Earlier this week, Nvidia claimed you’d want one in all their RTX 2060 playing cards to hit 60fps on High high quality settings at 1920×1080 in Red Dead Redemption 2, which on the time sounded quite extreme. After all, an RTX 2060 is mostly what I’d advocate for taking part in games at 2560×1440 today, so to say you’d want this type of calibre card for 1080p on not even the best potential high quality settings in RDR2 simply didn’t sound correct – particularly when Rockstar’s personal PC requirements for the game solely recommends a GTX 1060.
Fortunately, I’ve lastly been capable of do some correct testing of my very own after immediately’s 1.14 patch fastened my Rockstar launcher woes, so I now not have to make use of my lasso on Matthew’s PC to do a little bit of benchmarking – and I’m joyful to report Red Dead 2’s PC efficiency is much more promising for lower-end graphics card house owners.
Alas, as I defined in my preliminary Red Dead Redemption 2 PC settings test on Wednesday, the GTX 1060 is actually solely minimize out for 60fps on Medium-ish settings at 1080p, as introducing a higher variety of High settings began to push its common body fee all the way down to round 45fps once I ran its built-in benchmark.
I say Medium-ish, as Red Dead Redemption 2’s high quality presets are a bit unusual in comparison with different games. Whereas most games have a tendency to stay with easy names like ‘Low’, ‘Medium’, ‘High’ and ‘Ultra’, for instance, Red Dead Redemption 2 has a sliding, 21-step scale that goes from ‘Favour Performance’ to ‘Balanced’ to ‘Favour Quality’. Yes, you learn that appropriately. There are 21 completely different high quality presets in Red Dead Redemption 2, they usually all change relying on what graphics card you’ve received in your PC, making it nigh on inconceivable to get a uniform set of outcomes throughout a number of GPUs. As such, the GTX 1060 managed a mean of 56fps on a combination of Low-Medium settings, and 49fps on the following preset up that had a higher give attention to pure Medium settings.
However, the concept you’d want a monster PC with an RTX 2060 (which, let’s not overlook, is roughly equal in pace to a GTX 1070 Ti), an Intel Core i9-9900Okay and 32GB of RAM just like the one Nvidia used of their checks to get 60fps on principally High settings at 1080p is, frankly, nonsense.
In truth, I managed to get a mean of 58fps with only a GTX 1660 Super (Zotac’s entry degree GeForce GTX 1660 Super Twin Fan version, to be particular), and that was utilizing a customized preset the place I’d set every little thing to High with x4 Anisotropic Filtering and left the Texture Quality on Ultra (as a result of boy is it eager so that you can at all times have Ultra-fied textures). And once I modified the Texture Quality to High? I received a mean of 59fps.
GTX 1070and GTX 1660 house owners could need to tweak a number of settings, admittedly, however in each instances we’re nonetheless taking a look at extremely playable body charges within the 50-60fps zone. Starting with my Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Gaming card, this managed a mean of 52fps on my High however Ultra Texture high quality preset, and 54fps on pure High. That’s nonetheless fairly darn clean so far as I’m involved, however it didn’t take a lot to push these scores again nearer to 60fps. Indeed, all I needed to do was whack Volumetric Lighting and SSAO all the way down to Medium, and I used to be again up at a mean of 58fps very quickly.
It was a really comparable image over on my Asus GeForce GTX 1660 Phoenix OC card, too, which got here in with an similar common of 52fps on High however Ultra Texture high quality and 53fps on pure High. Once I’d utilized the identical Medium SSAO and Volumetric Lighting settings, I used to be again up at a mean of 56fps.
Alas, I don’t presently have a GTX 1660 Ti in for testing proper now (or, certainly, a GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 Ti), so I haven’t been capable of see it compares to the playing cards above. However, as you may see from my GTX 1660 Super vs GTX 1660 Ti comparability piece on different large blockbuster games, the GTX 1660 Ti is nearly definitely going to be a teensy bit quicker than what I managed with the GTX 1660 Super, so you need to be fairly set for some high quality 60fps efficiency. And as for the GTX 1080 / GTX 1080 Ti? I doubt you’ll have any issues in any respect.
So what does an RTX 2060 really get you? In Nvidia’s defence, they did advocate an RTX 2060 for 60+fps on High at 1080p, so I’ll minimize them just a little little bit of slack because it’s that ‘+’ signal that’s most vital right here. Indeed, on High with Ultra-fied textures, the RTX 2060 delivered a clean common of 72fps in Red Dead 2’s built-in benchmark, making it more likely you’ll get a continuing 60fps even when efficiency dips a bit (which it does are likely to do, particularly whenever you’re driving a wagon).
I’ll be doing extra 1440p testing subsequent week to see how Nvidia’s declare about needing an RTX 2070 Super holds up for 60fps on High, however for sure, I think that, too, shall be barely over-exaggerated, as even my common RTX 2060 managed a mean of 54fps at 1440p utilizing the identical High however Ultra Texture Quality settings described above.
So, sure, there may be some fact to Nvidia’s declare, however you may nonetheless get a clean 60fps on High at 1080p with graphics playing cards that price a heck of lots lower than the RTX 2060, and even in the event you can’t fairly get bang-on 60fps, then you may nonetheless get fairly rattling shut. So worry not, fellow cowpokes. You can save that graphics card improve for an additional day.