Forza Horizon 5 minimum spec pins performance on a GTX 970 or better

Screenshot of Forza Horizon 5 showing two cars with smoking tyres
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If you're anything like me, you're trying not to totally lose it while you wait for Forza Horizon 5 to come out. Just over a month now. Anyways, in the meantime, we can at least check out the Forza Horizon 5 recommended specs, which were released today.

Before you even get a chance to run Forza Horizon 5, you'll need to install it. To do so, you'll need at least 110GB of space free on a HDD or, preferably, an SSD.

To get your tyres spinning even a little, you'll want to hit the minimum GPU specification for Forza Horizon 5: an AMD Radeon RX 470 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 970. These two cards both had immense reach back in their day, which was a good while ago now, so hopefully neither proves too much of a challenge for would-be racers.

The ideal spec isn't all too recent either, demanding either an Radeon RX 590 (opens in new tab) or a GeForce GTX 1070 (opens in new tab) or better. That does mean the incredible popular GeForce GTX 1060 (opens in new tab) doesn't quite make the cut for 'recommended' but it is safely above the minimum spec and shouldn't have any issues playing the game, at least.

To hit the ideal spec you'll need either a Radeon RX 6800 XT (opens in new tab) or GeForce RTX 3080 (opens in new tab).

No real surprises there, then—big, powerful GPU is best. That said, there are promising signs for gaming at 1080p with a modicum of performance with either Polaris or Pascal graphics cards in your PC.

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Forza Horizon 5 recommended specifications
Header Cell - Column 0 Minimum specificationRecommended specificationIdeal specification
CPURyzen 3 1200 / Core i5 4460Ryzen 5 1500X / Core i5 8400Ryzen 7 3800XT / Core i7 10700K
GPURX 470 / GTX 970RX 590 / GTX 1070RX 6800 XT / RTX 3080
Min OS versionWindows 10 Nov 2019 update (1909)Windows 10 Nov 2019 update (1909)Windows 10 Nov 2019 update (1909)
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Onto the CPU and you'll want at least an AMD Ryzen 3 1200 or Intel Core i5 4460, both of which are four-core processors. It's unlikely you'll run into any issue on most newer processors, then, as almost any Ryzen/Core chip released since 2017 will have at least that many cores (if not many more) and plenty faster clock speeds/architectures.

The ideal spec is a little beefier: a four-core, eight-thread Ryzen 5 1500X or a six-core, six-thread Core i5 8400.

And up top, for the ideal specification, two last gen chips from AMD and Intel: the often forgotten Ryzen 7 3800XT (opens in new tab) and the Core i7 10700K.

But there's more in the latest Forza Horizon 5 blog post (opens in new tab) to sink your teeth into. Firstly, ultrawide fanatics will be pleased to know the game will let you bask in Mexico's beauty in a 21:9 aspect ratio. And secondly most racing wheels are fair game, too.

And to top it all off, there's the promise of widespread haptic feedback support cross-platform for the Xbox Wireless Controller. Even PC. And even the Steam version of Forza Horizon 5 on PC. Bring on November 9.

Jacob Ridley
Senior Hardware Editor

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things as hardware writer at PCGamesN, where he would later win command of the kit cupboard as hardware editor. Nowadays, as senior hardware editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industry. When he's not writing about GPUs and CPUs, however, you'll find him trying to get as far away from the modern world as possible by wild camping.