F1 2022 is here, and like every annual release of the popular racing series, it’s a huge measure of PC performance† It is demanding but well optimized. I started the DT test bench to find the best settings for F1 2022 so you can have a high frame rate.
You don’t have to do a lot of work to get F1 2022 work, especially with its multiple scaling options. Ray tracing however, is a performance killer and not worth the framerate dip for the vast majority of players.
F1 2022 has a ton of graphics options, and none of them destroy performance or image quality. Ray tracing, which I’ll get into later, is the main culprit of performance issues. Otherwise, you can use one of the game’s five presets to get an image you like, and the dynamic resolution option in the Display settings menu to improve your frame rate. If you want to do it yourself, here are the best settings for it: F1 2022†
- Light quality: average
- Post Process: High
- Shadows: Medium
- Particles: Low
- Crowd: Average
- Mirrors: High
- Car and helmet reflections: High
- Weather Effects: High
- Ground Cover: Medium
- Skidmarks: High
- Mix Skidmarks: On
- Environmental Occlusion: HBAO+
- Screen space reflections: medium
- Asynchronous Calculation: On
- Texture Streaming: High
I mainly optimized the settings with the best practices for pc game graphics† That means you first need to reduce shadows and light quality, both of which have the biggest impact on performance. I kept some of the smaller settings like skidmarks and weather effects open due to their limited performance hit. Feel free to turn these settings down if you’re having trouble.
Most people should stay on medium to high settings. I’ll dig deeper into the benchmarks below, but F1 2022 shows diminishing returns beyond Medium for most settings. The Ultra Low preset is not so useful for the best graphics cards, with just a small bump over the Medium preset. With multiple scaling options available, the only reason to go Ultra Low is if you’re running well below the recommended system requirements.
F1 2022 doesn’t ask much, but the system requirements are a bit misleading. At the very least, an old Core i3-2130 or AMD FX 4300 is all you need, but I recommend sticking to the recommended specs when it comes to the CPU. F1 2022 is really CPU limited, so pairing a fast GPU with an older processor will definitely cause this a pc bottleneck†
For graphics, even a GTX 1050 Ti should suffice at 1080p (although one of the best 1080p graphics cards is better). F1 2022 is really well optimized with ray tracing disabled, and you have a lot of bandwidth to boost your performance with dynamic resolution and the super sampling options in the game.
Ray tracing is the killer. You need a GPU with DirectX 12 support to run the game even if you want to disable ray tracing. With ray tracing on, you also need a much faster GPU. The system requirements only ask for an RTX 2060 or RX 6700 XTbut I wouldn’t recommend ray tracing with anything less than an RTX 3070. Otherwise, you’ll probably have to settle for frame rates below 60 fps, especially if you want to work at high resolution.
There are five graphics presets in F1 2022, and I tested them all in 4K, 1440p and 1080p with a Ryzen 9 5950X, RTX 3070 and 32GB DDR4-3200 memory. In all resolutions, one preset is vastly slower than the other: Ultra High. This is the only preset that enables ray tracing as the default option, and it is extremely demanding.
At 4K, for example, you see that the RTX 3070 only achieves 30 fps with the Ultra High preset. The next step down results in a massive 238% increase in performance, mainly due to disabling ray tracing. Medium offers a solid 32% bump over that too.
As mentioned, F1 2022 is fairly CPU constrained, so the performance return starts to decline above the Medium preset. 1440p and 1080p illustrate this clearly. They are a lot better performance with each preset, and in some cases, such as the Medium preset, 1440p and 1080p show nearly identical performance. Take advantage of the lower settings if you have an older processor, but don’t count on it to improve your graphics performance.
It should be obvious by now, but ray tracing is extremely demanding in F1 2022. The most demanding Ultra High ray tracing preset can cause up to 63% slowdown in your average frame rate, so leave ray tracing disabled unless you have a super powerful graphics card like the RTX 3090 Tior if you use scaling options.
Before we get to ray tracing performance, let’s talk about how it works in F1 2022. The game supports ray-traced shadows, reflections, transparent reflections and ambient occlusion. You have a toggle for each of these settings, as well as three general ray tracing quality presets: medium, high, and ultra-high. You can’t set the quality for individual settings, but the quality doesn’t affect performance much anyway.
You can see that in the graph above. The High and Ultra High ray tracing presets have nearly identical performance (the game actually uses the High settings for the Ultra High graphics preset). The Medium setting offers a solid 75% increase over the High preset, but it’s still well below disabling ray tracing.
I struggle to tell a difference between the quality modes for ray tracing so if you enable it I recommend sticking to Medium quality. Most people should just turn ray tracing off, though, as the screen space reflections provide a lot of visual glitter without the huge impact on your frame rate.
Ray tracing is demanding, but F1 2022 gives you options to combat the performance deficit. The game supports Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and AMDs FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR)† They both give you a way to improve performance by lowering the resolution at which the game is displayed. F1 2022 also includes its own dynamic resolution setting, although it doesn’t look nearly as nice as DLSS or FSR.
DLSS does not offer the highest performance, but it is the best option for preserving image quality. At 4K with the Ultra High preset, it offered a 50% performance boost with Quality mode. That’s great, but I recommend most people stick with Balanced mode when using DLSS. It more than doubled my average frame rate without sacrificing too much on image quality.
Unfortunately, DLSS only works on Nvidia’s RTX graphics cards. For everyone else there is FSR. F1 2022 only supports FSR 1.0, not much better FSR 2.0 we’ve seen in games like death loop† However, I wouldn’t go beyond the Balanced preset for FSR 1.0 if you want decent picture quality. FSR falls apart outside that point.
An interesting trend with both DLSS and FSR is that they fall past the balanced mode. Of F1 2022 Being CPU limited as it is, the more aggressive quality modes don’t offer as much performance boost as they should.