F1 2016 System Requirements Move Up To The Starting Grid

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 1:55 PM
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For quite a few years now, Codemasters F1 series, unlike the racing cars themselves, hasn't exactly been at the forefront of gaming technology. While the visuals have been fairly easy on the eye, they haven't really pushed PC gaming hardware to the limits. Well, it looks like F1 2016 could, with a mighty beefy rig needed to hit those all important recommended system requirements for Formula 1 2016. 

F1 2016 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-530 2.9 GHz or AMD FX-4100  3.6GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon HD 5870
  • HDD: 30 GB available space
  • DX: DirectX 11

F1 2016 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4690 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8320 3.4 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 or AMD Radeon R9 Fury

Compared to previous outings these are a fair bump up. Fortunately there is a wide gulf between the minimum and recommend specs for F1 2016, indicating there is a lot of room for tweaking the graphics options to achieve your desired performance. 

As is becoming the norm now, 8GB RAM is touted as a minimum. As someone using 8GB memory myself, I'm increasingly finding programs running out of memory and crashing, so it's definitely worth bearing in mind. 16GB RAM does come fairly cheap these days, so if you do find that F1 2016 isn't running at higher settings, this could be the cause.

Likewise the graphics cards needed for F1 2016's recommended specs are at the extreme end. The GeForce GTX 980 is still a bit of a monster by today's standards, but provided you have a 980 Ti or any announced 1060 cards you should be good to go here. Down at the minimum both the GeForce GTX 460 and AMD Radeon HD 5870 are definitely showing their edge, and you're likely to get much better performance from the 2GB variants of each.

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the F1 2016 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the F1 2016 benchmark chart.

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05:35 Jul-19-2016

well looking at those visuals it seems plausible that these requirements are true

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18:52 Jul-18-2016

That's what I call system requirements :)

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14:57 Jul-18-2016

R9 Fury has to be a joke. Seriously, do these guys know how strong the fury even is?

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15:02 Jul-18-2016

Not that strong actually. It's only 59% better than my GPU, so just moderately stronger.

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15:20 Jul-18-2016

fury will destroy your card under 1440p or higher

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15:23 Jul-18-2016

"fury will destroy your card under 1440p or higher"


Like I give a crap.

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17:40 Jul-18-2016

atleast dont say its just moderately stronger lolz tnx for downvote tho just for telling the truth you get people donwvote

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00:12 Jul-19-2016

StarWarrior00 the fury is much better than your card just because GD uses some weird math to figure out the percentage doesnt mean much the fury out performs your gpu in every task and has better power management so in reality the fury is like have 2 of your cards in a case with only 75% of the power draw

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20:04 Jul-18-2016

"just" 59%.


If I were to have "just" a 59% salary increase - I wouldn't call that a "moderate" increase - ehhh.

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15:43 Jul-18-2016

Fury is roughly around 980 level. More accurately around the RX480 level.


Seeing as 980 is also listed, it makes sense.

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17:01 Jul-18-2016

Huh ehh no Fury is on a GTX 980 Ti level RX 480 around GTX 980

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17:05 Jul-18-2016

hmm might be that u were referring to R9 Fury Nano in that case the Nano is somewhat close to the GTX 980 ( but still stronger then it )

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17:37 Jul-18-2016

Andrej997, the Fury (not nano) is in fact on GTX 980 (not Ti) level when you compare them. If anything it's the Fury X that is on the 980 Ti level at only 11% worse which isn't that big of a difference but that can be easily fixed with just a little overclocking.

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23:03 Jul-18-2016

isnt there only a Fury Nano and Fury X ? huh then i must have mixed something up sorry for that

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01:35 Jul-19-2016

fury, fury nano and fury x


gd also uses tdp and a bunch of other stuff to determine the card rating. in a game, a fury is better than a 380/380x. it basically trades blows with the 390x depending on the game but more often than not iot beats a 390x. the fury x is the full fuji chip.

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18:59 Jul-18-2016

Fury (not overclocked - fury series sucks at overclocking) is a bit stronger than a fully overclocked 980 - the 980 is better than the RX 480 from what we know

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14:34 Jul-18-2016

"For quite a few years now, Codemasters F1 series, unlike the racing cars themselves, hasn't exactly been at the forefront of gaming technology. While the visuals have been fairly easy on the eye, they haven't really pushed PC gaming hardware to the limits."


