Rainbow Six Extraction most important graphics options - every video setting benchmarked

Written by Chad Norton on Fri, Jan 21, 2022 3:18 PM
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Alright, soldiers, the latest Rainbow Six title is officially here after having been delayed last year. As we've seen in the PC performance benchmarks, Rainbow Six Extraction is not a super demanding game, and offers a lot of range in terms of image quality and performance. But what are the most demanding graphics options? And which ones can we turn all the way up with little FPS loss?

In this article we will take a look at which Rainbow Six Extraction graphics settings are the best to turn all the way up to Ultra and which ones can get us a little FPS boost for no real visual loss when we turn them off or down. We've compiled a list below of the most demanding graphics options in the game, so you can get a handle on what to expect when you adjust different graphics settings in R6 Extraction to get the perfect balance of visual fidelity and FPS performance in game.

Below you will see every graphics option listed and benchmarked against a minimum graphics setting used as our baseline benchmark for Rainbow 6 Extraction. From there we see which graphics options have the highest performance impact on our hardware for the least visual improvement, and then we will see which options can be turned up to max and deliver the best visual improvement in Rainbow Six: Extraction.

If you want to look at some more graphics benchmarks with various gaming graphics cards running R6 Extraction, then you can check out our Rainbow Six Extraction PC Performance Benchmarks article instead.

Rainbow Six Extraction PC system requirements

Rainbow Six Extraction Multiplayer PC performance report and graphics card benchmarks

For the performance cost result baseline we used the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card - which is relatively close to the recommended GPU for Rainbow Six Extraction - an Intel Core i7-10700K processor, and 16GB of DDR4 memory.

To standardize the benchmark tests we used the official in-game FPS benchmark tool, as in our testing we found this to be pretty representative of your experience in-game when comparing each graphics option relative to each other.. This takes you through one of the levels, sweeping around some bad guys with the occasional explosion and falling debris.

If you see any significant discrepancy/difference between the benchmark tool FPS and actual FPS returned, then please do share your findings in the comments below.

There is a few graphics settings available in Rainbow Six Extraction, so we went through the 13 graphics options listed and tested each one in turn, recording the average frame rates for each and then comparing them to a baseline FPS that was recorded with all the graphics options either turned off or to their lowest settings.

Rainbow Six Extraction baseline FPS

To give us a comparable FPS baseline for Rainbow Six: Extraction Frame Rates achieved when all R6 Extraction's graphics settings are on lowest or OFF.

Rainbow Six Extraction Avg FPS
Baseline 101.2

Rainbow Six Extraction Graphics Options Performance Breakdown

The further to the right the bar goes, the more demanding the graphics option is.

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What are the most demanding graphics options in Rainbow Six Extraction?

As you can see in the FPS performance graph above, there aren't roo many graphics settings available in Rainbow Six Extraction, but there are a few which have a significant impact on FPS performance. However, most of the settings seem to have very little FPS impact.

The most demanding graphics option in R6 Extraction by far is Sprawl Quality at a 20.65% FPS cost, followed closely by Reflection Quality at a 17% FPS cost. Next is Ambient Occlusion at 11.36% FPS cost, as well as Shadow Quality at a 9.88% FPS performance cost.

The rest of the graphics settings have very small costs in performance, like Anti-ALiasing and T-AA Sharpness at 3.66% FPS cost (although T-AA needs to be enabled in order to use T-AA Sharpness, so really it's a 0% FPS cost relative to the Anti-Aliasing setting).

Then there's also Level of Detail Quality at a 2.67% FPS loss, Lens Effect at 1.38%, Texture Filtering at 1.09%, both Shading Quality and Effects Quality at 0.49%, Texture Quality at 0.3%, and finally ADS Depth of Field at a 0.2% FPS cost.

Rainbow Six Extraction All Graphics Settings Benchmark Guide

Best Video Settings in Rainbow Six Extraction

There are a few graphics settings available in Rainbow 6 Extraction in order for us to customize our FPS and get the right balance of FPS performance and visual quality.

Below we've provided both a score for the performance impact as well as a priority score designed to recommend which graphics settings you should prioritize turning up (the higher the number, the better).

Obviously, these scores are subjective and we really do encourage you to share your own thoughts in the discussion area below on what you think are the best Rainbow Six Extraction graphics settings are. But for now, let's jump in...

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Texture Quality

Texture Quality Ultra setting performance impact

Texture Quality graphics option Ultra Low compared to Ultra

Rainbow Six Extraction Avg FPS
Baseline 101.2
Texture Quality 100.9

Texture Quality option range: Ultra Low / Very Low / Low / Medium / High / Very High / Ultra

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 5/5

What does the Texture Quality setting do in Rainbow Six Extraction? Select the detail level of texture maps used in the game. Higher is more detailed but heavier on performance.

