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F1 2018 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Alex Alderson), 09/01/2018

Routine racing? Codemasters, like EA with its sports series, tends to make iterative changes to its racing simulations. Find out in this benchmark test the extent to which the hardware requirements have changed between F1 2017 and 2018.

F1 2018

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F1 2018, like its predecessor, is based on Codemasters’ EGO Engine 4.0. While the graphics are generally convincing with detailed vehicles and nice effects, the technical backbone seems somewhat outdated. Lighting and texture quality could be better, for example.

F1 2018
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F1 2018
F1 2018
F1 2018

Positively, Codemasters has packed F1 2018 with an abundance of options that we first saw in F1 2017, albeit still arranged within a somewhat convoluted set of menus. Starting with the video menu, Codemasters has included not only resolution options, image modes, different aspect ratios and refresh rate controls but has also included HDR, anisotropic filtering, V sync and anti-aliasing. It is a shame that Codemasters still relies on TAA anti-aliasing, but it does a decent job generally.

F1 2018
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There are even more adjustments in the extended graphics sub-menu too. While there are 15 individual settings that allow for fine-tuning, there are also five graphics presets if you would rather keep things simple. The game loses its atmosphere when played at low settings, but the racetracks come alive when running at medium settings or higher. While the high and ultra-high presets naturally further improve the graphics of the game, the differences between presets are narrower than the change from low to medium settings.

Graphics changes are made directly without the need for a restart, which is a plus. Loading times are relatively small too. F1 2018 requires around 38 GB of storage space and has a 24 GB download file size.

F1 2018
F1 2018
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F1 2018

Benchmarks

There are also numerous options in the built-in benchmark. As the screenshots above demonstrate, you can choose from different tracks, weather conditions and camera angles. These are complemented by a loop function for long-term benchmarks and an FPS counter. When the benchmark finishes, F1 2018 provides you with a host of information such as the minimum, average and maximum FPS among others. We benchmarked F1 2018 the same way we did with its predecessor, on a course based in Australia in the wet with the camera fixed to the cockpit.

According to the results of our benchmarks, the system requirements are practically identical to F1 2017. Anyone who can play last year’s version of the game should have no issues with playing F1 2018. Unfortunately, F1 2018 has the same bug that plagues other Codemasters racing games. The game cannot run at 3840x2160 on an external 4K monitor when being played on a notebook. The result is just a black screen. Despite running the latest drivers, the game often allowed us to only set the maximum resolution to 2560x1600.

It is worth bearing in mind that the CPU often bottlenecked high-end GPUs, which somewhat skewed some of the rankings.

Results

While F1 2018 has relatively modest minimum system requirements, Intel GPUs like the Intel HD Graphics 630 cannot run the game even at 1280x720 on ultra-low graphics. We would recommend using at least an Nvidia GeForce 940MX if you want to have a pleasant gaming experience. Likewise, we would recommend using either a GeForce MX150 or a GTX 950M if you want to play F1 2018 at 1920x1080. Similarly, you will need at least a GTX 1050 or a GTX 960M to play at high graphics and at least a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or a GTX 970M if you would like to play at ultra-high graphics.

Ultra Low Preset
Ultra Low Preset
Medium Preset
Medium Preset
High Preset
High Preset
Ultra High Preset
Ultra High Preset

You will only need high-end GPUs for resolutions above 1920x1080. For example, we would recommend using at least a GeForce GTX 1060 or a GTX 980M for playing at 2560x1440 and a GeForce GTX 1070 or GeForce GTX 1080 for playing at 4K on notebooks.

