Notebookcheck

F1 2014 Benchmarked

Florian Glaser (translated by Martina Osztovits), 10/24/2014

Technical stagnation. You snooze, you lose: This saying goes perfectly with the Formula 1 simulation from Codemasters. Even in 2014, users crazy for motor sports have to accept second-rate graphics. Learn here what this means for performance.

F1 2014 Logo

For the original German article, see here.

Technology

Instead of raising technology to the level of Dirt or GRID, the developer uses the graphics of the predecessor. You'll look for optical changes and improved performance in vain. The latter is not necessary since F1 does not have high hardware requirements, anyway. A simple update of the database (current season) for just under 50 Euros (~$63) will displease some buyers. However, we already know this approach from other sport games (e.g. FIFA). 

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

While the cars still look nice, the environment of the route is highly disappointing in F1 2014. Despite spectators, it looks very dull and lifeless. Some parts look like a ghost town. Is there high-end "3D grass"? No. Is there busy bustle beside the pit lane? No. But, the sound is quite convincing and you can get kind of a Formula One feel. However, the atmosphere of the race simulation is not fantastic. While F1 2014 looks quite nice at a first glance, squishy textures, a low number of polygons and low detail level are striking at a closer look. Lighting and other effects are also no longer "up-to-date."

Alike previously, Codemasters scores points with a comprehensive graphics menu with five presets, several anti-aliasing modes and 10 details options. Warning: Although the settings are changed on-the-fly, a restart is required for these to take effect. This problem has already been known for several years.

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

Speaking about problems: The Radeon HD 8970M aka R9 M290X could not run the 2014 version. While the .exe file was executed according to the task manager, it did not bring a picture (we assume that this is caused by the Enduro graphics switch). In addition, it is incomprehensible for PC purists that the tutorials only display controller buttons, but no keyboard commands. At least, F1 2014 only requires just 5 GB of hard drive space. Other games from 2014 (The Evil Within, Shadow of Mordor, etc.) need above 30 GB or even 40 GB.

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

Benchmark

Users can run the integrated benchmark from the options menu. It is completely identical with the one from the 2013 version and so displays very similar results. Small performance differences of some percent between runs are caused by the varying sequence. Since it is a rather fast game, which requires fast reflexes, we recommend a frame rate of at least 40 fps.

Results

As already mentioned above, the results are very similar to the predecessor's. Even low-end GPUs with a performance like the HD Graphics 4600 do not have problems with 1366x768 pixels and normal details. A cheap multimedia notebook is sufficient for the high preset and 1920x1080 pixels. For example, the GeForce GT 740M achieved just under 50 fps in the benchmark. Ultra settings and 4x MSAA require slightly more performance, but the GeForce GT 750M is (almost) sufficient. Fortunately, only owners of very weak or extremely old notebooks have to live with low graphics settings. 

Speaking of low details: The processor is the main limiting factor (becomes apparent in the GPU comparison) with low settings. We can only hope that Codemasters will widely improve the technology with the next generation in 2015.

