Forza Horizon 5 PC performance report - Graphics card benchmarks

Written by Chad Norton on Tue, Nov 9, 2021 9:50 PM
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Hola fellow festival-goers, welcome to Mexico in the latest instalment in the Forza Horizon series. Racing across the incredibly lush and diverse terrain of Mexico has never looked so good, and the latest entry in the series certainly doesn't let that down. But how well does it perform? And what kind of hardware is needed to play at its best? We take a look at some Forza Horizon 5 PC benchmarks...

First of all, in this PC performance benchmark article for Forza Horizon 5, we benchmark a range of graphics cards going from the higher-end RTX 3070, which is just under the ideal GPU requirements for FH5; to the mid-range GTX 1060, which is also just under the recommended GPU for Forza Horizon 5; and finally down to the lower-end AMD Radeon R9 380, which is slightly under the minimum required GPU for FH5.

Then we go through the FPS test results of each graphics card running at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. From there we can see the performance of the minimum and recommended system requirement graphics cards and consider how well optimized Forza Horizon 5 really is.

Fortunately, Forza Horizon 5 does have an in-game benchmark tool, and from our testing it seems to be relatively in-line with actual in-game performance, depending on the area you're in. For this run, the benchmark tool plays a short race in one of the towns, weaving around buildings and around narrow streets before opening up a bit towards the end. We also found this to be representative of your overall experience in FH5.

Additionally, since the difference between a lot of the graphics presets are very consistent, we tested all available presets on the RTX 3070 to give you an idea of how each performs relative to the other, but then only tested Low, High, and Extreme graphics presets on the remaining graphics cards.

Finally, and interestingly, Forza Horizon 5 does not actually increase all graphics settings to maximum when using the Extreme preset. Particularly Anti-Aliasing is left on a low setting no matter the resolution. Therefore, playing FH5 maxed out beyond Extreme settings may reduce performance more than what is shown here.

With that in mind, let's jump into the PC performance benchmarks for Forza Horizon 5...

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Forza Horizon 5 RTX 3070 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 Aorus Master | Intel i7-10700K | 16GB

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Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 in Forza Horizon 5 @ 1080p

Forza Horizon 5 Very Low Low Medium High Ultra Extreme
Average FPS 218.2 182 157.5 148.5 117.3 101.4
Min FPS 188.1 157.3 140.4 131.8 97.1 85.1
Max FPS 256.4 211 181.5 171.5 142.5 120.5
1% Low 156.8 131.7 119.7 114.9 88.3 81.4
0.1% Low 137.9 119.2 109.4 105.1 74.2 66.9

The FPS performance of the RTX 3070 in Forza Horizon 5 at 1080p is really good, delivering more than 100fps performance even on Max settings. Therefore, the RTX 3070 is perfect for playing Forza Horizon 5 on Extreme graphics settings at 1080p resolution.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 in Forza Horizon 5 @ 1440p

Forza Horizon 5 Very Low Low Medium High Ultra Extreme
Average FPS 199.8 170.2 147.9 137.3 105.3 89.1
Min FPS 170.9 148.9 130.9 120.6 90.8 78
Max FPS 237.8 197.3 171.3 159.4 124.9 101.5
1% Low 144.7 127.6 117.6 109.7 85.8 76.2
0.1% Low 127.4 112.3 106.3 101.4 72.1 68.4

At 1440p, the FPS performance of the RTX 3070 in Forza Horizon 5 is also really good, mostly delivering more than 100fps across all graphics presets except for Extreme where it drops down to around 90fps. This is still great though, and means the RTX 3070 is perfect for playing Forza Horizon 5 on Extreme graphics settings at 1440p resolution.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 in Forza Horizon 5 @ 4K

Forza Horizon 5 Very Low Low Medium High Ultra Extreme
Average FPS 164.1 140.1 114.2 103.8 78.4 65.4
Min FPS 141.3 125.2 100.5 91.5 69.9 56.1
Max FPS 195.8 164.6 133 119.1 90.2 73.9
1% Low 134.1 119 99.8 90.5 68.9 53
0.1% Low 111.8 102.4 92.7 85 61.2 44.4

Finally, at 4K resolution, the RTX 3070's FPS performance is still really good, this time dipping down to 65fps on Extreme settings, but again mostly in the 100+fps range across the majority of presets. In the end, the RTX 3070 is still perfect for playing Forza Horizon 5 on Extreme graphics settings at 4K resolution.