F1 2018
    3840x2160 Ultra High Preset AA:T AF:16x     2560x1440 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     1280x720 Ultra Low Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
69 (min: 64) fps ∼61%
108 (min: 95) fps ∼62%
129 (min: 113) fps ∼66%
168 (min: 144) fps ∼78%
215 (min: 180) fps ∼70%
248 (min: 200) fps ∼75%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
57 (min: 53) fps ∼50%
90 (min: 82) fps ∼51%
109 (min: 87) fps ∼56%
143 (min: 120) fps ∼67%
186 (min: 150) fps ∼61%
213 (min: 169) fps ∼65%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
78 (min: 58) fps ∼45%
85 (min: 71) fps ∼44%
96 (min: 81) fps ∼45%
129 (min: 99) fps ∼42%
156 (min: 123) fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
47 (min: 43) fps ∼42%
75 (min: 66) fps ∼43%
97 (min: 82) fps ∼50%
139 (min: 122) fps ∼65%
175 (min: 153) fps ∼57%
212 (min: 171) fps ∼64%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
74 (min: 67) fps ∼42%
95 (min: 78) fps ∼49%
138 (min: 118) fps ∼64%
173 (min: 148) fps ∼57%
204 (min: 156) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
41 (min: 36) fps ∼36%
64 (min: 55) fps ∼37%
77 (min: 63) fps ∼40%
111 (min: 80) fps ∼52%
137 (min: 90) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
32 (min: 29) fps ∼28%
54 (min: 49) fps ∼31%
70 (min: 61) fps ∼36%
103 (min: 97) fps ∼48%
130 (min: 119) fps ∼42%
204 (min: 168) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
32 (min: 29) fps ∼28%
52 (min: 46) fps ∼30%
69 (min: 59) fps ∼36%
106 (min: 96) fps ∼49%
135 (min: 117) fps ∼44%
204 (min: 170) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
47 (min: 42) fps ∼27%
61 (min: 52) fps ∼31%
95 (min: 84) fps ∼44%
119 (min: 108) fps ∼39%
150 (min: 119) fps ∼45%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
29 (min: 26) fps ∼26%
51 (min: 45) fps ∼29%
65 (min: 57) fps ∼34%
96 (min: 85) fps ∼45%
110 (min: 97) fps ∼36%
203 (min: 166) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
39 (min: 33) fps ∼22%
50 (min: 43) fps ∼26%
78 (min: 69) fps ∼36%
100 (min: 90) fps ∼33%
154 (min: 128) fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
31 (min: 28) fps ∼18%
39 (min: 33) fps ∼20%
64 (min: 58) fps ∼30%
81 (min: 70) fps ∼26%
138 (min: 115) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
15 (min: 13) fps ∼13%
28 (min: 25) fps ∼16%
37 (min: 33) fps ∼19%
62 (min: 44) fps ∼29%
81 (min: 72) fps ∼26%
146 (min: 122) fps ∼44%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 7740X
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Asus X299 Prime
13.7 (min: 11) fps ∼12%
32.8 (min: 28) fps ∼17%
51.2 (min: 46) fps ∼24%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
24 (min: 20) fps ∼14%
30 (min: 26) fps ∼15%
47 (min: 43) fps ∼22%
63 (min: 55) fps ∼21%
104 (min: 85) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
13.5 (min: 9) fps ∼12%
25.1 (min: 22) fps ∼14%
31.5 (min: 26) fps ∼16%
54.4 (min: 48) fps ∼25%
69 (min: 61) fps ∼23%
122 (min: 102) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
17 (min: 14) fps ∼10%
21 (min: 19) fps ∼11%
37 (min: 33) fps ∼17%
48 (min: 40) fps ∼16%
87 (min: 74) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
14.9 (min: 13) fps ∼9%
18.7 (min: 16) fps ∼10%
32.4 (min: 29) fps ∼15%
42.8 (min: 37) fps ∼14%
77 (min: 65) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
17 (min: 15) fps ∼9%
29 (min: 27) fps ∼13%
37 (min: 34) fps ∼12%
65 (min: 56) fps ∼20%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
15 (min: 14) fps ∼8%
27 (min: 24) fps ∼13%
36 (min: 32) fps ∼12%
62 (min: 54) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
12 (min: 8) fps ∼6%
16.9 (min: 15) fps ∼8%
21.6 (min: 19) fps ∼7%
37.6 (min: 32) fps ∼11%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
16.6 (min: 15) fps ∼8%
21.2 (min: 19) fps ∼7%
39.1 (min: 32) fps ∼12%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
15.9 (min: 13) fps ∼8%
24.3 (min: 19) fps ∼11%
29.9 (min: 24) fps ∼10%
34.6 (min: 27) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
12 (min: 3) fps ∼4%
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
12 (min: 5) fps ∼6%
12 (min: 10) fps ∼6%
15 (min: 13) fps ∼5%
31 (min: 25) fps ∼9%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
12 (min: 9) fps ∼4%
26 (min: 22) fps ∼8%

