F1 22 PC performance report - Graphics card benchmarks

Written by Chad Norton on Tue, Jun 28, 2022 10:02 PM
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Racing onto our screens once again this year is the highly anticipated and popular racing game from Codemasters, based on the popular Formula 1 racing sport. But how well does it perform on PC? And what kind of hardware is needed to play it at its best?

First of all, in this PC performance benchmark article for F1 22 we benchmark a range of graphics cards going from the higher-end RTX 3070, which is the recommended GPU for ray tracing in F122; to the mid-range GTX 1060, which is close to the minimum required GPU for F1 2022; as well as the R9 380 to see whether a low-end card like this one can run F1 22 at any sort of capacity.

Then we go through the FPS test results of each graphics card running at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. From there we can see the performance of the minimum and recommended system requirement graphics cards and consider how well optimized F1 22 really is.

Fortunately, F1 2022 includes an in-game FPS benchmark tool, and from our testing we found this to be pretty representative of actual gameplay performance. It takes place on the Monaco track which we picked, in daylight and with clear weather. The AI remains consistent in position and speed, and the camera cycles between different pre-determined positions at pre-determined intervals, which helped to standardize the results below.

We also did not enable any ray tracing effects, and some video settings did not change even though we changed the graphics settings. These include Anti-Aliasing (which was set to TAA + AMD FidelityFX Sharpening), and Anisotropic Filtering (which we set to 16x) in order to standardize the results below.

With that in mind, let's jump into the PC performance benchmarks for F1 22...

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F1 22 RTX 3070 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3070 Aorus Master | Intel i7-10700K | 16GB

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Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 in F1 22 @ 1080p

F1 22 Ultra Low Low Medium High Ultra High
Avg FPS 275.4 243.7 238.7 227.3 214.8
Min FPS 222.2 203.7 203.2 190.6 181.4
Max FPS 305.2 293.2 289.7 270.7 253.4
1% Low FPS 150 124.8 120.8 108.5 107.5
0.1% Low FPS 9.7 49.9 80.2 57.7 56.2

The FPS performance of the RTX 3070 in F1 22 at 1080p is really good, achieving more than 200fps even on Ultra High settings. Therefore the RTX 3070 is perfect for playing F1 2022 on Ultra High graphics settings at 1080p resolution.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 in F1 22 @ 1440p

F1 22 Ultra Low Low Medium High Ultra High
Avg FPS 274.8 237 234.7 191.1 163.8
Min FPS 246.7 202.5 200.9 164.9 147.6
Max FPS 303.4 286.9 285.3 232.9 209.1
1% Low FPS 150.8 119.1 112.5 99.3 94.1
0.1% Low FPS 59.2 55.2 49.4 51.7 57.4

At 1440p, the FPS performance of the RTX 3070 in F1 22 is still really good, once again achieving more than 200fps on most settings and dropping down to only 160fps on maximum graphics. So the RTX 3070 is perfect for playing F1 2022 on Ultra High graphics settings at 1440p resolution.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 in F1 22 @ 4K

F1 22 Ultra Low Low Medium High Ultra High
Avg FPS 178.3 170 153.4 106.7 96.2
Min FPS 161.5 150.7 139.7 96.2 86.3
Max FPS 218.9 213.4 190.3 129.5 125.2
1% Low FPS 110.2 89.4 84.2 68.9 65.6
0.1% Low FPS 35 49.5 45.9 15.6 14.9

Finally, at 4K the FPS performance of the RTX 3070 in F1 22 is still really good, delivering more than 100fps up to High graphics and only dipping down to 96.2fps on Ultra High settings. In the end, the RTX 3070 is perfect for playing F1 2022 on Ultra High graphics settings at 4K resolution.

Overall, the RTX 3070 performs extremely well in F1 22, delivering high frame rates even at maximum graphics on the highest resolution. This means that the RTX 3070 is perfect for playing F1 2022 on Ultra High graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K resolutions. 

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F1 22 GTX 1060 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on Nvidia MSI GeForce GTX 1060 | Intel i7-10700K | 16GB

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Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in F1 22 @ 1080p

F1 22 Ultra Low Low Medium High Ultra High
Avg FPS 154.5 146.7 129.6 85.5 67.2
Min FPS 137.1 128.7 115.5 75.6 57.9
Max FPS 178.9 170.7 151.6 100.6 84.9
1% Low FPS 129.6 101.5 88.6 65.2 52.3
0.1% Low FPS 82.9 70.2 65.5 51.4 38.6

The GTX 1060's FPS performance at 1080p in F1 22 is pretty good, achieving more than 60fps even on the highest graphics despite being just a bit above the minimum required GPU. Therefore, the GTX 1060 is perfect for playing F1 2022 on Ultra High graphics settings at 1080p resolution.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in F1 22 @ 1440p

F1 22 Ultra Low Low Medium High Ultra High
Avg FPS 99.7 96.1 84.9 61.8 54.4
Min FPS 88.8 85.6 75.9 55.6 47.2
Max FPS 116.2 113.3 100.7 72.9 68.8
1% Low FPS 86.4 74.9 63 50.1 43
0.1% Low FPS 62 54.2 47.1 36.9 14.6

The GTX 1060's FPS performance in F1 22 at 1440p is still pretty good, delivering high frame rates and only dropping just below 60fps on Ultra High settings. This means that the GTX 1060 is still perfectly suitable for playing F1 2022 on Ultra High graphics settings at 1440p resolution.

