All the critics have noticed is that the game is having bugs and the developers are expected to release a chunky 50 GB+ Day 0 patch for the game on launch. Another thing is that the reviews consisting of the PC version were tested with non-optimized drivers from NVIDIA and AMD. This means that the performance you are looking at is definitely not going to be final. NVIDIA has been working with CDProjektRed for a long time in implementing its raytracing (RTX) effects along with DLSS technology within the game, they would have a launch driver ready to roll out once the game launches on 10th December 2020. AMD will also & most definitely have a game ready driver rolling out at launch considering the hype surrounding the game. Tomshardware tested the game at the Medium and Ultra preset at 1080p, 1440p & 2160p resolutions with NVIDIA’s RTX enabled at Medium and Ultra presets. The game has four DLSS presets which include DLSS Performance, Balanced, Quality, and Ultra-Quality.
First up, we have the performance results without any Raytracing and DLSS modes enabled. At medium settings, at 1080p
60 FPS at 1080p (Medium) - GTX 1070 or RX 5600 XT at Minimum
60 FPS at 1440p (Medium) - RTX 2060S or RX 5700 XT at Minimum
60 FPS at 2160p (Medium) - RTX 3080 or RX 6800 XT at Minimum
Moving to the Ultra preset at 1080p,
60 FPS+ at 1080p (Ultra) - RTX 2060S or RX 5700 XT at Minimum
60 FPS+ at 1440p (Ultra) - RTX 3070 or RX 6800 at Minimum
30 FPS+ at 2160p (Ultra) - RTX 3070 or RX 6800 at Minimum
And at 4K there’s no card that can run the game at a consistent 60 FPS, even RTX 3090 only gets 46 FPS while the RX 6800 XT can provide 34 FPS.
Moving over to raytracing with DLSS, at 1080p, the RTX 2060 barely gives 30 FPS at 1080p with RTX set to Ultra on DLSS quality mode. At 1080p, the RTX 3080 can run RTX Ultra natively just slightly below 60 FPS while with DLSS set to quality mode, the performance jumps up to 80 FPS. RTX 3090 can deliver a 60 FPS with RTX on Ultra natively but DLSS helps push it beyond 80 FPS.
With 1440p, RTX on Ultra natively is a no go since the FPS drops to an unpleasant 30-40 FPS. Only through DLSS users can achieve about 60 FPS with the Quality preset while balanced mode helps push the FPS above 70 FPS on average. And at 4K where both the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 can barely break the 20 FPS mark when running RTX on Ultra natively. You definitely need DLSS to achieve over 40 FPS here.
60 FPS+ at 1080p (Ultra / RT Ultra / DLSS Q/B) - RTX 3070 and above
60 FPS+ at 1080p (Ultra / RT Ultra / Native Res) - RTX 3090 and above
30 FPS+ at 1440p (Ultra / RT Ultra / DLSS Q/B) - RTX 3080 and above
30 FPS+ at 1440p (Ultra / RT Ultra / Native Res) - RTX 3080 and above
30 FPS+ at 2160p (Ultra / RT Ultra / DLSS Q/B) - RTX 3090 and above
30 FPS+ at 2160p (Ultra / RT Ultra / Native Res) - N/A