F1 2014
    1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4x MS     1920x1080 High Preset     1366x768 Medium Preset     1024x768 Ultra Low Preset
GeForce GTX 780 Ti, 3770K
Desktop-PC
118 (min: 89) fps ∼98%
127 (min: 94) fps ∼95%
131 (min: 100) fps ∼98%
133 (min: 128) fps ∼99%
GeForce GTX 760, 3770K
Desktop-PC
111 (min: 85) fps ∼93%
128 (min: 95) fps ∼96%
131 (min: 101) fps ∼98%
132 (min: 127) fps ∼98%
Radeon R9 280X, 3770K
Desktop-PC
105 (min: 76) fps ∼88%
123 (min: 82) fps ∼92%
127 (min: 91) fps ∼95%
132 (min: 125) fps ∼98%
GeForce GTX 880M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
102 (min: 74) fps ∼85%
120 (min: 84) fps ∼90%
127 (min: 93) fps ∼95%
132 (min: 128) fps ∼98%
GeForce GTX 750 Ti, 3770K
Desktop-PC
98 (min: 81) fps ∼82%
125 (min: 91) fps ∼94%
130 (min: 103) fps ∼98%
133 (min: 128) fps ∼99%
GeForce GTX 870M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
98 (min: 75) fps ∼82%
121 (min: 85) fps ∼91%
124 (min: 88) fps ∼93%
132 (min: 129) fps ∼98%
GeForce GTX 780M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
96 (min: 69) fps ∼80%
119 (min: 90) fps ∼89%
121 (min: 87) fps ∼91%
132 (min: 129) fps ∼98%
GeForce GTX 770M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
86 (min: 71) fps ∼72%
119 (min: 84) fps ∼89%
122 (min: 88) fps ∼92%
132 (min: 127) fps ∼98%
GeForce GTX 860M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
83 (min: 69) fps ∼69%
118 (min: 84) fps ∼89%
126 (min: 91) fps ∼95%
133 (min: 127) fps ∼99%
GeForce GTX 850M, 4340M
Schenker M504
71 (min: 58) fps ∼59%
96 (min: 71) fps ∼72%
114 (min: 82) fps ∼86%
132 (min: 121) fps ∼98%
GeForce GTX 765M, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
67 (min: 55) fps ∼56%
111 (min: 82) fps ∼83%
126 (min: 90) fps ∼95%
132 (min: 128) fps ∼98%
GeForce GT 750M, 4702MQ
Schenker M503
39 (min: 32) fps ∼33%
67 (min: 56) fps ∼50%
104 (min: 73) fps ∼78%
130 (min: 112) fps ∼96%
GeForce GT 740M, 4200M
HP Envy 15-j011sg
28 (min: 22) fps ∼23%
47 (min: 36) fps ∼35%
81 (min: 63) fps ∼61%
115 (min: 99) fps ∼85%
Iris Pro Graphics 5200, 4750HQ, Intel SSD 525 Series SSDMCEAC180B3
Schenker S413
23 (min: 20) fps ∼19%
43 (min: 27) fps ∼32%
55 (min: 35) fps ∼41%
80 (min: 54) fps ∼59%
GeForce GT 720M, 4200M, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
MSI CX61-i572M
20 (min: 0) fps ∼17%
38 (min: 0) fps ∼29%
66 (min: 0) fps ∼50%
55 (min: 0) fps ∼41%
GeForce GT 630M, 3720QM, Seagate Momentus 7200.5 ST9750420AS
Asus N56VM
15 (min: 13) fps ∼13%
30 (min: 24) fps ∼23%
54 (min: 40) fps ∼41%
83 (min: 71) fps ∼61%
HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W503
13 (min: 12) fps ∼11%
28 (min: 24) fps ∼21%
54 (min: 36) fps ∼41%
81 (min: 56) fps ∼60%
Radeon HD 8650G, A10-5750M, Samsung SSD 470 Series MZ-5PA256/EU
Pumori Test Platform (A10-5750M)
18 (min: 14) fps ∼15%
29 (min: 21) fps ∼22%
40 (min: 28) fps ∼30%
62 (min: 42) fps ∼46%
HD Graphics 4000, 3720QM
Asus N56VM
12 (min: 12) fps ∼10%
18 (min: 12) fps ∼14%
33 (min: 16) fps ∼25%
55 (min: 26) fps ∼41%

Test Systems

Four of our test devices stem from Schenker Technologies (mysn.de):

  • W504 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 860M, GTX 870M, GTX 880M, Radeon R9 M290X)
  • W503 (Core i7-4700MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 765M, GTX 770M, GTX 780M)
  • M504 (Core i5-4340M, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GTX 850M)
  • M503 (Core i7-4702MQ, 8 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 750M)

All these notebooks used Windows 7 64-bit. Many thanks to Micron for the 480 GB Crucial M500.

Another test device was provided by Nvidia:

  • HP Envy 15-j011sg (Core i5-4200M, 12 GB DDR3, GeForce GT 740M)

Used GPU drivers: Nvidia 344.11, AMD 14.9, Intel 10.18.10.3907

In addition, we used benchmarks from other notebooks possibly with different drivers.

