Forza Horizon 3 Patch Improves CPU Performance, Adds More Graphical Options

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May 9, 2017
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Alongside the Hot Wheels expansion, a new Forza Horizon 3 patch just went live bringing a slew of performance improvements for the PC version of the game. That was basically the only thorn in the side of what is otherwise an outstanding racing game. The minimum requirements of the game have also been lowered with this Forza Horizon 3 patch.

Check the full details below and let us know in the comments your first impressions on the Hot Wheels expansion and the Forza Horizon 3 patch.

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PC Update Improvements

Alongside the release of the Forza Horizon 3 Hot Wheels expansion, we are pleased to announce numerous critical improvements included in the Windows 10 PC version of the game. These improvements are included in today’s automatic update and do not require the Hot Wheels expansion to take advantage of.

Improved CPU Performance

We have observed that a large portion of players are CPU limited when trying to run Forza Horizon 3 at high frame rates, including locked 60 FPS and unlocked. By analyzing telemetry, we have developed targeted optimizations for this group of affected players by increasing the number of concurrent threads used by the render architecture. We have taken further advantage of DX12 capabilities to allow the visuals to be processed out of order during the frame, in order to reduce synchronization stalls and decrease CPU execution duration. These changes result in a significant CPU performance gain on High or Ultra settings when running on PCs of Recommended spec or better.

Updated Thread Model

We have updated our threading affinity model to make better use of all available cores. Along with this change, we have added a new graphics option to disable the new model, should you prefer. This option can be found in the Video Settings menu under “Threaded Optimization”.

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More Graphical Options

We have also added some additional graphical options to improve framerate for those playing on lower specification PCs. These include:

· Dynamic Geometry Quality now has a Very Low option

· World Car Level of Detail now has a Very Low option

These are combined with some existing options to create a new “Very Low” preset that can be used with dynamic optimization.

Additionally, all options have had their descriptions updated to include information on how each setting affects the CPU performance, GPU performance, and available VRAM, so that players can better understand the performance impact that tweaking each setting will have.

Updated Minimum Specification

Along with the performance improvements coming with this release, we are lowering the minimum specification to reduce the CPU requirement and the NVIDIA GPU requirement.

Minimum Specification
CPU i3-4170 @ 3.7Ghz
GPU NVIDIA GT 740 | AMD R7 250x
VRAM 2GB GDDR5
RAM 8GB
Hard Drive Type HDD
Resolution 1280 x 720

Expanded Driving Wheel Support

With the most recent update of Windows 10, Windows Creators Edition, we have expanded our list of officially supported steering wheels for PC. The full list of newly supported wheels:

· Logitech Driving Force GT

· Logitech MOMO Force Feedback Racing Wheel

· Logitech G920

· Logitech G29

· Logitech G25

· Logitech G27

· Fanatec ClubSport Wheel Base V1

· Fanatec CSV2

· Fanatec CSR

· Thrustmaster TS-PC

· Thrustmaster T150

· Thrustmaster T500 RS

· Thrustmaster TMX V1

· Thrustmaster TMX V2

· Thrustmaster T300RS

· Thrustmaster TX 458 Edition

· Thrustmaster TX 599 Edition

· Thrustmaster TX Leather Edition

· Thrustmaster TX F1 Edition

· Thrustmaster TX GTE Edition

· Thrustmaster RGT

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