Average FPS for Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in F1 22 @ 4K

F1 22 Ultra Low Low Medium High Ultra High
Avg FPS 50.1 49 43.3 31.9 28.6
Min FPS 44.9 42.9 37.5 28.1 24.8
Max FPS 59.2 57.8 51.2 37 36
1% Low FPS 44.2 40.1 35.2 26.9 20.7
0.1% Low FPS 9.3 9 8 8 7.8

The GTX 1060's FPS performance at 4K in F1 22 is okay, as it does not reach 60fps even on Ultra Low settings but is still playable up to Medium/High graphics. However, it is unplayable unfortunately on Ultra High. So in the end the GTX 1060 is suitable for playing F1 2022 on Medium/High graphics settings at 4K resolution.

Overall, the GTX 1060 performs surprisingly well in F1 22 across all resolutions, achieving playable frame rates even at 4K. This makes the GTX 1060 perfectly suitable for playing F1 2022 on Ultra High graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p, and up to Medium/High at 4K resolution.

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F1 22 R9 380 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on AMD MSI Radeon R9 380 | Intel i7-10700K | 16GB

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Average FPS for AMD Radeon R9 380 in F1 22 @ 1080p

F1 22 Ultra Low Low Medium High Ultra High
Avg FPS 82.3 74.4 63.3 46.1 37.6
Min FPS 69.3 61.5 53.6 36.9 29.5
Max FPS 99.7 92.4 82.4 57.9 49.7
1% Low FPS 68.3 52 42.3 28.7 22.4
0.1% Low FPS 15.1 4.3 33.1 12.8 10.4

At 1080p, the FPS performance of the R9 380 in F1 22 is pretty good, delivering more than 60fps up to Medium graphics, and just above 30fps up to Ultra High settings. Therefore the R9 380 is suitable for playing F1 2022 at 1080p resolution on Medium or up to Ultra High graphics settings, depending on your preference.

Overall the R9 380 actually performs relatively well, and achieving playable frame rates up to Medium or even Ultra High graphics settings depending on your preference for 60fps or 30fps gameplay. In the end though, the R9 380 is perfect for playing F1 2022 at 1080p on Medium graphics settings for 60fps, and suitable for playing up to Ultra High graphics settings at 1080p for 30fps.

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Conclusion

Overall, looking at the benchmark results above we can see that F1 22 is not actually a very demanding game even on mid to low-range hardware. But this doesn't mean it doesn't have a good range of performance across its graphical presets in order to get the right balance of FPS performance andf visual quality.

The RTX 3070, for instance, performs unsurpisingly really well and can maintain well above 60fps performance even on Ultra High graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p, and even 4K resolutions. This means you have a lot of headroom still for enabling ray tracing before you even enable any sort of upscaling feature like DLSS or FSR.

The minimum required GPU for F1 2022 is a GTX 1050 Ti, which is close but still below the GTX 1060 which we tested. Still, it manages a healthy 60fps performance even on Ultra High graphics settings at 1080p resolution, and only drops just below 60fps on Ultra High settings at 1440p. At 4K the performance drops quite considerably, but not enough to be unplayable up to Medium/High settings.

Lastly, the R9 380 also performs surpisingly well, delivering more than 60fps up to Medium graphics settings and above 30fps up to Ultra High graphics settings at 1080p resolution. Although a game like F1 22 will benefit from higher frame rates due to the speed you are driving the cars around, but it is still certainly playable at 30fps performance.

Additionally, if you want to improve performance in F1 2022 then it also includes official support for Nvidia DLSS and AMD FSR 1.0, as well as a dynamic resolution feature, all of which will help increase frame rates in F1 22 but will only be available on certain hardware that is supported (apart from dynamic resolution scaling).

It is also worth noting that we did not enable any ray tracing effects so as to standardize the results. If you want to enable ray tracing then you may want to enable some other upscaling feature to improve performance. Also, some settings like Anti-Aliasing and Anisotropic Filtering did not change as graphics presets were changed, so we set the values to TAA + AMD FidelityFX Sharpening for anti-aliasing and 16x for anisotropic filtering to keep performance consistent across all cards.

As always, we welcome any and all feedback from you guys as well with your experience of hardware configurations and FPS performance/quality settings. That way we can all better gauge how well our systems will be able to run F1 22.

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