Red Dead 2 benchmark performance round-up - Expected FPS from every major graphics card

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Nov 6, 2019 12:39 PM
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Red Dead Redemption 2 has arrived on PC after a year-long wait, although it probably hasn't gone as smoothly as Rockstar was hoping. A ton of people are struggling to run RDR2 at all, while those that have managed to are finding the suggested system requirements may have been a little misleading.

Using our amassed benchmark data, we've put together a guide to help indicate what sort of performance you can expect while playing Red Dead Redemption 2, depending on your graphics card. There are external variables such as CPU to account for, but these benchmark results are assuming the graphics card is the bottleneck.

RDR2 benchmarks are available for 1080p, 1440p and 4K resolutions across a complete range of GPUs from AMD and Nvidia's previous three graphics card generations. These are average frame rate scores pulled from a mixture of High and Ultra graphics settings. We'd normally opt for purely Ultra but Red Dead Redemption 2 is undoubtedly one for the future and the frame rate absolutely tanks when all the graphics sliders are turned to the max.

Anyway, on the benchmark charts for Red Dead 2 below, there are two red vertical lines for each bar that indicate 30 frames per second and 60 frames per second respectively. If a graphics card scores below 30fps in a benchmark it’ll be red, if it’s between 30 and 60 it’s yellow, and anything 60 frames per second or higher is green. This provides an at-a-glance snapshot of the sort of performance you can expect from each of these graphics cards while running Red Dead Redemption 2 at the equivalent of High/Ultra settings.

All of this data is also viewable on Red Dead Redemption 2's game page, as well as on an array of other AAA PC titles. You can also head to the page of just about any graphics card from the past three generations and see plenty of extensive in-game benchmarks, such as the GeForce RTX 2060 Super

Last but not least, you can also pit two cards head-to-head to compare their gaming performance directly, such as the GeForce RTX 2070 versus the AMD Radeon RX 5700.

Red Dead Redemption 2 1080p Ultra Graphics Card Benchmarks (Average FPS)

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We'll kindly call this 'disappointing'. The recommended graphics cards for Red Dead Redemption 2 are a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or a Radeon RX 480. If you plan to play at 1080p/High, neither of these graphics cards are getting near 60 frames per second. 1080p/30fps seems a reasonable assumption for those two video cards, although we'd argue that hardly constitutes recommended, but that's a debate for another time.

It all adds to the general air that Red Dead Redemption 2 is a mightily demanding game. Even some really top-end graphics cards are beginning to struggle on High, and during pure Ultra tests nearly all of them dip below 60 frames per second.

Red Dead Redemption 2 1440p Ultra Graphics Card Benchmarks (Average FPS)

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And we have a similar tale for 1440p resolution, which is really the domain of AMD Radeon Vega and RX 5700 series, and the GeForce RTX 20 Series. Most other video cards are getting blowing out of the water here, although the ever-reliable GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is still going strong. 

What it does serve to highlight though is AMD's Radeon RX 5700 series is really punching above its weight. We've known for a while now that AMD was better prepared to Vulkan thanks to Mantle, and it would appear to be paying off here. The base Radeon RX 5700 is beating out the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, while the Radeon RX 5700 XT is averaging a frame rate higher than the GeForce RTX 2070 Super. It's not bad going at all from an AMD perspective.

Red Dead Redemption 2 4K Ultra Graphics Card Benchmarks (Average FPS)

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So we hope you enjoy exploring this new GPU FPS data and as ever we’re really keen to hear if you’ve got any great suggestions for new features. You can find plenty more of these performance comparisons across game and graphics card pages.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Low vs Ultra Graphics Comparison

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Performance Report - Graphics card benchmarks

Red Dead Redemption 2 Most Important Graphics Options - Every Setting Benchmarked

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16:47 Nov-09-2019

Somehow my laptop with full RTX 2070 beats my desktop with GTX 1080. This is the only game so far where I see this difference. The laptop has 32GB RAM vs 16 on the desktop. The desktop monitor is a non-gaming 75Hz vs 144hz so the image is less crisp and a bit foggy on the desktop, but it also feels choppy and laggy on the GTX 1080. Curiously, I also have the same FPS using the exact same settings on both machines, drivers latest version, whereas in other games (most notable recent game being Ghost Recon) the GTX beats it by 15-17 fps.