Overview

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      Model
F1 2018
 F1 2018 (2018)
low
1280x720
Ultra Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
4xAF
high
1920x1080
High Preset
8xAF TAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra High Preset
16xAF TAA
QHD
2560x1440
Ultra High Preset
16xAF TAA
4K
3840x2160
Ultra High Preset
16xAF TAA
NVIDIA Titan RTX
234
206
160
143
99
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
248n2
215.5n2
167n2
141n2
133n2
97n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super
219
198
151
133
120
74
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
243.5n2
215n2
162n2
141.5n2
120
77.5n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
210
166
121
105
66
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
248
215
168
129
108
69
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
182
161
137
117
74
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
173.5n2
133n2
102n2
86.5n2
53.5n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super
228
203
159
133
112
70
AMD Radeon VII
220
196
149
133
71
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
237n3
207n3
163n3
127n3
104n2
65n3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
213
186
143
109
90
57
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
186
152
103
84
51
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super
246.5n2
204.5n2
166.5n2
123n2
97.5n2
60.5n2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
203n3
178n3
147n3
118n3
52n3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
156
129
96
96.5n2
78
53
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
241
191
154
112
55
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop)
97
78
49
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
148
115
73
64
40
      Model
F1 2018
lowmed.highultraQHD4K
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
222
184
146
111
87
51
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Laptop)
175
148n2
116.5n2
82.5n2
69
41
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
230.5n2
176n2
140.5n2
95n3
75
47n3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
204
173
138
95
74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
137
114n2
80.5n2
66n2
41
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Desktop)
240
171
139
93
74
44
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (Laptop)
155
126
80
65
38
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
82
42
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
163
130
108n3
76n3
59
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
204
130
103
70
54
32
AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
202
140
119
84
39
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
174.5n2
122n2
103n2
73n2
35
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
204
135
106
69
52
32
AMD Radeon RX 570 (Desktop)
211
120
100
70
54
32
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
203
110
96
65
51
29
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
150
119
93.5n4
60n4
47
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
98
63
25.9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Laptop)
117
91
58
45
25
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop)
195
115
89
58
46
25
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
179
102
88
60
28.4
      Model
F1 2018
lowmed.highultraQHD4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
154
100
78
50
39
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
139
83
70
46.1
AMD Radeon Pro Vega 20
142
76
65
44
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
146n2
81n3
62n3
37n3
28
15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
136
80
63
42.4
29.5
18.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
138
81
64
39
31
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
134
80
62
38
17
AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL
107
65
54
34
15
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
64
52
45.05n2
28.45n2
13.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
104
63
47
30
24
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
104
63
47
29
13
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
51.2
32.8
13.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
122
69
54.4
31.5
25.1
13.5
AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
94
56
47
31
AMD Radeon Pro 560X
99
57
47
30
12
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
87
48
37
21
17
AMD Radeon RX 550X (Laptop)
52
26
20
14
AMD Radeon Pro 555
80
41.9
32
19.9
12
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
72
37
29
17
7
NVIDIA GeForce MX250
65n2
35n2
26n2
15.5n2
      Model
F1 2018
lowmed.highultraQHD4K
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
63.5n4
35.5n4
26.5n4
15n4
AMD Radeon RX 540
62
40
28
21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
77
42.8
32.4
18.7
14.9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
71
38
29
19
10
AMD Radeon R9 M280X
34.6
29.9
24.3
15.9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
37.5n2
20n2
15.5n2
NVIDIA GeForce MX230
48
23
18
12
NVIDIA GeForce MX130
48
26
20
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
36.8n2
18.8n2
15.45n2
12n2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
34n3
19n3
14n3
12n3
9
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
39.1
21.2
16.6
AMD Radeon R9 M375
30
20
16
12
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
45
23
17
12n2
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
31
AMD Radeon 530
29
18
NVIDIA GeForce MX110
30
16
13
12
AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
24
13.8
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
12
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6
19
12
12
Intel UHD Graphics 630
35
16
      Model
F1 2018
lowmed.highultraQHD4K
Intel HD Graphics 630
26
12
Intel HD Graphics 530
28.2
13.2
AMD Radeon R5 (Bristol Ridge)
15
Intel UHD Graphics 620
33n5
15n5
12n3
8n2
12
Intel HD Graphics 620
30
14
AMD Radeon R5 M255
22
12
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
19
AMD Radeon R5 (Stoney Ridge)
12
12
Intel HD Graphics 4600
15
Intel HD Graphics 5500
19
Intel UHD Graphics 615
19
12
Intel HD Graphics 4400
12
Intel UHD Graphics 605
12
AMD Radeon R4 (Stoney Ridge)
12
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
12
Intel UHD Graphics 600
12
Intel HD Graphics 500
12
(-) * 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.

Test Systems

Graphics Card Processor RAM OS
Desktop PC I MSI GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X)
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB 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 (4GB GDDR5)
Sapphire Radeon R9 280X (3GB GDDR5)
MSI Radeon R7 370 (2GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-4790K 2 x 4GB DDR3 Windows 10 64bit
Alienware 17 R4 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7820HK 1 x 16GB DDR4 Windows 10 64bit
Asus G752VS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 16GB DDR4 Windows 10 64bit
MSI GT62VR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 8GB DDR4 Windows 10 64bit
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 (4GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8GB DDR4 Windows 10 64bit
MSI GL62 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (2GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4GB DDR4 Windows 10 64bit
Asus G752VY NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (4GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 16GB DDR4 Windows 10 64bit
MSI GS60 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (3GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4GB DDR4 Windows 10 64bit
MSI GE72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M (2GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 1 x 8GB DDR4 Windows 10 64bit
MSI GL72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8GB DDR4 Windows 10 64bit
MSI PE60 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (2GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4GB DDR4 Windows 10 64bit
MSI PL62 NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8GB DDR4 Windows 10 64bit
MSI CX72 NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 8GB DDR4 Windows 10 64bit
MSI GP62 NVIDIA GeForce 940M (2GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-5700HQ 1 x 8GB DDR3 Windows 10 64bit
MSI CX61 NVIDIA GeForce 920M (2GB DDR3) Intel Celeron 2970M 1 x 8GB DDR3 Windows 10 64bit
ASUS N551ZU AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4GB GDDR5) AMD FX-7600P 2 x 4GB DDR3 Windows 10 64bit
4K Monitor NVIDIA Drivers AMD Drivers
2 x Asus PB287Q , Philips 328P6VJEB ForceWare 398.82 Adrenaline 18.8.1
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Florian Glaser, 2018-09- 1 (Update: 2018-09- 2)
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