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Forza Horizon 3 recommended PC specs

Forza Horizon 3 is coming to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs — but just how powerful of a PC will you need to run it at full resolution and detail?

Here's a look at the recommended specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 3820 @ 3.6GHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or NVIDIA GTX 1060 (AMD R9 290X or AMD RX 480)
  • VRAM: 4GB
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Hard Drive Type: HDD
  • Available Space: 55GB
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Windows Version: Windows Anniversary Edition 64-bit 14393.101

In addition, the minimum recommended CPU is an Intel Core i5 3570 with a minimum GPU requirement of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750ti or AMD Radeon R7 250X and above. Plenty of room for lots of folks to get in on the action, with the usual graphics and performance caveats applied.

On top of the above specs, you'll also want to make sure that you have the latest drivers for your graphics card installed for the smoothest performance. Luckily, NVIDIA and AMD have already released updated "game ready" drivers for Forza Horizon 3. If you're using an NVIDIA GeForce card, you can download the drivers either via the GeForce Experience app, or directly from NVIDIA's website. If you're sporting an AMD card, you can grab the necessary drivers directly from AMD's website.

Forza Horizon 3 will be released on September 27, and Forza Horizon 3 Ultimate Edition owners will be able to get it earlier on September 23.

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55 Comments
  • Is this going to even give someone 60FPS at 1080P? I was hoping the first party Microsoft games would be highly optimized for PC. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Nothing here says it won't run well.
  • Yeah I know the average requirements for their games is ridiculous.
    And they still run like ****
  • What games specifically? ReCore runs amazingly on very modest hardware. Despite their recommended requirements stating a 4GB GPU for that game, a GTX 960 2GB can max it out at 1080p and maintain 60FPS. PC requirements have always been hit and miss since the dawn of time, you just have to see how it goes. With ANY game their minimum requirements don't really mean anything solid - It doesn't guarantee a solid 30FPS at 1080p for example, you could match those and be getting 26FPS or 40FPS
  • The two aren't close to the same, though. From what I read about ReCore, it has a pretty desolate overworld, so when you are in those open areas, there isn't a whole lot going on. FH3 is much more detailed, has to load more stuff (dense AU forests), and has to load it faster (walking in ReCore vs. driving 90+ MPH in Forza). The two just aren't comparable in assets or requirements. Heck, I would imagine GTA V requires more hardware than ReCore, even though it is known for areas of barren landscape.
  • I know you made a blanket statement without any specifics or facts. I installed and played Forza Apex on PC and was able to run a stable 60fps @1080p with a 4 year old AMD 7950 graphics card.
  • It's highly optimized for xbox that's why it's free on pc
  • It's not free
  • I think it's a Play Anywhere title so if you buy it for Xbox, it will be free for PC, or vice versa.
  • Not sure what the problem is. Other than the recommendation of 12gb of RAM(8gb should be enough), these are standard recommended specs for a AAA title on PC right now. If you have lesser hardware, you simply turn down the settings to meet your hardware. If these were minimum requirements, then there would be an issue.
  • FIFTY FIVE GIGABYTES?????
  • It's a huge game, what would you expect? GTA5 uses more storage.
  • Quantum Break uses something like 60GB on Xbox One, and that's without the offline video pack AFAIK
  • No, it's not. Im looking at the MS Store listing for it, and they have it at 47.06 GB. With the videos, it took up, like, 121 GB, and that DLC was 70+ GB (they list it at 75.61).
  • that's about the same size as the console
  • Pretty normal size for games nowadays. Another examples like Doom or GTA V all have 60 GB +
  • Why would Forza recommend an HDD instead of a SSD? Anyway, to build such system must be expensive, that's why I prefer to go for a XBox.
  • probably because it's 55GB.... not everyone will want to eat up that much space with one game...
  • You only have to build a system that expensive because Microsoft doesn't know how to optimize their games.
  • Just buy an xbox, it's cheaper than one of those graphics cards anyways
  • GTX 970 can be had for about £160, but if you have the recommended specs you're definitely going to be playing something better looking than on Xbox One. I do agree though if you just want to play the game then just play it on your Xbox - I will be playing it on both systems like I have been doing with ReCore - It plays fine on both, PC is clearly superior visually and has double the framerate with shorter load times but I'm enjoying it just as much on Xbox to be honest.
  • Yeah, and it's not going to have visuals on-par with what those GPUs put out.
