It is the game that is always on everyone’s lips, the endless game, the title that is always expanding and continually under constant criticism for whatever reason. Star Citizen is as loved as it is hated, but if there is one thing it has, its optimization has improved to the point that playing it at 1080p with 60 FPS is more than feasible, but do you know what GPU you need?
Although as we say Star Citizen has improved a lot in its performance and optimization, the reality is that its requirements are changing and they don’t really fit what the game needs for what is called a pleasant experience or a desired gameplay. Therefore, we are going to see which GPUs are capable of offering this and where the limit is and the models that can allow us to enjoy this game with guarantees.
The rest of the equipment matters, not everything is GPU
Go ahead that due to the optimization of this title, having a balanced PC will increase performance and the graphics card will perform what is expected of it, so as a very important premise we must have a team according to this, where the number of cores, architecture and logically the frequency are key.
The RAM memory, its latency and speed will also be, since it is a game prone to making the so-called RAMCache through the now called Shader Cache so fashionable lately for Star Citizen. This causes part of its size allocation to remain in RAM and therefore its performance is key.
That said, we are going with the graphics card models for Star Citizen at 1080p and 60 FPS.
Minimum graphics cards
Although the developer specifies a minimum of 3 GB and DX11 on a graphics card to be able to play this game, the reality is that this does not fit what we are looking for. Therefore, choose at least one AMD RX 580 8GB or one GTX 1060 6GB It is the most optimal bet for a “restrained” price if what we want is to have a fluid experience with medium settings.
It is true that if it is difficult for us to find these models even second-hand, you can choose to choose a range above with the RX 5500 XT 8GB and the GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB as main references, which represent an interesting performance jump and for the better that will allow us to activate more settings in the game or directly upload them.
Star Citizen at 1080p and 60 FPS, what is the safe option?
Unfortunately, the options here raise their cost quite a bit, at least if we take into account that we are talking about higher ranges and that is that if we want to enjoy this game to the fullest for 1080p and 60 FPS we will need a lot more graphics power.
The options here run through two generations of GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA, so we’ll start with l,isa Su’s team. The most optimal option is the one so sold RX 5600 XT 6GBa graphics card that already has a successor but that can still be found both new and second-hand at “decent” prices.
The most sensible option for power, architecture and compatibility with new future software features is without a doubt the RX6600 8GBa graphics card that guarantees those sought after 1080p and 60 FPS in Star Citizen.
On the NVIDIA side, the argument is at the same level, since at least we will need a RTX 2060 6GB to guarantee that performance with very high settings, while to play with everything at full throttle, a RTX 3060 12GBwhich doubles the performance of the GTX 1060 6 GB that we have cited for its minimum requirements.