No need to really, graphics aren't as important as the game play simply needing to be fun in the first place. Yes people are going to want their games to look nice but at the end of the day all the gamer really wants is a fun game, nice graphics are merely a nice side bonus with a cherry on top.


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14:34 Jul-18-2016

That said racers aren't known to be demanding in terms of hardware anyway and the Need for Speed reboot, as amazing as it looks, is no exception.

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14:39 Jul-18-2016

When it comes the graphics literally the only thing I care about is if they are easy on the eyes. Graphical effects such as blur, bloom, and Lens Flare are the first things I turn off for that reason.

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15:19 Jul-18-2016

project cars is one from the most demanding games out there in the market

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15:24 Jul-18-2016

Reread what I said about racing games and hardware.

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16:32 Jul-18-2016

Nice graphic is merely a side bonus equal to a cherry on top of your ice cream..? I highly disagree. Graphics are an importent matter in todays standards of video games.

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16:59 Jul-18-2016

IMO, Gameplay is more important than graphics.


Are you saying it is more important that have stunning visuals than for the game to be fun? If so, you're screwing yourself. Sorry.

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17:00 Jul-18-2016

Also most people disagree with you.

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17:03 Jul-18-2016

First of all, no where in my comment did i mention visuals to be better than gameplay. I said graphics has a major role in todays standards.
And I doubt most people disagree on that.

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17:09 Jul-18-2016

I thought as much but I was merely pointing out how some people would see it.


Improving graphics may be important to businesses, but most gamers such as myself just want their games to be fun. Graphics come second.

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17:11 Jul-18-2016

"And I doubt most people disagree on that."


Really now? Then explain the ratings on my comments. It looks like most people agree with me about graphics being only 2nd most important.

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17:14 Jul-18-2016

And let me clarify: Nice graphics are just a bonus to THEM (gamers).

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17:21 Jul-18-2016

Please, 3 thumbs up is enough to count the entire gaming community? But let me explain it in paper since you're to incompetent to understand it the first time. I never said graphics was the most important in terms of video games.
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17:26 Jul-18-2016

But nice visuals is not "just" a bonus either. Video games needs progression and one of those are visuals. There will always be a visual upgrade from one title to the next in a series.

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17:32 Jul-18-2016

They are just a bonus in my opinion.

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17:29 Jul-18-2016

"I never said graphics was the most important in terms of video games"


I actually understood it the first time.


As for just 3 thumbs, no its not the entire gaming community but its good enough for me. If I get more +1s (or upvotes as I call them) then downvotes then I know most agree with me, on the other other hand if I get more downvotes then upvotes (in which my numbers would be in the negative) then I would already know most disagree with me. It doesn't have to be the entire game community.

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17:32 Jul-18-2016

But in the end. If you don't mind nice graphics, then good for you. But I'm sure some people would prefer improved graphics, doesn't matter what game it is.

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17:39 Jul-18-2016

I never said I didn't mind nice graphics, in fact I love them I just value gameplay over graphics.

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14:32 Jul-18-2016

wich gfx options use gpu vram and less gpu power ive got a weak 1GBgpu so i want to utilize as much its 1gb as possible. it runs at max load at only 400mb usage

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14:33 Jul-18-2016

I know of texture details. so ive tested bumping them at high in games like MOH warfighter and sniper ghost warrior 2 without any significant fps drop :D

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14:43 Jul-18-2016

Resolution can also have a nasty effect on Vram usage. For your system tho, your currently selected resolution is perfect. I'll be honest, my resolution is much higher than my system is made to handle. XD

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16:09 Jul-18-2016

yep ive noticed that. Does anti aliasing tax vram too? i like the closest thing to resolution in my opinion.

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16:11 Jul-18-2016

Yes it does.

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14:21 Jul-18-2016

R9 Fury? I saw the trailer of the game... What actually consumes enough to make this legit? Crazy Fancy shaders? Or it might be for 4/2k? Was not impressed by the gameplay footage enough to be convinced...


On the other hand, a GTX 460 or HD 5870 as minimum, that is really impressive. The settings must be quite customizable, and that is surely a nice thing on their part.

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