Best Laptop for Forza Horizon 5 (Fall, 2022)

Forza Horizon 5 The Forza Horizon series has been around for quite a while now. Ever since, the series has enjoyed cult-like following of sim racing enthusiasts. Forza Horizon 5 delivers exactly what it promised – beautiful open world to explore in any real car you wish. That said, Forza Horizon 5 has remained firmly planted in the racing genre, rather than allowing its players to jump into simulation racing sessions. What this means is that you won’t be able to feel like Michael Schumacher for an afternoon.

What are you looking for when you’re searching for the best gaming laptops for Forza Horizon 5? Is there anything special I should be looking out for? To answer all of that and a bit more – I’ve done the research – best sellers, latest releases, reviews, benchmarks, and community thoughts. First, I’ll cover all of the basic requirements and specifications you can expect from your laptop at every price point. Then we’ll take a look at some budget picks and will move on to some high-end options. Now, as Aiden would say “you better get goin'”.

Requirements for a Forza Horizon 5 laptop

Major Choosing the right graphics card for Forza Horizon 5

Choosing the best graphics card for playing Forza Horizon 5 boils down to a matter of what you can afford. I’ve separated my recommendations into 3 categories – minimum, recommend, and the best possible option for playing Forza Horizon 5. This guide is focused on seasoned players with an interest in informing others.

Minimum graphics (under $1500)

For an entry-level laptop with integrated graphics, you’ll need to make some compromises. If your budget is limited, you’ll need to get used to lower settings or lower FPS rates. At this price point, the only realistic option I can think of is GTX 1660 Ti or it’s equivalent models.

Recommended graphics ($1500 – $2000)

For gamers with slightly more demanding needs, I recommend RTX 2070. These cards offer 60 FPS on Medium settings while gaming on Full HD resolution – perfect for most games, but maybe not so much for Forza Horizon 5. If you’re eyeing a 144Hz display or comparable refresh rate, then these cards are probably not enough to keep up with its demanding demands. If that’s your case, then I suggest investing in higher end video cards.

Best graphics ($2000 and up)

At this point, there are three options available: RTX 3080, RTX 3070, and RTX 2080 depending on your budget and willingness to compromise in other areas like battery life or screen size/resolution/refresh rate). All of these GPUs deliver an outstanding performance at high resolutions with few compromises in battery life or screen size/resolution/refresh rate for laptops that are designed specifically for high-end gaming experiences.

Major How to choose the right memory for playing Forza Horizon 5?

With the processor and graphics card out of the way, you need to make sure that no other component limits performance.

Memory is the least complicated part of the equation. We’re looking at a pretty typical scenario: 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB. Simply make sure you’re not getting a laptop that skimped on memory, thus limiting performance or forcing you to upgrade within your warranty period.

I’d say 8 GB is the minimum for a laptop running modern OS and may be a bottle neck if you plan on more than basic every day tasks. 32 GB on the other hand, may be somewhat an overkill for most users for today, but if you have a higher budget – it’s one of the ways to make your system future-proof. [Memory is relatively cheap these days so it shouldn’t break your bank](an article on the price of ram).

That said, 16 GB is more than enough for all everyday puproses and a the sweet spot for almost all gaming.

TL;DR
  • Avoid laptops with less than 8 GB of memory
  • RAM is cheap these days so it shouldn’t break your bank (i.e. you don’t need to save up for a laptop with 16 GB of RAM)
  • You should get 32 GB if you can afford it

Major Processor

A processor is the heart of a computer, which is what makes it so important to understand. And for this article, I want to explore the different tiers of processors available on laptops. I will start with the most basic – [i3, and work my way up to the top-of-the-line – i9 and equivalents](intel’s official i3, i5, i7 comparison chart).

Requirements

I have to admit that I am [not a PC gamer myself](article about how you don’t need to be a pc gamer to write about pc gaming). But if you are looking for a laptop for playing Forza Horizon 5 – it’s time to check out Core i5. Core i5 is the baseline processor for an [entry-level [gaming laptop](an article on how much ram you need for gaming)](this article on how many different types of laptops are there). It’s perfect for 1080p gaming on medium settings, or high settings at 720p. Core i7 also works well for 1080p gaming on high settings. However, Core i7 (or Core i9) can also handle 4K gaming on low settings without too much trouble – which is not something Core i5 can do (in general).