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Texture Filtering

Texture Filtering Anisotropic 16x setting performance impact

Texture Filtering graphics option Point compared to Anisotropic 16x

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Rainbow Six Extraction Texture Filtering

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Rainbow Six Extraction Avg FPS
Baseline 101.2
Texture Filtering 100.1

Texture Filtering option range: Point / Linear / Anisotropic 2x / Anisotropic 4x / Anisotropic 8x / Anisotropic 16x

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 4/5

What does the Texture Filtering setting do in Rainbow Six Extraction? Select the viewing quality mode for all game textures at oblique angles. Higher is more detailed but heavier on performance.

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Shadow Quality

Shadow Quality Ultra setting performance impact

Shadow Quality graphics option Ultra Low compared to Ultra

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Rainbow Six Extraction Shadow Quality

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Rainbow Six Extraction Avg FPS
Baseline 101.2
Shadow Quality 91.2

Shadow Quality option range: Ultra Low / Very Low / Low / Medium / High / Very High / Ultra

Performance impact: 3/5

Priority: 4/5

What does the Shadow Quality setting do in Rainbow Six Extraction? Select the resolution of shadow maps. Higher is better detail and quality shadows but heavier on performance.

At Low, only static shadows are displayed.

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Shading Quality

Shading Quality Ultra setting performance impact

Shading Quality graphics option Ultra Low compared to Ultra

Rainbow Six Extraction Avg FPS
Baseline 101.2
Shading Quality 100.7

Shading Quality option range: Ultra Low / Very Low / Low / Medium / High / Very High / Ultra

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 5/5

What does the Shading Quality setting do in Rainbow Six Extraction? Select the quality level of various visual effects such as lighting, shading, surface, etc. Higher is better quality.

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Reflection Quality

Reflection Quality Ultra setting performance impact

Reflection Quality graphics option Ultra Low compared to Ultra

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Rainbow Six Extraction Reflection Quality

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Rainbow Six Extraction Avg FPS
Baseline 101.2
Reflection Quality 84

Reflection Quality option range: Ultra Low / Very Low / Low / Medium / High / Very High / Ultra

Performance impact: 4/5

Priority: 2/5

What does the Reflection Quality setting do in Rainbow Six Extraction? Select the level of quality for reflections in the game.

Low: Static cube maps reflections only.

Medium: Screen-space local reflections (half resolution).

High: Screen-space local reflections (full resolution).

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Level of Detail Quality

Level of Detail Quality Ultra setting performance impact

Level of Detail Quality graphics option Ultra Low compared to Ultra

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Rainbow Six Extraction Level of Detail Quality

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Rainbow Six Extraction Avg FPS
Baseline 101.2
Level of Detail Quality 98.5

Level of Detail Quality option range: Ultra Low / Very Low / Low / Medium / High / Very High / Ultra

Performance impact: 2/5

Priority: 3/5

What does the Level of Detail Quality setting do in Rainbow Six Extraction? Select the distance at which lower level of detail models are used.

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Effects Quality

Effects Quality Ultra setting performance impact

Effects Quality graphics option Ultra Low compared to Ultra

Rainbow Six Extraction Avg FPS
Baseline 101.2
Effects Quality 100.7

Effects Quality option range: Ultra Low / Very Low / Low / Medium / High / Very High / Ultra

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 5/5

What does the Effects Quality setting do in Rainbow Six Extraction? Select the visual definition of particles and effects used in the game. Higher is more detailed but heavier on performance.

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Anti-Aliasing

Anti-Aliasing T-AA setting performance impact

Anti-Aliasing graphics option Off compared to T-AA

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Rainbow Six Extraction Anti-Aliasing

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Rainbow Six Extraction Avg FPS
Baseline 101.2
T-AA 97.5
T-AA-2x 55.3
T-AA-4x 29.9

Anti-Aliasing option range: Off / FXAA / T-AA / T-AA-2x / T-AA-4x

Performance impact: 2/5

Priority: 4/5

What does the Anti-Aliasing setting do in Rainbow Six Extraction? Select the technique used to remove jagged edges from rendered models.

FXAA is optimal for older hardware.

T-AA-2x is heavier on performance but this can be diminished by using Render Scaling.

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T-AA Sharpness

T-AA Sharpness 100% setting performance impact

T-AA Sharpness graphics option 0% compared to 100%

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Rainbow Six Extraction T-AA Sharpness

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Rainbow Six Extraction Avg FPS
Baseline 101.2
T-AA Sharpness 97.5

T-AA Sharpness option range: 0% / 25% / 50% / 75% / 100%

Performance impact: 2/5

Priority: 2/5

What does the T-AA Sharpness setting do in Rainbow Six Extraction? Set the level of sharpen filter applied after T-AA. Higher makes for a sharper image.

