Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) – Best or Optimal Graphics Settings

Red Dead Redemption 2 runs quite smoothly for the most part but it looks like some players are witnessing few hiccups here and there. It is understandable that not everyone is sitting with a high end gaming PC. In fact, according to the latest Steam Hardware Survey most of the gamers still game on low-medium graphics cards.

But this is the greatest thing about PC gaming. You don’t need overpriced hardware to play games as you can customize the in-game graphics settings of the game you want to play and then get the best performance out of it, even if you have a low end gaming rig.

Tweaking in-game graphics or video settings not only gives you a smoother experience but also gets rid of performance issues like lag, sudden fps drops, stuttering, etc. Same is the case with RDR2. Lets see if it is possible to make this game run for people with low end graphics cards by tweaking the in-game video or graphics settings.

Red Dead Redemption 2 (RDR2) – Best or Optimal Graphics Settings

It is always recommended to run a game on a medium end gaming rig if you want to find out the best combination of graphics settings for the game. There is no point in running benchmarks on gaming rigs with high or enthusiast level graphics cards. Because lets be honest, every single game will run smoothly on a RTX 2080 Super or a RX 5700 XT.

Though the system requirements of Red Dead Redemption 2 are on the higher side, we still went ahead and ran it on a very basic and mediocre gaming PC. Here are the full specifications of our rig:

  • CPU : Intel i3 8100
  • GPU : MSI GTX 1050 ti 4 GB
  • RAM : 16GB DDR4 2400mhz
  • HDD : 1 TB 7200 rpm
  • Monitor Resolution : 1920×1080

The graphics or video settings we decided to go with:

Go to Settings and then Graphics. Apply the settings shown below.

VSync : Off

Screen Type : Fullscreen

Triple Buffering : Off

Pause Game On Focus Loss : Off

Constrain Mouse Pointer : Off

Quality Preset Level : Custom

Texture Quality : Medium

Anisotropic Filtering : X8

Lighting Quality : Medium

Global Illumination Quality : High

Shadow Quality : Low

Far Shadow Quality : Low

Screen Space Ambient Occlusion : High

Reflection Quality : Medium

Mirror Quality : High

Water Quality : Medium

Volumetrics Quality : High

Particle Quality : Medium

Tessellation Quality : Medium

TAA : Medium

FXAA : Off

MSAA : Off

Advanced Settings : Unlocked

Graphics API : DirectX 12

Near Volumetric Resolution : Medium

Far Volumetric Resolution : Medium

Volumetric Lighting Quality : Medium

Unlocked Volumetric Raymarch Resolution : Off

Particle Lighting Quality : Medium

Soft Shadows : High

Grass Shadows : Medium

Long Shadows : On

Full Resolution Screen Space Ambient Occlusion : Off

Water Refraction Quality : Medium

Water Refraction Quality : Medium

” Physics Quality : 50%

Resolution Scale : Off

TAA Sharpening : 100%

Reflection MSAA : Off

Geometry Level of Detail : 100%

Grass Level of Detail : 100%

Tree Quality : Medium

Parallax Occlusion Mapping Quality : Medium

Decal Quality : High

Fur Quality : Medium

We were surprised to see how well the game ran on such a mediocre gaming PC. Now a lot of you might say that GTX 1050 ti isn’t mediocre, why would you even buy a high-end AAA title, that too a NFS title, if you not going to enjoy it on a 1050 ti at least.

The frame rates were hovering over 55-60 most of time with drops to 50 at certain instances. But the experience was smooth for the most part. We tried single-player as well as multiplayer and the game ran fine in both modes.

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