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RDR2 on PC Randomly Crashing

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Yo I was wondering if anyone could help me with the random crashing im getting with rdr2 on pc, it's seemingly random. I also have problems with it flickering black randomly. 


My setup is a Ryzen 7 5800x, 16gb of ram at 2400mhz, EVGA XC3 GeForce RTX 3070,


No overclocks on the gpu

my cpu is undervolted but no other games are affected (I am thinking this may be the issue) 

my ram is running at its rated speed

temps are perfectly fine (checked with msi afterburner)


idk if there is like a crash file the game creates when crashing but if anyone could give any suggestions or fixes, that would be greatly appreciated. :D

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I guess you should try without the undervolt especially if you think that might be the issue, RDR2 does seem to be quite CPU intensive.

Also are your GPU drivers etc up to date?

You could also try verifying the game files.

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I've had a few crashes here and there in the past year. Unsure if this is the case, but I continuously encounter insane flickering when around the swamp and marsh flats. I figured out what it was: snowy egrets. Unsure of what the issue actually is because it doesn't happen anywhere else (unless I spawn a snowy egret via trainer, then the flickering starts regardless of where I'm at). If this is the case, I know of no surefire fix. Though unrelated to the flickering, I did end up doing a clean install of NVIDIA drivers and deleting all settings files (except for system.xml to preserve my settings), rebooted, and that fixed my micro-stutter issue and also seemed to drastically lower flickering even when I spawned a snowy via trainer (still happens, but not nearly as seizure-inducing.


Otherwise, I haven't encountered an outright fix for flickering if your deal isn't related to snowy egrets around the swamps. Might just give what I did a shot:


1. Change to DX12 unless you've verified Vulkan works better on your system.

2. Change your Lighting Quality and Particle Lighting Quality to Low. I did this a long time ago and it alleviated both generic fatal exits and the "ERR_GFX_STATE" popup and crash I was getting (quite often). I just retained both at Low, I don't hardly notice a difference and I haven't had the game crash at all since doing so.

3. Delete all files in "%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Rockstar Games\Red Dead Redemption 2\Settings\" except for "system.xml" if you want to preserve your GFX settings. Otherwise, if you can set everything from memory again, just delete everything.

4. Do a clean install of your current GFX drivers and reboot. If that doesn't do it and you're able to update, may as well update. If it so happens it gets worse, you can revert back. Cliche, yeah, but it works for me most of the time.

5. Reboot your system and start the game.


System info: AMD R9 5900HS @ 3301 MHz, NVIDIA RTX 3060 Laptop @ 6GB GDDR6, 16 GB RAM, Win10 Home

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RDR2 is extremely sensitive to overclocks. I had a RAM OC that was stable for all of Winter, in Summer as temperatures increased it started getting unstable and crashing only in RDR2. I reverted the overclock and it's stable as a rock now, so I assume the issue is RAM thermals.


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This is in nvidia's recent driver release note:


[Red Dead Redemption 2][Vulkan]: The game may randomly crash during gameplay. [3405911]

So maybe roll-back your GPU driver(I'm on 496.13) and wait for update.

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