Overall, the RTX 3070 performs really well in Forza Horizon 5 across all resolutions, and is therefore perfectly suitable for playing Forza Horizon 5 on Extreme graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p, and even 4K.

Forza Horizon 5 GTX 1060 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia MSI GeForce GTX 1060 | Intel i7-10700K | 16GB

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Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in Forza Horizon 5 @ 1080p

Forza Horizon 5 Low High Extreme
Average FPS 94.4 66.8 25.8
Min FPS 77.7 52.5 15.2
Max FPS 114.3 79.9 35.3
1% Low 77.8 53.4 15.3
0.1% Low 73.7 50.1 14.4

The FPS performance of the GTX 1060 at 1080p in Forza Horizon 5 is pretty good, although it dips below 30fps on Extreme settings which would make it very difficult to play at that point. However, the GTX 1060 is perfectly suitable for playing Forza Horizon 5 on High or even possibly Ultra settings at 1080p resolution.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in Forza Horizon 5 @ 1440p

Forza Horizon 5 Low High Extreme
Average FPS 77.5 53.8 24.7
Min FPS 63.6 43.1 20.8
Max FPS 93.4 64.1 29.5
1% Low 65 40.7 20.6
0.1% Low 61.7 36.9 20.2

The GTX 1060's FPS performance in Forza Horizon 5 at 1440p is also good, though delivers a bit less performance than 1080p. That said, the GTX 1060 is perfectly fine for playing Forza Horizon 5 on High graphics settings at 1440p resolution.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in Forza Horizon 5 @ 4K

Forza Horizon 5 Low High Extreme
Average FPS 51.6 36.4 18.4
Min FPS 43.2 29.7 15.7
Max FPS 60.9 42.4 21.1
1% Low 44.9 31.3 15.6
0.1% Low 41.6 28.5 12.1

Lastly, at 4K the GTX 1060's FPS performance in Forza Horizon 5 is okay. Here it is still playable on High graphics settings but is treading the line a little close, but is perfectly fine on lower settings even at this resolution. Therefore, the GTX 1060 is fine for playing Forza Horizon 5 at 4K up to High graphics settings or lower, depending on your preference.

Overall, the GTX 1060 comes in slightly lower than the recommended GPU for Forza Horizon 5, but is still able to deliver decent FPS even across higher resolutions. In the end though, the GTX 1060 is perfectly suitable for playing Forza Horizon 5 up to High graphics settings at 1080p or 1440p, depending on your preference. For 4K it is recommended to stay at lower settings, but is still playable up to High settings.

Forza Horizon 5 R9 380 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on AMD MSI Radeon R9 380 | Intel i7-10700K | 16GB

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Average FPS for AMD Radeon R9 380 in Forza Horizon 5 @ 1080p

Forza Horizon 5 Low High
Average FPS 40.7 22
Min FPS 30.6 17
Max FPS 51.5 26.2
1% Low 24.8 12.6
0.1% Low 16.1 9.1

The FPS performance of the R9 380 in Forza Horizon 5 at 1080p is not great, but certainly still playable at Low or Very Low graphics settings. However, from High onwards it becomes unplayable due to the low performance. Therefore the R9 380 is fine for playing Forza Horizon 5 on Low graphics settings or lower at 1080p resolution.

Unfortunately higher settings and resolution maxed out the GPU's VRAM and severely affected performance to the point where it even took a really long time to load the game itself. Since we wanted to get these results out to you on launch day, we thought we'd provide these preliminary benchmarks and will update later with more results if possible. Please do let us know what kind of performance you achieved with similar hardware in the Discussion area below!

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Conclusion

Looking at the benchmarks above, we can see that Forza Horizon 5 is a pretty demanding game at higher graphics settings, but thankfully is also a lot more forgiving at lower settings and also scales really well with higher resolutions, giving a decent range of performance depending on your hardware.

For instance, if you want to play Forza Horizon 5 at its absolute best, you will need a modern high-end graphics card like the RTX 3070 in order to play at 4K Extreme graphics settings, which should then deliver a mostly-60fps experience whilst playing the game.

However, mid-range hardware is also able to get decent performance by sticking mostly to the Medium-High graphics settings depending on your resolution. As an example, the GTX 1060 was able to achieve good performance on High settings at 1080p and 1440p resolutions, and is still playable at 4K on lower settings.