Overview

Show Restrictions
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
 F1 2014 (2014)
low
1024x768
Ultra Low Preset
med.
1366x768
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
4x MSAA
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon Pro WX 4150
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon HD 6990M Crossfire
AMD Radeon HD 6990M
AMD Radeon HD 6450M
AMD Radeon HD 6470M
AMD Radeon HD 6350M
AMD Radeon HD 6320
AMD Radeon HD 6970M
NVIDIA Quadro P600
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20
AMD Radeon Pro WX 4130
AMD Radeon HD 6760G2
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100
AMD Radeon Pro WX 2100
AMD Radeon HD 6770M
AMD Radeon HD 6775G2
AMD Radeon HD 6545G2
AMD Radeon HD 6430M
AMD FirePro W5170M
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon HD 7520G
AMD Radeon HD 7490M
AMD Radeon HD 7500G
AMD Radeon HD 7480D
AMD Radeon HD 7450M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce Tegra 4
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 360M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5700
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6250
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M SLI
NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 Max-Q
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
NVIDIA Quadro P1000
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon HD 6830M
AMD Radeon HD 6520G
AMD Radeon HD 6540G2
AMD Radeon HD 6380G
AMD Radeon HD 6370M
AMD Radeon HD 6290
AMD Radeon HD 6250
AMD FirePro W2100
AMD FirePro W7170M
132
111
95
74
AMD Radeon 530
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
AMD Radeon HD 7570M
AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
AMD Radeon HD 6330M
AMD FirePro W5130M
AMD Radeon 610
NVIDIA Quadro P2000 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 56
AMD Radeon HD 6630M
AMD Radeon HD 6640G2
AMD Radeon HD 7310
AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 7690M
AMD Radeon HD 7340
AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
AMD Radeon HD 6650M
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
NVIDIA Quadro 1000M
AMD Radeon HD 6730M
AMD Radeon HD 6620G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6645G2
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon Pro WX 3200
NVIDIA Tegra X1 Maxwell GPU
AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL
AMD Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L)
37
26
AMD Radeon R2 (Stoney Ridge)
28
18
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon R4 (Kaveri)
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
30
26
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6150
AMD Radeon HD 7430M
AMD Radeon HD 7420G
AMD Radeon HD 7370M
AMD Radeon HD 7350M
AMD Radeon HD 7400G
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
AMD Radeon HD 7850M
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
Intel HD Graphics 610
61
42
Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
80
55
43
23
Intel HD Graphics 6000
55
37
21
13
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
NVIDIA GeForce Go 6100
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI
118
118
117.5n2
110n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M SLI
PowerVR SGX540
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
118.5n2
118n2
118n5
110n5
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
NVIDIA Quadro P3000
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX SLI
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX
NVIDIA Quadro P520
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX SLI
NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GS SLI
AMD Radeon HD 6790
AMD Radeon HD 6570M
AMD Radeon HD 6550M
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon R7 370
AMD Radeon HD 6620G
AMD Radeon HD 6530M
AMD Radeon HD 6870
AMD Radeon HD 6550D
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon HD 6310
AMD FirePro W4190M
AMD FirePro W4100
AMD Radeon HD 6490M
AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6480G
AMD Radeon 630
AMD Radeon 620
AMD Radeon 625
AMD FirePro W4170M
AMD FirePro M6000
AMD FirePro M4100
AMD FirePro M8900
AMD FirePro M4000
AMD FirePro M5100
AMD Radeon 540X
AMD FirePro M3900
AMD Radeon HD 6970
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon HD 6970M Crossfire
AMD FirePro M6100
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
35.5n2
26n2
19
12
AMD FirePro M5950
NVIDIA Quadro P500
AMD Radeon HD 6755G2
AMD Radeon HD 6950M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G4 (Ice Lake 48 EU)
NVIDIA Quadro P5000 Max-Q
AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
33
24
17
NVIDIA Quadro P5000
AMD Radeon HD 7290
AMD Radeon 520
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon HD 6515G2
AMD Radeon HD 6510G2
AMD Radeon R7 M260
64n2
28n3
26.5n2
16.5n2
AMD Radeon R7 512 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
AMD Radeon HD 7470M
NVIDIA Quadro P4000
NVIDIA Quadro P3200
AMD Radeon HD 6720G2
AMD Radeon R7 250
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
PosModel< prevnext >F1 2014
lowmed.highultra
AMD Radeon Pro 560X
AMD Radeon R7 384 Cores (Kaveri Desktop)
AMD Radeon Pro 560
AMD Radeon Pro 555X
AMD Radeon HD 6750M
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 16
AMD Radeon HD 6690G2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * 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
60Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 58fps
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.
?Uncertain – 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.
The value in the fields displays the average frame rate of all values in the database. Move your cursor over the value to see individual results.
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Archive of our own reviews > F1 2014 Benchmarked
Florian Glaser, 2014-10-24 (Update: 2014-10-24)