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.