We've benchmarked and tested every graphics setting in Forza Horizon 4 to better understand the Frames Per Second Performance Hit. As well as identifying how demanding each graphics settings is, we've also graded how important they are when tweaking your settings. 

Using the chart below you can find out just how demanding each graphics setting is in Forza Horizon 4. Along with this, we've given priority scores based on how important we believe it is to enable these graphics options for the optimum PC gaming experience with FH4.

Forza Horizon 4 System Requirements

For the benchmark results below we used a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, an Intel Core i7-5820K processor, and 16GB DDR4 memory.

Forza Horizon 4 Graphics Options Performance Breakdown

The further right the bar goes, the more demanding the graphics option is.

Forza Horizon 4 Graphics Settings

Motion Blur

Motion Blur affects which type of Motion Blur is used in Forza Horizon 4. Short motion blur is recommended for running at high frame rates while Long motion blur is recommended for running at lower frame rates.

Performance Impact - 2/5

Priority - 2/5

 

Anisotropic Filtering

Anisotropic Filtering improves the quality of textures, particularly when viewed at acute angles. Acute Filtering will have a more pronounced performance impact when playing Forza Horizon 4 at higher resolutions.

Performance Impact - 0/5

Priority - 4/5

 

Night Shadows

This graphics setting for Forza Horizon 4 enables shadows for player car headlights and select streetlights at night, impacting both CPU and GPU performance. While our benchmarks detected little performance difference, those with weaker systems can expect a significant impact.

Performance Impact - 1/5

Priority - 4/5

 

Shadow Quality

Increases the update rate and resolution of shadows in FH4. This can tax both the CPU and GPU, although still looks suitable good at Medium or High.

Performance Impact - 2/5

Priority - 3/5

 

Motion Blur Quality

Separate to Motion Blur, Motion Blur Quality dictates the quality of the Motion Blur used. This comes at little to no performance impact in Forza Horizon 4, so if you've got Motion Blur turned on, crank this setting all the way up.

Performance Impact - 0/5

Priority - 5/5

 

Environment Texture Quality

As with all texture quality settings, Environment Texture Quality is heavily governed by the amount of VRAM available on your GPU. If you have enough, the performance impact will be negligible, while not having enough will tank performance. Find the highest setting you can get to without impacting frame rates and stick with it.

Performance Impact - 0/5

Priority - 5/5

 

Static Geometry Technology

Static Geometry Technology dictates the quality of polygonal models. This will only have a very minor impact on graphics card performance in FH4.

Performance Impact - 0/5

Priority - 4/5

 

Dynamic Geometry Technology

Dynamic Geometry Technology affects the draw distance and detail of dynamic geometry. We experienced a very minor performance hit, although this may be more significant on weaker GPUs. If you find yourself struggling for performance in Forza Horizon 4, toggle this down to High or lower.

Performance Impact - 2/5

Priority - 3/5

 

MSAA

MSAA is a heavy-duty method of antialiasing which involves rendering the resolution internally at a much higher resolution than your native screen resolution, downsampling it to improve the edge quality of textures. MSAA is the single most demanding graphics setting in Forza Horizon 4, although its performance hit is actually much lower than we expected.

Performance Impact - 4/5

Priority - 4/5

 

FXAA

A much cheaper form of antialiasing, FXAA improves the quality of the edges of textures. While reducing jaggies, this does lead to a muddier overall picture than MSAA. Combining both settings for the optimum picture quality.

Performance Impact - 1/5

Priority - 3/5

 

SSAO

SSAO stands for Screen Space Ambient Occlusion, and this darkens the meeting point of textures. This is designed to approximate indirect lighting which, while nice, isn't overly noticeable when traveling at 180mph.

Performance Impact - 2/5

Priority - 2/5

 

Reflection Quality

Not just a simple matter of the reflections off of bodies of water, Reflection Quality affects the reflection quality on cars, windows and other assorted objects. Increasing Reflection Quality from Low to Medium will affect CPU performance while going higher than Medium will affect GPU performance.

Performance Impact - 3/5

Priority - 4/5

 

Windshield Reflection Quality

This does exactly what it says on the tin, affecting the quality of the reflections on a car's windshield. This setting only has a performance impact while playing Forza Horizon 4 in first-person cockpit mode.

Performance Impact - 1/5

Priority - 2/5

 

Mirror Quality

Again, pretty straightforward, Mirror Quality increases the quality of reflections in mirrors, incuding the rear-view and wing mirrors of the car. This setting only has a performance impact while playing Forza Horizon 4 in first-person cockpit mode.

Performance Impact - 1/5

Priority - 2/5

 

World Car Level of Detail

Our benchmark tests found this to be one of the most demanding of all the graphics options in Forza Horizon 4. World Car Level of Detail has far-reaching effects, improving the quality of drivers, traffic and other player cars.

Performance Impact - 4/5

Priority - 5/5

 

Deformable Terrain Quality

You know all those brick walls, lampposts and crop fields you can smash through? Deformable Terrain Quality affects the rendering detail of this objects. This setting impacts GPU performance in FH4.

Performance Impact - 1/5

Priority - 3/5

 

SSR Quality

SSR, or Screen Space Reflections, dictates the quality of reflections in water surfaces, both in terms of bodies of water like lakes and rivers, but also puddles on the surface of the road.

Performance Impact - 1/5

Priority - 3/5

 

Lens Effects

A matter of personal preference, Lens Effects introduces lens flare effects designed to replicate the usage of a camera for following the action. This had no noticeable performance impact during our Forza Horizon 4 benchmark tests.

Performance Impact - 0/5

Priority - 1/5

 

Shader Quality

While in some games Shader Quality can have a dramatic impact on performance, we found it to be very resource light in Forza Horizon 4. This setting adjusts the visual fidelity of materials and lighting.

Performance Impact - 2/5

Priority - 4/5

 

Particle Effects Quality

This graphics setting adjust the detail and complexity of the particle effects in Forza Horizon 4.

Performance Impact - 1/5

Priority - 2/5

Forza Horizon 4 PC Performance Report - GeForce GTX 1060 Benchmarks

Forza Horizon 4 Low vs Ultra Graphics Comparison