Playing Red Dead Redemption 2 Direct And On Vulkan
Vulkan Is The Default But DX 12 Is In The Wild West 2
Kitguru grabbed an RTX 2070 SUPER as well as an RX 5700 XT, to test how much difference your API makes when playing RDR2. They hopped into the graphics settings to set every option to High and then tested out the cards at 1080p, 1440p and the likely unreachable 4K in benchmarks and game play. It turns out Vulkan was an odd choice for a default as frame times are significantly higher when compared to DX12 on these cards. The average frame rate is very close on both however there is a significant increase in slow frames in Vulkan.
This doesn’t necessarily hold true for GPUs from previous generations but for the current crop of cards DX12 is definitely the way to go.
When gamers around the world first loaded Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC, we saw that the game runs on the Vulkan API by default but there is also the option to enable DirectX 12. In this article, we look at which API offers the best performance when tested with a RTX 2070 SUPER and RX 5700 XT.