Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Coming To PC On May 5th - Full System Requirements Revealed

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 5:01 PM
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Microsoft has announced Forza Motorsport 6: Apex is coming to PC in beta form next, racing into view on May 5th. The free-to-play racer is the first ever time a Forza game has made it to PC, and comes packing a full single-player career mode, DirectX 12 support, and resolutions of up to 4K. If the Xbox One Forza games were anything to go by then Forza Motorsport 6: Apex will look eye-melting good on PC. Slick visuals come at a cost though, and Forza 6 requires the V8 of gaming PCs to max out.

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4170 3.70 GHz or AMD FX-6300 3.90 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GT 740 or Radeon R7 250X
  • HDD: 30 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 12

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Recommended System Requirements (1080p @60 FPS)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.60 GHz or AMD FX-9590 4.10 GHz
  • RAM: 12 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 290X
  • HDD: 30 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 12

Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Ultra System Requirements (4K @ 60 FPS)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K 4.00 GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 6 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 980 Ti or Radeon R9 Fury X
  • HDD: SSD 30GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 12

There's a bit of a trend of massively high system requirements output when it comes to Microsoft's first-party output on PC, and Forza Motorsport 6: Apex is no different. Fortunately that doesn't apply across the board, and you can see Apex's minimum graphics card demands are very reasonable indeed. Both the GT 740 and R7 250X are down at the bottom tier of their respective families. That means there's a wide spread of compatible graphics cards, so at the very least most should have what it takes to get Forza Motorsport 6: Apex up and running at Low settings. 

That is about it for favourable requirements though. CPU demands are almost unreasonably high, with AMD not even having the hardware required to hit the Ultra specs. We're seeing games take greater advantage of multithreading these days and it's meant the i7 line-up really coming into its own. 

We rarely see 12GB RAM as a recommended so it's unusual to see that crop up, but if it's anything like previous UWP games you'd better believe that's what you'll need. 

Elsewhere we have the rarity of Turn 10 Studios suggesting an SSD is necessary for Ultra, although this is only really going to affect those gunning for 4K at 60 frames per second. On the subject of 4K, if the GTX 980 Ti and the Fury X can indeed both hit 60 FPS in Forza Motorsport 6 at 3840 x 2160 then that isn't bad going at all. 

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Forza Motorsport 6: Apex System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Forza Motorsport 6: Apex benchmark chart.

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00:13 May-01-2016

Glad i didn't cave in and buy project cars. Looking forward to this one, I've always liked Forza and I'm glad it's coming to pc. Time to save up for the steering wheel.

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19:06 Apr-30-2016

What Settings for me?

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22:00 Apr-29-2016

I think these are pretty reasonable, Haswell I3 and GT 740 minimum. You need a beast rig for most modern AAA's for 60 fps ultra @ 4k, plenty of games can't manage that on a single 980ti.

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21:01 Apr-29-2016

Can i atleast run it?? On 720p on lowest setting with everything turned off + windowed mode.. On 25 approx fps ??
Btw i completed assassins creed unity with this rig on 20 fps :')

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21:08 Apr-29-2016

Your GPU doesn't support DX12.

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20:36 May-01-2016

I thought that all the direct x 11 gpu could support direct x 12?? :o

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21:36 May-01-2016

Nevermind I looked it up and I guess it does. The other issue is it's terribly underpowered, so unless this game is really well optimized it probably won't run. It's a free game at least, so even if it doesn't run you won't waste any money trying it.

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19:01 Apr-29-2016

I can run it on low, right?

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19:20 Apr-29-2016

Yep! That resolution is relatively low and your graphics card beats the minimum. Your CPU will probably end up bottle necking you in this game, but you should still be good.

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16:01 Apr-29-2016

I hope it will be smooth 60fps for me @ 1080p

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19:27 Apr-29-2016

It will be close to a smooth 60fps. Your CPU, GPU, and RAM falls behind on what they recommend for 60fps 1080p, but it's not far off. Maybe 46-57fps at 1080p.

