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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1440p Performance

Now we are going to move downward to the popular 1440p (2560x1440) resolution performance in The Crew 2.


Ultra Settings + CHS Shadows + SSAO+ Highest Settings

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In this graph we are comparing the GeForce GTX 1080, GeForce GTX 1070 Ti and Radeon RX Vega 64 at 1440p resolution. We are testing The Crew 2 at the highest possible settings with "Ultra" + CHS Shadows and SSAO+ ambient occlusion. This is as high as the game can get with in-game settings.

All three video cards "flat-line" performance at the 60FPS cap in The Crew 2. There is absolutely no distinction between any of these three video cards at 1440p due to the 60FPS cap. These can all achieve a solid 60FPS in this game. Unfortunately, we will never know how much more they can achieve since the game is capped at 60FPS. That simply means you are wasting your money with any video card more expensive than the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti for 1440p gaming in The Crew 2.

There is really no point testing lower settings in the game because it will always look like this graph, with solid lines at 60FPS.

Ultra Settings + CHS Shadows + SSAO+ Highest Settings

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In the graph above we are still running the game at the highest in-game settings at 1440p with "Ultra" CHS Shadows and SSAO+ ambient occlusion. This time we are just comparing the regular GeForce GTX 1070 and AMD Radeon RX Vega 56.

Unlike the faster video cards in the first graph, these two starts to show a little fluctuation below 60FPS while gaming. However, it is very minor. Notice that the minimum is only 10FPS less at worse, down to 49FPS for the GTX 1070 and 53FPS for the Vega 56. Most of the time though performance is averaging closer to 60FPS. These dips are not noticeable while gaming, we are only talking a variance of 10FPS which you just cannot feel.

What this really means is that even a GeForce GTX 1070 and Radeon RX Vega 56 will allow you to play at The Crew 2 at the highest in-game settings. Therefore, really anything more expensive than GTX 1070 or Vega 56 is almost a waste of money.

Default Ultra Settings

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In this graph we have reduced the game settings down to the default "Ultra" setting at 1440p. This means CHS Shadows is turned off and SSAO+ is turned down to SSAO. We are again comparing just the GTX 1070 and Vega 56.

At this lowered setting, using the default "Ultra" settings now both of these video cards are almost solid at 60FPS in The Crew 2. The GTX 1070 has a slight drop to 55FPS, but the Vega 56 can maintain a solid consistent 60FPS. This just shows what is needed to provide solid 60FPS performance at 1440p out of the GTX 1070 and Vega 56.


Default Ultra Settings on RX 580 and GTX 1060

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Since The Crew 2 is proving to run very well on our graphics cards, we decided to bring in two others that we usually don’t test much at 1440p. In the graph above we are looking at the AMD Radeon RX 580 and NV GeForce GTX 1060 at 1440p. The game settings are default "Ultra" settings. This means CHS Shadows and SSAO+ are disabled.

These two video cards can almost hold their own at 1440p...almost. These performance levels are not, repeat not, playable on either one. What we do find interesting though is that AMD Radeon RX 580 is 10% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 at 1440p. The minimum framerate is also a lot better on Radeon RX 580.

In order to make both video cards truly playable at 1440p we’d need to lower the game to "Medium" game settings.