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16:47 Nov-09-2019

Do those extra 16GB of RAM really make that difference? And also the monitor? The game is installed on HDDs as follows: laptop-5400 RPM, desktop-7200PM.

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16:51 Nov-09-2019

it is not the ram, it is the optimalisation and architectural advantages that the 2070 has over the 1080

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16:53 Nov-09-2019

btw the 2070 should be 10-15% faster than the gtx1080

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17:08 Nov-09-2019

It’s still a laptop one which used to be 15 fps lower :/

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08:02 Nov-09-2019

How on earth did the 980 ti beat the 1080, 1070 ti, and the 1070?

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08:14 Nov-09-2019

it doesn't

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12:28 Nov-07-2019

An RTX 2060 can beat a GTX 1080 now? nice Nvidia, nice.

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14:56 Nov-08-2019

Well, the same happened when the gtx 1060 6gb released, it was in some games performing better than the gtx 980.

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07:59 Nov-07-2019

in ultra at 1080 i was getting around 22 fps (low) 42 (high) 31 (usually not average) and so I started it in 720p window mode (Low) 27 (high)54 and (Usually not average) at arround 36fps all my drivers are updated windows 10 included what a

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07:59 Nov-07-2019

am i doing wrong?

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00:39 Nov-08-2019

Check guru3d's RDR2 benchmarks. They got about 41fps on a 1080 at 1080p ultra so your fps sounds about right? They tested on a 9900k so yours could just be lower cuz of your cpu.

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08:23 Nov-08-2019

I'm using a Ryzen 7 1700 no OC paired with 2400Mhz 16gigs of ram I doubt processor. optimization aside i would guess that its something software related that killing my performance. no background processes

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08:35 Nov-08-2019

try OC-ing your ram, first gen ryzen loves fast memory

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08:38 Nov-08-2019

True that i do have access to a pair of 16x2=32 gigs sticks at 3200MHz for a few day so guess i'll test it out today. That should be sufficient to figure out if its the processor right?

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11:30 Nov-08-2019

how much is your gpu usage? if it's 99% then there isn't much you can do

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15:31 Nov-08-2019

Pretty sure that's just how the game runs lol. Performance is probs gonna get better later on I think it's just kinda un-optimized rn

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21:27 Nov-06-2019

So these are tweaked settings? dont get that fps in game

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20:53 Nov-06-2019

i don't know what ultra/high means(there are lots of settings..so is kinda of general)...i have 2080ti...full ultra i have average 73fps in 1440p...in high settings i have 87 fps

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19:49 Nov-06-2019

why is there 20% between rx 470 and rx 570? they are nearly the same card.

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16:46 Nov-06-2019

hmm something is wrong with this charts like how gtx 970 and rx 570 give better peformance then gtx 1070 or how 980ti and 390x do better then 1080, not to mention that it looks that the less vram gpu has the better peformance rx570 8gb- 38fps, rx570 4gb- 40fps

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17:14 Nov-06-2019

Yup, these charts are just wrong, I mentioned this once to @Felix to apply some QA and common sense before posting them.

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19:43 Nov-06-2019

970 better than 1660 Super....

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19:51 Nov-06-2019

and R9 390X better than a 1080 ... of course

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05:49 Nov-08-2019

yay lol

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16:16 Nov-06-2019

Waiting for Digital Foundry's analysis cause I want to know how the f-ck does a 6TF gpu from an older architecture runs this game at native 4K and at what settings

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16:19 Nov-06-2019

native 4k haha

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16:29 Nov-06-2019

DF video rdr2 console comparison video minute 4;52

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11:09 Nov-07-2019

If you are referring to Xbox one X, It runs it at 30FPS with probably medium settings with occasional high settings here and there. A GTX 2060 based on this chart is running it a 30FPS on 4k ultra, and that is a 6.5 tflops card, and would be solid 30 locked if the settings were downgraded to medium / high.

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15:39 Nov-06-2019

RX 580 vs RX 480 difference is 13 average fps? I find that hard to believe.

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18:09 Nov-06-2019

My old R9 390x should have +/- similar performance as RX580, but here my gpu performs way better :D

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19:37 Nov-06-2019

At first I was surprised that the 970 was significantly better than the 1060 and thought something was off, but then I saw that it was also better than the 1070 and realized this test actually had big flaws.

