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Red Dead Redemption 2, PC graphics settings guide


How to achieve 60 fps

One year after the debut on PlayStation 4 and XBOX One (HERE you can find our review of the console version, while the PC version will arrive soon), the award-winning Red Dead Redemption 2 has also arrived on PC. Rockstar Games, however, has not limited itself to making a simple port, but has decided to work hard to offer a much better experience on the computer, especially in terms of graphics.



Precisely for the fact of being a mammoth and very detailed title, many PC players have encountered many problems in making it run decently even with the most powerful configurations. This, probably, due to a not exactly flawless optimization, as the requirements are not particularly prohibitive:

Minimum requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 - Service Pack 1
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-2500K / AMD FX-6300
  • RAM memory: 8 GB
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB
  • HDD Space: 150GB

Recommended Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 - April 2018
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4770K / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X
  • RAM memory: 12 GB
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB / AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
  • HDD Space: 150GB

Therefore, assuming that you reach at least the minimum requirements listed above, with this little guide we want to help you set your graphics settings in the best way so that you can enjoy the game with a generally stable frame rate at 60 fps and Full HD resolution. To do this, we are going to list the most important graphic parameters on which to work carefully, also showing you how much each one affects the performance of your graphics card.



Note: regardless of the percentage of impact, the higher the parameters, the greater the demand in terms of graphic power. At the end of the setting, we always advise you to carry out a benchmark to verify the actual performance.

Legend:

  • Blue - Low impact parameter (<10%)
  • Orange - Parameter with medium impact (10-25%)
  • Red - Parameter with high impact (> 25%)

Parameters

  • Triple buffering - 1,58%
  • Texture Quality - 6,61%
  • Anisotropic filter - 3,53%
  • Lighting quality - 2,51%
  • Overall lighting quality - 1,30%
  • Shadow Quality - 8,28%
  • Distant Shadow Quality - 3,91%
  • SSAO - 7,16%
  • Reflection Quality - 39,66%
  • Mirror quality - 0,00%
  • Water quality - 34,37%
  • Volumetric Effects Quality - 25,79%
  • Particle quality - 1,58%
  • Tessellation Quality - 3,44%
  • TAA - 11,26%
  • FXAA - 3,35%
  • MSAA - 56,70%
  • Volumetric resolution at short range - 21,88%
  • Long distance volumetric resolution - 0,00%
  • Volumetric Lighting Quality - 4,18%

Starting from this parameter scheme you will understand that the first thing to do to be able to reach the infamous 60fps, regardless of your configuration, is:

1) Disable reflections or at least reduce them;
2) Disable MSAA if this is enabled, rather use FXAA;
3) Reducing the quality of the water and volumetric effects, the latter, can also be disabled as they have very little impact on the overall quality of the game.


Furthermore, in the advanced graphics settings, we find two types of API, namely Volcano o DirectX 12. First, it's good to know the difference: Vulkan is based on AMD's Mantle, while DirectX is the historical API developed by Microsoft that is used by XBOX One and Windows.


The choice basically depends on which one "communicates" best with your hardware. Based on various gamers' benchmarks, Vulkan appears to offer a slightly higher average frame rate, while DirectX 12 delivers a smoother overall experience especially with NVIDIA graphics cards. Taking this into account, it shouldn't be too difficult to find the right square to best enjoy Red Dead Redemption 2 based on your setup.

If you don't want to waste too much time tweaking and testing, we also report below the optimized graphics settings for mid-to-high-end configurations. Ours is equipped with an Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.0 GHz, Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB, 16 GB of RAM DDR4 @ 3200 MHz and we can easily enjoy a decent and satisfying gaming experience in 1080p at 60 fps with the settings below. .

Optimized graphics settings

  • Texture quality - Ultra
  • Anisotropic filter - 8x
  • Lighting quality - High
  • Overall lighting qualitya - Low
  • Shadow quality - Average
  • Distant Shadow Quality - Average
  • SSAO - Medium
  • Reflex quality - Medium
  • Mirrors quality - High
  • Water quality - Personalized
  • Volumetric effects quality - Personalized
  • Particle quality - Average
  • Tessellation quality - High
  • TAA - Medium
  • FXAA - Yup
  • MSAA - No.
  • Graphics API - Vulkan
  • Volumetric resolution at a short distance - Average
  • Long distance volumetric resolution - Average
  • Volumetric lighting quality - Average
  • Volumetric Raymarch resolution unlocked - Yup
  • Particle lighting quality - Average
  • Soft shadows - High
  • Grass shadows - Averages
  • Elongated shadows - No.
  • SSAO at full resolution - No.
  • Water refraction quality - Average
  • Quality water reflections - Low
  • Physical water quality - High (3 "notches")
  • Dynamic resolution - No.
  • Sharpness TAA - 10 "notches"
  • Motion blur - No.
  • MSAA reflexes - No.
  • Geometry detail level - Ultra (5 "notches")
  • Grass detail - 4 "notches"
  • Quality trees - Average
  • Parallax Occlusion Mapping Quality - High
  • Quality decals - Average
  • Quality furs - Average

Those who, on the other hand, are willing to assemble a gaming PC to play, among other things, even a Red Dead Redemption 2, can refer to our guide to the best configurations.



We hope that our advice will be useful for you to better set the graphic settings of the latest Rockstar Games effort. If not, we invite you to comment on the article or join the our official Telegram channel (t.me/chatwithSoultricks) for support!

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