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Ambient Occlusion

Ambient Occlusion MHBAO setting performance impact

Ambient Occlusion graphics option Off compared to MHBAO

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Rainbow Six Extraction Ambient Occlusion

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Rainbow Six Extraction Avg FPS
Baseline 101.2
Ambient Occlusion 89.7

Ambient Occlusion option range: Off / SSBC / SSBC+ / MHBAO

Performance impact: 3/5

Priority: 4/5

What does the Ambient Occlusion setting do in Rainbow Six Extraction? Select the techniques used to display soft shadowing around nearby rendered models.

SSBC+ is a higher quality version of SSBC.

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Sprawl Quality

Sprawl Quality Ultra setting performance impact

Sprawl Quality graphics option Ultra Low compared to Ultra

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Rainbow Six Extraction Sprawl Quality

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Rainbow Six Extraction Avg FPS
Baseline 101.2
Sprawl Quality 80.3

Sprawl Quality option range: Ultra Low / Very Low / Low / Medium / High / Very High / Ultra

Performance impact: 5/5

Priority: 2/5

What does the Sprawl Quality setting do in Rainbow Six Extraction? Select the Sprawl visual detail based on distance from the camera.

Low: Low quality at all times.

Medium: High quality up to 5 metres from the camera.

High: High quality up to 10 metres from the camera.

Very High: High quality up to 15 metres from the camera.

Ultra: High quality up to 20 metres from the camera.

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Lens Effect

Lens Effect Bloom + Lens Flare setting performance impact

Lens Effect graphics option Off compared to Bloom + Lens Flare

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Rainbow Six Extraction Lens Effect

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Rainbow Six Extraction Avg FPS
Baseline 101.2
Lens Effect 99.8

Lens Effect option range: Off / Bloom / Bloom + Lens Flare

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 1/5

What does the Lens Effect setting do in Rainbow Six Extraction? Select the type of lens effects that are used to simulate real world optical lenses.

Off: All lens effects are disabled.

Bloom: Bloom is enabled.

Bloom + Lens Flare: Bloom and Lens Flares are both enabled.

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ADS Depth of Field

ADS Depth of Field On setting performance impact

ADS Depth of Field graphics option Off compared to On

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Rainbow Six Extraction ADS Depth of Field

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Rainbow Six Extraction Avg FPS
Baseline 101.2
ADS Depth of Field 101

ADS Depth of Field option range: Off/On

Performance impact: 1/5

Priority: 1/5

What does the ADS Depth of Field setting do in Rainbow Six Extraction? Enable to simulate the optical lens blurring on close objects while aiming.

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Conclusion

Rainbow Six Extraction graphics settings performance results and conclusion - Looking over all the results above we can see that Rainbow Six Extraction is not a super demanding game, but has a few graphics settings which can significantly impact FPS performance. Although the range of quality settings per graphics option is quite large, which should give us decent room to get the right balance of FPS performance and image quality.

The most demanding graphics option in R6 Extraction by far though is Sprawl Quality at a 20.65% FPS cost, and can really tank your frame rate when it appears on screen. This should definitely be your first port of call when trying to improve performance in Rainbow 6 Extraction.

Next up should then be Reflection Quality at a 17% FPS cost, followed by Ambient Occlusion (11.36%) and Shadow Quality (9.88%) as these are the graphics settings with the most significant FPS costs. All other graphics settings have minimal frame rate costs.

For instance, next on the list should then be Anti-ALiasing at a 3.66% FPS cost. T-AA Sharpness also shares the same FPS cost, but this is because Anti-Aliasing has to be set to T-AA already in order to enable it. So relative to the anti-aliasing option, T-AA Sharpness actually incurs a 0% FPS cost.

Next up is Level of Detail Quality (2.67%), then Lens Effect (1.38%), Texture Filtering (1.09%), Shading Quality (0.49%), Effects Quality (0.49%), Texture Quality (0.3%), ADS Depth of Field (0.2%). As you can see, Texture Quality is interestingly very low on the FPS cost list, which is likely due to the already low resolution textures even on Ultra unless you install the HD texture pack. Additionally, this setting is very VRAM hungry, and should have a more significant FPS cost if you go over your VRAM capacity.

It is worth noting though that R6 Extraction includes support for Nvidia DLSS, which can significantly improve performance on compatible GPUs. So if you are struggling to reach a decent frame rate and have a compatible graphics card, then it is definitely worth enabling DLSS for the performance gains.

And that's it for the most important graphics options in Rainbow Six Extraction! As always, we're now passing it onto you guys. We would love to hear your thoughts on what graphics settings you turn all the way up in R6 Extraction for little to no performance impact, and which options you turn down to get some extra frames so we can all benefit from better performance and image quality in this new game!

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13:45 Jan-26-2022

checked out some videos on this game and it seemed super meh for me, sure there are probably some fans of this game mode which are very happy with this spin off, but for me ehh, not even sure if i will test it on my channel :/

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