Horizon Forbidden West PC Performance Review: AMD 7900 XT as Fast as RTX 4080 at Half the Price

Horizon Forbidden West has landed on PC in all its 4K glory, running at nearly 100 FPS (on the GeForce RTX 4090). We tested the latest PS5-PC exclusive and were pleasantly surprised by the result. Developed by Nixxes, the PC port of Forbidden West features scaled-up textures, highly detailed objects, and a trio of upscaling options (and Frame Generation) to back it up. At 122GB, the game takes up a large chunk of storage, and even on PCIe Gen 4 SSDs takes several seconds to load up.

Test Bench

  • CPU: Intel Core i9-13900KF.
  • Motherboard: ASUS ROG Z790 Maximus Hero.
  • Memory: 16GB x2 @6000MT/s CL30.
  • Power Supply: Corsair rm1000e.
  • Latest graphics drivers.

Horizon Forbidden West PC Performance Tested

We tested Horizon Forbidden West on our usual test bench. The “Very High” quality graphics preset was used for all benchmarks without upscaling or frame generation. The tests were conducted at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K in the starting section of the game. As you’ll see, Horizon Forbidden West favors AMD GPUs, with the $699 Radeon RX 7900 XT matching the $1000+ RTX 4080 Super.

Horizon Forbidden West PC 1080p Performance

At 1080p, the Radeon RX 7900 GRE is 16% faster than the similarly priced GeForce RTX 4070, extending the lead to 19.5% at 1440p. The GeForce RTX 4080 Super marks a slim victory over the Radeon RX 7900 XTX, trailing the RTX 4090 by 10-12%. The top five GPUs average over 100 FPS, with lows consistently hitting 80-90 FPS.

Horizon Forbidden West PC 1440p Performance

At 4K, the AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX edges past the RTX 4080 Super (courtesy of the wider bus and cache), while the RX 7900 GRE extends its lead over the RTX 4070 to 20%. The RX 7900 XT is nearly as fast as the 4080 Super, with almost identical 1% lows. The RTX 4090, a $1,600 card, is only 14% faster than the $899 RX 7900 XTX in this title.

Horizon Forbidden West PC 4K Performance

As per the below frametime variance graph, the Radeon RX 7900 XTX is slightly smoother than the RTX 4080 Super, which, in turn, performs a smidge better than the RX 7900 XT. The RX 7900 GRE is much more stable than the RTX 4070, courtesy of the larger VRAM and cache buffers.

Horizon Forbidden West Performance frametimes
4K Frametime variances

Despite averaging over 150 FPS at 1080p (RTX 4080 Super), Horizon Forbidden West is completely GPU-bound. The game is quite the CPU hog, with our Core i9-13900K sipping up to 238W during the test. The GPU power consumption was slightly better, peaking at 296W and 371W on the RTX 4080 Super and 4090, respectively.

All-in-all, Forbidden West is a well-optimized PC port, something we rarely get to see these days. Most players should be able to run the game at the highest quality graphics preset (aided by FSR 2/DLSS 3) with consistent frametimes and minimal stuttering.

Areej Syed

Processors, PC gaming, and the past. I have written about computer hardware for over seven years with over 5000 published articles. I started during engineering college and haven't stopped since. On the side, I play RPGs like Baldur's Gate, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Divinity, and Fallout. Contact:
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