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Forza Horizon 5 Performance Analysis

Feast for the eyes. If someone were to claim that Forza Horizon 5 is the prettiest racing game in the world they would not be far from the truth. We benchmarked the gorgeous-looking title to determine the system requirements.
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Technology

Forza Horizon 5 is a major success for Xbox Game Studios in particular and open-world racing games in general. The title received rave reviews. Forza Horizon 5 looks astonishingly good. In some instances, it looks downright photorealistic. It bears a lot of resemblance to Microsoft Flight Simulator in that regard.

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In all respects, the visuals of Horizon 5 are on the highest level. At high to maximum settings, the textures and effects (water, smoke, …) look mighty impressive. The reflections and the level of detail (cars, environments etc,) are quite stunning. The vegetation density and the draw distance impress mightily. All in all, the game looks very realistic.

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Forza Horizon 5 creates a very dense atmosphere. The game intro impressed us in particular with its cleverly designed video sequences. The vehicle handling is very good as well.

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Even though Horizon 5 is more stable and better optimised than Forza Horizon 4, we still ran into some bugs (we installed the Steam version because of our prior bad experiences with the Microsoft Store). On many of our test systems, the settings menu failed to open properly. Pressing Alt and Enter at the same time or restarting the game seemed to fix the issue.

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The graphics menu, which consists of two submenus, leaves nothing to be desired. The Display tab contains the settings for resolution, scaling, refresh rate (including an optional FPS cap), V-Sync and display mode. The Graphics tab contains around 20 settings which have a direct impact on the visuals. For those who do not want to do any tinkering with the visual settings, there are 6 presets. Unfortunately, graphics changes require a restart to take effect once the game world is loaded in (the loading times are quite long). Microsoft’s racing game supports ray tracing.

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Forza Horizon 5 takes up 100 GB of storage space, which is not particularly good (in light of the latest Call of Duty title). Upon first launch, the game runs through an optimisation process on some PCs.

Benchmark

The quality of the built-in benchmark is praiseworthy. It takes two minutes, which is rather long, but it provides very useful data upon completion. In our view, the built-in benchmark reflects in-game performance very well.

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Results

The benchmarks were conducted mainly using the laptops which our partners MSI and XMG (Schenker Technologies) lent us.

FHD (1920x1080)

Gamers do not need a high-end GPU to enjoy Forza Horizon 5 at 1080p and high settings. Even mid-range GPUs such as the GeForce GTX 1650 (Ti) can deliver playable frame rates on the high preset. Ultra/extreme settings require a graphics card with at least 6 GB of VRAM (performance drops severely on 4 GB GPUs at such settings). A GPU with 6 GB of VRAM such as the GeForce RTX 3060 is what we would recommend to those who want to game at 1080p and ultra settings.

Forza Horizon 5
    1920x1080 Low Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Extreme Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
174 fps ∼73%
154 fps ∼89%
144 fps ∼91%
106 fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
172 fps ∼72%
152 fps ∼87%
140 fps ∼88%
100 fps ∼90%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
168 fps ∼71%
147 fps ∼84%
136 fps ∼86%
97 fps ∼87%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
167 fps ∼70%
146 fps ∼84%
134 fps ∼84%
84 fps ∼76%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
166 fps ∼70%
144 fps ∼83%
132 fps ∼83%
82 fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
140 fps ∼59%
120 fps ∼69%
110 fps ∼69%
58 fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
123 fps ∼52%
100 fps ∼57%
90 fps ∼57%
44 fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Focus 17 @75 W TGP
115 fps ∼48%
94 fps ∼54%
83 fps ∼52%
31 fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
99 fps ∼42%
78 fps ∼45%
67 fps ∼42%
26 fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
85 fps ∼36%
68 fps ∼39%
60 fps ∼38%
22 fps ∼20%

QHD (2560x1440)

For an enjoyable experience at 1440p and maximum settings, a true high-end GPU is needed. Here, we recommend a GeForce RTX 3070 or better.

Forza Horizon 5
    2560x1440 Extreme Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
100 fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
93 fps ∼93%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
85 fps ∼85%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
73 fps ∼73%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
71 fps ∼71%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
48 fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
36 fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
21 fps ∼21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
18 fps ∼18%

UHD (3840x2160)

Most laptop GPUs struggle to handle Forza Horizon 5 at 4K. Even the GeForce RTX 3080 (Mobile) fails to maintain 60 FPS at maximum settings. However, given how beautiful the game looks, this is understandable. Gamers can always lower visual settings, though.