  • Microsoft fails to optimize everything! I will pass a looong time until I'll ever buy a MS product again, being OS or hardware. I do not trust them anymore in delivering good quality products.
  • I'm sure you'll be missed.
  • To be fair it's not that expensive of a system. A GTX 970 is about £165 now. From their specs it seems RAM and CPU heavy but this is a pretty big game where you don't want long load times. You'll still be able to hit 60FPS if you had one of those cards with say an i5 as "Recommended" and "Minimum" specs don't really mean anything - Recommended specs has never meant "You will be 100% definitely be able to max out this game and run 1080 at 60fps guaranteed" If you have these recommended specs but w/ an i5 you're still looking at playing something a lot smoother and better looking than the Xbox One version, which won't be running native 1080p at 60 FPS for sure.
  • Having an SSD won't improve performance much (if any) compared to a 7200rpm HDD. It reduces load times and is not a necessity for playing games. It is just better to not have to wait several minutes staring at a loading screen.
  • Thank you, that's why I try to tell to everyone, I had a 1tb ssd earlier this year and now I have a 2tb @7200rpm one and the load time differences are minimal, perhaps 10 seconds in GTA V but that's it, no diference in games that usually load fast like Black Ops 3 or Tomb Raider, using an SSD for such a huge game is somewhat retarded if you don't have a big SSD.
  • Xboxes don't have SSDs either.    You can be build a similar system for about $600. Which is more expensive than an Xbox, yes, but it is also much more powerful.  http://pcpartpicker.com/list/xkZBLD
  • Will run with my Gtx760 + i5 4460 + 16gb ram. Even if it goes 6fps
  • No. That GPU isn't some crappy 2010 GPU. You can run this game 1080p medium settings I believe. Oh, did you actually see that your GPU is better than the "minimum specs"? BTW, "minimum specs" is always bullshit. I mean I can definitely be able to play this game on my ****** laptop, just turn down the settings to something like 720p very low settings perhaps.
  • Apparently I'm stuck with Need for Speed. :'(
  • What's holding you back? Just one component or everything about your rig?
  • I'm just an average laptop gamer.
  • I thought those were the minimum specs to run windows 10. Lol. I have two desktops running 10, and it slugs if u dont have the hardware. Forza 6 needed more than 16gb of ram with my 390x not to jitter. I upgraded to 64gb. Now it runs nice with 8gb video card
  • That's only slightly overkill
  • I run fine at moderate settings with a GTX 650 Ti (which is only 1gb of vram btw). You guys having issues are only using presets and don't know how to adjust the right settings.
  • this
  • Your computer is broken, then.
  • I wanted to believe you... kinda.
  • Now I need to decide if I'm going to build the PC I want before this gets released. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • When in doubt, wait for Black Friday. It's only an extra 2 months.
  • Because of this game alone?, nahh, not worth it, unless you want to take advantage of the most demanding titles with really high fps. Consoles aren't as bad as a lot of people tell.
  • Pretty panzy specs, even for entry to mid level pc
  • I hope they get antialiasing right in this one though, in Apex it hardly makes a difference even at 8x.
  • Is there cross-buy for this? Would love to get the PC version along side my Xbox One copy.
  • Yes, buy it on xbox and play it on PC or vice versa
  • Only if you buy it in the Xbox Store / Windows Store. You dont get it with physical bought copies. 
  • I don't see the point of getting mad just because your PC may or may not meet the requirements, just either tone things down or get the console version...simple.
  • It's hilarious isn't it. People whine when a game comes out with crappy graphics, but will run on anything, then they bring out a game with high quality graphics and everyone winged because their rigs aren't up to the task. So they bring out a game with high graphical fidelity and will run on ****** system at 60fps 1080p, then they ***** because it's lacking in gameplay or its a buggy mess. If only there were a mandatory training course for every gamer to understand the concept of trade-offs and inverse laws.
  • Well there goes my one year old gaming laptop
  • I built mine last year and it still exceeds the recommended specs. Not sure how much longer that will be the case. But for now, start your engines! :)
  • Lots of complaints here regarding the size of the game. Unfortunately this is simply due to 4K support. 4K = higher resolution textures = more Gigabytes.  I switched my HDD for an SSD as BF4 takes 2 minutes to load on a good old mechanical HDD. It now takes 15 seconds on an SSD with Write+Read at 500MB/s. SSD's are going down in price too. I can only shudder and shiver at how long a game takes to load these days on an Xbox One or a PS4.
  • I will have no problem playing it MAX graphics level on my gaming PC... but, I am buying the disc version on the Xbox one...
  • i run a i7 proccessor with 12gb of ram but only have a gtx 750(1gb vram) will this be okay??
  • if it works core i3 2.50GH and RAM 6 that is fine?