Forza Horizon 4 PC Performance Report - GeForce GTX 1060 Benchmarks

Written by Jon Sutton on Thu, Sep 13, 2018 3:05 PM
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Having taken a look at a Low vs Ultra graphics comparison in Forza Horizon 4 earlier today, it's now time for our first benchmarks. The Forza Horizon 4 PC demo includes a massive chunk of the open world and a very handy and in-depth benchmark tool. For our benchmark tests, we're going to be putting Forza Horizon 4 through its paces with a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, which is just above the recommended system specs for FH4.

Forza Horizon 4 System Requirements

Forza Horizon 4 Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-4170 3.7 GHz or AMD FX-6120 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GT 740 or Radeon R7 250X
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: TBA (Around 60GB Expected)

Forza Horizon 4 Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1400 3.5GHz
  • RAM: 12 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 4GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB or AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB
  • DX: DirectX 12
  • HDD: TBA (Around 60GB Expected)

When you boot Forza Horizon 4 up for the first time it performs a brief scan of the system and then sets the graphics settings appropriate to your hardware. This includes dynamic resolution, which scales FH4's resolution up and down mid-game in order to achieve a locked frame rate with the maximum possible graphical fidelity. Having messed around prior to these benchmarks it works fantastically with no work required on the part of the end user, Forza Horizon 4 just ran at 60fps right out of the gate.

Forza Horizon 4 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on GeForce GTX 1060 6GB | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4

For these benchmarks, we tested out Forza Horizon 4's PC performance while using MSI's GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G, equipped with 6GB video memory. It’s backed up by 16GB DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU.

Forza Horizon 4 comes with an absolutely fantastic in-game benchmark tool that runs a lap of a track. It includes all sorts of data in the summary at the end, including frame times, stuttering, minimum frame rates, maximum FPS, and of course, the average FPS.

 

Graphics Preset

1080p 1440p 4K
Very Low 141 102 65
Low 117 90 58
Medium 103 82 46
High 88 71 44
Ultra 78 60 39

Overall, the performance of the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB in Forza Horizon 4 is exemplary. Considering how great FH4 can look, it's incredible how the GTX 1060 can hit stable frame rates in Forza Horizon 4 no matter what you throw it.

In terms of AAA gaming, the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB is seen as a 1080p card. This is where it excels and it struggles with few games despite its age. In Forza Horizon 4, the GTX 1060 finds it a breeze. Even with Forza's graphics settings cranked up to Ultra, it's achieving an average FPS of 78 frames per second. There's little variance in the frame rate either, with a minimum frame rate of 67fps in the 1080p/Ultra FH4 benchmark. A locked 60 frames per second is very much achievable by the GTX 1060.

While the 1080p performance isn't overly surprising, we admit we didn't expect to see the same card manage a 60FPS average on 1440p Ultra as well. The frame rate can dip to 50fps during the start of a race in Forza Horizon 4, but overall it's incredibly playable at this mid-step resolution. It's really top stuff from Playground Games and the Forza games have come a long way on PC in the last few years. There's no stuttering whatsoever, it just runs fantastically.

Naturally, the frame rate does begin to take a hit at 4K, but it's still very much possible to play Forza Horizon 4 at 4K with a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GPU. What's particularly impressive is how little the frame rate fluctuates. If we're to take the Ultra benchmark as an example, a $230 card like the GTX 1060 can achieve a locked 30fps on Ultra at 4K in Forza Horizon 4. The minimum frame rate was 33fps and the maximum was 47fps at 4K resolution. That is impressive stuff, no doubt about it. Again, this is achieved without stuttering, this is smooth, console-like 30fps gameplay. It's easy to see a GTX 1070 Ti hitting a locked 60fps, although it may even be possible on a GTX 1070.

The Forza Horizon 4 demo is available to download right now from the Windows Store. It does weigh in at a hefty 28GB but it includes plenty of stuff to mess around with. If you do give it a shot, please try to add your benchmark results to GD as it all helps with the accuracy of your future benchmark predictions!