Forza Horizon 5
    3840x2160 Extreme Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
81 fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
75 fps ∼93%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
62 fps ∼77%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 15 @165 W TGP
55 fps ∼68%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Neo 17 @140 W TGP
52 fps ∼64%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H
XMG Core 15 @130 W TGP
35 fps ∼43%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
24 fps ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
14 fps ∼17%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
12 fps ∼15%

Note

Because benchmarking video games is very time consuming and is often constrained by installation/activation limits, at the time of publishing, we were able to provide only a part of our performance analysis of Forza Horizon 5. Other graphics cards will be added in the coming days and weeks.

Overview

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PosModel< PrevNext >Forza Horizon 5
 Forza Horizon 5 (2021)
low
1280x720
Lowest Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
ultra
1920x1080
Extreme Preset
QHD
2560x1440
Extreme Preset
4K
3840x2160
Extreme Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
255
164n2
151.5n2
108.5n2
100n2
79n2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
152
140
100
93
75
NVIDIA Titan RTX
237
161
148
96
84
62
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
261
174
156
81
74
51
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
147
136
97
85
62
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
214
138.5n2
128n2
82.5n2
70n2
51.5n2
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
266
159
142
58
50
32
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
81
70
49
AMD Radeon RX 6800M
155
96
90
59
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
191
132n2
120.5n2
78.5n2
71
52
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
214
126
110
65
56
40
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
178
115
103
64
56
41
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop)
221
140
125
76
63
44
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop)
231
117
104
51
38
28
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
120
100.5n2
51n2
48
35
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop)
200
115
102
63.5n2
52
36
AMD Radeon RX 6600
260
146
129
62
49
29
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop)
206
106
93
50
42
30
AMD Radeon RX 6600M
176
107
96
56
PosModel< PrevNext >Forza Horizon 5
lowmed.highultraQHD4K
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (Desktop)
174
91
91
42
29
21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super (Desktop)
190
100
88
32
32
22
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (Desktop)
163
86
78
28
27
21
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
100
90
44
36
24
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
94
83
31
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop)
185
92
82
42
33
22
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super (Desktop)
180
88
77
31
26
18
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU
154
87
77
28
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
114
73
65
31
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
78
67
26
21
14
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
85
31
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
68
60
22
18
12
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop)
143
73
62
26
22
15
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
85
47
35
14
13
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
93
45
36
17
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
86
37
30
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
51.5n2
34
30
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
42n2
17
13
6
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EUs
53
21
20
NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
11
PosModel< PrevNext >Forza Horizon 5
lowmed.highultraQHD4K
AMD Radeon 540X
40
17
Intel UHD Graphics Xe 32EUs (Tiger Lake-H)
39
16
Intel UHD Graphics Xe 750 32EUs (Rocket Lake)
228
153
88
75
52
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 5000)
57n3
33n3
28n3
17n2
12.5n2
7.5n2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000)
91
36
31
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000)
39
17
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
59
24
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
26
12
Intel UHD Graphics Xe 16EUs (Tiger Lake-H)
23
9
(-) * 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

Device GPU CPU RAM OS
XMG Neo 15 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 @165 W TGP (16 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
XMG Neo 17 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 @140 W TGP (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
XMG Core 15 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 @130 W TGP (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
XMG Focus 17 Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti @75 W TGP (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-11800H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 8 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
Dell G5 15 SE AMD Radeon RX 5600M (6 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 7 4800H 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
Asus ROG Strix G15 AMD Radeon RX 6800M (12 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop PC I MSI GeForce RTX 3090 (24 GB GDDR6X)
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 (10 GB GDDR6X)
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 (8 GB GDDR6)
Intel Core i9-9900K 4 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop PC II Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 FE (24 GB GDDR6X)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 (12 GB GDDR6X)
Nvidia Titan RTX (24 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 6700 XT (12 GB DDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 6600 (8 GB GDDR6)
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 Ryzen 9 5900X 2 x 32 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
4K monitors Nvidia drivers AMD drivers
Asus PB287Q, Philips Brilliance 329P9H, Acer Predator XB321HK ForceWare 496.49 Adrenalin 21.11.1
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Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming Laptops - 670 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood, growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 1990s. I was especially fascinated with computer games, even from an early age. From Monkey Island through Lands of Lore to Doom, I tried every game I could get my hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with my focus mostly being on high-performance gaming laptops.
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Translator: Stanislav Kokhanyuk - Translator - 75 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2021
I am a big fan of technology, which is why I try to keep up with it. Among my other passions are literature and writing, and so it should not be surprising to anyone at all that I have a four-year bachelor's degree in philology. However, my interests are not limited just to the world of technology, or, for that matter, the world of literature. I am also interested in people and the stories they have to tell. And more recently, I took an interest in artificial intelligence.
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