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Cyberpunk 2077: is your graphics card powerful enough to run the game?

You bought Cyberpunk 2077, but can your PC only run the game? Beyond the official requirements, the Guru3D site has decided to conduct particularly thorough independent performance tests. The verdict ? When it comes to graphics cards, it is best to aim for the top of the basket. And avoid activating Ultra settings at all costs in high definitions.

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Credit: CD Projekt Red

Do you need a NASA computer to run Cyberpunk 2077 in the best conditions? Guru3D site tested over 30 graphics cards with Cyberpunk 2077 to know their precise performance in game. The opportunity to know where your machine is really located, and perhaps consider some upgrades, or to play on an online platform like Stadia. Guru3D has thus passed on the grill around thirty graphics cards, including the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, the various versions of the GeForce RTX 2080, and then of course the latest Nvidia RTX 3060, 3070, 3080 and 3090 cards.

On the AMD side, Guru3D tested the latest Radeon RX 6000 series cards, called “Big Navi”, including the Radeon RX 6800, Radeon RX 6800 XT and Radeon RX 6900 XT. There are also earlier models like the RX 5000 series (RX 5600 XT, 5700 / XT) and RX Vega 56 and 64 models. As well as popular, though more modest, cards like the RX 570, 580 and 590.

Cyberpunk 2077: here are the official minimum system requirements

Cyberpunk 2077 minimum system requirements
Credit: CD Projekt Red

The minimum configurations required according to the modes and definitions have been known for a long time. CD Projekt Red had indeed posted the above infographic on its twitter account, ahead of the game’s release. For the average person this means above all a minimal configuration of this type :

  • Windows 7 or 10 64-bit
  • DirectX 12
  • Intel Core i5-3570K or AMD FX-8310
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • Nvidia GTX 780 3 GB or AMD Radeon RX 470
  • 70 GB SSD

With the recommended configuration:

  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • DirectX 12
  • Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
  • RAM: 12 GB
  • Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 Fury
  • 70 GB SSD

Cyberpunk 2077: Guru3D reviews

For its tests, Guru3D used the following machine, with of course one of the 30 graphics cards and the latest drivers available and the most updated version of Windows 10 :

  • Ryzen 9 5950X
  • X570 (ASUS Crosshair VIII HERO)
  • 16GB DDR4 3600 MHz CL14
  • NVMe, M.2. SSD

The raison d’être of the 16-core CPU of the configuration was according to Guru3D toavoid graphical bottleneck effects which can sometimes be related to an undersized CPU. The first conclusion is that Ultra settings are not always recommended. This mode is indeed incredibly heavy, and to find something more or less playable it is strongly recommended to switch to the Medium or High graphic setting instead. Guru3D notes that the difference is weakly noticeable on most screens.

Also read: Cyberpunk 2077 – even the GeForce RTX 3090 struggles to deliver 60 FPS in 4K Ray Tracing and DLSS!

Also, we already knew it, but DLSS is a must to activate on Nvidia RTX cards if you want to take advantage of Ray Tracing. Here are some of their results on Nvidia cards with Ray Tracing and DLSS enabled in Full HD, FHD + and 4K:

Cyberpunk 2077 benchmark
Source: Guru3D

Full HD is undoubtedly the most popular definition. You can easily push the game settings a bit with just about all the cards in the selection in this definition. Here is for example the performance in frames per second of the 30 cards in Full HD with Ultra settings:

Bench Guru3D Cyberpunk 2077
Credit: Guru3D

As of the transition to FHD +, we note that only cards above the GeForce GTX 1070 reach 24 images per second in Ultra. For 4K, just don’t expect to be able to select Ultra settings if you don’t have, at least, a GeForce RTX 2080. And we don’t even talk about highest refresh rates : for the hour, for example, the 120 FPS just seems untouchable including with an Nvidia RTX 3090 in Full HD…

If you are interested, Guru3D offers a shower of additional tests, such as the use of VRAM in complex scenes or the appearance of glitches depending on the settings and card models. To consult them, simply follow the source link at the end of the article!

Source: Guru3D