Cyberpunk 2077 Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

Every graphics setting analysed - Optimising Cyberpunk 2077's GPU usage

Cyberpunk 2077 Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

Every graphics setting analysed - Optimising Cyberpunk 2077's GPU usage  

So, what should you do to get the best performance and visuals from Cyberpunk 2077? We did the testing so you don't have to. On page 4 of this analysis, we detailed how to increase Cyberpunk 2077's performance on your CPU, and now its time to do the same for your GPU. 

We tested practically every setting within Cyberpunk 2077 to judge its performance and visual impact, and below are the results. Some settings have a larger impact than others, and these high impact settings are what you should lower first. 

Volumetric Fog 

Volumetric Fog is the first setting that most Cyberpunk 2077 players should lower, with Medium offering PC gamers the best balance between performance and visual quality. Low Volumetric Fog settings will result in visible aliasing and pixelisation around some light sources, with medium mostly eliminating this artefact. 

In a similar vein, Volumetric Fog should also be lowered to Medium, as while this setting impacts the performance of relatively few scenes, it can have a large impact on those that do feature clouds heavily. 

Screen Space Reflections

Screen Space Reflections (SSR) are a huge part of Cyberpunk 2077's visual identity. The world itself is filled with light sources and shiny objects, making reflections a must within the game. That said, the performance impact of SSR is large, making it a key setting to cut if you need more performance. Our recommendation is setting SSR to medium, as this offers gamers a great balance between reflection quality and performance. 

Ambient Occlusion

Like SSR and Volumetric Fog, Ambient Occlusion is best set to Medium, as this setting offers PC gamers a notable performance boost and a minimal drop in Cyberpunk 2077's overall graphics quality. Going to Low will deliver further performance gains, and turning the feature offer will deliver still larger performance gains. Ambient Occlusion is a must-use feature in a game as dark as Cyberpunk 2077, so we wouldn't recommend turning the setting to off unless you had to. 

Color Precision

While this feature has a relatively minor performance impact, we also found that the feature also had little to no effect on Cyberpunk 2077's visuals. Perhaps we need to upgrade our eyeballs or monitors, but we feel that the performance gains here are worth the imperceptible quality loss that this setting gives us.

Shadow Quality Settings

The impact of shadow settings can change on a scene-by-scene basis, but we have found that the most impactful of these settings are Local Shadows and Cascade Shadow Resolution. The impact of these settings will vary depending on your resolution, GPU architecture and other settings. 

Depth of Field, Chromatic Abberation, Motion Blur, Film Grain and Textures

Depth of Field, Chromatic Abberation and Depth of Field have little to no impact on Cyberpunk 2077's performance. Adjust these settings depending on your personal preference. For a sharper graphical presentation, we recommend turning Chromatic Abberation off.  

Motion Blur has a minor performance impact and should be adjusted based on your personal preference. Textures also have no performance impact, assuming your GPU has enough VRAM. 


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Most Recent Comments

13-12-2020, 19:28:19

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, 19:29:46

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, 19:52:05

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, 22:30:29

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, 23:28:05

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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