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F1 2017 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Martina Osztovits), 08/28/2017

World tour. F1 2017 starts into the current Formula One season with extremely wide rear tires and very flat-looking bodies. Our benchmark article will reveal whether motorsport fans will get their money's worth in terms of driving experience as well as technology.

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F1 2017

For the original German review, see here.

Technology

As the engine of the F1 series had remained almost unchanged (F1 2014 vs. F1 2013 vs. F1 2012), we completely skipped the 2015 and 2016 edition. The first impression of the brand new edition is surprisingly positive. While we complained about texture quality, lighting and lack of details in the previous article, F1 2017 convinces with quite sharp object surfaces and a nice light-shadow system for a race game. Moreover, "3D grass", which we painfully missed in the past and is known from other sport games (e.g. FIFA), has been added now.

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The biggest highlight is the representation of the weather. Rain in particular, looks great. Apart from many drops dripping from the sky, reflecting puddles and water effects on the camera are delighting. As a result, you felt as if you were in the thick of the things. In short: The race simulation provides a great atmosphere.

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Further pros are the familiar detailed graphics menu, from which other developers can learn a thing or two. The video options consist of as many as 11 settings including resolution, image mode, image reproduction (frequency, aspect ratio, vertical synchronization, HDR, …), anisotropic filtering, and anti aliasing. Unlike the recently published Dirt 4, which also stems from Codemasters, high-end modes such as MSAA have been omitted. The integrated TAA significantly reduces flickering along slating edges, but the image sharpness falls slightly.

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The advanced setup of the options menu is really detailed. It provides as many as 16 individual settings and 5 presets, which adjust the look in one go. It is rather annoying that several changes require a restart of the game. Thanks to skippable intro videos and a decent loading time, this will not take a long time however.

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Talking of requirements: F1 2017 currently needs up to 32 GB of storage space. At least, the download size is only 21 GB. We hardly faced technical problems during the tests. Only changing the resolution required two tries on several systems. It is also rather annoying that the menu structure is unnecessarily nested.

Benchmark

The developers deserve praise for significantly enhancing the benchmark (in comparison to our last article). Previously, you had to do with one course and fixed weather conditions. Now, you can freely select the course and choose between bright sky and rain. Moreover, the camera mode can be changed and an fps counter and a loop function (comes in handy for evaluating performance over time and battery tests) can be enabled.

The analysis at the end of the benchmark has also been significantly improved. Instead of only reporting minimum, average and total frames, it also shows the maximum fps and the frame time, which are particularly interesting in dual GPU devices. Moreover, several basic CPU, GPU and RAM information are displayed.

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Although the benchmark runs automatically and we selected a fixed perspective (cockpit) for the tests, the results are not as constant as of other games due to slightly varying runs (duration of the race, position). Fluctuations of +/- 5% are usual between runs. Since a decent frame rate is required due to the high speed of the high horsepower monsters, an average of at least 40 fps is required. Demanding gamer will certainly wish for at least 60 fps  or - if a compatible display is available - 120 fps.

According to our experiences, it hardly has an impact on the results whether rain is enabled or not. In a brief test with the GeForce GTX 980, the results were almost identical, with a slight advantage in favor of good weather. The video below shows our benchmark settings in detail.

Results

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As with the Dirt and the Grid series, the system requirements of F1 2017 are quite low. This is not surprising, since once again, Codemaster's own EGO engine is used, which is quite undemanding in terms of hardware and referred to as Version 4.0.

While the Formula One simulation does not look too good with minimum details (spongy surfaces, imprecise shadows, no blades of grass, poor lighting, …), the game runs well enough with an entry-level GPU, although older and/or especially weak chips already reach their limits with 1280x720 pixels. A mid-range graphics card is recommended for medium settings and 1366x768 pixels (GeForce 940M or better).

Ultra Low Preset
Ultra Low Preset
Medium Preset & 4x AF
Medium Preset & 4x AF
High Preset, TAA & 8x AF
High Preset, TAA & 8x AF
Ultra High Preset, TAA & 16x AF
Ultra High Preset, TAA & 16x AF
Ultra Low Preset
Ultra Low Preset
Medium Preset & 4x AF
Medium Preset & 4x AF
High Preset, TAA & 8x AF
High Preset, TAA & 8x AF
Ultra High Preset, TAA & 16x AF
Ultra High Preset, TAA & 16x AF

Those who want to enjoy F1 2017 at 1920x1080 pixels, activated TA, and high preset, require a model in between mid-range and top-of-the-range (e.g. the GeForce GTX 960M). High-end GPUs such as the GeForce GTX 1060 are first required at maximum details. We recommend at least a GeForce GTX 1070 for owners of 4K displays who want to maximize all settings.

While the processor hardly affects performance in most games, it might become a limiting factor in F1 2017 – depending on graphics performance, pixel count, and settings (see table). We will add further benchmarks, especially of AMD and Intel GPUs, in the coming days and weeks.

