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How to run the Red Dead Redemption 2 benchmark

Test your PC against this demanding game

Screenshot of the Red Dead Redemption 2 home screen.
This is another good benchmark to run

One of the games we often use to test gaming laptops and PCs here at The Verge is Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s a popular, demanding game that includes a wide range of effects and scenery, from snowy blizzards to sandy roads and dynamic gunfights. Its benchmark is easy to use and can help you see how well your PC can run demanding games and which settings it can handle.

First, you need to get the game if you don’t already have it. To do that:

  • Open Steam and click Store
  • Search for Red Dead Redemption 2
  • Select Add to Cart and check out. It’s currently priced at $59.99.

Once the game is downloaded, open it to get started.

How to run the Red Dead Redemption 2 benchmark

  • Click Settings
A screenshot of the Settings menu in Red Dead Redemption 2 with the Graphics window highlighted in red.
There are all kinds of other settings to change here, if you’re so inclined.
  • Select Graphics
  • Tweak whichever graphics settings you’d like to or select a preset (note that the maximum preset doesn’t actually max out every graphic setting — you’ll need to do that manually if that’s your goal)
  • Press Run Benchmark Tests to begin the benchmark
A screenshot of the Red Dead Redemption 2 benchmark running at 23 frames per second.
I did not have a real gaming PC on hand to run this on, as you can see.
  • Sit back and let the game do the work. You’ll see the frame rate displayed on the bottom of the screen as the benchmark runs, and you’ll also get an average when the process is complete.