Up For Debate - Are you upgrading your GPU for Red Dead Redemption 2?

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 5:18 PM
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We’ve had a week or so to digest the Red Dead Redemption 2 PC system requirements and the general consensus seems to be ‘phew’. While plenty of AAA titles are placed at the cutting edge of technology, Red Dead Redemption 2’s are actually very reasonable. In fact, RDR 2’s system specs are pretty much bang in line with the industry average over the last 12 months. It means Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn’t even have high enough specs to crack our list of the Top 100 Most Demanding Games on PC

You’ll be needing a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB, or equivalent, in order to meet Red Dead Redemption 2’s PC system requirements. Your graphics will need to be paired with a quad-core CPU such as the Intel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz or AMD Ryzen R5 1500X, as well as 12GB RAM. Another big concern for PC gamers is the amount of download space/time it will take to get a PC copy of Red Dead Redemption 2.

But, we know there are still a ton of PC gamers out there who don’t have rigs which come near Red Dead Redemption 2’s recommended specs. And, well, not many games can claim to come close to Red Dead in terms of stature. Red Dead Redemption 2 is the joint-highest scoring game this generation based on aggregate reviews of the console release, and the PC version is going to look and play even better. It’s the ultimate version of the ultimate game, and the sort of vast, beautiful open-world which benefits from cranking those graphics settings up as high as possible. 

With just over three weeks to go until the PC Red Dead Redemption 2 launches via the Rockstar Games Launcher and the Epic Games Store, and a couple of months until the Steam release, it’s crunch time on preparing your rig for Arthur Morgan’s Western epic. 

Bearing all that in mind, what are your PC upgrade plans for Red Dead Redemption 2’s launch? Are you going all in and building a new rig; is it time for that GPU upgrade you’ve been hankering for, or are you happy with your current setup?

So, is RDR2 the game which will make you want to upgrade your GPU? Get voting in the poll and let us know why below!

Are you planning to upgrade your graphics card for Red Dead Redemption 2?

If you are upgrading hardware for RDR2 what is your priority?

Which graphics preset are you expecting to play RDR2 at?

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20:06 Oct-30-2019

I have a GTX 950M(for laptop) graphics card on my laptop. Do you think it can run rdr2? please help me.
my computer other feauteres are ?ntel(r) core(tm) i7-6700hq cpu @ 2.60ghz, 2601 mhz, 4 core 8gb ram ???

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16:29 Oct-17-2019

i hope it will run on ultra on my specs.

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20:58 Oct-16-2019

I'll be ok for High settings, but I won't be playing game anyways but if I do I think I will be ok....

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18:58 Oct-16-2019

nope. am good. :D not worth the extra money.

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15:37 Oct-16-2019

Here's to hoping it runs well at medium/high.

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14:00 Oct-17-2019

yes for sure..your problem is 3gb vram gpu on high settings... :/

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17:55 Oct-17-2019

Yeah back when I got it I didn't realise how useful the 6GB could've been, might upgrade in the near future, but for now I'm hoping it'll run :P!

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18:17 Oct-17-2019

always go for more if you can even when it looks like its overkill its not its more future proof look it that way ;)

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13:03 Oct-16-2019

I think i will be ok for now

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01:49 Oct-16-2019

nope im good i have no intrest in the 20 series anyway.

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09:17 Oct-16-2019

That's what I said until I started playing VR

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19:36 Oct-15-2019

Definitely a SSD upgrade, and maybe a GPU upgrade too if there would be any good deals on black friday :)

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18:33 Oct-15-2019

Not sure my GPU stuff needs upgradin'...

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18:39 Oct-15-2019

I think you just need more GPUs XD
Or was quad SLI ditched, I forgot XD

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22:59 Oct-15-2019

Yup, definitely more GPUs

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07:06 Oct-16-2019

yeah you'll be lucky if you can run it at low settings@640x480, honestly you might wannna look into a google stadia subscription to play this

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08:39 Oct-16-2019

That's why he needs more gpus, like 16 or something

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00:51 Oct-17-2019

Gotta get me one of them boys lol xD

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16:04 Oct-16-2019

But can you run Crisis

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18:29 Oct-16-2019

Time Crisis for the win, well not really, but it was a fun game to play with those gun controllers xD

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00:52 Oct-17-2019

25fps cinematic experience at 480p, yeah!!

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13:05 Oct-15-2019

I think the second question is missing the option for 'storage' lol. Games are getting so large these days I constantly have to juggle them on my SSD to fit games that I frequently play.

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16:24 Oct-18-2019

big facts

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12:17 Oct-15-2019

Have zero interest. I would take almost anything over Rockstar game.

