Red Dead Redemption II was recently released for Windows PC systems on November 5th, 2019.  The game has been out for a year now prior to this on PlayStation 4 and XBOX One.  It is now time for PC gamers to finally get this game, a year later, but at least PC gamers can now play it. 

This game is the third entry in the Red Dead series and in storyline is a prequel to the 2010 game Red Dead Redemption.  The game is an action-adventure genre game with first and third-person perspectives.  Red Dead Redemption II is developed by Rockstar Studios and published by Rockstar Games. 

Game Engine

Red Dead Redemption II is based on the RAGE graphics engine which stands for Rockstar Advanced Game Engine.  This is a proprietary game engine developed by RAGE Technology Group.  Other Rockstar games that use this engine will be familiar, Grand Theft Auto V, Max Payne 3 and many others. 

Uniquely, this game supports both the Vulkan API (which is the default setting) and DirectX 12.  Therefore, the game engine has evolved quite a bit over time and supports the latest technologies on the PC.  This game has proven to be very graphically intense.

Our Goals

Please be aware that our article today is a short preview of performance, emphasis on short.  We have but one graph to show you.  This is not an in-depth look at performance, it is simply a very quick look at how today’s latest video cards stack up in performance in this game using the highest quality preset at 1440p on the default Vulkan API.

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Brent Justice

Brent Justice has been reviewing computer components for 20+ years, educated in the art and method of the computer hardware review he brings experience, knowledge, and hands-on testing with a gamer oriented...