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Red Dead Redemption II PC performance thread


Oct 25, 2017
Western Australia

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🖥 System requirements:

🧰 Latest drivers: (as at 05/11/2019)
Nvidia: 441.12
AMD: 19.11.1
Intel: Depends on your processor; download the driver update utility

📊 Benchmarks:
Gamers Nexus (English; launch build; CPU-specific)
Gamers Nexus (English; launch build; GPU-specific)
GameGPU (Russian; launch build)
Guru3D (English; launch build)
Hardware Unboxed (English; launch build)
Md Ray (CPU-specific)
TechPowerUp (English; launch build)

📊 Performance guides:
Digital Foundry (English; launch build)
Game Debate (English; launch build)
PCGamesN (English; 06/11/2019 build[?])

🎩 Tips and tricks:
Cap the frame rate/potentially improve frame times: Download RivaTuner Statistics Server, input your desired framerate limit in the "Framerate limit" box, and hit enter (the program comes bundled with MSI Afterburner and earlier versions of EVGA PrecisionX). Alternatively, those with an Nvidia GPU have the option of Nvidia Inspector, which can also be used to impose a framerate cap, either in a similar manner to RTSS or by way of forcing a different vsync interval (click the small tool icon to open the game profile section).
Note: Useful if you your system can't maintain, say, 60fps and you're sensitive to the wild fluctuations, or you're experiencing uneven frametimes. The greater window the engine has to render a given frame, if you're imposing a lower framerate than the game can otherwise provide, may also help in alleviating stuttering related to data streaming.
Stop the game from crashing after 15 minutes on touch-capable systems running Windows 10: Open the task manager, switch to the Services tab and disable TabletInputService.
Mitigate stuttering when using DX12: Follow these instructions, replacing Control_DX12.exe with RDR2.exe.
Fix Rockstar Game Launcher instability on Ryzen-based systems: Install the latest BIOS update for your motherboard. (Credit to laxu.)
Fix game crashing at launch after switching graphics APIs: Navigate to Documents\Rockstar Games\Red Dead Redemption 2 and delete the Settings folder. (Credit to MythicReclaimer.)
Remove black bars when using an ultra-wide resolution: Install the Ultrawide & Multimonitor Fix. (Credit to Rose @ PCGW via Nekrono.)
Mitigate stuttering on systems with fewer CPU threads: Install BES and limit RDR2.exe to 98% usage. (Credit to leng jai.)
Fix G-Sync not functioning when using DX12: Enable vsync. (Credit to Forceflow.)
Fix Windows mouse cursor staying in focus: Follow these instructions. (Credit to Sparky_C @ Reddit via iAMr229.)
Fix camera stutter after pressing alt/holding shift: Change the mouse input setting to DirectInput. (Credit to furfoot.)
Fix game crashing when loading Story Mode (1): Switch graphics APIs. (Credit to rBose.)
Fix game crashing when loading Story Mode (2): Set particle quality to Ultra. (Credit to Mecha Meister.)
Fix game crashing when loading Story Mode (3) Input sysdm.cpl into the Start Menu's run/search field -> click "Settings" under "Performance" -> click the "Advanced" tab -> click "Change" -> tick "Automatically mange paging file size for all drives". (Credit to Deathglobe.)
Note: This is enabled by default and will be disabled only if you've fiddled with it in the past.
Mitigate stuttering: Open Documents\Rockstar Games\Red Dead Redemption 2\Settings\system.xml and change the value of asyncComputeEnabled to true. (Credit to ISee.)
Fix Rockstar Game Launcher instability: Disable Windows' audio enhancements. (Credit to PorcoLighto.)

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⚙ Graphics settings:
Output adapter: Self-explanatory
Output monitor: Self-explanatory
Resolution: Self-explanatory
Refresh rate: Self-explanatory
Screen type: Fullscreen; Windowed; Windowed borderless
Vsync: Off; On; Half
Triple buffering: Off/On
Pause game on focus loss: Off/On
Constrain mouse pointer: Off/On
Quality preset level: Favour performance; Balance; Favour quality
Texture quality: Low; Medium; High; Ultra
Anisotropic filtering: Off; 2x; 4x; 8x; 16x
Lighting quality: Low; Medium; High; Ultra

Global illumination quality: Low; Medium; High; Ultra
Shadow quality: Low; Medium; High; Ultra
Far shadow quality: Low; Medium; High; Ultra
Screen-space ambient occlusion: Off; Medium; High; Ultra
Reflection quality: Low; Medium; High; Ultra
Mirror quality: Low; Medium; High; Ultra
Water quality: Low; Medium; High
Volumetrics quality: Low; Medium; High; Ultra
Particle quality: Low; Medium; High; Ultra
Tessellation quality: Low; Medium; High; Ultra
TAA: Off; Medium; High
FXAA: Off/On
MSAA: Off; 2x; 4x; 8x
Advanced settings: Locked/Unlocked

