Red Dead Redemption 2 - Best settings for 60 FPS

Published: 15:58, 09 November 2019
Updated: 11:38, 14 November 2019
Rockstar Games
Arthur Morgan riding his horse on a snowy field, heading towards a mountain.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is an absolutely gorgeous looking game.

Red Dead Redemption 2 finally launched on PC and as expected, it's a pretty demanding title. However, it features more than 40 graphics options which can be tweaked for stable 60 FPS.

Rockstar's mammoth looks absolutely stunning on PC and it comes with impressive volumetric clouds, lighting, parallax occlusion mapping and draw distance. All of these settings can be pretty demanding and you will need very powerful hardware if you want to crank the settings to the max.

Even the most powerful gaming graphics card, Nvidia RTX 2080ti, can't push Red Dead Redemption 2 above 50 FPS at 4K resolution and maximum details. However, to achieve a playable framerate while still keeping the game as pretty as can be, you won't need to spend your hard-earned money on i9-9900k and Nvidia's flagship card. You can simply tweak your graphics settings for great results all around. 

We spent a lot of time figuring out which settings work best and we found that a mix of Ultra, High and Medium settings without the taxing MSAA is the way to go.

First, let's just briefly mention our hardware which includes Ryzen 3600 for the CPU and AMD's latest graphics card Radeon RX 5700 XT. Both of these are great 1440p options and a total overkill for 1080p. If you're playing in 1080p resolution, even a GTX 1660ti or Vega 56 will do just fine, but if you play in 1440p you should take a look at our settings to achieve a smooth 60 FPS experience:

  • VSync : Off
  • Screen Type: Fullscreen
  • Triple Buffering: Off
  • Pause Game On Focus Loss: Off
  • Constrain Mouse Pointer: Off
  • Quality Preset Level: Custom
  • Texture Quality: Ultra
  • Anisotropic Filtering: X16
  • Lighting Quality: High
  • Global Illumination Quality: High
  • Shadow Quality: Medium
  • Far Shadow Quality: Medium
  • Screen Space Ambient Occlusion: Medium
  • Reflection Quality: Medium
  • Mirror Quality: High
  • Water Quality: Custom (settings below)
  • Volumetrics Quality: Medium
  • Particle Quality: High
  • Tessellation Quality: Ultra
  • TAA: High
  • FXAA: Off
  • MSAA: Off

  • Advanced Settings: Unlocked
  • Graphics API: Vulkan
  • Near Volumetric Resolution: Medium
  • Far Volumetric Resolution: Medium
  • Volumetric Lighting Quality: Medium
  • Unlocked Volumetric Raymarch Resolution: Off
  • Particle Lighting Quality: High
  • Soft Shadows: High
  • Grass Shadows: High
  • Long Shadows: Off
  • Full Resolution Screen Space Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • Water Refraction Quality: Medium
  • Water Reflection Quality: Medium
  • Water Physics Quality: 0%
  • Resolution Scale: Off
  • TAA Sharpening: 100 per cent
  • Reflection MSAA: Off
  • Geometry Level of Detail: 100 per cent
  • Grass Level of Detail: 100 per cent
  • Tree Quality: Ultra
  • Parallax Occlusion Mapping Quality: Ultra
  • Decal Quality: High
  • Fur Quality: High

Rockstar rdr 2 pc red dead redemption 2 screenshot showing a man sitting at the camp fire during night Rockstar's mammoth looks stunning in 4K and 60 frames per second

This is obviously a lot of settings and depending on your hardware, you can try some additional tweaks to achieve 60 FPS. Try lowering grass or geometry level of detail but whatever you do, don't touch the water physics quality since this one will absolutely destroy your FPS without any significant visual improvements.

You can also scale your resolution for a nice FPS boost and use Nvidia Freestyle Sharpening or Radeon Sharpening to compensate for the lower resolution.

Red Dead Redemption 2 - Gameplay footage reveal gallery

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Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games have released the first gameplay video of Red Dead Redemption 2 that featured a narrator explaining the differences between the first game and the highly anticipated sequel. You can see the entire gameplay video here.
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