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F1 2021 in test: Notebook and desktop benchmarks

Ray tracing at the start. With F1 2021, the virtual Formula 1 series not only offers a real story mode for the first time, but also ray tracing support. We tested the system requirements on several notebook and desktop GPUs.
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F1 2021

Technology

Games with ray tracing support were still quite scarce until 2019. They eked out a shadowy existence. But more and more games based on the exciting technology have been released since 2020 (Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs Legion, Crysis Remastered, ...). One of the latest representatives of this group is F1 2021, which - analogous to the previous year's versions (see, for example, F1 2020) - we have subjected to a detailed benchmark check. As with most ray-tracing titles, however, you often have to look for the graphical improvements with a magnifying glass or they are only noticeable when you know where to look exactly (reflections, etc.).

F1 2021
F1 2021

Visually, F1 2021 cuts a good figure both with and without ray tracing. The detailed racing cars and the weather system are once again among the greatest strengths. Especially in the rain, the graphics look very atmospheric and provide a dense atmosphere as well as a great feeling of immersion.

F1 2021
F1 2021

There are also plus points for the extensive graphics menu, which is only accessible after an unnecessarily large number of clicks (the menus are still quite convoluted), but has even more options than its predecessor. While the upper section of the "Graphics Settings" contains controls for the gamma, the motion blur and the steering animation, the lower section contains almost 20 detailed settings that can be comfortably adjusted via presets. In most cases, a restart is not necessary to change the settings.

F1 2021
F1 2021

If a graphics card is capable of ray tracing, the corresponding technology is automatically activated from the Ultra High preset. Otherwise, the option is simply grayed out. Our tests were all performed with ray tracing included in the Ultra High preset, so the results of older and/or cheaper graphics cards are missing here. F1 2021 generally requires a graphics accelerator with DirectX 12 support.

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But back to the graphics options: The submenu "Video Mode" contains various other settings, ranging from the GPU used to the dynamic resolution, which can optionally be enabled. For example, V-Sync, a frame rate limit and anisotropic filtering are also available here if desired. Above all, TAA is available as edge smoothing.

Owners of Nvidia chips can also use DLSS if necessary to somewhat compensate for the performance loss due to ray tracing in higher resolutions. Ray tracing also costs a decent amount of performance in F1 2021 (about 30% according to our experience). Without ray tracing, the graphics performance is similar to that of F1 2020, so if you were able to play the predecessor smoothly, you should have no problems with F1 2021.

Benchmark

Fortunately, the built-in benchmark function remains. Unlike other games that offer a fixed sequence, the benchmark conditions in F1 2021 can be adjusted in many ways. Besides the track, you can also set the weather, the camera mode and the number of laps. There is also an optional FPS counter and a loop option. Our measurements are based on the default settings, which means the Bahrain track with clear (dry) weather and changing camera perspective.

F1 2021
F1 2021

Since each benchmark race varies slightly due to the varying AI, the determined results are not quite constant, but constant enough to mostly create a usable and reliable performance ranking, as long as systems do not run into the CPU limit, which happens quite quickly in F1 2021 with stronger GPUs (at least without ray tracing).

Very nice: At the end of each benchmark, a quite detailed evaluation is displayed including minimum, average and maximum FPS. The values are also automatically saved as an XML file in Windows' "My Games" folder.

Results

FHD (1,920 x 1,080)

If you put up with low to medium details in Full HD, a graphics card from the entry-level segment is sufficient. Besides the GeForce MX450, the GeForce MX350 also supports a mix of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and the Medium preset with an average of over 40 FPS. For high or maximum details, it should better be a mid-range model (GeForce GTX 1650 or Radeon RX 5500M upwards). These chips sometimes crack the 100 FPS mark with deactivated ray tracing. A suitable GPU from the upper mid-range (RTX 3050 Ti or better) is required including ray tracing.

