Forza Horizon 5 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

CPU Performance - Core Scaling & Preset Scaling

Forza Horizon 5 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide

CPU Performance - Core Scaling 

How many cores should your CPU have? With Forza Horizon 5, PC gamers should have a processor that has at least four cores and eight threads. We see positive performance scaling as we continue to increase our system's core counts, but after six cores and twelve threads, the performance gains are marginal. 

Based on the performance profile of Forza Horizon 5, we believe that we could achieve higher performance levels with a processor that offers better cache performance or single-threaded performance, such as AMD's Ryzen 5000 series of Intel's 10th gen or newer processors. When it comes to gaming performance, it isn't just the number of cores that matters, your CPU's single-threaded performance, cache performance and memory performance also matter. That said, it doesn't take anything overly powerful to achieve 60+ FPS framerates in Forza Horizon 5. 
 

Forza Horizon 5 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide  

CPU Performance - Preset Scaling

Forza Horizon 5 is designed to run on a wide range of hardware configurations, which means that the game's performance can be significantly improved by using lower quality settings. Below, we can see how much of an impact lower settings can have on Forza Horizon 5's performance at 1080p with our Ryzen 9 3950X and RTX 3070 Ti. 

Note that at 1080p that Forza Horizon 5 can get CPU-limited inside its integrated benchmark. The benchmark represents CPU and GPU intensive gameplay, making it one of the best built-in benchmarks that we have seen within a modern PC game. At Ultra and high settings, Forza Horizon 5 becomes much less CPU-limited with our Ryzen 9 3950X, highlighting how scalable the game can be on the CPU side.  


Forza Horizon 5 PC Performance Review and Optimisation Guide  

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10-11-2021, 15:21:49

ET3D
Impressive benchmarking. Definite competition for Steve from Hardware Unboxed.


I got to admit I didn't read much of the text (just looked at the benchmarks), but this typo caught my eye: "moving from extreme settings too high settings" on page 9.Quote

10-11-2021, 15:47:49

KingNosser
I think i'd enjoy the game but i have a lot left to do in FH4 and tbh FH5 might as well just be a reskin of FH4 it's so similar it's just in a diifferent place tbh, but the lego content and general fun of the game is good just for me doesn't seem worth getting FH5 maybe by FH10 they might have changed it enough to warrant the buy.Quote

10-11-2021, 16:22:26

Warchild
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Originally Posted by KingNosser View Post
I think i'd enjoy the game but i have a lot left to do in FH4 and tbh FH5 might as well just be a reskin of FH4 it's so similar it's just in a diifferent place tbh, but the lego content and general fun of the game is good just for me doesn't seem worth getting FH5 maybe by FH10 they might have changed it enough to warrant the buy.
Every review has said its FH4 and much much more.Quote

10-11-2021, 18:35:29

looz
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Originally Posted by KingNosser View Post
I think i'd enjoy the game but i have a lot left to do in FH4 and tbh FH5 might as well just be a reskin of FH4 it's so similar it's just in a diifferent place tbh, but the lego content and general fun of the game is good just for me doesn't seem worth getting FH5 maybe by FH10 they might have changed it enough to warrant the buy.
I don't really see the point in sticking to FH4, though I'm somewhat biased since I'm sick of so many events in the old game. Mexican roads seem to have a lot of sweeping medium-high speed corners, which I really love.


And yeah it's an absolutely gargantuan game, of course there's a lot of rehashed models, mechanics and so forth - and I'm not a fan of the 60€ asking price for base edition. But game pass is a cracking deal.Quote

10-11-2021, 21:57:51

Daiyus
This is the first Horizon game I haven't bought as soon as possible. There's loads of content, but most of it is starting to get aimed at a different target audience to me. The focus on online gameplay, the larger than life, OTT approach to everything, handing out so many cars for free with no sense of working up through the ranks.

It's the only open world racing series in town with decent physics, so I'll likely get it eventually, but I'd really like Solar Crown to come along and do a more grounded and progressive take on it, kinda like Horizon 1 was. I'f they gave me Horizon 1 updated with the new modification system, and map tech I'd be all over it like a rash.Quote
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