The Crew 2 Video Card Performance Review

We take The Crew 2 and evaluate ten of today’s latest GPUs in the game. We will find what the highest playable settings are, how video cards compare, and how specific graphics features compare in performance. We will find the best value for gaming, and what graphics settings work best. Is this game worth it, or a graphical flop?

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4K Performance

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

Though The Crew 2 is capped at 60FPS, we do have VSYNC disabled.


Ultra Settings + CHS Shadows + SSAO+ Highest Settings

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In this first graph above we are comparing the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, GeForce GTX 1080 and Radeon RX Vega 64 at 4K resolution in The Crew 2. The game is set at the absolute highest possible in-game settings. This means "Ultra" settings are enabled plus custom Contact Hardening Soft Shadows (CHS Shadows) as well as SSAO+ ambient occlusion. This represents the best the game can possibly look with in-game settings.

Naturally the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti offers much better performance at 4K in The Crew 2, this was not unexpected. In this game the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is 25% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 and 29% faster than the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64. This performance allows a minimum of 42FPS and an average of near 50FPS in this game. For us, this is not exactly playable. We experience lag issues and a weird chugging or pausing issue when at the lowest levels of performance. We need to lower the graphics settings just a bit in order for the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti to be playable at 4K. Those settings are shown below.

The GeForce GTX 1080 and Radeon RX Vega 64 are of course definitely not playable at 4K with the highest game settings. In terms of performance both cards are close to each other, with the GTX 1080 slightly edging out performance. However, it is hardly noticeable. Both video cards feel the same at this unplayable performance.

Default Ultra Settings

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In this graph above we have achieved the settings that are playable on the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in The Crew 2. The answer was to simply reduce the settings back to the default "Ultra" global setting. This disables the CHS Shadows and uses "High" shadows instead. This also disables SSAO+ and uses regular SSAO. These two options are a reduction in image quality, but it allows performance to be much smoother on the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.

These settings have also improved performance on the GeForce GTX 1080 and Radeon RX Vega 64, but not enough to make them playable. We will have to reduce settings on these to make them playable at 4K. With these reduced settings though the tables flip and the Radeon RX Vega 64 edges out performance over the GeForce GTX 1080. Though once again both still feel the same in-game.


Playable settings for the GTX 1080 and RX Vega 64

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In the graph above we have found the game settings we must use to make the GeForce GTX 1080 and Radeon RX Vega 64 playable at 4K. We need to reduce both video cards down to the "Medium" graphics settings. This reduces all advanced graphics options to "Medium" levels. This is two steps down from the "Ultra" setting.

At "Medium" both video cards are playable, and the Radeon RX Vega 64 edges out performance over the GeForce GTX 1080. Radeon RX Vega 64 is actually better for 4K performance here in this game.

Summary

It is interesting that even at the default "Ultra" settings at 4K the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is still not "flat-lining" performance at the 60FPS cap. In order to make the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti perform at a solid and constant 60FPS at 4K in this game you’ll have to lower the game down to "Medium" settings!

Clearly GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the card for 4K, yes you can make GTX 1080 and RX Vega 64 work, but it costs a lot in image quality.