Forza Horizon 4

Hello, and welcome back to Gaming Bench. It's been a long time, and the site is now under new management. We've updated our test system, and we'll be adding short pages over the coming weeks, months, and years. The short summary is that we have a top of the line PC, equipped with the latest Intel Core i9-9900K processor, running the latest graphics cards. We'll cut through a lot of the analysis, and just focus on the charts for now.
We're kicking things off with Forza Horizon 4, from Microsoft Studios and Turn 10 Studios. Available via the Windows Store [barf!], it uses DirectX 12 and tends to be very well optimized. We've tested at 1080p, 1440p, and 4k for our initial results, as lower resolutions are typically not used much these days. We're using the Medium preset at 1080p, and Ultra at 1080p, 1440p, and 4k. Here's how things look.

Forza Horizon 4 - PC Benchmarks

If you're thinking about running at 4k ultra at 60fps or more, Forza Horizon 4 requires a substantial GPU. For Nvidia GPUs, that means you'll need a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, GeForce RTX 2080, GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, or GeForce GTX 1080. It's a bit odd that the GeForce RTX 2070 comes up short, as it's normally faster than a GTX 1080, but perhaps the DX12 code isn't quite optimized for Turing GPUs yet. On AMD hardware, the Radeon RX Vega 64 and Radeon RX Vega 56 both squeak past 60fps averages--barely. Realistically, you should probably drop a few settings from Ultra down to High to get a steady 60fps.
Stepping down a notch to 1440p Ultra, many modern GPUs can break 60fps. Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, GeForce GTX 1070, and GeForce GTX 1060 6GB join the above cards, and for AMD the Radeon RX 580 8GB also gets there. 1080p ultra adds the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB and Radeon RX 570 4GB to the list, and at 1080p Medium just about any dedicated GPU will suffice.

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