Race title Forza Horizon 4 hits digital store shelves worldwide this week (October 2nd). To find out what GPU performance you need to enjoy it, we tested about 50 graphics cards so we have a large GPU benchmark in depth.
Forza Horizon 4 is an open world racing video game developed by Playground Games and published by Microsoft Studios. The game features over 450 licensed cars and plays in a fictional representation of the United Kingdom. As the name suggests, it is the fourth Forza Horizon title, but also the eleventh part of the Forza series.
Two years ago, we skipped testing Forza Horizon 3 because of the terrible performance on the PC, and that wasn't an appropriate condition for testing. The situation with Forza Horizon 4 couldn't be more different. The game is very well optimized, especially on modern hardware, and to say that it's visually stunning would be an understatement.
We used the game's integrated benchmark for testing. We usually avoid canned benchmarks, but the version provided here is very good and makes a great contribution to representing the actual gameplay. We have the default & # 39; Ultra & # 39; used in resolutions 1080p, 1440p and 4K. As a bonus, we re-tested some of the current and previous generation mid-range GPUs as well as some older models with the medium quality preset to 1080p.
Together with a lot of different graphics cards, our test bench consists of a Core i7-8700K with 5 GHz and 32 GB DDR4-3400 memory. We use Adrenalin Edition 18.9.3 for the Radeon GPUs and version 411.70 for the GeForce GPU driver.
Let's take a closer look at the 1080p results first. It looks quite normal here, the GTX 980 looks a little lackluster and is beaten by pretty much all AMD offers in the middle class, such as the R9 Nano and the 390.
If you look at the more modern GPUs with an average of 60 fps, each player only needs a GTX 1060 6 GB or RX 580, both of which deliver exceptional performance at 1080p and keep frame rates above 60 fps at all times.
It was interesting to see how much lower the RX 560 2 GB was than the 4 GB model and basically delivered an RX 550-like performance. The 2 GB GTX 1050 was also a bit slower than the 3 GB model. At the bottom of the diagram we find the GT 1030 in both the GDDR5 and the DDR4 variants. Both perform worse in this title.
The Fury X comes right behind the GTX 980 Ti, while the R9 380 only outperforms the GTX 960. For an average of 60 fps you need the GTX 980 or better, for at least 60 fps you need the Fury X or GTX 980 Ti, so that's a big challenge at only 1080p.
Another thing you undoubtedly noticed is the performance of the AMD GPUs in this title. Vega 64 Liquid, for example, still fits the RTX 2080 and is therefore significantly faster than the GTX 1080 Ti. Vega 56 also crushed the GTX 1080 and was not much slower than the GTX 1080 Ti. We see this across the board. The RX 570 smashed the 3 GB GTX 1060 as another example and offers a massive performance increase of 21%.
When switching to 1440p, we dropped some entry-level GPUs because they were just too slow. As you can see, the GTX 960 and R9 380 are borderline playable depending on your standards. Anything slower than the GTX 970 really has problems here, and aside from the fastest cards from the previous generation, you'll notice regular slowdowns.
Again we see that the graphics cards with only 2 GB VRAM really have problems. The GTX 1060 6 GB or RX 580 is again required for an average of about 60 fps, while the GTX 1070, 1070 Ti, 1080 or Vega 56 are required to keep the frame rate above 60 fps.
The Radeon GPUs continue to train the GeForce competition, especially Vega 56, as this makes sense in terms of price and performance. Vega 64 Liquid looks impressive, but given the price, it should always match the GTX 1080 Ti.
Interestingly, the 2080 Ti was only 12% faster than the 2080 and less than 20% faster than the Vega 64 Liquid and GTX 1080 Ti. A fairly weak display here for the new RTX graphics cards in terms of price and performance.
As you might have expected, the 4K performance is at least off the table with the ultra quality settings for the GTX 980 Ti and Fury X. Overall, not a great achievement from these older generations, but I was amazed that the GTX 1070 delivers over 50 fps on average with a 1% low of 46fps.
AMD's Vega GPUs drop a bit at 4K resolution, but we see Vega 56 match GTX 1080, which is still an impressive result for the red team. Vega 64 Liquid was able to push over 60 fps at any time and we saw the same thing from the GTX 1080 Ti, RTX 2080 and of course the RTX 2080 Ti. As usual, the RTX 2080 Ti was incredible at 4K and achieved an average of up to 100 fps. Still, it was only 20% faster than the GTX
At the end of the test, we tested almost 30 GPUs with the medium quality preset, with MSAA deactivated in favor of FXAA. This was not a quick exercise. It takes about 8 hours of work to create this diagram. The game needs to be completely reset when you reset the quality presets and almost every time it crashes when you reset, but I'll go into that in more detail shortly.
Depending on the GPU, you will see a 20 to 40% increase in performance when you downgrade from the Ultra preset to the Medium Quality preset. For example, the RX 570 saw a 20% increase in performance, while the GTX 1050 increased 30% and the RX 550 40%.
The medium quality preset enabled the GTX 960 and R9 380 to achieve an average of 60 fps and enabled playable performance for most older mid-range GPUs. After all, the GTX 780 and 780 Ti blocked for some reason while loading the benchmark. I've tried many workarounds, all of which failed.
We hope this serves as a guide for those of you who want to know how well Forza Horizon 4 is running on your PC. Frankly, we are very impressed with how well this title is optimized, especially for modern hardware. The game runs very well on older GPUs, but for the modern stuff, the level of optimization is incredible.
We never expected to find a game that looks so good and is comfortable to play with a GTX 1070 at 4K, and we never damn thought that we would see over 60 fps with Vega 56. In fact, Vega 56 was the star of the show, offering GTX 1080 performance or better for less. If only performance would look like this in all games …
AMD also dominated the battles at the bottom, with the RX 580 and 570 completely cleaned up. It is very interesting that one of the best looking, best optimized titles we have ever seen shows Radeon GPUs in such a positive light.
We were lucky enough to be able to play and test the game before it was released. It looks fantastic and plays very well, but it's not exactly flawless. I only encountered a few crashes in the game while testing. The biggest problem was seen when I was just trying to get into the game. For me, the game crashed far too often when I started or when I changed the quality settings.
Expect an early patch to fix this. It was definitely annoying, but luckily Forza Horizon 4 runs like a dream for the most part. You still have to deal with the disgustingly bad Windows Store and the fact that it seems impossible to back up a 60 GB game installation, but what can you do?
- GeForce RTX 2080 Ti at Amazon, Newegg
- GeForce RTX 2080 at Amazon, Newegg
- AMD Radeon Vega 56 at Amazon, Newegg
- GeForce GTX 1080 Ti at Amazon, Newegg
- GeForce GTX 1080 at Amazon, Newegg
- GeForce GTX 1060 at Amazon, Newegg
- AMD Radeon RX 580 at Amazon
- GeForce GTX 1060 3GB at Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy
- AMD Radeon RX 570 at Amazon
- GeForce GTX 1050 Ti at Amazon, Newegg, Best Buy