Forza Horizon 5 Benchmark Comparison on Windows Gaming Handhelds

In this video and blog post we are checking out the recently released Forza Horizon 5 performance on the ONEXPLAYER 1S, AYA NEO 2021 Pro, GPD Win 3 and GPD Win MAX 2021. Windows Gaming Handhelds, start your engines!

Forza Horizon 5 Benchmark Comparison Video

To ensure fairness we are running with the same main Windows 10 updates and drivers. We have set the resolution to 1280×720 as the handhelds all use different native resolutions. 

All handhelds apart from the Win MAX are set to 20W TDP, the Win MAX is at 22W so it will have up to 10% more performance which we will adjust for.

Two benchmarks are performed, one on Very Low and the other on Ultra graphics settings. Extreme is not used as no handheld is ready for that yet 🙂

Forza Horizon 5 Windows Gaming Handheld Benchmarks

GPD Win MAX 2021

Let’s start with the GPD WIN MAX 2021 as it has a slightly higher TDP. 

On the Very Low graphics settings it has an average of 69 frames per second.

Very Low settings on GPD Win Max 2021
Very Low settings on GPD Win Max 2021

On the Ultra graphics settings it has an average of 22 frames per second.

Ultra settings on GPD Win Max 2021
Ultra settings on GPD Win Max 2021

ONEXPLAYER 1S

Up next we have the ONEXPLAYER 1S which was the overall highest performing Intel based handheld out of that and the GPD’s.

On the Very Low graphics settings the ONEXPLAYER 1S has an average of 62 FPS

Very Low settings on ONEXPLAYER 1S
Very Low settings on ONEXPLAYER 1S

On the Ultra graphics settings it gets an average of 22 frames per second.

Ultra settings on ONEXPLAYER 1S
Very Low settings on ONEXPLAYER 1S

GPD Win 3

It may be the smallest of all the handhelds but it still packs a fair punch, the GPD Win 3 is up next.

On the Very Low graphics settings the GPD Win 3 has an average of 48 FPS

Very Low settings on GPD Win 3
Very Low settings on ONEXPLAYER 1S

On the highest graphics settings it has an average of 18 frames per second.

Ultra settings on ONEXPLAYER 1S
Ultra settings on ONEXPLAYER 1S

AYA NEO 2021 Pro

And last but not least is the only AMD Ryzen powered handheld. We saw in our recent review it can stand up against the Intel based handhelds.

On the very low graphics settings the AYA NEO 2021 Pro has an average of 72 FPS

Very Low settings on AYA NEO 2021 Pro
Very Low settings on AYA NEO 2021 Pro

On the highest graphics settings it has an average of 23 frames per second.

Ultra settings on AYA NEO 2021 Pro
Ultra settings on AYA NEO 2021 Pro

Benchmark Results

Very Low Settings FPSUltra Settings FPS
GPD Win MAX 20216922
ONEXPLAYER 16222
GPD Win 34818
AYA NEO 2021 Pro7223

Looking at the benchmark results we can see that the GPD Win 3 has the lowest FPS. With 48 and 18 on Ultra and Low respectively. We are pretty sure that the cooling may not be good enough and causing the CPU to downclock to keep it running cooler.

In third place is the GPD Win MAX 2021. As mentioned, the Win MAX has a higher TDP so adjusting the scores makes this technically just below second place.

In second place is the ONEXPLAYER 1S with 62 and 22 frames per second on the Ultra and Low graphics settings respectively.

And in first place with a considerably higher 72 frames per second on Ultra, and 23 on very low is the AYA NEO 2021 Pro.

We were expecting this order of performance, as we have previously benchmarked Forza Horizon 4. But if you have seen our AYA NEO 2021 Pro review, it is not faster than the ONEXPLAYER 1S in every game. But those games which take advantage of multiple cores and threads seem to work better in AMD processors than on Intel. 

Forza Horizon 5 on Windows Gaming Handhelds
Forza Horizon 5 on Windows Gaming Handhelds

Also of note are the Intel drivers, we are using slightly older drivers as the latest had issues. There were also some minor graphics issues with the version we are using. The latest AMD drivers had no such issues and we very rarely do have any with them.

If you would like to see other comparison videos and articles, let’s say the AYA NEO 2021 Pro for AMD versus ONEXPLAYER 1S for Intel. Let us know what games you would like and we will pick the most popular for a future one.

That wraps up this brief comparison blog post, we hope you have found it interesting. You can learn more about each Windows Gaming Handheld at their respective links following AYA NEO 2021 Pro, GPD Win 3, GPD WIN MAX 2021 and ONEXPLAYER 1S.

DaveC
Bringer of videos, text and images! AKA the social media guy at DroiX. Massive retro gaming fan and collector, with a far too large collection of consoles and computers from 1970's to modern.

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