F1 2017
    3840x2160 Ultra High Preset AA:T AF:16x     1920x1080 Ultra High Preset AA:T AF:16x     1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:8x     1920x1080 Medium Preset AF:4x     1366x768 Medium Preset AF:4x     1280x720 Ultra Low Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
61 (min: 55) fps ∼54%
120 (min: 99) fps ∼66%
148 (min: 120) fps ∼67%
177 (min: 146) fps ∼70%
181 (min: 142) fps ∼95%
234 (min: 180) fps ∼88%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
50 (min: 45) fps ∼45%
104 (min: 89) fps ∼57%
146 (min: 123) fps ∼66%
173 (min: 138) fps ∼68%
180 (min: 141) fps ∼94%
231 (min: 180) fps ∼87%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
45 (min: 41) fps ∼40%
93 (min: 81) fps ∼51%
132 (min: 110) fps ∼60%
157 (min: 124) fps ∼62%
161 (min: 126) fps ∼84%
200 (min: 157) fps ∼75%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
34 (min: 32) fps ∼30%
75 (min: 68) fps ∼41%
117 (min: 105) fps ∼53%
143 (min: 127) fps ∼57%
175 (min: 144) fps ∼92%
230 (min: 180) fps ∼86%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
33 (min: 30) fps ∼29%
74 (min: 64) fps ∼41%
115 (min: 104) fps ∼52%
145 (min: 128) fps ∼57%
178 (min: 142) fps ∼93%
229 (min: 179) fps ∼86%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
30 (min: 26) fps ∼27%
66 (min: 57) fps ∼36%
103 (min: 88) fps ∼47%
125 (min: 110) fps ∼49%
137 (min: 112) fps ∼72%
178 (min: 141) fps ∼67%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
16 (min: 14) fps ∼14%
40 (min: 36) fps ∼22%
66 (min: 53) fps ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus Strix GL753VD-GC045T
33 (min: 28) fps ∼18%
52 (min: 46) fps ∼24%
67 (min: 58) fps ∼26%
133 (min: 105) fps ∼50%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
36 (min: 33) fps ∼20%
60 (min: 54) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
13 (min: 6) fps ∼12%
20 (min: 17) fps ∼11%
32 (min: 29) fps ∼14%
41 (min: 36) fps ∼16%
82 (min: 55) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
20 (min: 18) fps ∼11%
34 (min: 31) fps ∼15%
43 (min: 37) fps ∼17%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
18 (min: 16) fps ∼8%
32 (min: 26) fps ∼13%
50 (min: 43) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
15 (min: 13) fps ∼6%
34 (min: 19) fps ∼13%

Overview

Show Restrictions
Pos      Model                                     F1 2017
 F1 2017 (2017)
low
1280x720
Ultra Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
4xAF
high
1920x1080
High Preset
8xAF TAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra High Preset
16xAF TAA
4k
3840x2160
Ultra High Preset
16xAF TAA
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
217
149
127
104
70
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
234
177
114.52
1103
61
 7*AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
208.54
191.54
172.54
1304
724
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
1453
1104
54.52
 9NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop)
106
52
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
231
173
146
104
50
 14NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
119.52
96.52
48
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
200
157
1325
945
44.52
 19NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
118.52
803
36
 24NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
230
143
117
75
34
 25AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
204
184
160
77
46
 30NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
229
145
115
74
33
 33NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
178
125
993
63.54
30
 36AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
137
104
87
63
27
 39*AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
215
105
86
53
 42NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
94
87.52
582
26
 58NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
175
107
87
54
26
 60*AMD Radeon RX Vega M GL / 870
80
65
39
 64NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
1812
90.52
703
443
16
Pos      Model                                     F1 2017
lowmed.highultra4k
 67NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
151
88
68
43
19
 79NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
1243
653
54.54
34.54
 88*AMD Radeon RX 560 (Laptop)
100
66
47
24
 98NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
60
36
 107AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop)
37
27
24
20
 116NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
102
53
40
25
 123AMD Radeon Pro 555
110
47
38
 125NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
112
50
39
38
13
 126NVIDIA GeForce MX150
804
39.54
314
203
13
 133*AMD Radeon RX 540
55
22
16
 134*AMD Radeon Pro WX 3100 Mobile
60
21
21
13
 143NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
43
34
20
 144AMD Radeon Pro 450
95
41
33
 151*AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
101
45
35
 223NVIDIA GeForce MX130
50
25
20
13
 224NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
503
253
183
132
 226*AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
603
273
233
 228NVIDIA GeForce 930MX
45
21
16
13
 249NVIDIA GeForce 930M
39
 254Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
35.52
152
Pos      Model                                     F1 2017
lowmed.highultra4k
 255NVIDIA GeForce 920MX
41
18
15
13
 296NVIDIA GeForce 920M
34
15
 308AMD Radeon 520
34
15
13
 311Intel UHD Graphics 630
38.52
 312Intel HD Graphics 630
32.52
13
13
 314Intel HD Graphics 530
30
17
 317AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
18
14
 318Intel UHD Graphics 620
30.54
134
93
6
 319Intel HD Graphics 620
31
13
13
 388AMD Radeon R5 M255
34
14
 392*AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
252
14
13
 393Intel HD Graphics 520
23
 395NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
23
13
 396AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
18
13
10
 415Intel HD Graphics 4600
19
13
 417Intel HD Graphics 5500
23
 424*Intel HD Graphics 615
21
 466Intel HD Graphics 4400
18
13
 467*Intel HD Graphics 610
20
 498*Intel UHD Graphics 605
13
Pos      Model                                     F1 2017
lowmed.highultra4k
 499*Intel HD Graphics 505
13
 580Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
13
* 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.
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.

Test Systems

Device Graphics Card Processor RAM Operating System
Desktop-PC I MSI GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X)
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (4 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-6700K 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop-PC II Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (11 GB GDDR5X)
Asus GeForce GTX 980 Ti (6 GB GDDR5)
XFX Radeon R9 Fury (4 GB HBM)
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X (4 GB GDDR5)
Sapphire Radeon R9 280X (3 GB GDDR5)
MSI Radeon R7 370 (2 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-4790K 2 x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus G752VS Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 4 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT62VR Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 4 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus GL753VD Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GL62 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI PE60 Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP62 Nvidia GeForce 940M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-5700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI CX61 Nvidia GeForce 920M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Celeron 2970M 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus N551ZU AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5) AMD FX-7600P 2 x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
4K display Nvidia driver AMD driver
2 x Asus PB287Q, Philips 328P6VJEB ForceWare 385.41 Crimson 17.8.2
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