Red Dead Redemption 2 System Requirements (2023 Update)

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a 2018 action-adventure game developed and published by Rockstar Games. As of August 2022, Red Dead Redemption has sold 45 million units worldwide.

However, most players have encountered game crashes when playing this game and this issue is mostly caused by the system requirements of Red Dead Redemption 2. So this post will tell you what the minimum and recommended system requirements of Red Dead Redemption 2 are and how to run it smoother.

#1 Minimum system requirements of Red Dead Redemption 2

  • (Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system)
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor(CPU): Intel Core™ i5-2500K / AMD FX-6300
  • Graphics Card(GPU): Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 2GB / AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 150GB
  • Sound Card: DirectX compatible

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a wildly popular and overall, very demanding game, with RDR2 having a slightly above-average minimum system requirement.

For starters, you’ll need a 2 GB graphics card at least as powerful as a Radeon R9 280 or GeForce GTX 770, even the most powerful hardware on the market struggles to run games at smooth 4K frame rates. Besides, it is also a massive game that requires 150GB.

  • (Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system)
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor(CPU): Core™ i7-4770K (Intel)/ Ryzen 5 1500X(AMD)
  • Graphics Card(GPU): Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB / AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
  • Memory: 12 GB RAM
  • Storage: 150 GB available space
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible

If you really want to hit 60fps or higher at High/Medium settings in Red Dead Redemption 2, it will require a much more demanding processor and graphics card. You need at least one Nvidia 16-series GPU or higher.

Although the memory requirement has also increased compared to the minimum system requirements, for general gaming PCs, 12GB of memory is generally common.

#3 Can I run Red Dead Redemption 2 on my PC?

You should distinguish your PC’s system information now so that you can figure out whether your PC can run Red Dead Redemption 2 smoothly and successfully.

Follow these steps to get your PC’s information.

Right-click on the Start button > Choose the icon System.

And your PC’s specs appear and next, you can compare it with the system requirements of Red Dead Redemption 2 to know whether your PC can run this game.

However, if you are not familiar with computer knowledge, and you do not want to waste too much time comparing your system information with the system requirements of Red Dead Redemption 2, you can use this automatic software to know the comparing results directly.

Smart Game Booster is a gaming software fitting for a computer newer, which can compare your PC with Red Dead Redemption 2 automatically for you.

Follow these steps to compare automatically.

Step 1: Download Smart Game Booster.

Step 2: Install and run Smart Game Booster on your PC.

Step 3: Click the choice CAN I RUN IT to compare.

Step 4: Input Red Dead Redemption 2 into the search box.

Step 5: Click the icon CAN I RUN IT on the right of the search box.

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Step 6: Check the minimum system requirements.

As the picture below shows, we can see this PC’s Graphics Card can not meet the minimum system requirements of Red Dead Redemption 2.

So, if your PC also can not reach the minimum system requirements of the game, it is not recommended to download and run the game because you will have a poor gaming experience.

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Step 7: Switch to the recommended system requirements.

We can know recommended system requirements demand higher than minimum system requirements, so, if your PC can not reach the minimum system requirements, it also can not meet the recommended system requirements of Red Dead Redemption 2.

red dead redemption 2 recommended system requirements

Now you must be distressed about the bad situation, this post will provide you with three methods to solve it.

The first one is to update your configurations. If you don’t want to spend too much on games, updating your PC’s configuration is an easy and economical method.

The second one is to purchase another high-spec PC which will cost more money.

The last one is to choose another similar game. Smart Game Booster can provide you with similar games on the right of the comparing page, you can choose one from it.

#4 Methods to speed up Red Dead Redemption 2

If you want to have a better gaming performance and run your PC at a faster speed, you have to overclock your PC to optimize it.

Follow these steps to overclock your PC.

Step 1: Download, install and open Smart Game Booster.

Step 2: Add Red Dead Redemption 2 to Smart Game Boost.

Smart Game Booster can add Red Dead Redemption 2 automatically. However, If it is not added automatically, you can click the PLUS(+) icon and add Red Dead Redemption 2 manually and it will appear on the left of the PLUS(+) icon.

smart game booster add game

Step 3: Super-boost.

After adding Red Dead Redemption 2, you can start boosting it. There are four choices of boosting you can choose to super-boost it.

Click the icon on the top-right corner to choose the level of boosting.

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The first one is Disable which means not overclocking your PC.

The second one is Level 1 which means overclocking your PC to a moderate level.

The third one is Level 2 which means ultimately overclocking your PC for the best performance.

The last one is Customize level which means to overclock your PC according to your own need.


If you choose the last level, which is Customize level, you should consider whether your computer configuration can be overclocked at that level without bringing any harm.

Step 4: Start to boost your PC.

Return to the home page and click the icon BOOST.

And when clicking the icon BOOST for the first time, there is a notice which reminds you to update outdated drivers.

After boosting, the drivers, CPU, GPU, and Memory on your PC are all optimized to reach better performance and you can also check how much space and resources have been released for running Red Dead Redemption 2.

FAQ about Red Dead Redemption 2

Q1: Can I run Red Dead Redemption 2 on 2GB RAM?

No. In order to meet the Red Dead Redemption 2 system requirements, you’ll need to have at least 8GB of RAM.

Q2: Can I run RDR2 on a 2GB graphics card?

Yes. RDR2 does run on a GPU with 2GB of VRAM, however, it doesn’t let players have a better visual experience when playing this game.

Q3: Can you play Red Dead Redemption 2 on Mac?

No. You can not play Red Dead Redemption 2 on Mac because the game isn’t officially supported for macOS.

Q4: How much does Red Dead Redemption 2 cost?

Red Dead Redemption 2 costs $59.99 and Red Dead Redemption 2 Ultimate Edition costs $99.99.

Q5: What Graphics cards do I need to play Red Dead Redemption 2?

Your graphics cards need to be GeForce GTX 770 or Radeon R9 280 or better to run this game.

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Brian Peng
Brian Peng is a PC technician and network engineer with over 13 years of IT experience. He has worked in the IT industry for a long time, providing IT support and network service support for various companies. Currently, he has written over 1000 articles about computers, games, and mobile.

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