F1 2021 PC system requirements revealed, minimum, recommended, and ray tracing specs announced

Written by Chad Norton on Mon, Apr 19, 2021 2:44 PM
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EA recently revealed their first F1 game after their official acquisition of Codemasters last year, and is launching on July 16th. Codemasters have now announced the official PC system requirements for F1 2021, and they're pretty beefy, along with the reveal that the new installment will include ray traced graphics.

This year's F1 2021 will include ray tracing support, as confirmed by the PC system requirements outlined below. It appears that the requirements have increased for the minimum specs this year, but largely remain the same for the recommended specs.

So if you were able to play F1 2020 last year at the highest settings, you'll be able to play F1 2021 perfectly fine. However, if you were on the cusp of the minimum required hardware, then you may need to upgrade in order to get smoother performance.

With that out of the way, let's have a look at the official F1 2021 PC system requirements...

F1 2021 non-ray tracing specs:

F1 2021 minimum system requirements

F1 2021 recommended system requirements

F1 2021 ray tracing specs:

F1 2021 minimum system requirements

F1 2021 recommended system requirements

F1 2021 will require at least a GTX 1660 Ti or RX 590 graphics card paired with either a Core i5-9600K or Ryzen 5 2600X processor in order to meet the recommended specs, deliver High graphics settings at 1080p resolution. Required RAM is 16GB for optimal performance and should help achieve 60fps gameplay.

Looking over the F1 2021 minimum system requirements you will need at least a GTX 950 or R9 280 GPU along with either a Core i3-2130 or FX-4300 CPU to achieve 60fps on Low graphics settings at 1080p resolution. You will also need at least 8GB of system memory for best performance.

Overall, the recommended specs for F1 2021 will need at least a 2 year old PC in order to perform smoothly and run at its best.

As ever, remember you can always check out how well your PC can run the F1 2021 System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarks and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the F1 2021 GPU benchmark chart and we also have a F1 2021 Frames Per Second system performance chart for you to check.

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21:13 Apr-19-2021

I wish requirements actually specified resolution and frame rate, like if you need 3070 for 60 fps 1080p RT then it's probably not optimized that well, if it's 60 fps 4K RT then it's great. In the end you basically know nothing until some 3rd party benchmarks the game

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12:51 Apr-20-2021

Yep. It's always so useless looking at the requirements because we just don't know what the hell they even mean...

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19:49 Apr-19-2021

Seems like my gtx 1060 will be enough for 1080p ultra settings, who needs ray tracing anyway..... sob

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17:35 Apr-19-2021

Seeing ray-tracing requirements is like getting slapped in the face since none of us can't get any GPUs at a decent price.

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15:31 Apr-19-2021

Ray tracing for F1 game hmm interesting

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16:07 Apr-19-2021

I think ray tracing is a good feature for racing games. Most of the cars have reflection depending on the material and paint. It's a good way to improve graphics and promote ray tracing.
These games are also quite easy to run, so it's doesn't impact too much the framerate and it's still playable.

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12:52 Apr-20-2021

There are times when I really wish Forza Horizon 4 had RT... :)

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16:57 Apr-20-2021

Forza Motorsport 8 will have RT, so maybe the next Forza Horizon will feature it too. The current engine looks beautiful, I wonder how it will be on next gen

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18:52 Apr-20-2021

I wouldn't mind if games had RT just for the photo mode, even. It would be fine there, because you want the maximum visual quality, not the framerate, while in-game the game could just run without RT.

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15:05 Apr-19-2021

this is what I call bottleneck
i3 2nd with RTX 2060

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16:04 Apr-19-2021

Not really. Bottleneck is happening depending on the game. On RDR2 for example, the game is so much GPU intensive that even with a Ryzen 3 1200, you wouldn't bottleneck a GTX 1080 at 1080p. Racing games ( on-track ) aren't really CPU intensive, so it won't be much a trouble to run on a 10-year old i3.

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19:48 Apr-19-2021

Aren't F1 games somewhat cpu instensive games?? i remember my cpu going up to 60% utilization in F1 2020

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21:38 Apr-19-2021

CPU usage depends of the framerate. More frames increase CPU usage.
In F1 2020, CPU isn't really important. With 4 cores 4 threads, you can easily get 80+fps
If your R7 2700 is going up to 60%, you may have some problem on your software

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| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
| 60FPS, High, 720p
Core i5-2400S 2.5GHz Radeon R5 340 (OEM) 4GB
| High, 720p
Core i5-2400S 2.5GHz Radeon R5 340 (OEM) 4GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Medium, 720p
Ryzen 5 3500U 4-Core 2.1 GHz Radeon RX Vega 8 10GB