Lower-end hardware like the R9 380 will need to stay on low graphics settings, but will still be able to get playable performance at 1080p resolution. Although FH5 is best played at around 60fps or higher, it is still playable at the 40-50fps range which the R9 380 was certainly still able to reach.

Additionally, Forza Horizon 5's Extreme graphics settings don't actually max out all the graphics settings in the game. Most notably, settings like Anti-Aliasing are still kept really low, so expect slightly worse performance than seen above if you plan to complete Max out FH5's graphics beyond the Extreme preset.

Lastly, from our testing we found the in-game benchmarking tool to be pretty representative of your overall gameplay experience in Forza Horizon 5, as the difference between actual in-game performance and the benchmark tool was by a few FPS on either side, depending on the area we were driving in.

As always, we welcome any and all feedback from you guys as well with your experience of hardware configurations and FPS performance/quality settings. That way we can all better gauge how well our systems will be able to run Forza Horizon 5.

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20:55 Nov-15-2021

work on old phenom ii x4 955 , gtx 960 4gb , 8gb of ram , low & very settings with 30 fps stable also 40 fps 1080p , very optimized game , i love it so much

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20:55 Nov-10-2021

This game is impressively optimized for how good it looks!

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17:41 Nov-10-2021

For me and a lot of others the game runs perfectly smooth for 2-3 hours, then starts stuttering extremely bad. Oddly enough changing from Nvidia Game Ready drivers to the Studio driver fixes this. Overall a super optimized game, but they got a lot of work to do on PC.

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18:32 Nov-10-2021

Are u using extreme textures and 4k by any chance? i have to lower textures to ultra to be able to play withtout stuttering

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20:16 Nov-10-2021

I'm using extreme settings at 1440p, and everything buy extreme textures is bugged on PC right now, leading to super washed out textures even on ultra. :/


I'll stick to the studio driver for now, works flawlessly. But I hope they actually are aware of these issues, since they don't even mention them in the threat they made for this kind of stuff..

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17:21 Nov-10-2021

does anyone have the same gpu as mine (1660 ti mobile)? what fps on what preset should i expect?

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12:35 Nov-10-2021

A very optimized game I'd say

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14:12 Nov-10-2021

It has to be, it's FH4 with a different skin and more polish, wasted opportunity to go full next-gen on this one

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14:21 Nov-10-2021

That's great to read, actually. I've been playing FH4 at 5120x2880 (5K) and getting 80+fps on my rig, so I was hoping I wouldn't have to downgrade the res on this one. Looking at the benchmarks - I probably won't have to 🎉

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14:15 Nov-10-2021

Yea it's not bad, besides the constant server disconnects it's not bad. The cities will tank your fps hard though. I get 75 constant everywhere, around 60ish in the cities.

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18:29 Nov-10-2021

idk, the LOD is bad (folliage popping in 50m further and the draw distance not that good, motion blur kinda hides this but i dont use motion blur in any game, even racing ones, also i get stuttering in the presentation scene before races, but thats maybe because the game is loading no TAA setting? the alliasing is kinda bad even at 4x msaa at 4k

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21:49 Nov-10-2021

Ah, so the foliage is still popping in like crap as it was in FH4? What a shame, that's my biggest gripe...

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17:47 Nov-11-2021

Sadly yes it is the case, this worries me i tought they will fix this but since they never fixed it in FH4 i doubt they will do it in FH5 , still a really good game so far, i liked the game so much that bought all the other DLC stuff.

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18:49 Nov-11-2021

I'd love FH5 as well, but no way am I paying the full asking price. I'll wait for a sale. I picked up FH4 Ultimate for £36, so it wouldn't make sense to pay more than that just on the base FH5 for me, especially considering I'm hooked on D2R now anyway :D

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| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-11700K 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 Asus ROG Strix Gaming OC 6GB Edition 32GB
0% No [1 votes]
Ryzen 5 3550H 4-Core 2.1 GHz GeForce GTX 1650 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 2700X GeForce GTX 1660 EVGA XC Gaming 6GB 16GB
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 7 2700X GeForce GTX 1660 EVGA XC Gaming 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
Xeon E5-1650 v2 GeForce GTX 680 Asus DirectCU II 4GB Edition 16GB
0% No [1 votes]