Forza Horizon 3 PC Performance Review

Graphical Options and Settings

Forza Horizon 3 PC Performance Review

Graphical Options and Settings

The PC version of Forza Horizons comes with a lot of PC features that have been missing from a lot of Microsoft's recent releases, including the option to have a variable framerate, show your FPS in-game and the ability to play the game on a 21:9 display at its native resolution.

This game does come with the almost unique Dynamic Optimisation function, which allows the game to change your graphical settings on the fly to maintain a high framerate, which is something that has existed in console games for a long time but is rarely present on PC.  

We would advise that PC players set up their own graphical options in the advanced menu and set DynamiOptimisationon to off to have a more consistent graphical experience, though players who prefer not to tinker with graphical options may indeed like this more variable approach. 

 

Forza Horizon 3 PC Performance Review

 

When the game detects that you are using a GPU with insufficient VRAM it will give you the following message when you enter the game, telling you to adjust your graphical settings. Anyone with more than 4GB of VRAM will have no issues playing this game at Ultra settings, though those with 2GB of VRAM will need to be more careful with their graphical settings.

  Forza Horizon 3 PC Performance Review  

 

When testing this game we will play with Dynamic Optimisation turned off, V-Sync turned off and the framerate set to variable and Motion Blur on. The game will be tested at the below pre-set graphical options, Low, Medium, High and Ultra.    

Please note that Medium and above settings have MSAA turned on, so those who are looking to free up additional graphical horsepower should turn this setting off first.  

 

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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.

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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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