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Forza Horizon 4 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Alex Alderson), 10/08/2018

Great looks, meager platform. Forza Horizon 4 is one of the most beautiful racing games ever released. Find out in our benchmark test whether the modern graphics of Forza Horizon 4 can overcome the weaknesses of the Universal Windows Platform (UWP).

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Forza Horizon 4

Technology

Microsoft has its distribution network for games and software, just like Valve with Steam, Ubisoft with Uplay, EA with Origin, Blizzard with Battlenet and Epic with its Epic Games Launcher. However, the Microsoft Store has not always covered itself in glory with its limited selection of games and unintuitive file management system.

Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4

We also encountered issues with recording tools. FRAPS, our go-to software, does not work with DirectX 12; Forza Horizon 4 runs only in DirectX 12. Moreover, the game is only compatible with Windows 10 and graphics cards that support DirectX 12. Worse still, we experienced numerous crashes and false starts when testing the game despite using compatible hardware. Forza Horizon 4 will only work when connected to the Internet too, which is equally frustrating.

Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4

The game’s graphics are almost beyond reproach though. As mentioned initially, Forza Horizon 4 is one of the most technically impressive racing games that we have ever seen. The textures, effects including dirt, reflections or shadows and the level of detail are all up to date. These combine with the impressive draw distance, the dense vegetation and the seasonal weather conditions to create an engaging racing experience. In short, Forza Horizon 4 puts on a great show.

Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4
Forza Horizon 4

We also praise Microsoft for the graphics menu, which has been segregated into “Standard” and “Advanced” tabs because there are that many options. It is worth bearing in mind that you must disable V-sync and change the frame rate to variable to bypass the built-in FPS lock. 

Furthermore, you must disable dynamic optimization to prevent the game from changing graphics settings to what it thinks is best for your computer. Most of these options are contained in the “Advanced” menu, which also lists several graphics presets. The presets allow you to change all graphics settings with just a click, but you must reboot the game for them to take effect. Oddly, a warning message stating that users must reboot after changing presets only occasionally appears; a bug perhaps? Additionally, the game takes a while to load even on fast SSDs.

Very Low
Very Low
Medium
Medium
High
High
Ultra
Ultra

Benchmarks

Our benchmark results are based on the free demo, which also has an integrated benchmark utility. As demonstrated in the video below, the benchmark is a 90-second AI race that includes multiple changes in time, weather and environments. The highlight of the benchmark is its detailed evaluation, which lists system information in the left-hand pane, the graphics settings in the right-hand pane and a host of FPS information including a graph in the middle. The average FPS score is in the bottom left-hand corner of the integrated benchmark results.

Please note: The calculated performance values are not completely constant as the benchmark process differs slightly for each run through. Generally, Forza Horizon 4 is playable at 40 FPS and runs smoothly at 40 FPS. Incidentally, the game will display a warning message if your system has too little video memory. Forza Horizon 4 will frequently stutter if you try to play it in high resolutions or at high graphics with a GPU that has 3 GB VRAM or less.

Results

HD – 1280x720

Forza Horizon 4 is relatively well-optimized for PC, and the game is no-resource hog. However, integrated graphics solutions like the Intel UHD Graphics 620 will struggle even at 1280x720 with the graphics set to a minimum. The game is playable at these settings with at least an Nvidia GeForce 940MX. We would recommend using a GeForce MX150 or better for playing Forza Horizon 4 smoothly at HD.

Forza Horizon 4
    1280x720 Very Low Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
178 (min: 165) fps ∼71%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
171 (min: 153) fps ∼68%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
170 (min: 155) fps ∼67%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
161 (min: 146) fps ∼64%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
145 (min: 123) fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
144 (min: 129) fps ∼57%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal, 1950X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
141 fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
140 (min: 129) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
135 (min: 125) fps ∼54%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
122 (min: 107) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
115 (min: 100) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
122 (min: 115) fps ∼48%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 7740X
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Asus X299 Prime
104 (min: 103) fps ∼41%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
102 (min: 88) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
85 (min: 72) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
74 (min: 65) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
70 (min: 61) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
63 (min: 56) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
55 (min: 43) fps ∼22%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
39 (min: 34) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
23 (min: 18) fps ∼9%
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
19 (min: 16) fps ∼8%

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FHD – 1920x1080

In contrast to other triple-A games that require a true gaming GPU for playing in FHD, Forza Horizon 4 is playable at medium to high graphics with just a GeForce GTX 1050. We would recommend using at least a GeForce GTX 980M or better if you would like to play Forza Horizon 4 in FHD with the graphics preset set to ultra.

