Payday 2 PC Technical Review

Company: 505 Games
Author: Sean Ridgeley
Editor: Sean Ridgeley
Date: August 15th, 2013

Introduction, setup, requirements

2011's action game Payday: The Heist proved a hit for new developer Overkill Software, prompting the development of sequel Payday 2, which released this week on PC.

As with its predecessor, Payday 2 sees you and a group of thieves get together to rob banks and the like; changes include the addition of skill trees and overhauled gameplay.

If you're curious as to how the game fares in terms of PC features and performance, read on for a light technical analysis.

Test Setup

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (1333 mhZ)
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM / OCZ Agility 3 6Gb/s (Cache)
  • Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 2GB (Stock)
  • Driver: 326.19
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Input: Logitech G400 mouse @ 1900dpi, Leopold Tenkeyless Linear Touch Mechanical Keyboard

System Requirements

  • Minimum
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Storage: 10GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800/ATI Radeon HD 2600 (256MB minimum)

  • Recommended
    • OS: Windows XP SP3/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 3GB RAM
    • Storage: 10GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX460/ATI Radeon HD 5850 (512MB minimum)