Alan Wake 2 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide
Does Alan Wake 2 require a strong CPU?
Alan Wake 2 very GPU heavy, so much so that we needed to use DLSS’ Ultra Performance Mode at 1080p to make the game CPU-limited at high settings. Below we can see that disabling our i9-13900K’s E-cores increases game performance notably, and that the game’s performance does not change much when lowering our CPU’s core count.
PC gamers should not expect to run into performance issues when playing Alan Wake 2.
What if we enable Ray tracing?
When ray tracing is enabled Alan Wake 2 is more prone to being CPU-limited than before. This time, disabling E-cores and lowering CPU core counts has a minimal performance impact, highlighting that the game may be limited by single-threaded CPU performance.