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13:59 Apr-29-2016

They seem kind of heavy, but its a free game so no complaining from me

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10:36 Apr-29-2016

omg no amd cpu can hit ultra? that is the biggest load of dung i have heard this year.

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13:56 Apr-29-2016

If an AMD CPU can handle 1080p @60, won't have problem in 4K @60, CPU ins't affect by resolution.

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16:29 Apr-29-2016

exactly, them not including an amd cpu in 4k @60fps is just them being biased.

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17:52 Apr-29-2016

The 1080p 60 fps requirements don't say they are on ultra settings. That is just the recommended requirements. Probably for high. If you want to knock the setting up to their max AND run it at 4K, then you'll need the ultra requirements. Now that's not to say that an AMD cpu can't handle the ultra requirements, because personally I think and AMD cpu could, but the recommended requirements aren't maxed out. The ultra are. At least, that's how I took it.

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19:33 Apr-29-2016

Well, if the minimum for 4k is an i7-6700k, it makes sense. There is no AMD cpu that equals an i7-6700 at the moment. However, I do doubt that you really "need" an i7-6700k for 4k, since the high resolution mostly depends on GPU.

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00:19 Apr-30-2016

but managing 60fps at 4k will need a lot of calculations, hence the 6700k cpu. when zen comes out, that will be a different story but until then, probably the only way to manage is a high oc amd cpu and lots of gpu horsepower.

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00:26 Apr-30-2016

Darknatexs you know graphics calculations are done on the GPU, shocking right? The resolution does NOT increase CPU calculations as graphics are done on shockers the GPU, a higher resolution would increase CPU calculations ONLY if the FPS remained the same as you increase the resolution, but that is NOT the case, obviously.

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00:45 Apr-30-2016

"a higher resolution would increase CPU calculations ONLY if the FPS remained the same as you increase the resolution"


therefore, as you pointed out, to maintain 60fps from 1080 to 4k, you need more cpu calculations. gpu power to increase the resolution and cpu power increase to maintain 60fps. so, obviously, that is the case.

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08:37 Apr-30-2016

yes but if you get 60fps at 4k, that means you get about 3-4x times more FPS at 1080p, calculations stay the same.

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17:50 Apr-30-2016

first, you are literally making an argument for the sake are having one.
second, you go up the scale as they have presented it (and is always presented that way). to go from 1080 to 4k does mean an increase in cpu power as we have both stated. therefore i am not wrong as you tried to state before.
that is why the requirements go up for cpu and gpu as resolution increases. that is why i said before you will need a high oc'ed amd cpu to match the 6700k.
reason - amd cpus lack instructions per clock the intels have, so they need higher clocks than stock to get closer to the intels. no stock amd cpu will match a 6700k.
so if i made myself clear, my original statement still stands true.

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14:58 Apr-30-2016

If the game is really DirectX 12, we won't need to worry about CPU...

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07:44 Apr-29-2016

Well i ll still hope that my 6gb of ram will still be enough. I never ran out of it so far

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19:35 Apr-29-2016

I dunno. It seems like they are really set on the 8GB minimum, and 6GB will cause some serious lag. You never know though-- we will see what actually happens. I hope the RAM minimum goes down to 4gb, but I doubt that in every way imaginable xD...

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19:54 Apr-29-2016

I managed to play Doom beta with 4gb ram ;D

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04:59 Apr-29-2016

So gtx 960 might be able to handle ultra on 900p right

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04:45 Apr-29-2016

Finally! Been playing Project Cars in 4K lately and want to give Forza a go. Pretty nice that one gtx 980ti is able to play this at 4K. Though the Windows store is the real culprit here. Maybe the game will support SLI.

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01:06 Apr-30-2016

unless windows store supports sli/xfire by the release of the game, the game wont support it. thats why so many people had issues when gears of war came out.

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02:27 Apr-29-2016

Intel i7
FX 9590


Right.....