Forza Horizon 4
    1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:2xMS     1920x1080 High Preset AA:2xMS     1920x1080 Medium Preset AA:2xMS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
120 (min: 102) fps ∼76%
145 (min: 126) fps ∼81%
147 (min: 130) fps ∼81%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
112 (min: 97) fps ∼71%
137 (min: 112) fps ∼76%
140 (min: 116) fps ∼77%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal, 1950X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
112 fps ∼71%
121 fps ∼67%
127 fps ∼70%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
106 (min: 92) fps ∼67%
122 (min: 103) fps ∼68%
124 (min: 105) fps ∼69%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
98 (min: 84) fps ∼62%
123 (min: 102) fps ∼68%
131 (min: 111) fps ∼72%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
98 (min: 86) fps ∼62%
106 (min: 88) fps ∼59%
108 (min: 89) fps ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
97 (min: 78) fps ∼61%
115 (min: 99) fps ∼64%
118 (min: 101) fps ∼65%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
75 (min: 65) fps ∼47%
96 (min: 80) fps ∼53%
102 (min: 88) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
73 (min: 63) fps ∼46%
93 (min: 78) fps ∼52%
100 (min: 85) fps ∼55%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
59 (min: 52) fps ∼37%
83 (min: 68) fps ∼46%
90 (min: 74) fps ∼50%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
77 (min: 69) fps ∼49%
93 (min: 88) fps ∼52%
100 (min: 94) fps ∼55%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
47 (min: 40) fps ∼30%
68 (min: 56) fps ∼38%
74 (min: 62) fps ∼41%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
40 (min: 17) fps ∼25%
55 (min: 45) fps ∼31%
62 (min: 52) fps ∼34%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 7740X
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Asus X299 Prime
41 (min: 33) fps ∼26%
54 (min: 50) fps ∼30%
57 (min: 54) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
37 (min: 29) fps ∼23%
52 (min: 45) fps ∼29%
55 (min: 50) fps ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
36 (min: 25) fps ∼23%
53 (min: 43) fps ∼29%
61 (min: 52) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
28 (min: 25) fps ∼18%
41 (min: 34) fps ∼23%
47 (min: 38) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
25 (min: 21) fps ∼16%
31 (min: 25) fps ∼17%
35 (min: 28) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
15 (min: 4) fps ∼9%
24 (min: 15) fps ∼13%
27 (min: 21) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
14 (min: 1) fps ∼9%
19 (min: 16) fps ∼11%
25 (min: 19) fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
18 (min: 14) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
15 (min: 9) fps ∼8%
16 (min: 10) fps ∼9%
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
11 (min: 9) fps ∼6%

QHD – 2560x1440 & UHD – 3840x2160

We recommend a minimum of either a GeForce GTX 980 or a GeForce GTX 1060 for playing Forza Horizon 4 at QHD. Likewise, you will need a GeForce GTX 1070 or a GTX 1080 Max-Q to play the game at UHD with graphics at ultra.

Forza Horizon 4
    3840x2160 Ultra Preset AA:2xMS     2560x1440 Ultra Preset AA:2xMS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
75 (min: 67) fps ∼81%
102 (min: 90) fps ∼78%
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal, 1950X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
73 fps ∼78%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
65 (min: 56) fps ∼70%
93 (min: 82) fps ∼71%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
62 (min: 54) fps ∼67%
87 (min: 76) fps ∼66%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
55 (min: 47) fps ∼59%
84 (min: 74) fps ∼64%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
54 (min: 47) fps ∼58%
79 (min: 70) fps ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
52 (min: 44) fps ∼56%
76 (min: 67) fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
38 (min: 32) fps ∼41%
57 (min: 50) fps ∼44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
35 (min: 30) fps ∼38%
57 (min: 49) fps ∼44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
34 (min: 29) fps ∼37%
48 (min: 42) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
26 (min: 22) fps ∼28%
39 (min: 34) fps ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
15 (min: 12) fps ∼16%
26 (min: 14) fps ∼20%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
14 (min: 12) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
6 (min: 1) fps ∼6%
23 (min: 2) fps ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
18 (min: 15) fps ∼14%

Overview

Show Restrictions
      Model
Forza Horizon 4
 Forza Horizon 4 (2018)
low
1280x720
Very Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
2xMSAA
high
1920x1080
High Preset
2xMSAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
2xMSAA
4k
3840x2160
Ultra Preset
2xMSAA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
170
153
148
125
77
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
178
147
145
120
75
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
141
127
121
112
73
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
184
142
133
107
60
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
171
140
137
112
65
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
203n5
167n5
160n5
131n5
67n5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
122
108
106
101.5n2
61n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop)
100
55
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
175n2
129n2
120.5n2
96n2
53n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
144
124
122
106
55
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
140
118
115
97
52
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
127
101
97n2
79n2
43
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
145
90
83
59
34
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
175n2
107.5n2
101n2
81.5n2
41n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
161
100
93
73
38
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
100
93
77
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
135
102
90.5n2
70.5n2
35
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
115
74
68
47
26
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
122
61.5n2
56.5n2
43n2
      Model
Forza Horizon 4
lowmed.highultra4k
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
133
69
64
45
20
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
102
61
53
36
6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
49
34
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
74
55
52
37
15
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
104
57
54
41
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
85
47
41
28
14
AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
90
52
49
38
AMD Radeon Pro 560X
102
53
50
36
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
70
35
31
25
AMD Radeon Pro 555
58
31
26
18
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
55
27
24
16
7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
57n3
25n3
21n3
14n3
AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
78
38
35
29
12
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
36
17
14
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
36n2
18n2
14
12
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
54
33
30
23
9
Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
25
NVIDIA GeForce 930M
29
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
23
16
15
Intel HD Graphics 530
18
      Model
Forza Horizon 4
lowmed.highultra4k
Intel UHD Graphics 620
19
11
Intel HD Graphics 620
20
11
AMD Radeon R5 M255
15
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
14
Intel HD Graphics 4600
7
Intel HD Graphics 5500
7
Intel HD Graphics 4400
5
Intel UHD Graphics 605
4
AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
10
Intel UHD Graphics 600
2
(-) * 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
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 OS
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
Alienware 17 R4 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7820HK 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Acer Triton 700 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
ASUS G752VS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 16 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 (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 1 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
ASUS G752VY NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GS60 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (3 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 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 GL72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 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 PL62 NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI CX72 NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 8 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 Monitor NVIDIA driver AMD driver
2 x ASUS PB287Q, Philips 328P6VJEB ForceWare 411.70 Adrenalin 18.9.3
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