Cyberpunk 2077 Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

Graphical Settings Comparison - Low to RT Ultra

Cyberpunk 2077 Performance Review and Optimisation Guide  
Graphical Settings Comparison - Low to RT Ultra

Low Settings to Medium Settings

Cyberpunk 2077 doesn't look great at Low Settings. Major compromised are made to Cyberpunk's visuals are made to deliver higher performance levels. At low settings, Lighting is altered to such a degree that my scenes simply look wrong, and the game's leading-edge graphics ambitions are left by the wayside. 

PLaying Cyberpunk 2077 at Medium settings is like playing a different game, with the preset offering gamers improved lighting, screen-space reflections and a variety of other important features like Ambient Occlusion. Medium settings are the minimum that Cyberpunk 2077 players should be aiming for on PC, assuming they want a great graphical experience.  


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Medium Settings VS High Settings

While high settings look very similar to Medium settings in many scenes, there is a clear upgrade in terms of overall graphical quality. Draw distances are pushed a little further, texture filtering is a little better, and volumetric effects are a lot more stable. 

Volumetric Fog alone sees a huge visual improvement with High settings, making the fog around lights seem less pixelated, and the world feels a lot more stable. If your PC can handle it, High settings deliver a great visual experience in Cyberpunk 2077.  


(Med VS High)
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High to Ultra Settings

Moving from high to Ultra settings delivers small graphical improvements which are hard to notice during general gameplay. Volumetric settings, Screen Space Reflections and other quality settings are rendered at higher resolutions and generally look better when inspected closely. That said, the difference is hard to notice when you are focusing on gameplay and not visuals, and if gameplay is your focus, you will enjoy the higher performance of Cyberounk's High settings a lot more than the minor visual improvements that Ultra settings provide. 
 


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Ultra Preset to RT Medium Preset

This graphical preset is currently exclusive to Nvidia's RTX graphics cards. Cyberpunk's RT Medium preset offers gamers ray-traced shadows and ray-traced lighting, changing the look of many scenes within the game. 

Areas without direct lighting will appear darker, better simulating real-world lighting. That said, some scenes can appear too dark using this preset, as the game's RT lighting system does not include the same level bounce lighting as what we see in the real world.    


(Ultra VS Med RT)
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RT Medium VS RT Ultra

Cranking Cyberpunk 2077's ray tracing settings higher, the game gains support for ray-traced reflections, transforming the look of Cyberpunk's game world. The game's ray-traced lighting system also sees major upgrades, adding yet more depth to the game world. 

If anything, Ray Traced Reflections are the bigger draw than Ray Traced Lighting. Cyberpunk's use of reflective objects across the game world allows the game to benefit from ray-traced reflections in almost all areas of the game. Even the skin of some NPCs is reflective. 

Strangely, V's character model is missing from Cyberpunk's reflection structure, preventing players from seeing themselves reflected on objects. That isn't a good look for a game with character customisation, though this isn't a huge problem given how few Cyberpunk 2077 players can utilise the game's ray tracing features at this time.  


(RT Med VS RT Ultra)
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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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