F1 2021
    1920x1080 Ultra Low Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset AA:T AF:16x     1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:16x     1920x1080 Ultra High Preset + Raytracing AA:T AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
294 (212min) fps ∼100%
264 (193min) fps ∼55%
256 (193min) fps ∼71%
154 (129min) fps ∼85%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
292 (222min) fps ∼99%
263 (199min) fps ∼55%
255 (191min) fps ∼70%
152 (127min) fps ∼84%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
282 (205min) fps ∼96%
254 (183min) fps ∼53%
237 (180min) fps ∼65%
147 (120min) fps ∼81%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
282 (207min) fps ∼96%
248 (177min) fps ∼52%
217 (180min) fps ∼60%
131 (110min) fps ∼72%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
269 (199min) fps ∼91%
259 (202min) fps ∼54%
250 (184min) fps ∼69%
148 (129min) fps ∼82%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
239 (205min) fps ∼81%
201 (174min) fps ∼42%
160 (142min) fps ∼44%
101 (91min) fps ∼56%
AMD Radeon RX 5600M, R7 4800H
Dell G5 15 SE
194 (161min) fps ∼66%
162 (135min) fps ∼34%
140 (123min) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
181 (157min) fps ∼62%
149 (126min) fps ∼31%
120 (106min) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
178 (147min) fps ∼61%
149 (131min) fps ∼31%
126 (113min) fps ∼35%
71 (60min) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
168 (137min) fps ∼57%
150 (113min) fps ∼32%
139 (121min) fps ∼38%
82 (67min) fps ∼45%
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
MSI Alpha 15
159 (130min) fps ∼54%
134 (111min) fps ∼28%
113 (95min) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
152 (128min) fps ∼52%
123 (108min) fps ∼26%
101 (90min) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
138 (120min) fps ∼47%
109 (95min) fps ∼23%
90 (79min) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce MX450, i7-11370H
Xiaomi RedmiBook Pro 15
89 (74min) fps ∼30%
53 (39min) fps ∼11%
37 (26min) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, i5-10210U
Honor Magicbook Pro
71 (55min) fps ∼24%
45 (32min) fps ∼9%
31 (24min) fps ∼9%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
94 fps ∼20%
78 fps ∼22%
48 fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
MSI GL62M 7RD
46 fps ∼10%
37 fps ∼10%
24 fps ∼13%

QHD (2,560 x 1,440)

Although ray tracing leaves its mark in terms of performance, it does not have to be an absolute top model for a combination of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and the Ultra High preset. The corresponding options are playable starting with a GeForce RTX 2060.

F1 2021
    2560x1440 Ultra High Preset + Raytracing AA:T AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
153 (129min) fps ∼93%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
149 (126min) fps ∼91%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
119 (103min) fps ∼73%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
113 (97min) fps ∼69%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
89 (79min) fps ∼54%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
79 (70min) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
63 (55min) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
52 (46min) fps ∼32%

UHD (3,840 x 2,160)

Ray tracing only becomes really demanding when using 4K resolutions. Without DLSS, even stronger high-end GPUs have to struggle with maximum graphics settings, although decent results can be achieved with an RTX 2080 or RTX 3070 and higher.

F1 2021
    3840x2160 Ultra High Preset + Raytracing AA:T AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
102 (90min) fps ∼91%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
91 (81min) fps ∼81%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
68 (59min) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
64 (57min) fps ∼57%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
50 (44min) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
45 (40min) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
34 (30min) fps ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
28 (24min) fps ∼25%

Note

Since gaming tests are very time-consuming and often hindered by installation or activation limits, we can only provide you with a part of the benchmarks for the publication of the articles. More graphics cards will be installed in the coming days and weeks.

