F1 2018 System Requirements Hit the Starting Grid

Written by Jon Sutton on Mon, Jul 16, 2018 1:59 PM
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Ladies and gents, start your engines, the PC system requirements for F1 2018 have been revealed. Codemasters' gloriously good-looking digital recreation of one of the world's fastest motorsports revels in the attention to detail. Fortunately, immersing yourself in the thrills of F1 2018 doesn't require forking out the cash for a Ferrari. PC gamers can play F1 2018 and race around Monaco for a far more reasonable cost.

F1 2018 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-2130 @ 3.4GHz or AMD FX-4300 @ 3.8GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GT 640 or Radeon HD 7750
  • HDD: 50GB Available Hard Drive Space
  • API: DirectX 11

F1 2018 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8600K @3.6GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 2600X 3.6GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 3 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 3GB or Radeon RX 580 4GB
  • HDD: 50GB Available Hard Drive Space
  • API: DirectX 11

A lot can happen in a year, which is to say that while F1 2018 looks much the same game as last year's F1 2018, there are still some fairly large changes to the system specs. Don't fret though, it's not all bad. In fact, in terms of Nvidia users, F1 2018 is actually less demanding than F1 2017. Perhaps Codemasters has been busy optimising F1 2018 for GeForce graphics cards.

We'll begin with the minimum requirements for F1 2018 though. For the processor, you'll now be needing a dual-core, multi-threaded CPU at a minimum to run F1 2018. Fortunately, anything similar to the aging Core i3-2130 or FX-4300 will do the job. Just about any modern CPU won't run into any issues here. Curiously, the minimum GPU requirements actually take a nosedive compared to F1 2017. A GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon HD 5870 was enough to meet the minimum specs. In F1 2018, the newer but far weaker GeForce GT 640 or Radeon HD 7750 will do the job.

F1 2018's recommended requirements are where we see the biggest change though. More and more developers are coding with hexa-core CPUs in mind these days, and a Core i5-8600K or Ryzen 5 2600X 6-core can take advantage of this in F1 2018. A faster CPU will likely result in improved draw distance and level of detail rendering distances.

As for the recommended graphics cards, Nvidia users may be pleased to see there's a little more performance parity in F1 2018. For F1 2017, a GTX 1070 or Radeon RX 480 was recommended. This was a ludicrous mismatch. Now it's a far more sensible GeForce GTX 1060 3GB or Radeon RX 580 4GB to run F1 2018 at recommended settings.

8GB RAM is required across the board for F1 2018, as is a 50GB installation size. Does anybody remember the days when 50GB seemed ludicrously large? SSDs, rest in peace.

As ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run F1 2018 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to F1 2018 GPU benchmark chart and we also have a F1 2018 Frames Per Second system performance chart for you to check.

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This is playable on almost any current system, Codemasters did a great job on the optimization. 50GB still feels massive though

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six-cores processors in recommended requirements? gotta be cpu bound this one

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07:38 Jul-19-2018

Looks like someone was drunk again writing this ... .......but why such stupidity?

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00:51 Jul-17-2018

I can play 2017 on high, I wish I could play this.

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19:14 Jul-16-2018

i waiting for this game.i really want to hear the sound of ferari SF71-H. it amazing. Mercedes engines were sound cool.
renualt engines not sound good even.

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15:12 Jul-16-2018

six-cores processors in recommended requirements? gotta be cpu bound this one

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13:41 Jul-16-2018

Why was the title called Monster Hunter System requirement

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14:00 Jul-16-2018

It pulled in the alt title from the last system requirements article, fixed now!

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14:13 Jul-16-2018

Thanks!! I tought my eyes were starting to say goodbye for 1 second

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15:21 Jul-16-2018

Nope, it was just my brain, you're still healthy

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13:38 Jul-16-2018

This is playable on almost any current system, Codemasters did a great job on the optimization. 50GB still feels massive though

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13:41 Jul-16-2018

Their graphics are also not the most realistic. Simple graphic styles are always good for low end CPUs :) I think its the right choice, they want to sell as many copies as possible while making sure, everyone can play it to get them to buy next years game. COD had the same principle and it works :)

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13:48 Jul-16-2018

I have a few F1 games from the early 2000's where I first played them and the graphics are more than good enough for me at the moment. Better graphics are always better though, and if they have the framework for people to tweak them down to potato tier then it's ok-ish to pump even higher requirements

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13:25 Jul-16-2018

seems like any 4 threads is minimum and any i7 should run this flawless?

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