Our test PC: Captiva R52-681

On the first weekend in July this year, the Formula 1 season 2020 started in Spielberg, Austria, because of the corona pandemic many weeks late and also with a shortened racing calendar. Almost in time for the late start of the season there is now the new edition of the Codemasters Formula 1 gaming series: F1 2020 (buy now for 58.48 €). Our test confirms the game is good 9/10 points. At this point we want to give you tips and information about the graphics tuning of the PC version of F1 2020. This tuning article was created using a test system from Captiva (Captiva R52-681), whose technical specifications correspond almost exactly to the recommended system requirements. The Captiva R52-681 works with a Ryzen 5 3600 (six cores, 3.8 to 4.4 GHz, 12 threads), an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super and 16GB DDR4-2400-RAM. An MSI B450M Pro-M2 Max serves as mainboard, an SSD with 480GB, 1000GB hard disk storage and a DVD burner. The PC also includes a keyboard and a mouse from LC-Power. Windows 10 (64 bit) is included and pre-installed. The RRP is 999 euros.

We will show you the differences in the FPS values ​​within the framework of various pre-settings contained in the game using this mid-range PC. In addition, we will show you how the graphic settings for shadows, antialiasing, etc. affect the fluidity of the display. In case you can't classify the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super exactly: it performs roughly as much as an Nvidia GTX 1070 or an AMD RX Vega 56, compared to older popular graphics cards like the Nvidia GTX 970 or 1060 or an AMD R9 290 they are 25 to 30 percent faster. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti mentioned in the system requirements of F1 2020 corresponds almost exactly to the performance of the GeForce GTX 1660 Super.

Graphics options for F1 2020: video options

In the game options of F1 2020 there are two menu items in the Settings / Graphics options menu that can be related to the performance of the graphics: Video mode and "Advanced setup".

The graphics menu 'Advanced Setup' - adjusting individual options does improve performance.

The graphics menu "Extended Setup" – adjusting individual options does improve performance.

Source: Codemasters

In the latter you will find the general detail mode from ultra low to ultra high as the first menu item with the "Detail presets". The video mode menu is mainly about things like resolution, refresh rate or V-Sync, but there is also an important quality-related item here: AA (anti-aliasing). AA smoothes edges, for example of walls, lanterns or fences. For this purpose, pixels are calculated, which, to put it simply, allow the edge to fuse a little with the background, strong enough so that there is no step effect, but not too strong so that the edges still appear clearly recognizable and sharp. Depending on the method, this requires a relatively large amount of computing power. TAA is active as standard in F1 2010. In addition to TAA, there are also CMAA and TAA with the additional procedures chess board, fidelity upscaling and fidelity blur reduction. AA can also be completely deactivated. You have the following FPS advantages (FPS: frames per second) through a selection that differs from TAA according to our measurements with the default setting "high" for the details:

  • TAA with fidelity sharpness regulation: no significant difference
  • CMAA: about 3.5 percent more FPS
  • TAA Fidelity upscaling and TAA chess board: 21 to 27 percent more FPS
  • AA deactivated: 8.0 percent more FPS

In terms of performance, the modes TAA chessboard and TAA fidelity upscaling are worthwhile – but the latter looks very ugly, as the following screenshot comparison (Full HD, high details) shows, so we advise against it. The wall edges are sharp, but pay attention to the marshals, the wheel suspension and the "Orlen" lettering.

Comparison of anti-aliasing methods - without AA, step formation can be seen in the wall and the lantern. The TAA Fidelity upscaling is disappointing.

Comparison of anti-aliasing methods – without AA, step formation can be seen in the wall and the lantern. The TAA Fidelity upscaling is disappointing.

Source: Codemasters

There is hardly any difference between normal TAA and TAA chess boards, so that you can test here whether the TAA chess board method also looks good on your PC and brings more FPS. In addition to AA, you can also experiment with "Dynamic Resolution" in the video mode menu. Here the resolution is continuously adjusted, which means that the game can use a higher resolution internally if the PC can handle it to produce a better picture. This point is more interesting for stronger PCs.

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