The Crew 2 Video Card Performance and IQ Preview

We’ve got early access to The Crew 2 thanks to the Gold Edition, a brand new open-world racing game for the PC. Let’s find out how The Crew 2 performs on today’s GPUs in this preview. We also look at graphics settings and hit a little on Image Quality. Hopefully we will have some insight as we know a lot of readers have been waiting for this game.


4K Performance

We are going to start off this evaluation at the top, comparing 4K (3840x2160) performance in The Crew 2.

Note that for our run-through we are testing a complete street race. We are doing the street race called "The Sleeper" activity event.

GeForce GTX 1080 and Radeon RX Vega 64

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In the above graph we are comparing the GeForce GTX 1080 and Radeon RX Vega 64 at 4K running The Crew 2’s highest possible settings. This means we have manually turned on Contact Hardening Soft Shadows and SSAO+ on top of the "Ultra" settings.

At these settings and resolution, the video cards are nowhere near playable. Performance averages in the lower 30s. Both video cards are the same in performance, neither one has any advantage.

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In this second graph we have lowered the in-game settings to the default "Ultra" graphics preset. This disables Contact Hardening Soft Shadows and SSAO+ back to just SSAO.

Performance at "Ultra" is still unplayable on both video cards. Performance has improved to the mid 30’s. At the "Ultra" setting it appears Radeon RX Vega 64 is faster by 1%.

It looks like 4K gaming is going to be once again reserved for the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

GeForce GTX 1080 Ultra versus Maximum Settings

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We wanted to see what the difference in performance was enabling the highest in-game settings compared to the "Ultra" settings. Therefore, we are comparing "Ultra" to "Ultra" with CHS (Contact Hardening Shadows) and SSAO+ enabled.

On the GTX 1080 there is a 9% performance difference enabling the highest in-game settings. So CHS and SSAO+ does affect performance.

Radeon RX Vega 64 Ultra versus Maximum Settings

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With AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 the difference is 10%. So just a 1% difference with Vega 64 versus GTX 1080. Basically, close to the same impact using the highest settings.