Red Dead Redemption 2 performance: you’re going to need a beefy gaming PC
It’s no secret that Red Dead Redemption 2 has had a bit of a rocky launch on PC. When the game first hit the streets, it couldn’t even run on our test systems, and we weren’t the only ones facing this issue. Now, Rockstar has patched the game to make it playable, which means we can finally ask “how does it run?”.
Well, the answer is a bit complicated. In general, the game is very demanding, and even the most powerful hardware on the market is going to have trouble running the game at a smooth framerate at 4K. However, we did see playable performance out of every card in our testing lineup, but anyone looking to rock this game on a high refresh rate gaming monitor might end up disappointed.
Red Dead Redemption 2 does look incredible on PC, so we weren’t expecting 120 fps at 4K anyways. But just to be thorough we collected seven of the best graphics cards on the market, from the AMD Radeon RX 5700 to the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, so you can get an idea of how Red Dead Redemption 2 performance will look like on your gaming PC.
Red Dead Redemption 2 performance
Red Dead Redemption 2 is a heavy PC game to run, which shouldn’t be too terribly surprising. After all, the game made all kinds of headlines upon its console release in 2018 for being one of the most beautiful games ever made, so of course the PC version, with its enhanced visuals, is going to make PC hardware cry out in pain.
You simply will not be able to run the game at 4K 60 fps on the highest graphics preset with current hardware, unless of course, you have some exotic setup with 2 RTX 2080 Tis in SLI. Even in 1440p, if you want all the eye candy turned on, you’re going to need an RTX 2080 to take advantage of it.
In our testing, the RTX 2080 Ti averaged just 43 fps at 4K, and only barely managed to break that 60 fps barrier at 1440p with 66 fps. And, if you have budget hardware, you’re going to have trouble even at 1080p. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super, which…