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Control RTX: A guide to ray tracing and what you need to get the best performance

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Control RTX performance: Nvidia RTX 2070 Super

All right, now we’re talking. As mad as it sounds, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super is arguably the best graphics card for playing Control on maxed out settings with Medium ray tracing at 1920×1080. Yes, you read that correctly – 1080p with just Medium ray tracing. I know.

Indeed, while regular 1080p play on High will see you swanning around with an average frame rate of 82fps, enabling Medium ray tracing will see that drop to an average of 59fps.

As I mentioned on the first page of this Control RTX guide, of course, this is the preset that makes the most visual impact as far as I’m concerned, so I’m confident the game will still look lovely even without the full set of ray tracing options.

High ray tracing is still possible on the RTX 2070 Super, of course, but you’ll have to make do with an average of 48fps – although you could probably bring that up to at least 50fps by applying some of the tricks I mentioned earlier.

Move up to 2560×1440, however, and even the RTX 2070 Super starts to struggle a bit. It’s perfectly capable of running the game without ray tracing – I saw an average of 56fps on High and 69fps on Medium, but start adding in ray tracing and it all starts to get a bit chuggy again.

Medium at 1440p is probably your best bet for playing about with ray tracing, although even here Medium ray tracing still only produced an average of 44fps, with High ray tracing dropping that down to 33fps.

As a result, I’d probably recommend sticking to 1920×1080 if you’re going to try playing with ray tracing, as you’ll get a much smoother, more enjoyable experience than at 2560×1440.

To see what other Nvidia RTX cards made of Control, just click the links below:

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