Resident Evil 2 Remake PC Performance Review

CPU Performance - Do you need a beefy processor to run RE2?

Resident Evil 2 Remake PC Performance Review

CPU Performance - Do you need a beefy processor to run RE2?

Do you need an extreme-grade processor to run Resident Evil 2? The short answer to this question is no, as it is relatively easy to keep average framerates high in Resident Evil 2's remake. 

However, we will note that then using simulated 4-core, 4-thread configurations with both our Ryzen and Broadwell-E processors, we found that the game experience some micro stuttering in select locations. These dips were infrequent enough to not register as 1% minimums in our testing, but they are common enough for us to recommend 4-core, 8-thread CPUs for completely smooth gameplay. 

In most cases, these dips occur when moving from one area to another, possibly due to streaming in new assets, when entering new rooms or passing specific in-game boundaries. In our dual-core quad-thread config these dips became more common. In future, we will try to showcase these dips graphically, perhaps with 0.1% minimum frametimes. 

30FPS Animation Issue? 
  
An oddity within the PC version of Resident Evil 2 is the game's use of low refresh rate animations on distant enemies, resulting in strange looking zombies in the far distance. This technique is typically used to reduce CPU utilisation in console games, but on PC today's hardware can push past these limitations.

Full refresh rate animations are used when zombies are close to the player, so we don't see why the game can't have a graphical option that enabled higher refresh rate animation LODs on PC. This is quite a nitpicky complaint, but it is something that modern PC hardware should be more than capable of handling. 


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29-01-2019, 04:29:23

ET3D
I really enjoyed this article. Keep up the good work.Quote

29-01-2019, 05:09:54

WYP
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Originally Posted by ET3D View Post
I really enjoyed this article. Keep up the good work.
Thanks man. Your kind words are appreciated.

Tom and I are very excited about the future of our gaming content moving into 2019. Hopefully we can update this with Nvidia's RTX GPUs after a little while.Quote

30-01-2019, 08:04:49

Peace
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An oddity within the PC version of Resident Evil 4 is the game's use of low refresh rate animations
Page 6 I thought we were looking at RE 2 Remake


Is there even a difference in graphics quality between DX11 and DX12?



I just now noticed that you have to complete a game to be able to judge which scenes represent the vast majority of gameplay. So thanks for your effort and work!!


Would've loved to see a screenshot with Vol. Lighting turned off completely, for comparison, but that's also nitpicky, I guess.


Keep performance reviews as awesome as this one! Quote

30-01-2019, 08:27:27

WYP
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Originally Posted by Peace Ð View Post
Page 6 I thought we were looking at RE 2 Remake


Is there even a difference in graphics quality between DX11 and DX12?



I just now noticed that you have to complete a game to be able to judge which scenes represent the vast majority of gameplay. So thanks for your effort and work!!


Would've loved to see a screenshot with Vol. Lighting turned off completely, for comparison, but that's also nitpicky, I guess.


Keep performance reviews as awesome as this one!

Typo fixed, thanks for the spot.

As far as DX12 goes, the graphical quality appears to be identical. It's a strange one.

That's a good point, but my thinking at the time was that I wanted to recommend medium as it maintained the intended look of the game without much of a noticeable graphical sacrifice.

Thanks man. Your comments are appreciated.Quote

01-02-2019, 04:28:41

MacLeod
Got about 5 hours into this game and I really do like the graphics and it seems to run pretty well. The ammo rationing killed it for me, it just sucked the fun right out of it. You spend pretty much the whole game nearly out of ammo and running away from everything. That's just frustrating. I've got a few hours into it and while it looked like it was going to be a great game, I doubt I'll even finish it now.

It's a shame because I loved the original versions 25+ years ago.Quote
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