Red Dead Redemption 2 Best PC Settings [High FPS]

Here are the Best Red Dead Redemption 2 Settings, that are followed by Windows 10, Nvidia, and AMD RD2 Settings for further optimization.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is perhaps the best Open World Game On PC right now. The game features a huge map with dozens of features and breathtaking visuals. We know for a fact that Rockstar has always developed Games that have seriously challenged the best Hardware of its time. For example, GTA V dusted all the graphics cards and CPUs when it first came out. Likewise, the Red Dead Redemption 2 is no different and requires top-notch hardware. 

I’ve benchmarked Red Dead Redemption 2 on a PC with the following specs:

  • OS: Windows 11 Pro 23H2
  • System: Lenovo Legion 7i Laptop
  • CPU: Intel i7-11800H
  • GPU: NVIDIA RTX 3070 8GB
  • RAM: 32GB DDR4
  • Storage: Samsung 1TB SSD Gen 4
Key Takeaways

To run Red Dead Redemption on your PC, you’ll need to have at least an Intel i7-4770K or an AMD Ryzen 5 1500X CPU, Nvidia GTX 1060, or AMD Radeon RX 480 GPU, and 12 GB of RAM.

The following settings are the most taxing in Red Dead Redemption 2:

  • Shadow Quality
  • Reflection Quality
  • Water Quality
  • Volumetrics quality
  • MSAA
  • Near & Far Volumetric Resolution
  • Far Volumetric Resolution
  • Volumetric Lighting Quality
  • Soft Shadows
  • Grass Shadows
  • Full Resolution Screen Space Ambient Occlusion
  • Reflection MSAA
  • Resolution Scale 
  • Geometry Level of Detail
  • Grass Level of Detail

RDR2 has been a super demanding game since its launch. Even the most beefiest of PCs had trouble running the game. The game’s optimization wasn’t really that great, but the major reason behind the performance issues was that its visuals were just too much for the current hardware at that time to handle. However, the game got much better with some performance patches, as well as the inclusion of upscalers like DLSS and FSR.

Best Red Dead Redemption 2 Settings

I’ll be helping you tweak a combination of settings that help you optimize the game’s performance and make it easier for your PC to run the game. 

Best Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Settings
Best Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Settings
Resolution 1920×1080
Refresh Rate Highest Possible
VSync Off
Triple Buffering Off
Pause the Game On Focus Loss Off
Constrain Mouse Pointer Off
Quality Preset Level Custom
Texture Quality Low
Anisotropic Filtering Off
Lighting Quality Low
Global Illumination Quality Low
Shadow Quality Low
Far Shadow Quality Low
Screen Space Ambient Occlusion Off
Reflection Quality Low
Mirror Quality Low
Water Quality Low
Volumetrics Quality Low
Particle Quality Low
Tessellation Quality Low

These are the settings that you should be using in Red Dead Redemption on PC. These will reduce some visuals that you won’t really notice in regular gameplay and in return give you a decent boost in performance.

Graphics Comparison Between All Settings

Here’s a slideshow of some graphics comparisons for Red Dead Redemption 2: 

  • Grass LOD RDR2
    Grass Level Of Detail

Bonus: Other Optimization Steps

Besides optimizing the in-game settings, I suggest you also try the following recommendations in order to get the most performance out of your game.

My Red Dead Redemption 2 Performance Experience

The timeline of my experience with running Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC is quite long. At first, I ran the game on an RTX 2070 during the initial days of the game’s launch. I barely cross the 55 FPS mark with medium-high settings at 1080p resolution.

I later upgraded to an RTX 3070 and the performance got a little better with me averaging around the 60-65 FPS mark. Rockstar later released a patch (Updated 1.25) that added DLSS to Red Dead Redemption 2 which helped several Nvidia players run the game at higher frame rates. 

After the DLSS update, FSR was also added to RDR2 (Update 1.31) which let AMD players as well as non-RTX Nvidia players enjoy the game’s much improved performance. 

Besides adding Ai Upscalers, Rockstar has also immensely improved the game’s optimization compared to its early launch days. So, with the help of my suggested optimized settings, you won’t have much problem running the game now. 

Check out what Obaid has to say about the game’s performance and visuals in his review of the Red Dead Redemption 2.

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nice insight in general pc performance optimization

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Awesome article! Very informative! Love the author! Very in-depth and easy to understand, and follow! Great job!

nice work.

Good Reviews

I got better FPS right now

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