Forza Horizon 4 Low vs Ultra Graphics Comparison

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09:21 Sep-19-2018

Is this just me or games on the windows store seem to download extremely fast these days? I started downloading this yesterday and saw the 28gb download and thought well this is gonna take a while but surprisingly it finished in less than and 2hrs an and my internet isn't even that fast and surely it won't be this fast on steam or origin either. seems to me like Microsoft is doing something right

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13:40 Sep-17-2018

The real question is, does it crash like FH3?

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13:44 Sep-17-2018

not to my experience, the demo anyway.

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19:40 Sep-17-2018

I've had it crash once, after several hours. But overall I'm very happy with the performance. Much better optimized compared to the third game. No stuttering at all so far.

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05:09 Sep-18-2018

I lost my sound on the demo but thats it ;)

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23:45 Sep-16-2018

This game might be a bit CPU hungry or maybe requires faster memory than my dated DDR3. I only got 60 at medium and I was seeing a large amount of hitching after a certain amount of time (memory leak?). Unfortunately both of those solutions would require a new motherboard as well. I think as long as I can run many other games fine with this setup, I'm OK wish holding off on upgrading.

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05:16 Sep-15-2018

I was getting around 100 FPS with my set-up on the "Extreme" graphics options, game is really well optimized.

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16:34 Sep-16-2018

Well, at 1080p that rig can destroy eveything, even watch dogs and gta 4 perfomance xD.

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09:36 Sep-17-2018

Thank you, maybe it's time I move onto 1440p lol

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15:11 Sep-17-2018

well Vega 64 at 1080p is kinda overkill at least for current gen games

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01:20 Sep-15-2018

I have just run the demo for some while now, I don´t know what the they to the optimization but it is crazy! I have max out all the settings to ultra and running it in 1440P and it never gets under 80fps, pretty much 90+ all the time. Sick!

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19:32 Sep-14-2018

Crazy, Ultra 1440p on a 1060 at 60fps? Nice!

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18:28 Sep-14-2018

(Shameless Plug Incoming)
I did a test with all these settings along with an above ultra custom preset at 1080p.
https://youtu.be/Z7VuQLNa_IE

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15:36 Sep-14-2018

The demo runs so smoooth on my rig! Much better than FH3 anyway :P

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12:33 Sep-14-2018

I played the demo for an hour. Using the Asus tweaktool I OC-ed my 1060 10% more. Playing on high preset, I never once dipped below 90 fps. This was at the early start, during freeroam and subsequent races, my FPS never dropped below 110 fps. The game is pretty slick performance wise. My sound is bugged though.

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15:38 Sep-14-2018

Bugged? It's probably due to the same issue I encountered, where most of the in-game music/sound effects weren't playing properly. A possible fix is by going to "Sound" --> Properties (on your speakers/headset) --> Enhancements --> And uncheck "Disable all sound effects". Then restart your system!

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15:46 Sep-14-2018

The high range sounds would crackle and get distorted, so not your issue? I actually found the answer on the Forza forums.. Windows has the speakers configured to 44.1KHz 16 bit by default. But you need 48KHz 24 bit for Horizon.
I didnt have 'Disable all sound effects' checked in the first place ;)

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20:04 Sep-14-2018

Great you discovered a fix to your bug, thought it was the same as mine :P


Hopefully they can rid of these glitches before the actual release...

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06:12 Sep-14-2018

Just tested the demo, despite my CPU causing a little bottleneck as compared to the results posted in this article, little resolution shows more bottleneck than higher res, but still ran fine at 1080p ultra settings motion blur low msaax4 at 69 fps, 1440p same settings with Msaax2 at 55 and same settings with only fxaa enabled at 35 so nothing bad i might say really well optimized :)

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04:31 Sep-14-2018

how much the different on benchmark if i use DDR3 RAM instead of DDR4 RAM? And also, i have old FX CPU (8320) instead of Intel

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10:01 Sep-14-2018

The difference is, as it has always been in games, within margin of error or negligible. Perhaps 5fps

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18:14 Sep-14-2018

thx for your prediction

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18:51 Sep-13-2018

4k ultra 40fps with gtx 1060? seems like a light game, would like to see cpu thread count test in this game too.

