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