Red Dead Redemption 2 PC system requirements revealed

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Oct 9, 2019 2:35 PM
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Red Dead Redemption 2 is the joint-highest reviewed game of this entire gaming generation. Rockstar's magnum opus is a Western epic. A rootin' tootin' ride through the Wild West against some of the visually stunning backdrops ever created. And Red Dead 2 is out on PC in less than four weeks' time. This doesn't leave you with much time to prepare, pardner, so saddle up. Here are the PC system specs required to run Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit - Service Pack 1 (6.1.7601)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 770 2GB or Radeon R9 280 3GB
  • HDD: 150 GB Available Hard Drive Space
  • DX: DirectX 11

Red Dead Redemption 2 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit - April 2019 Update (v1803)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770K 3.5 GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 12 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
  • HDD: 150 GB Available Hard Drive Space
  • DX: DirectX 11

Red Dead Redemption 2 minimum specs assessment

Looking at the low end specs above shows us that Red Dead 2 requires an AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB graphics card to run low graphics settings. Pair this with the Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD FX-6300 processor or better to achieve 30FPS on a 1080p monitor res at low graphics settings. You will also require 8 GB RAM to meet the minimum system memory needed. Your graphics card will need to be capable of running at least DirectX 11 to get RDR2 to run. So overall we expect that just to get Red Dead Redemption 2 to run on PC you will be looking at having around a 3 year old PC, with hardware being fairly modern to reach the minimum system settings.

One thing to look out for is you will need a massive 150GB space storage space to install Red Dead Redemption 2. The console version takes up around 105GB, indicating higher quality assets in the PC version.

Red Dead 2 recommended requirements assessment

But if you are hoping to play the best possible looking version of Red Dead 2 then you have come to the right place. The PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 will be the best visual offering of the cowboy-em-up around. To get that smoother frame rate and more impressive graphical experience or perhaps to bump up to the higher screen resolutions on PC then you will be looking for hardware that can deliver the RDR2 PC recommended requirements. The sort of graphics cards you will be after to meet the recommended graphic requirement will be either an Nvidia Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or the AMD AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB. Both of these GPUs aren't particularly high-end for recommended specs and should ensure RDR2 can run at High graphics on a wide range of PC gaming systems.

Add into your gaming PC a processor like either the AMD AMD Ryzen R5 1500X or Intel Intel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz CPU to reach the Red Dead Redemption 2 recommended system specs. This sort of hardware PC setup will deliver 60 Frames Per Second on High graphics settings on 1080p monitor resolution when playing RDR2 providing you have 12GB RAM.

Red Dead Redemption 2 on 1440p and 4K resolutions

For those of you with larger monitor real estate, to get RDR2 to run reliably on 1440p screen resolution you will be looking at the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB if you are after some high end graphics settings as well. You would always be able to turn down and tweak the multitude of Red Dead 2 graphics options to find the more stable frame rate for 1440p.

To get Red Dead 2 running on 4K and around the High graphics settings mark you will be needing at least an Nvidia RTX 2070 Super 8GB or perhaps an AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB and even then you will probably have to adjust a few of the graphics settings down from some of the default High settings. Faster video cards such as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, and AMD Radeon VII 16GB can potentially play Red Dead Redemption 2 at 4K/Ultra with high frame rates.

Please note that these are all provisional guidelines, and we will be running our PC hardware tests for a variety of resolutions as soon as we get our hands on the PC build in the coming weeks.

Red Dead Redemption 2's PC system specs may change over time

These are the official launch system requirements for Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC but Rockstar has warned these specs may change over time. Additional downloadable content and programming changes will alter the system requirements for Red Dead 2.

Will Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC support real-time ray-tracing?

No, Red Dead 2 on PC will not include support for Nvidia's RTX-powered ray-tracing features and it is unlikely to include any retrospectively added patch with Ray Tracing technology at a later stage.

What game engine does Red Dead 2 use?

Red Dead Redemption 2 uses the proprietary Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE). This is the same game engine for Grand Theft Auto V on PC.

What PC Graphics Options will Red Dead Redemption 2 have?

This PC version will include high resolution support, unlocked frame rates, powerful extended draw distances, and improved shadow mapping. Naturally Rockstar have improved the RAGE engine for Red Dead Redemption 2, incorporating HDR support, greater foliage density, higher texture resolution, more detailed character rendering, particle lighting, and some incredible volumetric lighting.

Red Dead 2 on PC will be one of the best looking games to date on any system and once the RDR2 modding community get their coding paws into it, we expect some wonderful and imaginative visuals to be an optional extra for PC owners of Red Dead 2.

When is Red Dead Redemption 2 out on PC?

RDR2 launches on PC on November 5th through the Epic Games Store and the Rockstar Games Launcher. A Steam release will follow in December 2019. You can see more details here.

As ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run the Red Dead Redemption 2 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarks and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Red Dead Redemption 2 GPU benchmark chart and we also have an Red Dead Redemption 2 Frames Per Second system performance chart for you to check.

Our favourite comments:

Seems a lot more realistic than like 90% of system requirements that get released nowadays.

captivestraw

so im totally good with my rig cant believe it !! no doubt the best optimization ever

thepowerful

Seems very reasonable, but that 150GB install size, it scares me.. XD

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21:58 Oct-14-2019

As long as its optimized like GTAV I don't mind 150GB, it will take a Month for me but I'll do it

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21:43 Oct-14-2019

Wondering if ill be able to run the game at 60fps 1080p??

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22:01 Oct-14-2019

Dude You don't even have to ask, you can crank it up above 1080p if it's optimized like GTAV or Witcher 3

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15:04 Oct-14-2019

Guys how many fps i can get on 768p medium settings please ??

