels, but it's also worth noting that even our ageing GTX 1060 and RX 580 can achieve 60FPS average framerates with the right settings. It is also worth noting that Red Dead Redemption 2 can look great while most of the game's graphical options are set to low. Just look at our image comparisons on pages 3 and 4.  

When comparing teams Geforce and Radeon, we can see that AMD's graphics cards are ahead in all cases. The RX 5700 XT bests the RTX 2060 Super, the RX 580 bests Nvidia's GTX 1060 and AMD's ageing RX Vega 56 can bite on the heels of Nvidia's RTX 2060 (non-super) Founders Edition. Even so, AMD has not ultra-high-end graphics card to compete with the likes of the RTX 2080 Super and RTX 2080 Ti, so Nvidia still has the most capable graphics cards on the market, albeit at higher price tags. 

Red Dead Redemption 2 reminds us that there is more to PC gaming that setting things to Ultra and then forgetting about it. We are in charge of our own optimisation, which is why we created our own optimised presets on page 2. 
   

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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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