Horizon Forbidden West Optimized Settings for RTX 4060 Laptop GPU

The best graphics settings for playing Horizon Forbidden West on an RTX 4060/3060 laptop GPU

Horizon Forbidden West is one of the more optimized PC ports to launch of late. The game runs well on most modern GPUs but can be taxing for laptops and older graphics cards with lower bandwidth/memory. We tested Forbidden West on one of the most popular mobile GPUs to find a balance between quality and performance. The GeForce RTX 4060 laptop was tested on the Alienware x14 alongside the Intel Core i7-13620H and 32GB of DDR5-4800 memory (8GB x4).

The RTX 4060 mobile features 3072 shaders across 24 SMs, complemented by 32MB of L2 cache and 96 ROPs. It is paired with 8GB of GDDR6 memory across a 128-bit bus, producing a peak bandwidth of 256 GB/s. The graphics core is clocked at up to 1545MHz, with a boost clock of 1890MHz, while the memory runs at 2000MHz (effectively 16Gbps). The RTX 4060 laptop GPU has a TBP of 115W, though it is slightly higher or lower on some notebooks.

At the “Very High” graphics preset, the GeForce RTX 4060 mobile averages 55 FPS and 42 FPS at 1080p and 1440p, respectively. Not very encouraging. Fret not, as Horizon Forbidden West features NVIDIA DLSS 2/3 “Frame Generation, AMD FSR 2.2, and Intel XeSS upscaling. We’ll opt for DLSS since we have a GeForce GPU at our disposal:

The GeForce RTX 4060 mobile averages 54.4 FPS with DLSS 2 “Balanced” at 1440p (Very High). That’s a healthy 30% performance uplift over native, but not quite enough. Enabling “Frame Generation” increases the frame rate to 69 FPS (average) with lows of 42 FPS. Unfortunately, Frame Generation is only available on RTX 40 series GPUs.

For users playing on an RTX 30 or Radeon GPU, we recommend implementing our Optimized Settings for low-end PCs. Reducing the shadow quality to “Medium” and turning off Screen Space Shadows boosted our frame rates to 69 FPS (with DLSS 2 enabled) at 1440p. With lows of nearly 50 FPS, these settings should deliver a stable experience even on lower-end PCs.

Optimized Settings for Horizon Forbidden West on RTX 4060 Laptop GPU

RTX 4060 Laptop GPURTX 3060 Laptop GPU
Texture QualityVery HighVery High
Texture Filtering8x8x
Depth of FieldOffOff
Shadow QualityVery HighMedium
Level of DetailVery HighHigh
Terrain QualityVery HighVery High
Cloud QualityVery HighVery High
Ambient OcclusionSSAOSSAO
Screen Space ReflectionsHighHigh
Water QualityHighHigh
Crowd QualityHighMedium
Translucency QualityHigh ResHigh Res
Screen Space ShadowsOnOff
Anti AliasingN/AN/A
UpscalingDLSS 3 “FG” BalancedDLSS Balanced/Performance


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