Graphics API: DirectX 12/Vulkan
Near volumetric resolution: Low; Medium; High; Ultra
Far volumetric resolution: Low; Medium; High; Ultra
Volumetric lighting quality: Low; Medium; High; Ultra
Unlocked volumetric raymarch resolution: Off/On
Particle lighting quality: Low; Medium; High; Ultra
Soft shadows: Off; Medium; High; Ultra
Grass shadows: Low; Medium; High
Long shadows: Off/On
Full resolution screen-space ambient occlusion: Off/On
Water refraction quality: Low; Medium; High
Water reflection quality: Low; Medium; High
Water physics quality: Minimum -> Maximum (no discernible values)
Resolution scale: Off; x0.500; x0.667; x0.750; x0.800; x0.834; x0.875; x0.900; x0.916; x0.933; x0.967; x1.250; x1.500; x1.750; x2.00; x2.500
TAA sharpening: Minimum -> Maximum (no discernible values)

Motion blur: Off/On
Reflection MSAA: Off; 2x; 4x; 8x
Geometry level of detail: Minimum -> Maximum (no discernible values)
Grass level of detail: Minimum -> Maximum (no discernible values)
Tree quality: Low; Medium; High; Ultra
Parallax occlusion mapping quality: Low; Medium; High; Ultra
Decal quality: Low; Medium; High; Ultra
Fur quality: Medium/High
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Oct 30, 2017
Another quality PC Performance Thread™️ by JaseC©️ Thanks as always for doing these. Maybe my favorite thing on Reset.

OT: I’m really hoping that there’s a resolution slider. And that the HDR grade is issue free.

My 1080Ti and 6700K are (kinda) ready...


Oct 29, 2017
What the... I can't change the language in the game? It plays in Polish for me, can't see anywhere to change it to English...


Oct 27, 2017
Getting the launcher issue too. Trying a reinstall

Edit: Reinstall wants me to reinstall the game too! YAAAAAY. You can try scanning for games but it won't find it.


Oct 29, 2017
some people are reporting that avast is causing the crashes for them, maybe if you have any sort of antivirus protection installed, try closing it?


May 18, 2018
Exeter, UK
I'm hoping my 4790k and 980ti can get 60FPS at 1440p with some compromises in the graphics settings.

I sold my PS4 copy in anticipation of the PC release. I'll buy when I get an idea of the potential performance, assuming it's good anyway.


Jul 18, 2019
I’m rocking a 4790k and GTX 1080. If I can get 60fps and not have the weird control lag that was on console, I’m sold.


Oct 25, 2017
Crashes during the opening logo FMVs :(

Edit: Looks like it switches my TV to HDR mode right before the crash. Perhaps something related to HDR is busted?
Dec 15, 2017
Gta v Is still really tough to Max out at 4k for a 2080 ti and that's a ps3 game on steroids. I expect no less from RDR2. The thing is... How scalable can the game be?

Fuck... that StarCraft 2 style core usage... this does not bode well for my fx6300


The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
I’m rocking a 4790k and GTX 1080. If I can get 60fps and not have the weird control lag that was on console, I’m sold.
Did you experience lag while aiming or navigating UI menus?

If not, that lag was probably just simulating Arthur's inertia, and was an artistic choice from the devs. I'm guessing that's happing here too.


Nov 8, 2017
Game's running in the 40 fps range on the middle balanced preset at 4K with 50% resolution scale on a 1080 Ti. GPU utilization isn't going above 50%.

Also keep getting a bug where I have to quit the game to run the benchmark after changing settings.


Oct 25, 2017
Playing on an HDR display? That caused the crashing for me. Start the game in safe mode and disable HDR.
Yep I am. This makes sense, my TV is getting switched into HDR mode right before the crash. This game's HDR mode is just cursed lol

That said, unfortunately the game crashes for me even in safe mode. Maybe i can disable HDR at the OS level and that'll get me in long enough to disable HDR in-game


Oct 26, 2017
Graphics settings menu:
RIP Dictator
I really think Rockstar has figured out the right approach to PC graphical settings. Everything to get a nice looking and performing game is in the default settings and when you want to go the extra mile you take a look at the advanced options. Much better than when that stuff is "hidden" within the default presets where one setting set to ultra can mess up the whole performance for minimal gain.
If I had to guess stay far away from maxing those volumetric settings if you value your FPS.


EIC of Theouterhaven
Oct 27, 2017
Claymont, Delaware
Just putting it out there, but Nvidia released some more info on trying to play this at 4K. Anything less than an RTX 2080 Ti (and even that) won't be able to run the game at 4K60 FPS at it's highest.

"For 1920x1080, Nvidia recommends an RTX 2060, but if you want to bump the detail level past high, it recommends an RTX 2070 or RTX 2070 Super. The latter will also get you over 60 fps at 2560x1440, too, but Nvidia says you'll need the beefy RTX 2080 Ti if you want to bump the settings up to ultra.
If you want 60 fps at 4K, you'll need to reduce the settings even on a 2080 Ti. To see Red Dead Redemption 2 at its very best, you might just have to stomach a lower framerate. Nvidia also recommends upscaling to 4K from a lower resolution."

My game is still unpacking, so I can't test it yet. Still, that's a bit troubling as Rockstar released their PC specs a while ago and most assumed they'd be fine with that was shown.

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Oct 27, 2017
Getting awful performance on a 1080ti at 1440p on a mix of low, medium and high settings. This is very disappointing. I need a good guide asap to see what I’m doing wrong or how to tweak this.
May 29, 2018
Anyone know where the .ini file is saved? And is there an hdr toggle in the file? I suspect that’s why we’re getting crashes and black screens


Mar 25, 2019
Has anyone tried stopping the benchmark and running it again. Doesn't work for me. I have to quit the game to get it tongue again