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15:24 Oct-14-2019

Plenty

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17:04 Oct-14-2019

Thanks for the reply bro
Can you take a guess and tell me how many fps i will probably get if i play on 768p and medium settings

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17:07 Oct-14-2019

i doubt it would be below 30

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17:11 Oct-14-2019

It's pretty hard to say until the game is in our hands but you're really not far off the recommended specs. I would guess you're going to be able to hit 60 @ 768p/High without any issues

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02:55 Oct-14-2019

This is why I didn't play or watch gameplay on ps4 i knew they were going to release on PC can't wait

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13:35 Oct-14-2019

me too mate

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19:18 Oct-13-2019

150 gigs? Bruh..

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15:44 Oct-13-2019

150gb lol :P i only saw this game from youtube. i dont have a console and it looks sick. am fine i think in full hd resolution with ultra settings.cant wait.

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13:49 Oct-13-2019

150 GB ???
You gotta be shhhhh-ing me !!!

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19:56 Oct-12-2019

I7 6700k
16 gb ram ddr4
GTX 1070 WINDFORCE OC 8G V2
Can it run 1080p ultra 60 FPS ?'

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21:33 Oct-12-2019

yes..turn aa down for stable and more fps avg

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17:22 Oct-13-2019

I don't think so. Maybe high 50-60 FPS, but definitely not ultra. Wait for it to be released first so we can give a clear answer.

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05:09 Oct-11-2019

Cant wait for this, it´s been a long wait but now it´s soon to arrive. I really need to buy that graphics card now so I can start playing again :D

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03:15 Oct-11-2019

Finally, after some speculations, reportedly leaked gameplay, and all the rumours. RDR2 is finally here and the requirement are solid. Been spending months seeing my brother play RDR2 on PS4 and i can finally have my time to play with it.


I bet Modding Community is also excited for this!

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09:51 Oct-10-2019

This is sweet! I just might be able to play on med 1080p, which is way better than I expected from this game!

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08:37 Oct-10-2019

150GBs ?! "ain't nobody got space for that lol" so yeah umm no thanks... i don't like to go above 25GBs and 50GBs is kinds my redline for now.

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04:43 Oct-10-2019

Can I run this though? They are asking for an i5 2500K which I believe is a better CPU than mine and what about the GTX 770 or R9 280? They also seem to be faster cards than mine? Really unsure right now.

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11:00 Oct-11-2019

i think it will run if you lower the settings not big of differance between i5 2500 an i3 4... (they dont consider oc so) at 900p you will be fine im sure ;)

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11:51 Oct-11-2019

Great News! Though I will wait for steam release to make use of the easy refund in case it doesn't work right. Seems a great time to upgrade though. Lots of games I want to play as well as competition in HW with good options. Now if only I could save up some money quickly.

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03:14 Oct-10-2019

Finally an optimized game ! Can't wait it to be out on Steam !

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21:51 Oct-09-2019

GTA V which is based on RAGE engine works great with Nvidia GPUs when compared with similar AMD GPUs,

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21:55 Oct-09-2019

until something has been changed drastically under the hood, things should be same,people with old Nvidia GPUs should rest assured, that they can run this game.

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20:17 Oct-09-2019

It's called compression
But it seems Rockstar doesn't want to bother with that

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23:08 Oct-09-2019

bet you haven't played final fantasy 15

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11:18 Oct-10-2019

lol I never realised it has that much
And I had it installed haha

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20:03 Oct-09-2019

wtf..RDR 2 only need 12 GB of RAM but Star wars fallen order needs 32GB ..how ???

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21:43 Oct-09-2019

It doesn't need 32 obviously. Lots of games say 16 and only use like 8.

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03:29 Oct-10-2019

Those specs were updated earlier, 32GB was a typo, it really only needs 16GB.

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18:52 Oct-09-2019

Sweet! Cant wait to see the mods made for single player.


anyway to change my username?

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18:49 Oct-09-2019

Just hope my PC can run it as it is kind of limited.

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21:45 Oct-09-2019

How so?

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18:25 Oct-09-2019

How well will i run it, settings and fps?

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19:19 Oct-09-2019

pretty sure mixed medium to high at 1080p between 45 to 60 (well at least depending on what they saying your gpu is not far behind the rx 480)

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Can They Run... |

| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Radeon R9 280 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 3GB Edition 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 4k
Core i9-10900K 10-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 3070 Gigabyte Vision OC 8GB 64GB
Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Radeon HD 7500G 8GB
| 30FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz Radeon RX 5600 XT Sapphire Pulse 6GB 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 720p
Core i3-4030U 1.9GHz Intel HD Graphics 4400 Mobile 2GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600X 6-Core 3.6GHz Radeon RX 570 4GB 16GB
100% Yes [5 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz Radeon RX 570 4GB 16GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
| High, 1080p
Ryzen R5 1600 GeForce GTX 1070 Ti MSI Gaming 8GB 16GB
Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 2600 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| Low, 1080p
Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Radeon HD 7970 OC Sapphire Edition 16GB
Core i5-9600K 6-Core 3.7GHz Radeon RX Vega 64 Gigabyte 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Zotac Gaming Twin Edge 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8GB 16GB
Xeon Processor X5690 GeForce GTX 1070 Zotac AMP! Xtreme 32GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i7-870 Quad 2.93GHz GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Edition 12GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i9-10900X 10-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gigabyte Gaming OC 3X 8GB 32GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-7700K 4-Core 4.2GHz Intel HD Graphics 630 Mobile 32GB
0% No [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz GeForce RTX 2080 EVGA XC Gaming 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Zotac Gaming 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [5 votes]