Project CARS 2 Performance Review

Benchmarks: FPS, Frame Time & Smoothness (1440p)

Since the most powerful cards in our pool offer solid performance at 1920x1080, we re-test at 2560x1440 to see how many of them remain viable options.

Ultra Settings

Two groups of cards are clearly defined: those capable of offering acceptable smoothness and a minimum frame rate above 30 FPS, and everything else.

The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1050, Radeon RX 560, and RX 460, which already struggled at 1080p, are practically unusable. As for the Radeon RX 570, it sits at the threshold of acceptable, though there are times when its perceived smoothness takes a noticeable dip.

In any case, none of these cards achieve an average of at least 60 FPS, and only Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 6GB averages more than 50 frames per second.

Medium Settings

Relaxing the graphics quality settings helps make some of our cards competitive again.

Once again, everything from the Radeon RX 570 and up offers smooth gameplay, while the GeForce GTX 1050, Radeon RX 560, and RX 460 simply cannot hang. Our GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which straddles both groups, fares well enough for us to call its performance good for near-fluidity.

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Project CARS 2
  • spdragoo
    Question on the Minimum/Recommended specs:

    GeForce GTX 1080 or Radeon RX 480

    I'm assuming the "GTX 1080" is a misprint. While I'm an AMD fan, I know the RX 580 isn't anywhere near as good as the GTX 1080. Also, I didn't see any testing done with the GTX 1080, but the GTX 1060 did show up.

    Also...any plans to do some more testing with other older/lower GPUs? I'm only asking because a) although the listed minimum (GTX 680) isn't too far off the RX 580/GTX 1060 in performance, it is 3 generations behind (& you did testing with GPUs that are technically lower on the hierarchy than a GTX 680); & b) my own GPU (R9 380) is roughly comparable to the 680 (& superior to the GTX 1050/1050TI & RX 460/560 that were used in testing).
  • anbello262
    I would actually like to ask the exact opposite. Any chance of testing 1080 or 1080ti and 4k? This game has ultra realistic graphics that are really affected by resolution/alias.
  • Th_Redman
    I want to try to understand why my old i-7 950(overclocked to 4GHz from 3.06 stock)with a great aftermarket air cooler supposedly couldn't run this game(says minimum i5 3470). I have it paired with a Zotac GTX 970 and 12 GB's of DDR3 1600Mhz RAM so shouldn't that be enough to run the game with good FPS at 1920x1080P resolution?
  • kerberosa20
    try it and u will see if it will be enough
    but stock i7 950 has around half single core performance of i7 3450...
    so dont expect miracles
  • nmezib
    Any hope of doing VR performance? Like with using Nvidias FCAT tool, or by measuring reprojection times, etc.?

    VR sim racing is a real big deal, and PCars 2 is one of the best looking but most demanding of them. It would be nice to have a list of the most important graphics settings with respect to performance impact.
  • cooldex
    yea woulda like to see 4k tested with gtx 1070 but i actually have the first one which ran pretty well on my laptop at 40fps at 4k (1070)
  • gadgety
    Shortly after the release of Project CARS (Community Assisted Racing Simulator), Slightly Mad Studios and World of Mass Development started fundraising for its sequel.

    They didn't make enough profit on the first?