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17:46 Sep-13-2018

I'm getting like 30ish fps in the benchmark on my 1060. Do you think it's because I only have 8gb DDR4?

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18:36 Sep-13-2018

I was getting a pretty solid 75 and I have 8GB DDR3 so I doubt it.

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18:53 Sep-13-2018

i know they are pretty much equal in terms of performance but it might be better amd optimized. And for Smoshi, ram seems the only weak spot.

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21:00 Sep-13-2018

Well just ran the benchmark today and now I'm getting an average of 85 fps at 1080p on Ultra... weird. I am a bit concerned about the stuttering though.


https://imgur.com/a/NieMZ64

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02:19 Sep-14-2018

@Smoshi, do you play with an XBox one gamepad? Whenever I use mine, I have to make sure to turn vibration off or I'll get severe stuttering in game.

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12:31 Sep-14-2018

Smoshi in ram section it says you are using 9gb out of 8, i think you are leaking into page file that makes it stutter, otherwise you would never stutter with such cpu and 6gb version of 1060.

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16:46 Sep-13-2018

Hope i get stable 60 fps at least at ultra settings, considering how old is my CPU.

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17:23 Sep-13-2018

at least lol, on our resoutions we are fine

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16:46 Sep-13-2018

GT 740...my PC didn't run Forza 3 DEMO well, I doubt it will run Forza 4.

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16:47 Sep-13-2018

i think you can run this at low settings 1024x768p for 30+ fps, but thats just my guess.

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18:51 Sep-13-2018

The minimum requirements should be for 1080p not 768p...GT 740 has half the performance of my card.

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17:15 Sep-13-2018

The forza Horizon 3 was very poorly optimized, especially for the CPU. But judging by the performance of Forza Motorsport 7, the developers solved this problem...

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18:56 Sep-13-2018

I don't remember having a CPU bottleneck when I tested, GPU usage was always high, and the framerate always under 30 FPS for low 768p. Forza 7 actually ran better here, but no 60 FPS even on lowest settings 768p, and the game asks for GT 740. The minimum requirements are a lie.

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20:29 Sep-16-2018

Why the downvote?

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15:53 Sep-13-2018

Already tried it out. Runs silky smooth locked 60fps on Ultra settings (dynamic settings disabled). Very surprised and happy at the same time

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15:26 Sep-13-2018

Why does Forza Horizon always get all the attention, I personally much prefer Forza Motorsport, Horizon is just so goofy imo... :/

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15:29 Sep-13-2018

Probably because it's coming out in a few weeks? I already did FM7 benchmarks a year ago

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15:49 Sep-13-2018

oh, well I'm talking in general. LIke when a new Forza motorsport comes out barely anybody cares to cover it, horizon comes out and everybody is spamming it, praising it and benchmarking it and shiz...

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15:50 Sep-13-2018

Oh, well that's probably because it's just generally become the more popular of the two series. FM has a reputation for being a little dry and most people like a bit more arcade to their racing (myself included).

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18:48 Sep-13-2018

I like both arcade and sim racers, but I dislike it when they mix both(generally from what I've played), horizon is one of those arcade semi-sims that I find unenjoyable, I still like the game, just not up there for me, but quite above the new NFS games.

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16:11 Sep-13-2018

I think because it's a full blown arcade racer, which are generally more popular, along with the fact that we get a unique map every iteration. It gets a little repetitive driving around the same race tracks every Motorsport release.

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16:49 Sep-13-2018

You literally said what i was thinking, it gets boring pretty quickly just race around the same track.

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But the idea is to try and improve your time, do it better and such...


I have a big distaste for the arcady gameplay of Horizon, I like arcade racers, but when they feel arcady like the old NFS games for example, the moment they try to make them stiffer, it just makes them feel goofy, like the new NFS games for example. XD

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