F1 2011 Benchmarks
In addition to having received positive reception from critics, F1 2011 is the only Formula One racing game in 2011 thus far with the FIA license. In our following benchmarks, we summarize the graphics performance of the PC game through a number of desktop and laptop graphics cards.
F1 2011 contains an integrated benchmark function found in the graphics settings in the “My F1” submenu. We used this built-in function as well as the default MSAA settings on Low, Medium, High and Ultra preset graphical settings.
The results for each preset on various notebook and desktop graphics cards are shown below. Additional technical information on each notebook GPU can be seen on their respective graphics card pages.
On the highest detail settings with 4x MSAA, F1 2011 can become quite demanding. Even with the high-end GeForce GTX 570M, we were only able to get an average of 40 FPS. A desktop equipped with the fast mid-range Radeon HD 5850 achieved similar results.
On high detail settings with 2X MSAA, fast midrange desktop graphics cards like the Radeon HD 5650 or the mobile GeForce GT 540M provide sufficiently smooth gameplay at well over 30 FPS on average.
Users who opt for the lowest quality settings will be sacrificing a lot of eye candy, but the game will in turn run quite well even on systems with the integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000. Unfortunately, users stuck with slower graphics cards such as the GeForce G210M will be unable to play the game at acceptable frame rates regardless of the visual setting.