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We analyze the performance of the game F1 2012

We analyze the performance of the game F1 2012

F1 2012 , racing game, and newcomer to the series of Codemasters F1, launched a few days ago, and this time we look at the graphics performance of the PC version in a microprocessor-based computer and three video cards based on GPUs ranges high, medium and low of the last generation HD 6000 Northern Islands (sorry to report that at this time I do not have any video card based on Nvidia GPUs to test).


The test team has the following configuration:

  • Microprocessor AMD Phenom II X5 1055T overclocked to 3.6GHz (257MHz bus).
  • Motherboard ASUS M5A78L-M LX V2 (AMD 760g chipset).
  • 8GB Patriot DDR3-1600.
  • Sound Card Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 4.
  • Seagate Barracuda 640GB HDD.
  • Power Supply 850W Antec Quattro TruPower.
  • MSI R6950 video card (AMD Radeon 2GB GDDR5).
  • Video Card MSI R6850 Cyclone (AMD Radeon 1GB GDDR5).
  • XFX HD6670 video card (AMD Radeon 1GB GDDR5).
  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit.
  • AMD Catalyst Driver 8.12 WHQL SouthBridge.
  • Graphics Controller AMD Catalyst 12.8 WHQL.
  • DirectX updated.


The equipment was tested with graphics drivers to their default values, and sought to replicate the configuration of a standard user, which was maintained for the operating system in its default configuration (energy saving mode in Balanced) also remained Open the Microsoft Security Essentials antivirus, anti-spyware Windows Defender, Windows Live Essentials 2012 messaging client and Steam.

The game was tested in mode at a resolution of 1920 X 1080, smoothing 8X MSAA, Valencia track, 24 vehicles, rainy weather and qualities: Ultra High (H) and Medium (Medium):

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Graphics performance tests

is not very demanding graphically, even the Radeon HD 6670 can move it to the highest quality (Ultra + 8X MSAA) to a sustained frame rate up to 37 frames per second by reducing the graphics quality to the Upper and Middle outperforms comfortably the 60 frames per second in all configurations despite leaving 8X MSAA filter active:

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Note: FPS Min = minimum / average FPS Prom =

Test cores scaling (CPU)

F1 2012 requires at least a dual-core microprocessor, the game refused to run at off five core Phenom II X6 1055T emulate a single core machine. Pleasantly surprised that this game makes use of more than four cores, noticing performance increases when going from four to six cores.

We should also mention that this game is quite dependent on the CPU power, because their performance was increased by 22.9% to overclock the Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz of serial 3.6GHz (28% overclock). Curiously use a Phenom II X6 1055T at stock frequency and its six cores enabled combined with a Radeon HD 6670 have outperformed the Radeon HD 6950 + Phenom II X6@3.6GHz limited to two cores.

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In order to enjoy this game to the fullest is recommended at least one computer with a quad-core microprocessor and a graphics card based on Nvidia GPUs GeForce GT 430 or AMD Radeon HD 6650, though no doubt it can work very well with smaller configurations adjusting the game’s graphical settings.

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