Recommendations

Given what we know about requirements and what type of gameplay you’ll be playing, here are some options you might want to consider:

  • Core i3-1005G1 – this is the minimum you should look for in a gaming laptop. If you’re planning on playing Forza Horizon 5 at 1080p on medium settings – then Core i3 is perfect. Otherwise, go with Core i5 instead;
  • Core i5-10300H – I’d recommend this CPU if you’re planning on playing Forza Horizon 5 at 1080p on high settings;
  • Core i7-10900H – if you want something more powerful than Core i5 but don’t need 4K performance;
  • Core i9-10885H – if you need something more powerful than what’s offered by Core i7.
TL;DR

i3 is the minimum for 1080p gaming on medium settings; go with i5 for high settings or i7 for 4K performance; go with i9 if you need even more power than that

Optional requirements for a Forza Horizon 5 laptop

Optional My storage recommendations for playing Forza Horizon 5

Hey, let’s talk about Solid State Drives (SSDs). I know you probably don’t care about them – it’s okay, it’s not your fault. You were never taught about them in school. So today, I’ll be your professor of Laptop Storage Studies (and yes, I have a diploma to back it up).

Picking an SSD

[SSDs are thankfully not as impactful on gaming as they would be on some professional applications](a reddit thread on ssds and gaming). That’s why we don’t need to scrutinize every SSD metric with a few notable exceptions. Needless to say, laptops with NVMe PCI-e SSDs are preferred over models that use SATA connection. But that’s pretty much it.

If you’re having trouble making up your mind, [I’ll remind you that storage is more straightforward to upgrade than most other specs](a reddit thread on gaming laptops with upgradable storage). Rather often, bigger gaming laptops have an additional unoccupied M.2 slot that you could use for a storage upgrade. Though some manufacturers might void your warranty if you were to upgrade, so it’s best to buy a laptop that you’ll be satisfied with for at least a year or two.

Recommendations

Oh, and if you’re clueless what’s a “good” amount of space – here’s TL;DR; version:

TL;DR
  • Solid State Drives are not as impactful on gaming as they would be on some professional applications
  • Laptops with NVMe PCI-e SSDs are preferred over models that use SATA connection
  • Buy a laptop that you’ll be satisfied with for at least a year or two
  • A good amount of space is 120GB (for the average gamer)

7 Best Laptops for Forza Horizon 5

Dell G5 5515

1
Forget about shortage of storage
Price
$990
Ryzen 5 5600H | RTX 3050 | 16 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 15.6″ 120Hz; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Up to the mark processor (Ryzen 5 5600H)
  • Up to the mark graphics card (RTX 3050)
Cons
  • Garden-variety memory amount (16GB)
  • No IPS Panel (worse viewing angles)

ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 M3500QC-DS71

2
Great value
Price
$1100
Ryzen 7 5800H | RTX 3050 | 16 GB RAM | 512 GB SSD | 15.6″ OLED; 1920×1200
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Excellent processor (Ryzen 7 5800H)
  • Up to scratch graphics card (RTX 3050)
Cons
  • Ordinary memory amount (16GB)

ASUS TUF F15

3
Laptop with insane price and performance ratio
Price
$1200
i7-11800H | RTX 3050 | 16 GB RAM | 512 GB SSD | 15.6″ 144Hz; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Awesome processor (i7-11800H)
  • A lot of storage 512 GB SSD
Cons
  • Not the best graphics card (RTX 3050)
  • So-so memory amount (16GB)

HP Omen

4
Fantastic value
Price
$1340
i7-11800H | RTX 3060 | 16 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 17.3″ 144Hz IPS WA; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Excellent processor (i7-11800H)
  • Adequate graphics card (RTX 3060)

MSI GE75 Raider I

5
Great value
Price
$1450
i7-10750H | RTX 2060 | 32 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD; 2000 GB HDD | 17.3″ 144Hz IPS-level; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Fair graphics card (RTX 2060)
  • Competent memory amount (32GB)

Sager NP7880P

6
Plenty of features for the money
Price
$1480
i7-12700H | RTX 3060 | 16 GB RAM | 1000 GB SSD | 17.3″ 144Hz Matte; 1920×1080
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Splendid processor (i7-11800H)
  • Good graphics card (RTX 3060)

ASUS ROG Zephyrus

7
Forget about shortage of storage
Price
$2250
Ryzen 9 5900HS | RTX 3070 | 40 GB RAM | 2000 GB SSD | 15.6″ 165Hz IPS-level G-Sync; 2560×1440
Pros and cons
Pros
  • Great processor (Ryzen 9 5900HS)
  • Fair graphics card (RTX 3070)

Table of Best Laptops for Forza Horizon 5

LaptopPrice (approx)
Dell G5 5515$990
ASUS VivoBook Pro 15 M3500QC-DS71$1100
ASUS TUF F15$1200
HP Omen$1340
MSI GE75 Raider I$1450
Sager NP7880P$1480
ASUS ROG Zephyrus$2250
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