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19:43 Nov-06-2019

970 better than 1660 Super... mmmmmkaaaaayyy....

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15:59 Nov-06-2019

Looks like Game Debate tweaked some settings, the visual fidelity should be very similar anyway. But can someone explain why the 2060 is faster than the 1080 and 1070Ti?

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16:17 Nov-06-2019

because of turings concurrent fp16 and int32 calculations, and higher bandwidth

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17:01 Nov-06-2019

okay thx!

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15:14 Nov-06-2019

There's a video by gamer nexus benchmarking a wide range of cards, take a look here and tell me what you think https://youtu.be/yD3xd1qGcfo

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14:46 Nov-06-2019

14 fps difference from 2080 to 2080 super ... more fake

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15:59 Nov-06-2019

article is about Expected FPS, so those are just estimations, not actual proper benchmarks yet :)

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16:18 Nov-06-2019

im not sure whats the point of these estimations

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17:03 Nov-06-2019

I'd say it's great opportunity to test out entire GD benchmarks database so far, to determine estimated framerates, don't you think?

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14:08 Nov-06-2019

what a disappointment, even the ridiculously expensive 2080Ti shall struggle with 4K

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13:52 Nov-06-2019

So can i run it at all if i barely meet the minimum requirements? Or are they not really minimum requirements?

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14:07 Nov-06-2019

Haven't got on to the lower-end stuff, I'm trying to test with an R7 370 but it won't run at the mo. From what I hear though, the minimum spec graphics cards can barely run the game at all, even at 720p

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14:54 Nov-06-2019

I was surprised when i saw the minimum requirements. I didn't expect I'd be able to run it. I guess i was right. Thanks for the response.

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13:44 Nov-06-2019

I guess my GTX 1070 got gimped harder than anything. God damn i am mad AF...

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14:02 Nov-06-2019

Somehow it runs even slower than a 970,thats rather odd

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14:04 Nov-06-2019

I am really infuriated by that. It seems that either Rockstar does not care about actual optimization and that PC release move was money grab one which was not planned when they released Console version and was planned 1-2 months ago, or Nvidia f*cked up so hard with drivers that it will go down in history as the worst programming effort...

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19:43 Nov-06-2019

I think this benchmark was flawed. The 970 shouldn't even be faster than a 1060 let alone a 1070.

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17:27 Nov-06-2019

Just watched a Hardware Unboxed's video and that doesn't seem to be the case.

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13:38 Nov-06-2019

None of us expected that

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13:36 Nov-06-2019

These benchmarks looks wrong.

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13:31 Nov-06-2019

So am I good for medium - high?

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16:02 Nov-06-2019

1080p, 60 FPS, sure!

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16:02 Nov-06-2019

Yup for 1080p you should be fine. I get 65ish average and Im on ultrawide, all high with utlra textures.

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13:30 Nov-06-2019

Ultra settings might be too demanding. High is probably the sweet spot. And the GTX 980 Ti performs better the GTX 1080 and 1070 Ti? That's weird.

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Yeah I wouldn't really trust these...

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| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
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100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i3-9100 4-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB 8GB
0% No [1 votes]
Core i5-7400 3.0GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
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100% Yes [6 votes]
Core i9-12900K 16-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
Ryzen 5 4600H 6-Core 3.0GHz GeForce GTX 1650 16GB
75% Yes [4 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-11400H 6-Core 2.20GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Mobile 16GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Asus Dual 6GB 16GB
71.4286% Yes [7 votes]
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Core i5-5200U 2.2GHz GeForce 930M 2GB 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz Radeon RX 590 ASRock Phantom Gaming X OC 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [4 votes]
Pentium Gold G5500 2-Core 3.8GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB 8GB
0% No [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i7-3770S 4-Core 3.1GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti EVGA SC Gaming 4GB 8GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 4k
Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 3800X 8-Core 3.9GHz Radeon RX 6600 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 3800X 8-Core 3.9GHz Radeon RX 6600 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600 6-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 6600 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-9600KF 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Zotac Gaming Twin Fan 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 2700 8-Core 3.2GHz GeForce RTX 2070 Super MSI Ventus OC 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-4460 3.2GHz GeForce GTX 950 2GB 8GB
0% No [1 votes]