Overview

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 F1 2021 (2021)
low
1280x720
Ultra Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
16xAF TAA
high
1920x1080
High Preset
16xAF TAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra High Preset + Raytracing
16xAF TAA
QHD
2560x1440
Ultra High Preset + Raytracing
16xAF TAA
4K
3840x2160
Ultra High Preset + Raytracing
16xAF TAA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
264
256
154
153
102
NVIDIA RTX A6000
333
313
281
162
155
99.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
263
255
152
149
91
NVIDIA Titan RTX
449n2
375n2
304.5n2
160n2
121.5n2
72.25n2
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
452
420
323
143
103
56.3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
259
250
148
113
64
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
254
237
147
119
68
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
246
192
165n3
110n3
84
47
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
482
270
229
97
65
31
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
231
212
183
113.5n2
92.3
53.5
AMD Radeon RX 6800M
277
218
187
114
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
248
217
131
89
50
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
243.5n4
177n4
159.5n4
96n4
78.45n2
37.1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
464
262
212
104
78.1
44
AMD Radeon RX 6700M
212
185
100
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
201
160
101
79
45
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop)
470
278
229
115
84.6
47.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
236n3
181n3
157n3
80.2n3
70.2
38
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop)
330n2
225n2
186n2
95.75n2
69.65n2
39.15n2
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AMD Radeon RX 6600
440
292
218
96.4
66.5
33.6
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
150
139
82
63
34
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop)
460
292
235
152
114
66.1
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
389
212
180
115
86
51
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
149
126
71
52
28
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (Desktop)
473
262
208
136
103
60.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super (Desktop)
363
185
153
104
78.1
45.3
AMD Radeon RX 5600M
162
140
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
149
120
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
221n5
141n5
122n5
62.3n5
37.4n3
14.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop)
327
169
137
95.3
72.4
42.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super (Desktop)
308
157
127
80.9
57.7
32.1
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
196n3
137n4
112.5n4
52n5
33n2
12
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
155
94
78
48
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
123
101
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
134
113
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
109
90
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop)
248
118
96.8
61
44.3
25.1
NVIDIA T1200 Laptop GPU
164
106
89.5
53.6
39
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
185
88.8
71.7
PosModel< PrevNext >F1 2021
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NVIDIA GeForce MX450
138n2
53n3
37n3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
120
46
37
24
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
95.7
39.2
34.3
22.7
NVIDIA GeForce MX350
45
31
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
99.4
33.9
26.8
12.9
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
59.9
27.5
21.8
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
59.6n2
36.2
28.7
NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
21.4
8.93
7.05
4.06
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
63.7
17
14.5
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
88.6n3
36.1n3
29.8n3
19.8n3
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
94n3
41.9n3
32n3
19.5
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
58.4
24
18.3
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
74.5
31.9
NVIDIA GeForce 930MX
46.1
20.3
15.1
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
31.9
14.3
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
43
18.8
15.8
Intel UHD Graphics Xe 16EUs (Tiger Lake-H)
35.3n2
14.7
11.9
Intel UHD Graphics 620
32
AMD Radeon RX Vega 3
32.8
15.8
11
Intel UHD Graphics (Jasper Lake 16 EU)
19
(-) * 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 System


Device
Graphics card Processor Memory Operating system
Desktop-PC I MSI GeForce RTX 3090 (24 GB GDDR6X)
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 (10 GB GDDR6X)
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 (8 GB GDDR6)
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (11 GB GDDR6)
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB GDDR6)
Intel Core i9-9900K 4 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)
Intel Core i7-8086K, Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop-PC III Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 FE(24 GB GDDR6X)
Nvidia Titan RTX (24 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1660 Super (6 GB GDDR6)
PNY GeForce GTX 1660 (6 GB GDDR5)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1650 Super (4 GB GDDR6)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR5)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (6 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (8 GB HBM2)
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT76 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i9-9900K 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE65 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-10750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GL75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-10750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT62VR Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 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
Xiaomi RedmiBook Pro 15 Nvidia GeForce MX450 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-11370H 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Honor MagicBook Pro Nvidia GeForce MX350 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-10210U 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Dell G5 15 SE AMD Radeon RX5600M (6 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 7 4800H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Alpha 15 AMD Radeon RX5500M (4 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 7 3750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Prestige 14 Evo Intel Iris Xe (96 CUs) Intel Core i7-1185G7 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
4K monitors Nvidia drivers AMD drivers
Asus PB287Q, Philips Brilliance 329P9H, Acer Predator XB321HK ForceWare 471.11 Adrenalin 21.7.1
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