Rockstar’s hit title, Red Dead Redemption 2 has finally come to PC, but there’s a catch. The game doesn’t run all that well. The graphics options include up to 40 settings but only a couple of them seem to have any actual impact on the in-game performance.
I’m myself a die-hard PC gamer with a deep love for the features and flexibilities of the platform. However, there are times when developers instead of taking advantage of today’s PCs abuse them. This results in half-baked PC ports that run terribly even on the fastest hardware. Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC is one such example.
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC: Performace Scaling
Lowering the settings from ultra to low at times has no notable impact on performance (especially in the very first mission). At best, the performance delta between the ultra and low quality preset is that of a mere 10 FPS for the most part.
Although, the in-game benchmark shows a big gap between the ultra and low quality presets, in most scenes, it rarely veers past 10-12 frames per sec. This is especially prominent in the very first level where reducing the graphics quality has almost no impact at times. As you progress through the game and reach the town of Valentine, the graphics menu starts becoming relevant. Even then, it’s just a few options that have a notable impact on performance.
GameDebate did a really good job of demonstrating the impact of each option on performance. Have a look
Essentially, it’s just the reflection quality, water quality and volumetric resolution that can boost your performance by a notable degree.
Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Performance Benchmarks
All the cards in our benchmark suite are able to deliver 60+ FPS at the balanced quality preset. While that is true for the in-game benchmark, you’ll often drop below even 40 FPS and the frame pacing tends to be quite erratic which is quite annoying.
At 1440p, the GTX 1660 Super becomes unviable and the RTX 2060 barely manages to cross the 60 average. The Radeon RX 5700 XT by far performs the best at the balanced quality preset, beating the 2070 Super as well as the much more expensive 2080 Super.
At 4K, the RTX 2080 Super and AMD’s 5700 XT are the only surviving options while the rest of bow out with lows of as much as 1 FPS. Here, the Navi flagship levels with the 2080 Super as the bandwidth advantage of the latter comes into the picture.
AMD cards perform the best at the balanced quality graphics preset. At highest quality, the RTX 2070 Super performs on par with the RX 5700 XT while the 2080 Super manages to edge past it. So, anyone with a Navi card should start with that preset as the baseline and then make changes according to their own preferences
How to get 60 FPS in Red Dead Redemption 2 PC
In my opinion, the easiest way to get to the 60 FPS mark is to scale down your settings to the Xbox One X equivalent and then see what kind of performance you get. I saw an increase of around 50% on doing so, and there’s little impact on the quality unless you check with a magnifying glass.
Use these settings, then using the above chart, start increasing the settings until you reach your desired quality-performance ratio. That’s it for now. Let us know if you have any queries. I’ll get back ASAP.