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Saints Row 2 Latest Patch Download: The Ultimate Guide to Boost Your Performance and Avoid Crashes

Saints Row 2 Latest Patch Download: How to Fix Performance and Crashes

Saints Row 2 is a sandbox-style action-adventure game that was released in 2009 by Volition, Inc. and THQ. It is the second title in the Saints Row series, following the protagonist who leads a street gang known as the 3rd Street Saints in their quest to take over the city of Stilwater from rival gangs.

Saints Row 2 Latest Patch Download

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While Saints Row 2 is a fun and entertaining game with a lot of content and customization options, it is also notorious for being one of the worst PC ports ever made. The game suffers from poor optimization, low framerate, frequent crashes, graphical glitches, audio bugs, cutscene desyncs, and compatibility issues with modern hardware and operating systems.

Fortunately, there are some ways to fix these problems and make Saints Row 2 playable on PC. In this article, we will show you how to download and install the latest patch for Saints Row 2 that will improve your performance and stability, as well as enhance your gaming experience.

Fixing your framerate

What you need

To fix your framerate in Saints Row 2, you will need two things:

  • Software that can limit your FPS (such as Rivatuner, Nvidia Control Panel, MSI Afterburner etc.)

  • DXVK (Recent software that is a godsend for optimizing older DX9 games for modern hardware utilizing Vulkan)


Here are the steps to follow:

  • Limit your FPS to 60 (yeah I know it sucks but the game freaks out at anything above, I write this as a 240hz monitor user) and make sure VSync is turned off in-game and in your preferred software. *Note: Capping your FPS to 30 seems to make the cutscene desync bugs disappear, so if you can handle the visual horror of 30 FPS you'll get a nice tradeoff of working cutscenes.

  • Download DXVK from this link (dxvk.tar.gz) and extract dxgi.dll and d3d9.dll from the x32 folder into your Saints Row 2 directory (where SR2_pc.exe is located). *Note: THE X64 BINARIES DON'T WORK WITH SR2 AS IT IS EXCLUSIVELY AN X32 GAME, ANY PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS WITH X64 ARE PLACEBOS, YOU ARE SIMPLY RUNNING NATIVE DX9 SAINTS ROW 2 WITHOUT DXVK IF YOU USE X64 BINARIES.

Fixing crashes

What you need

To fix crashes in Saints Row 2, you will need two things:

  • Gentlemen of The Row mod by IdolNinja (RiP) - General bugfixes and stability improvements with no costs to performance or stability if you use the barebones version (highly recommended and will be referred to in this guide)

  • A developed frontal lobe to install GotR.

  • Borderless Fullscreen (Achieved through 3rd party software)


Here are the steps to follow:

  • Download the Gentlemen of The Row mod from this link and extract it into any folder on your computer.

  • Run Create_Custom_GotR_v1.9.2.bat

  • Press Enter to continue from the first screen.

  • Press V to build the barebones patch which focuses on bugfixes and stability without compromising either with unstable addons.

  • Close the .bat

  • Navigate to where you extracted GotR earlier.

  • Copy all files inside "GOTR Release" folder into your Saints Row directory (where SR2_pc.exe is located).

  • Run Borderless Fullscreen software (such as Borderless Gaming) or use Alt+Enter while in-game.


Congratulations! You have successfully downloaded and installed the latest patch for Saints Row 2 that will fix your performance and crashes. You can now enjoy playing this awesome game without worrying about lagging or crashing every few minutes. You can also explore the new features and content that GotR adds to enhance your gaming experience.


Q1: What is DXVK and how does it work?

A1: DXVK is a software that translates DirectX 9 calls to Vulkan, improving performance and compatibility for older games on modern hardware. Vulkan is a low-level graphics API that allows better utilization of CPU and GPU resources than DirectX. DXVK works by intercepting DirectX calls from the game executable and converting them to Vulkan calls that are executed by your graphics driver.

Q2: What is Gentlemen of The Row mod and what does it do?

A2: GotR is a mod that fixes bugs, glitches, crashes, and adds new features and content Q3: Why do I need to cap my FPS and turn off VSync?

A3: Saints Row 2 is a poorly optimized game that runs at an unstable framerate and has issues with physics and animations when running above 60 FPS. VSync can also cause input lag and stuttering. Capping your FPS and turning off VSync can make the game run smoother and more stable.

Q4: How can I check if the patch is working correctly?

A4: You can use a software like MSI Afterburner or FRAPS to monitor your FPS, CPU, GPU, and RAM usage while playing the game. You can also check if the game looks better, runs faster, and crashes less often.

Q5: Where can I find more information and support for Saints Row 2?

A5: You can visit the official Saints Row website , the Steam community page , or the Mod DB page for more news, updates, guides, reviews, mods, and discussions about Saints Row 2. You can also contact the developers or the modders for any questions or feedback.


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