Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings guide: How to get the best performance

It’s been a rocky 24 hours for Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC. From in-game crashes to Rockstar’s personal launcher “unexpectedly” upping sticks and driving the hell away earlier than anybody may even get a whiff of a menu display, it’s clear Rockstar nonetheless have a heck of plenty of work to do earlier than we are able to actually get pleasure from all the pieces their long-awaited cowboy epic has to supply.

Indeed, I’ve been having launcher issues of my very own right now, so my makes an attempt to check Red Dead Redemption 2’s PC settings and graphics card efficiency has been considerably curtailed. I’ve, nevertheless, managed to steal a couple of moments on RPS vid bud Matthew’s functioning PC to convey you some preliminary efficiency ideas that I’ll observe up later with a extra detailed set of benchmarks. For now, although, right here’s the right way to get the very best efficiency from Red Dead 2 on PC, together with which of its many dozens of graphics choices you may flip down to assist increase your body charge, in addition to the right way to wrangle its 21 completely different high quality presets (sure, you probably did learn that accurately) into one thing playable.

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC necessities

Before we try this, let’s remind ourselves of Red Dead 2’s PC necessities. As you may see under, each the minimal and really useful necessities are each surprisingly manageable. Nvidia’s GTX 1060 stays some of the in style and extensively used graphics playing cards on the planet, in accordance with Steam’s {hardware} charts, so most PCs on the market ought to have the opportunity get a good degree of efficiency from it.

Minimum PC necessities:
OS:
Windows 7
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500Ok / AMD FX-6300
RAM: 8GB
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 (2GB) / AMD Radeon R9 280 (3GB)
Storage: 150GB

Recommended PC necessities:
OS:
Windows 10
CPU: Intel Core i7-4770Ok / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
RAM: 12GB
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB) / AMD Radeon RX 480 (4GB)
Storage: 150GB

However, on the day Red Dead Redemption 2 launched on PC, Nvidia struck worry into the hearts of one and all by publishing their very own checklist of really useful graphics playing cards for hitting that each one necessary body charge determine of 60fps. Naturally, the checklist contained nothing however Nvidia RTX playing cards, however the concept that you’d want a minimum of the £350 / $380 RTX 2060 to get 60fps on High at 1920×1080 did make me query whether or not Rockstar’s personal PC necessities have been solely correct.

Add to that a number of individuals failing to run the sport on even its lowest graphics settings at 1080p on launch day and it’s clear Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t fairly as pleasant as we’d have thought.

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings guide: How to get the best performance

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings: How to get the very best efficiency

Luckily, I’m right here to assist, as a result of boy howdy is Red Dead Redemption 2’s graphics menu complicated. For starters, Rockstar have fully eschewed the usual high quality presets like ‘Low’, ‘Medium’, ‘High’ and ‘Ultra’ for a sliding scale that goes from settings that ‘Favour Performance’ to people who ‘Favour Quality’. And to make issues worse, there are 21 of them. Twenty-one! That’s seven for ‘Favour Performance’, seven for ‘Balanced’, and one other seven for ‘Favour Quality’, which is, frankly, insanity.

Plus, every preset gives you fully completely different outcomes based mostly on what graphics card you will have in your PC. When I turned the settings proper down on my RTX 2080 Ti, for instance, Texture Quality was mechanically set to High, despite the fact that the remainder of the graphics settings have been a mixture of Low and Medium. On my 6GB GTX 1060, nevertheless, the bottom preset gave me Low Texture Quality, with a mixture of Low and fully turned off settings. More insanity.

That’s going to make Red Dead Redemption 2 extremely laborious to benchmark within the coming days, however I’ll do my greatest to convey you some (hopefully) helpful recommendation on the right way to tame this beast of a sport.

The excellent news, a minimum of, is that even Red Dead Redemption 2’s highest bunch of settings (all the pieces cranked as much as the farthest ‘Favour Quality’ finish of the size) solely requires 3.5GB of your graphics card’s reminiscence banks at 1080p, so a minimum of they gained’t be overloaded from that viewpoint.

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings guide: How to get the best performance
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings guide: How to get the best performance
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings guide: How to get the best performance


Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings guide: How to get the best performance
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings guide: How to get the best performance
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings guide: How to get the best performance


Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings guide: How to get the best performance
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings guide: How to get the best performance
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings guide: How to get the best performance


Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings guide: How to get the best performance
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings guide: How to get the best performance
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings guide: How to get the best performance


Red Dead Redemption 2’s built-in benchmark makes use of quite a lot of in-game scenes to check the sport’s efficiency, from snowy mountains, boggy swamps, the wild outback and a shootout (on foot and on horseback) within the busy St. Denis. This is what the sport seems like on fully maxed out settings (click on to enlarge).

So, seeing as how a 6GB GTX 1060 is Rockstar’s really useful graphics card for Red Dead Redemption 2, let’s take that as our place to begin for the right way to get the very best efficiency from it at 1920×1080.

At first, it wasn’t trying too hopeful. Using the sport’s lowest attainable preset within the ‘Favour Performance’ class, my Asus GeForce GTX 1060 card managed a mean bang-on 60fps. But that’s with low Texture Quality, low Lighting Quality, low shadow high quality, low all the pieces. The solely Medium settings it provides me are for SSAO (display area ambient occlusion, the stuff wot does a sport’s ambient shadows and tender lighting) and TAA anti-aliasing (which helps clean out tough, jaggedy edges). It’s hardly what I’d name the “recommended” graphics settings for a sport of this calibre.

Thankfully, Red Dead 2’s higher-end PC settings are surprisingly forgiving. Moving as much as the sport’s so-called ‘Balanced’ preset, for instance (which is definitely the second preset on this class, as a result of the primary provides you precisely the identical settings as what I’ve described above), this turns the Texture Quality straight as much as Ultra, together with Medium Light Quality, SSAO, Water Quality, Particle Quality, Tessellation Quality and TAA once more and Low all the pieces else (see under). With these settings, my GTX 1060 managed a mean of 56fps, which is loads higher than I used to be anticipating given the massive soar in Texture Quality.

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings guide: How to get the best performance

The above preset continues to be a good mixture of Low and Medium settings, nevertheless, which will not be fairly to your liking. The subsequent Balanced preset rectifies that with a better emphasis on Medium settings (whereas nonetheless retaining that Ultra-fied Texture Quality), and in addition introduces High Shadow Quality and x4 Anisotropic Filtering versus x2. This began to take its toll on my GTX 1060, which solely managed a mean of 49fps with these settings, but it surely nonetheless seemed good and clean within the benchmark and was greater than playable in-game.

To assist push that quantity again up a bit, flip Shadow Quality again all the way down to Medium and switch Anisotropic Filtering again all the way down to x2. This boosted my common body charge as much as 51fps, which isn’t a lot, all informed, but it surely’s higher than nothing.

Perhaps extra shocking was what little distinction the Texture Quality makes. Admittedly, this isn’t wholly shocking given the tiny drop of simply 4fps down from that preliminary 60fps, however knocking this all the way down to High along with altering the Shadow Quality and AF settings made no distinction to my general body charge in anyway. As such, you may as effectively go away this as excessive as attainable, since you’re probably not getting a lot profit from having it decrease.

Instead, you’ll need to flip your consideration to Red Dead Redemption 2’s Advanced Graphics settings. These are locked by default and alter mechanically relying on what high quality preset you resolve to decide on, however you may simply unlock them so you may change them manually. On the largely Medium-based ‘Balanced’ preset, for instance, there are fairly a couple of settings which have already crept as much as High or above, together with Soft Shadows and TAA Sharpening. Once I’d turned the latter all the best way off and Soft Shadows all the way down to Medium (and turned off Motion Blur, which can also be discovered right here), that nudged my common body charge up once more to 53fps.

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings guide: How to get the best performance

That’s in all probability about pretty much as good because it’s going to get for GTX 1060 homeowners, nevertheless, as attempting to run the sport on the subsequent ‘Balanced’ preset, which largely consists of High setting choices decreased my card to a mean of simply 44fps. It’s playable, positive, however not fairly as silky clean as you may hope.

Still, I’ll be taking a more in-depth have a look at how different graphics playing cards fare over the subsequent couple of days, together with whether or not Nvidia’s claims about needing an RTX 2060 to hit 60fps on High at 1920×1080 truly maintain water. Remember, the RTX 2060 is just about on par with a GTX 1070 Ti by way of general energy, so I’ll be intrigued to see what a daily GTX 1070 could make of Red Dead Redemption 2 as an alternative.

For now, although, hopefully what I’ve described above will probably be of some use for lower-end graphics card customers who’ve been fortunate sufficient to flee Rockstar’s dreaded launcher crashes. I’ll be again with extra tomorrow.