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19:59 Oct-15-2019

Same

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07:07 Oct-16-2019

ummm off topic a little but i think we going to need some context on your username

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11:25 Oct-15-2019

Waiting for 10nm Intel cpu's before I upgrade my 4770k but I think I should be good to run this mostly ultra on my resolution. Definitively keen to do some upgrades before 2077 releases whether it is just CPU or GPU as well.

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11:35 Oct-16-2019

Well you might have to wait quite a bit cause there is a rumour that intel has gave up on 10nm and is going straight to 7nm witch is coming years from now

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11:39 Oct-16-2019

And even if that rumour is not true 10nm will launch at Q4 2020 at earliest. 2021 release is more likely imo

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11:41 Oct-16-2019

Ouch :( Will consider my options when the time comes then, really want to play max settings on cyberpunk 2077 so will see what's going when it comes :)

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13:46 Oct-16-2019

there is nothing easier than waiting for actual Cyberpunk reviews and benchmarks to see what specs are worth it :)

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08:00 Oct-15-2019

I might upgrade for Cyberpunk 2077 next year to RTX 3080/3080 ti, Ryzen 4700x if the Nvidia gpus are priced more reasonable .

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05:01 Oct-15-2019

I am getting a GTX 1660 Ti at the end of the year, not for RDR2 but simply because I feel the need to.

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07:12 Oct-15-2019

It's a great GPU for the price point :) I play most games over 100fps at high or max settings; depending on the game.

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08:06 Oct-15-2019

Quoting: "You are crazy for not getting RTX at this point" xD


Back to the topic, yes GTX 1660 Ti will serve you quite well

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13:10 Oct-15-2019

Heh, the joke is (literally) on the CEO... at this point!

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03:50 Oct-15-2019

Have beaten it almost 100% on console, so im gonna wait untill a sale.
But i will buy it eventually though :)

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00:57 Oct-15-2019

not for now, it's safe with the current resolution i'm at

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22:58 Oct-14-2019

Yes but not interested in RDR2 until it goes on sale, not going to buy it full price.
Got VR last month and i'm planning an upgrade for christmas, to also prepare for Cyberpunk 2077 as well.

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22:57 Oct-14-2019

No upgrade on CPU, ram or GPU. With my current PC, 1080p High should not be a problem but I hesitate to replace my HDD with ssd...

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08:10 Oct-15-2019

Why replace? You can still use HDD for storage, games and something similar. Keep SSD for OS and some games if you want for quick loading.

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22:47 Oct-14-2019

I am not upgrading anything, I am very confident my PC can do 1080p high with good framerates. I will pass on ultra, usually visual difference between ultra and high are only visible in screenshots, where you can take time to compare.Unless it will run so good I just won't care about it... :-D But in most cases I would rather reach my refresh rate, use FPS limiter and have flat FPS line.

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21:31 Oct-14-2019

I still have the PS4 version of this game but I'm planning to sell both my PS4 and RDR2 in January once it appears on Steam.


With my specifications I should be able to run this game on Ultra.

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21:47 Oct-14-2019

Do you reckon I'd play ultra too? When I tested my specs on Game debate it suggested Medium at 100FPS, High at 68 and then Ultra at only 48 fps?

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21:47 Oct-14-2019

Also how do you know you'd be able to play Ultra or is it just wishful thinking and speculation?

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02:46 Oct-15-2019

When they list the requirements nowadays it's for ultra settings. My laptop specs have RDR 2 running at 64 FPS on Ultra on this site. You have a lesser CPU and 8 GB of RAM which is why your projected numbers are lower. I doubt the CPU will matter but the RAM could slow things down a tad on your desktop.

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Can They Run... |

| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i9-10900X 10-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 2070 Super Gigabyte Gaming OC 3X 8GB 32GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX 540X 2GB Mobile 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-4670 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti EVGA Gaming 4GB 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1440p
Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2080 EVGA XC Ultra Gaming 8GB 32GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 7 4800H 8-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB 8GB
| High,
Ryzen 7 2700 8-Core 3.2GHz Radeon RX 5600 XT Gigabyte Gaming OC 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1440p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1070 Palit Super JetStream 16GB
33.3333% Yes [3 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-11700K 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 6GB Edition 32GB
75% Yes [4 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Inno3D Compact 6GB 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz GeForce GTX 1650 8GB
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-10700 8-Core 2.90GHz GeForce RTX 2060 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
Core i5-9400F 6-Core 2.9GHz GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II 2GB OC Edition 16GB
57.1429% Yes [7 votes]
Pentium Dual Core B960 2.2GHz Radeon HD 6950M 4GB
25% No [8 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 720p
Athlon II X2 245 GeForce GTS 250 4GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB