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F1 2013 Benchmarked

Florian Glaser (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 10/10/2013

Top speed. Codemasters once again invites motor sport fans to the Formula 1 circus. The 2013 edition's highlight is the brand new “Classic Mode”. Did the developers make some modifications to the graphics too? Have the hardware demands changed? Our review reveals the answers.

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F1 2013

For the original German article, see here.

Graphics

What do F1 2013 and the recently released Fifa 14 have in common? Answer: In terms of graphics, little has changed since last year's editions. The EGO engine developed by Codemasters does score points for its highly detailed Formula 1 race cars that realistically reflect objects in their environment, but the race track's surroundings still fail to impress.

Despite the vast audiences swarming the bleachers, the Formula 1 courses feel rather empty. That stems partly from the dearth of animated objects and partly from the fact that the textures no longer meet our expectations for a 2013 video game. Other games like Hitman: Absolution or Metro: Last Light are examples of what is theoretically possible nowadays. But for a racing title, F1 2013 still looks good.

Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings

We do want to praise Codemasters for the game's graphics settings in particular. Alongside five well-measured presets, there are numerous specific controls in the “Options” menu (“My F1”, “Settings”, “Graphics”) that allow the user to make changes to individual aspects of the graphics. The gamma value, resolution, aspect ratio and frame rate can also be altered.

Players who don't mind a 60 FPS limit should definitely activate vertical synchronization to prevent screen tearing. F1 2013 offers the anti-aliasing options MSAA and EQAA. Excellent: The game adopts all changes without requiring a restart.

As our screenshots reveal, the lowest preset should be avoided at all costs. The lack of audience and weak shadows do considerable damage to the atmosphere. From the medium setting on up, the title looks relatively good, though when anti-aliasing is deactivated some jaggies do show up. Graphics improvements on the high and ultra high settings often require closer observation to detect.

Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings
Low Settings
Low Settings
Medium Settings
Medium Settings
High Settings
High Settings
Ultra Settings
Ultra Settings

Benchmark

We based our speed measurements on the integrated benchmark hidden near the bottom of the graphics menu. Because the test course is identical to last year's, it's quite easy to compare this game's performance to that of its predecessor.

The game simulates about two minutes of racing, in which more than 20 high-class race cars puff exhaust through a detailed course. After the sequence, the benchmark reveals the minimum and average frame rate, as well as the total frames. We think it's a bit of a shame, though, that F1 2013 is not capable of measuring anything less than 12 fps (GRID 2 has a similar problem).

Results

Surprising: Depending on a computer's hardware and driver version, F1 2013 runs more fluidly than last year's. While Intel's HD Graphics 3000 has trouble even at minimum settings (34 fps @ 1024 x 768, Ultra Low), the newer HD Graphics 4000 and 4600 can even handle medium details and 1366 x 768 pixels (over 40 and 50 fps, respectively).

For high details and 2x anti-aliasing, we recommend a model from the lower middle class (ex. the GeForce GT 630M). Maximum details, 4x MSAA and 1920 x 1080 pixels are not too much for a GeForce GTX 660M to handle.

As we have recently seen more and more often, at moderate graphics settings the influence of the CPU becomes much greater. This phenomenon is especially apparent when you look at the Radeon HD 7770 and HD 7660G. These GPUs should be slower than the GTX  780M and GT 630M, respectively.

In case you are wondering about the HD 7970M and HD 8970M results: As was also true of the 2012 F1 release, this game has problems on some AMD notebooks. According to Task Manager, the .exe file started running, but the game refused to open. We assume that future drivers will solve this problem.

Benchmark Table: F1 2013
Benchmark Table: F1 2013

Verdict

With or without the “classic mode”, F1 2013 doesn't quite feel like a brand new Formula 1 game. It seems the developers only made the updates necessary to justify the release of a new edition. Graphics enthusiasts will be frustrated with the stagnating graphics quality. With the next generation of gaming consoles on their way to the market, there is no reason not to massively improve the engine in time for next year's eventual F1 title.

F1 2013
F1 2013
F1 2013
F1 2013
F1 2013
F1 2013

Test Systems

Our four main test devices are courtesy of Schenker Technologies (mysn.de):

  • W503 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 765M, GTX 770M, GTX 780M, Radeon HD 8970M & HD Graphics 4600)
  • M503 (Core i7-4702MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 750M)
  • XMG P502 (Core i7-3610QM, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 660M, GTX 670MX, GTX 675MX, GTX 680M, Radeon HD 7970M & HD Graphics 4000)
  • Xesia M501 (Core i7-2630QM, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 630M & HD Graphics 3000)

A further thank you goes to Micron for providing the 480 GB Crucial M500, on which Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit is installed.

GPU drivers used: Nvidia 331.40 Beta, AMD 13.10 Beta 2, Intel 9.18.10.3257 and 9.17.10.3223

From left to right: Schenker Xesia M501, M503, XMG P502 & W503
From left to right: Schenker Xesia M501, M503, XMG P502 & W503

Overview

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Pos      Model                                     Perf. RatingF1 2013
 F1 2013 (2013)
low
1024x768
Ultra Low Preset
med.
1366x768
Medium Preset
high
1366x768
High Preset
2x MSAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
4x MSAA
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M SLI
79.5
117
117
114
95
 17AMD Radeon R9 290X
~87.650%
1152
983
 20AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
70.8
118
98
96
86
 26AMD Radeon R9 280X
89.5
133
129
124
112
 32NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
92.5
163.52
125.52
1252
1092
 33AMD Radeon HD 7970
~9875%
137
130
108
 44NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M
77.7
118
115
1082
932
 47NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
99.3
188
139
130
110
 49NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
88.5
169
125
117
95
 50NVIDIA Quadro K5100M
83.7
118
119
119
107
 55NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
73.3
118
111
1022
81.52
 61NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
84.9
157
121
115
91
 62NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
79.1
119
115
111
96
 75NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
86.3
170
128
1152
842
 76NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
74.8
1183
1123
1075
835
 79NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M SLI
~67.775%
101
90
69
 82NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
80.3
155
120
114
73
 85NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
65.8
1163
974
925
695
 93NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
81
171
125
1094
674
Pos      Model                                     F1 2013
lowmed.highultra
 109AMD Radeon HD 7770
80.8
172
132
118
52
 120NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
76.9
154
120
111
61
 122NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
70.1
119
111
1052
642
 141AMD Radeon R7 250
71
133
127
110
42
 142NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M
~6175%
97
93
47
 143NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
69.3
154
112
102
41
 147AMD Radeon R9 M265X
~56.875%
91
88
42
 158NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
61
131
100
88
39
 169NVIDIA GeForce 840M
52.3
1052
85.52
77.52
36.52
 171NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
~60.575%
105
94
38
 174AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
44
94
73
61
30
 175Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
41.8
105
65
55
25
 178NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
50.5
114
82.52
732
292
 181NVIDIA GeForce 830M
39.8
71
63
60
34
 187NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
44.1
93
75
64
27
 189NVIDIA GeForce 825M
~45.475%
80
70
28
 200AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
~28.275%
54
39
36
 202NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
46.1
110
73.52
64.52
26.52
 206AMD Radeon HD 8750M
37.3
862
602
48.52
262
 213NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
38.4
65
61
62
31
Pos      Model                                     F1 2013
lowmed.highultra
 243AMD Radeon HD 8670D
40
104
53
58
25
 247AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
16.4
35
25
23
13
 267AMD Radeon HD 8570D
33.4
94
54
35
20
 268AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
~29.375%
56
40
38
 269AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
13.7
28
19
18
14
 271AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
~28.675%
55
40
36
 272AMD Radeon HD 8670M
~21.375%
46
28
25
 273AMD Radeon R6 M255DX
~17.575%
30
24
25
 292AMD Radeon HD 8650G
19.8
45.52
292
252
17
 297NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
36.9
992
612
472
172
 298AMD Radeon HD 7560D
33.8
91
57
41
16
 305NVIDIA GeForce 820M
41.1
105
64
57
21
 308NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
~38.375%
64
58
51
 321Intel Iris Graphics 5100
23.7
60
38
29
15
 326Intel HD Graphics 4600
19.9
503
313
253
132
 333NVIDIA GeForce 710M
~43.575%
89
61
51
 334AMD Radeon HD 7660G
22.3
48.52
34.52
31.52
16
 337Intel HD Graphics 5000
20.9
51
34
28
12
 353AMD Radeon HD 8550G
24.9
60
38
34
16
 370Intel HD Graphics 4400
14.9
36.58
228
187
124
Pos      Model                                     F1 2013
lowmed.highultra
 408AMD Radeon HD 7480D
18.6
42
30
26
12
 409Intel HD Graphics 4000
19.4
485
30.54
25.54
123
 415AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
~18.175%
35
26
22
 416AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
13.3
28
19
18
12
 417Intel HD Graphics 4200
13.6
31
21
16
12
 419AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
19.7
48
38
20
12
 426AMD Radeon HD 8450G
16.8
36
26
23
13
 430AMD Radeon HD 8400
15.8
37.52
262
182
12
 442AMD Radeon HD 8350G
14.8
33
22
20
12
 443AMD Radeon HD 8330
15.8
343
253
21.52
12
 446AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
~10.175%
19
14
13
 467AMD Radeon HD 7420G
~10.250%
18
15
 472Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
~12.775%
27
18
14
 494AMD Radeon HD 8280
~14.575%
27
20
19
 511Intel HD Graphics 3000
13.6
302
21.52
162
12
 529AMD Radeon HD 8210
~8.175%
122
12
12
 533Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
~10.450%
20
14
 567*Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
~12.150%
24
16
 572Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
~6.425%
12
* Smaller values are better. / * Approximate position

 

Legend
5Stutters – This game is very likely to stutter and have poor frame rates. Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, average frame rates are expected to fall below 25fps
May Stutter – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, stutters and poor frame rates are expected.
30Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 25fps
40Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 35fps
May Run Fluently – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, fluent frame rates are expected.
123Uncertain – This graphics card experienced unexpected performance issues during testing for this game. A slower card may be able to achieve better and more consistent frame rates than this particular GPU running the same benchmark scene.
Uncertain – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game and no reliable interpolation can be made based on the performances of surrounding cards of the same class or family.
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Florian Glaser, 2013-10-10 (Update: 2013-10-16)