Cyberpunk 2077 Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

PC System Requirements and Graphical Settings - RTX-only Ray Tracing Support?

Cyberpunk 2077 Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

PC System Requirements and Graphical Settings - RTX-only Ray Tracing Support? 

PC System Requirements

Cyberpunk 2077 is a demanding PC release, with the game's system requirements asking for hardware that's significantly newer and more powerful than both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. SSDs are recommended, even for the game's minimum hardware requirements.

We will see later that Cyberpunk 2077 is a hugely demanding game on PC, especially if gamers target better than PS4/Xbox One visuals. This game targets modern hardware, and it shows.

  Cyberpunk 2077's PC system requirements have been updated - Are You Ready?


PC Graphics Options - Misleading Ray Tracing Options

Most PC gamers will be greeted with four graphics presets in Cyberpunk 2077, Low, Medium, High and Ultra, with RT Medium and RT Ultra being reserved for DXR compatible graphics cards. That was a lie, as while the game claims that Ray Tracing is available to DXR compatible GPUs, the option is only available to Nvidia's RTX GPU hardware. 

Technically, many of Nvidia GTX 10 series and 16 Series GPUs support DXR raytracing, but Cyberpunk's Ray Tracing options are not available to them. AMD's RX 6000 series of graphics cards also support hardware-accelerated raytracing using the DXR API, and they too cannot utilise Cyberpunk 2077's ray tracing features. While future patches will bring ray tracing support to AMD hardware, CD Project Red's claim that Cyberpunk supports ray-tracing on DXR compatible GPUs is misleading at best. 

All PC gamers will be greeted with a huge graphical options menu with an insane number of settings. On page 8 of this analysis, we will show you the graphics options which have the largest impact on PC performance, and recommend how to optimise Cyberpunk 2077 for your hardware. 


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Hidden CPU and Storage Performance Options

For those who find that their system is CPU-limited in Cyberpunk 2077, you will find a CPU-focused option called "Crowd Density" within Cyberpunk 2077's "Gameplay" menu. This option will decrease the number of NPCs within Night City, placing less strain on your processor. This will enable higher framerates on most systems.  This option will be discussed further on page 4. 


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Most Recent Comments

13-12-2020, 14:28:19

KingNosser
6800XT on can it run cyberpunk settings, yes, yes it can

It looks stunning, whenever they add dxr for amd cards i hope it is as smooth as now all be it lower fps, cause the game is very eye candy and i'm enjoying it, yet to have a single bug, but yea i get that a lot of people are getting some real weird bugs in the game.

Consoles far worse, it should change for ps5 and xboxSX, but this is the first game I'd say is a next gen title.Quote

13-12-2020, 14:29:46

AngryGoldfish
I haven't played the game myself, but it truly is stunning to look at. Despite all the challenges, CD Projekt Red deserve a huge round of applause. What they've built is an incredible feat that'll likely always be remembered.Quote

13-12-2020, 14:52:05

AlienALX
With RT enabled this is by far the best looking PC game I have ever seen. Even without it it's still stunning.

But yeah, as I kinda guessed RT is big in this one. Thankfully you don't need stupid FPS either, considering it's a single player mainly RPG.

It's not even a proper next gen title either. It's a "best of the last gen we will see" game.

Edit. My manners have gone for a walk again FFS. Thank you for doing this. Also, big up for putting the 2080Ti in there too. I can see why many didn't now. Once you get to high settings at 1440p it runs out of VRAM.Quote

13-12-2020, 17:30:29

NeverBackDown
CPU performance on Ryzen can be improved quite a bit if you modify the hex code in the .exe file.

With that said haven't done it myself. Not really interested in the game tbhQuote

13-12-2020, 18:28:05

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
CPU performance on Ryzen can be improved quite a bit if you modify the hex code in the .exe file.

With that said haven't done it myself. Not really interested in the game tbh
I have heard that and may investigate soon.Quote
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