Forza Horizon 3 PC Performance Review

Forza Horizon 3 PC Performance Review

Forza Horizon 3 PC Performance Review

Introduction 

 

PC players have high expectations for Forza Horizon 3, being the series' debut on the platform (discounting Forza Motorsport 6: Apex) and being one of the first games in the Xbox "Play Anywhere" program. 

Long story short, if you purchase a digital version of Forza Horizon 3 you can access it on both your Xbox One and PC, allowing you to play the game on either platform with the same cloud-stored save data and allowing gamers to switch between Xbox One and PC while maintaining the same game's library. 

As an Xbox exclusive series PC players are no doubt concerned that this PC port may come with a bit of "consolitis", lacking the performance and tool set of a modern PC racer, but this game does launch with full 21:9 resolution support, variable framerates and support for both Mouse and Keyboard controls and wheel support alongside the series' traditional GamePad controls. 

Now the question needs to be asked if this game is worth Microsoft's £49.99 price tag, which is actually higher than the price tag of the Xbox One's Disk based version and significantly higher than competing PC racers like project cars. Is this the PC version of Forza that we all have been waiting for? 

 

 

Drivers 

For this game, we will be using the newest drivers that were available when the game released, which is Nvidia's Game Ready Geforce 372.90 driver and AMD's 16.9.2 driver, both of which are the most recent GPU drivers for either company. 

 

Test Setup  

We will be testing this game on our dedicated GPU test rig using both high-end and mid-range GPUs from both AMD and Nvidia. 

 

Game Test Rig
Intel Core i7 6700K @ 4.7GHz
ASUS Maximus VIII Hero
G.Skill Ripjaws 4x4GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair HX1200i
Corsair H110i GT
Windows 10 x64 

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Nvidia GTX 980Ti (Left), AMD R9 Fury X (Middle) GTX 1070 Founders Edition (Right)

 

For the high-end, we will be testing AMD's R9 Fury X, the GTX 980Ti and the GTX 1070.  Sadly we do not have a GTX 1080 to test at this time. 

For the Mid-range offerings, we will be testing the new RX 480 and GTX 1060, both of which will be the ASUS Strix Gaming models.

 

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ASUS GTX 1060 Strix (Left), ASUS RX 480 Strix (Right)

 

To represent AMD and Nvidia's lower-end GPU offerings we have decided to use the AMD R9 380 and the Nvidia GTX 960. Both of these GPUs will be the ASUS Strix models. 

Both of these GPUs offer very similar performance in most scenarios and come in at very similar price points, so it will be very interesting to see which GPU will come out on top. 

 

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Nvidia GTX 960(Left), AMD R9 380(Right)

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Most Recent Comments

28-09-2016, 16:29:19

Darkdayzzz
To put things simply, we expected a little better from Forza Horizon 3, especially when the game costs £49.99 at launch for the base version.


1- EVERY new game costs that price honestly....so saying that really doesn't work imho.

Also my 4gb760 and i7-4790k I get around 45-50fps on high with a mix of ultra at 1440p....not sure if im doing something magical or not.... just my own testing is all.Quote

28-09-2016, 16:33:34

barnsley
Excluding the city area I have a relatively steady 60fps running on [email protected] 1440p. I've probably got about 30ish hours in the game already thanks to my preorder.

TBF at the rate they are going, it'll be pretty solid before you know it. Most of the bugs that I could produce pre launch had been patched it seems. I guess going into the game with a low expectation of the port helped me.Quote

28-09-2016, 16:57:02

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by Darkdayzzz View Post
To put things simply, we expected a little better from Forza Horizon 3, especially when the game costs £49.99 at launch for the base version.


1- EVERY new game costs that price honestly....so saying that really doesn't work imho.

Also my 4gb760 and i7-4790k I get around 45-50fps on high with a mix of ultra at 1440p....not sure if im doing something magical or not.... just my own testing is all.
You do make a very valid point, most AAA releases cost £40 or more these days on PC, though the non-digital/Xbox version can be purchased for cheaper. This is a clarification that I should have made better in the review.

It is pretty easy to gain extra GPU performance in this game, especially if you disable MSAA. CPU performance is where there can be problems, making it difficult to get a steady 60 in some areas.

I do believe that with some further work to reduce CPU usage that the game would be an almost perfect PC port. Sadly the standard needs to be somewhere and right now the standard most PC gamers set is 60FPS.

Quote:
Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
Excluding the city area I have a relatively steady 60fps running on [email protected] 1440p. I've probably got about 30ish hours in the game already thanks to my preorder.

TBF at the rate they are going, it'll be pretty solid before you know it. Most of the bugs that I could produce pre launch had been patched it seems. I guess going into the game with a low expectation of the port helped me.
I hope that we will soon be getting a CPU patch for the game, as that would pretty much fix the only real issue with this game's PC version.

The performance on older hardware can be forgiven somewhat by how easy it is to gain extra GPU performance by turning off MSAA, though it is worth noting that the Xbox One version uses 4x MSAA.Quote

28-09-2016, 18:58:55

russler
Quote:
Originally Posted by Darkdayzzz View Post
To put things simply, we expected a little better from Forza Horizon 3, especially when the game costs £49.99 at launch for the base version.


1- EVERY new game costs that price honestly....so saying that really doesn't work imho.

Also my 4gb760 and i7-4790k I get around 45-50fps on high with a mix of ultra at 1440p....not sure if im doing something magical or not.... just my own testing is all.
£49.99 is hardly standard pricing (xbox copy on amazon £41.99) thats 16% more than a copy that can be re-sold, the bigger issue though is its £49.99 on Microsoft store only, so thats a price thats unlikely to change for a loooong time, with sites like cd keys ive never payed full rrp price for any new game and im sure im not the only one.Quote

28-09-2016, 21:19:05

dryii
I have a GTX 1080, but still run the i7-2600k (at stock speed) with 16GB RAM. This is the first game I've encountered which pegs my CPU at 100%, while the GPU rarely goes over 65%. Overall the game does run smooth on Ultra at 1440p. I do hope they can make some coding changes so my GPU is better utilized and I get a higher FPS (low 40's, peaking in the 50's right now).Quote
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