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F1 2018 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

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.

Technology

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the graphics are generally convincing with detailed vehicles and nice effects, the technical backbone seems somewhat outdated.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

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.

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F1 2018
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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.

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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
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
69 (min: 64) fps ∼83%
108 (min: 95) fps ∼92%
129 (min: 113) fps ∼91%
168 (min: 144) fps ∼91%
215 (min: 180) fps ∼93%
248 (min: 200) fps ∼91%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
57 (min: 53) fps ∼69%
90 (min: 82) fps ∼77%
109 (min: 87) fps ∼77%
143 (min: 120) fps ∼77%
186 (min: 150) fps ∼80%
213 (min: 169) fps ∼78%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
78 (min: 58) fps ∼67%
85 (min: 71) fps ∼60%
96 (min: 81) fps ∼52%
129 (min: 99) fps ∼56%
156 (min: 123) fps ∼57%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
47 (min: 43) fps ∼57%
75 (min: 66) fps ∼64%
97 (min: 82) fps ∼69%
139 (min: 122) fps ∼75%
175 (min: 153) fps ∼75%
212 (min: 171) fps ∼77%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
74 (min: 67) fps ∼63%
95 (min: 78) fps ∼67%
138 (min: 118) fps ∼75%
173 (min: 148) fps ∼75%
204 (min: 156) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
41 (min: 36) fps ∼49%
64 (min: 55) fps ∼55%
77 (min: 63) fps ∼55%
111 (min: 80) fps ∼60%
137 (min: 90) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
32 (min: 29) fps ∼39%
54 (min: 49) fps ∼46%
70 (min: 61) fps ∼50%
103 (min: 97) fps ∼56%
130 (min: 119) fps ∼56%
204 (min: 168) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
32 (min: 29) fps ∼39%
52 (min: 46) fps ∼44%
69 (min: 59) fps ∼49%
106 (min: 96) fps ∼57%
135 (min: 117) fps ∼58%
204 (min: 170) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
47 (min: 42) fps ∼40%
61 (min: 52) fps ∼43%
95 (min: 84) fps ∼51%
119 (min: 108) fps ∼51%
150 (min: 119) fps ∼55%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
29 (min: 26) fps ∼35%
51 (min: 45) fps ∼44%
65 (min: 57) fps ∼46%
96 (min: 85) fps ∼52%
110 (min: 97) fps ∼47%
203 (min: 166) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
39 (min: 33) fps ∼33%
50 (min: 43) fps ∼35%
78 (min: 69) fps ∼42%
100 (min: 90) fps ∼43%
154 (min: 128) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
31 (min: 28) fps ∼26%
39 (min: 33) fps ∼28%
64 (min: 58) fps ∼35%
81 (min: 70) fps ∼35%
138 (min: 115) fps ∼50%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
15 (min: 13) fps ∼18%
28 (min: 25) fps ∼24%
37 (min: 33) fps ∼26%
62 (min: 44) fps ∼34%
81 (min: 72) fps ∼35%
146 (min: 122) fps ∼53%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 7740X
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Asus X299 Prime
13.7 (min: 11) fps ∼17%
32.8 (min: 28) fps ∼23%
51.2 (min: 46) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
24 (min: 20) fps ∼21%
30 (min: 26) fps ∼21%
47 (min: 43) fps ∼25%
63 (min: 55) fps ∼27%
104 (min: 85) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
13.5 (min: 9) fps ∼16%
25.1 (min: 22) fps ∼21%
31.5 (min: 26) fps ∼22%
54.4 (min: 48) fps ∼29%
69 (min: 61) fps ∼30%
122 (min: 102) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
17 (min: 14) fps ∼15%
21 (min: 19) fps ∼15%
37 (min: 33) fps ∼20%
48 (min: 40) fps ∼21%
87 (min: 74) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
14.9 (min: 13) fps ∼13%
18.7 (min: 16) fps ∼13%
32.4 (min: 29) fps ∼18%
42.8 (min: 37) fps ∼18%
77 (min: 65) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
17 (min: 15) fps ∼12%
29 (min: 27) fps ∼16%
37 (min: 34) fps ∼16%
65 (min: 56) fps ∼24%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
15 (min: 14) fps ∼11%
27 (min: 24) fps ∼15%
36 (min: 32) fps ∼16%
62 (min: 54) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
12 (min: 8) fps ∼9%
16.9 (min: 15) fps ∼9%
21.6 (min: 19) fps ∼9%
37.6 (min: 32) fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
16.6 (min: 15) fps ∼9%
21.2 (min: 19) fps ∼9%
39.1 (min: 32) fps ∼14%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
15.9 (min: 13) fps ∼11%
24.3 (min: 19) fps ∼13%
29.9 (min: 24) fps ∼13%
34.6 (min: 27) fps ∼13%
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 ∼9%
12 (min: 10) fps ∼6%
15 (min: 13) fps ∼6%
31 (min: 25) fps ∼11%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
12 (min: 7) fps ∼6%
12 (min: 9) fps ∼5%
26 (min: 22) fps ∼9%

Overview

Show Restrictions
Pos      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
4k
3840x2160
Ultra High Preset
16xAF TAA
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
248
215
168
129
69
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
182
161
137
117
74
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
213
186
143
109
57
 7AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
141
123
102
86
49
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
156
129
96
85
 9NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop)
97
49
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
212
175
139
97
47
 14NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
204
173
138
95
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
137
1142
80.52
41
 19NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
110
76
 24NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
204
130
103
70
32
 25AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
139
123
101
73
35
 30NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
204
135
106
69
32
 32AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
203
110
96
65
29
 33NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
150
119
953
603
 40NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
98
63
25.9
 45AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
179
102
88
60
28.4
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
154
100
78
50
 63NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
146
81
62
37
15
Pos      Model                                     F1 2018
lowmed.highultra4k
 65NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
136
80
63
42.4
18.3
 67NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
138
81
64
39
 79NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
64
52
45.052
28.452
13.4
 80NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
104
63
47
30
 81*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q
104
63
47
29
13
 95AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
51.2
32.8
13.7
 98NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
122
69
54.4
31.5
13.5
 115AMD Radeon Pro 560X
99
57
47
30
12
 119NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
87
48
37
21
 127AMD Radeon Pro 555
80
41.9
32
19.9
12
 129NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
72
37
29
17
7
 131NVIDIA GeForce MX150
63.52
36.52
282
162
 146NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
77
42.8
32.4
18.7
 153AMD Radeon R9 M280X
34.6
29.9
24.3
15.9
 154*AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
71
38
29
19
10
 227NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
37.6
21.6
16.9
12
 230AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
64
33
25
16
9
 231NVIDIA GeForce 940M
39.1
21.2
16.6
 235AMD Radeon R9 M375
30
20
16
12
 236Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
45
23
17
122
Pos      Model                                     F1 2018
lowmed.highultra4k
 253NVIDIA GeForce 930M
31
 257*NVIDIA GeForce MX110
30
16
13
12
 295AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
24
13.8
 302NVIDIA GeForce 920M
12
 318Intel HD Graphics 630
26
12
12
 320Intel HD Graphics 530
28.2
13.2
 324Intel UHD Graphics 620
31
15
12
12
 394AMD Radeon R5 M255
22
12
 401NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
19
 422Intel HD Graphics 4600
15
 424Intel HD Graphics 5500
19
 474Intel HD Graphics 4400
12
 524AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
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.
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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