F1 2018 PC Performance Review

System Requirements, Drivers and Testing Methodology

F1 2018 PC Performance Review

PC system requirements

If F1 2018's PC system requirements say anything, its scalability. Judging from the game's CPU requirements alone, we can see minimum requirements that look back to Sandy Bridge Dual cores and AMD FX-powered Quad cores and recommended requirements that list two of 2018's most powerful Hex-cores, the Ryzen 5 2600X and Intel Core i5 8600K. 

Similar leaps in hardware requirements are seen in the GPU side, recommending mid-range graphics cards from 2012, while recomending modern mid-range offerings like the Radeon RX 580 and Geforce GTX 1060. Even users of older gaming systems should be able to play F1 2018, but users of modern hardware will still be able to push their systems with advanced graphical settings.  
 

MINIMUM:

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: 64bit Versions of Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
Processor: Intel Core i3 2130 or AMD FX 4300
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GT 640 or AMD HD 7750
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 50 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Soundcard
Additional Notes: Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

RECOMMENDED:

Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
OS: 64bit Versions of Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
Processor: Intel Core i5 8600K or AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060 or AMD RX 580
DirectX: Version 11
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 50 GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Soundcard
Additional Notes: Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system

GPU Drivers

While testing F1 2018, we used Nvidia's Geforce 398.82 WHQL driver and AMD's Radeon Software Adrenalin 18.8.1 driver. Neither GPU manufacturer has created "Game Ready/Optimised drivers for F1 2018. 

Testing Methodology


OC3D is a website that is dedicated PC hardware, so you better believe that we test every game on a wide range of hardware configurations. This commitment to variety means that we will be using both Intel and AMD based testbeds as well as a range of GPU offerings from both Nvidia and Radeon. 

Our primary test system uses Intel's X99 platform, containing an Intel Core i7 6850K at a fixed clock speed of 4GHz. This testbed will use 32GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR4 memory and will be powered and cooled by an HX1200i PSU and an H110i AIO liquid cooler respectively, with everything sitting inside a Corsair 460X chassis. In this system, we are using an ASUS Strix X99 motherboard. 

 


Game Test Rig

Intel i7 6850K @4.0 GHz
ASUS X99 Strix
Corsair Vengeance LP 4x8GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair HX1200i
Corsair H110i GT
Windows 10 x64 "Creators Update"

 


Secondary Ryzen Test System

Aside from our standard X99 test system we also have a testbed based on AMD's Ryzen 7 1700X CPU, which will sit at a clock speed of 4GHz be housed in an ASUS Crosshair VI Hero motherboard. This system will use Corsair's 3200MHz Vengeance White LED memory and is contained inside another Corsair 460X chassis. 

This extra system will allow us to see if any games offer a performance advantage to AMD's Ryzen or Intel's Core series processors.  

 

AMD Ryzen Game Test Rig
AMD Ryzen 7 1700X @ 4.0GHz
ASUS X370 Crosshair VI Hero
Corsair Vengeance LED 2x8GB DDR4 3200MHz
Corsair 460X System Chassis
Corsair RMi650
Corsair H115i
Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition
Windows 10 x64 "Creators Update"

 

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GPU Selection

No gaming test suite would be complete without a selection of GPUs, which in this case covers Nvidia's GTX 10-series and 9-series and AMD's RX Vega, RX 400 and R9 300 series graphics cards. We have replaced our RX 480 GPU with its RX 580 equivalent, giving us a fairer comparison point between AMD/Nvidia's modern graphics card lineups. 

Geforce GTX 10-series

- Nvidia GTX 1080 Founders Edition
- Nvidia GTX 1070 Founders Edition
- ASUS GTX 1060 Strix Gaming OC


Geforce GTX 900-series 

- ASUS GTX 960 Strix 

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AMD RX Vega Series

- AMD RX Vega 56

AMD RX 500 Series


- AMD RX 580 Strix OC


AMD GCN GPUs

- ASUS R9 380 Strix

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Keyboard & Mouse

To control this setup, we will be using Corsair Strafe RGB keyboard with Cherry MX Silent keys alongside a Corsair M65 RGB mouse, matching the general theme of this RGB illuminated system.  

Cherry MX Silent Keys are ideal for gaming, coming with similar characteristics as Cherry MX Red keys, but with quieter operation. This comparative silence will help keep players immersed in their games, without the distracting clicks that are present in other Cherry key switches.  

 

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Most Recent Comments

27-08-2018, 11:58:40

Warchild
Does it support VR?Quote

27-08-2018, 12:05:49

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
Does it support VR?
In the first paragraph of the conclusion.Quote

27-08-2018, 13:37:35

looz
Man that looks good even at low, the rain effect sure stands out at high and above but still.Quote

27-08-2018, 17:23:05

AlienALX
Thanks Mark.Quote

28-08-2018, 12:00:36

g0ggles1994
Just picked up for £25 and can't wait to give it a run. First F1 game I've bought since 2012 now I'm finishing my studies.


Really nice to see AMD cards doing well.Quote
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