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02:35 Apr-29-2016

They are comparable if the game is heavily multi-threaded

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04:09 Apr-29-2016

and how many games are heavily multithreaded? Right...

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04:46 Apr-29-2016

FX 9590 is still extremely capable... Leave you bias at the door.

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00:27 Apr-30-2016

What Icaraeus said.
But considering my fx 6300 still plays every game(99.999%) I throw at it with 60fps+, I'd say there is NO reason for an i7 or i5 for me or any other fx 6300 users.

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13:16 Apr-30-2016

Just because FX-6300 gives you 60fps doesn't mean i5 or i7 are redundant. You have mid-range hardware, but a FX-6300 will severly bottleneck the system in form of lower fps and drops if you have really high-end hardware and games on higher settings. So yes a FX-6300 will work to a certain degree, but as soon as you set your options higher (or max) and want to maintain a high and stable fps you would need an i5 or i7.

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13:20 Apr-30-2016

I know for sure that I would get a much lower minimum-fps and lower averange fps if I changed my CPU to FX-6300 and kept using similar settings as I use now.
Agree that FX-6300 would be more then enought for someone, sspecially if you use a mid-range build, but I wouldn't never neglect a i5 or i7 when it comes to high-end or enthusiast builts.

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01:26 Apr-29-2016

Calling exact specs for a 4k 60fps? Ballsy move I hope they can do it.

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21:47 Apr-28-2016

To everyone saying it would be a bad port, you can't compare the ultra 4k requirements to other games recommended requirements. There are plenty of games having 970 as recommended, The Division, NFS 2016, Tomb Raider all have 970 listed as recommended GPU.
The requirements here even suggest that a single 980 ti or Fury X would be enough for 60fps on ultra settings with 4k res, other new games need SLI/CFX to even get those kind of fps, sound like a good port if you ask me.

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21:29 Apr-28-2016

Microsoft tempting us to migrate to Windows 10....bring me the Halo saga...and I will think about it.

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20:53 Apr-28-2016

Finally my 16 gigs of RAM will come in handy ^^

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21:23 Apr-28-2016

Same.

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19:07 Apr-28-2016

I just Don't Trust System Requirements.

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19:05 Apr-28-2016

I don't think it necessarily will be a bad port, but more like a fad and a marketing strategy.

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18:58 Apr-28-2016

When you realize you have less RAM than a Xbox One. God dammit.

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18:54 Apr-28-2016

After windows store's terrible game releases with absolutely horrible optimizations or compatibility, who is actually looking forward to this release?


I know I was slightly interested in Forza 6 when it was first announced, but that small flicker of hope was slaughtered with the release Quantum Break.

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Can They Run... |

| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile 8GB
Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Radeon HD 6570 4GB
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 6G Edition 16GB
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Gaming X 6G Edition 16GB
Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz GeForce RTX 2060 MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i7-2600 4-Core 3.40GHz Radeon R9 280X MSI Gaming 3GB Edition 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gainward Ghost 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 7 3750H 4-Core 2.3 GHz GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600H 6-Core 3.3GHz GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Mobile 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
FX-6300 Radeon RX 550X 4GB 16GB
| Medium, 1080p
FX-6300 Radeon RX 550X 4GB 16GB
0% No [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
FX-6300 Radeon RX 550X 4GB 16GB
| 60FPS, High, 720p
Core i3-4170 3.7GHz GeForce GTX 750 EVGA 2GB Edition 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-10400T 6-Core 2.00GHz GeForce GTX 1650 8GB
75% Yes [4 votes]
| 60FPS,
Ryzen 3 2300X 4-Core 3.5GHz Radeon RX 6500 XT 4GB 16GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB 16GB
50% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Low, 720p
Core i3-4170 3.7GHz GeForce GTX 750 EVGA 2GB Edition 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Core i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz GeForce RTX 3070 Colorful iGame Advanced OC 8GB 16GB
Core i7-10700K 8-Core 3.8GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Gigabyte Eagle OC 8GB 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]