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Assassin's Creed Odyssey Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Alex Alderson), 10/09/2018

The CPU thirst of the ancient world. The new title in the Assassin’s Creed series takes players to Ancient Greece, after having been set in ancient Egypt in the series previous outing, Assassin’s Creed Origins. We will be testing the new game on numerous GPUs while assessing the extent to which hardware requirements and graphics options have changed.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Technology

Fundamentally, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is a good-looking game just like its predecessor. The extensive world has high-draw distances and a consistent art direction. The richness of detail in vegetation and the degree of texture sharpness is commendable too given the game’s huge size. Moreover, the atmosphere lighting, the crisp shadows and the finely modeled characters all add to the game’s look and feel.

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However, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey inherits its predecessor’s greatest shortcoming: high CPU demands. Our GPU rankings are CPU-dependent as the lower part of our benchmark section demonstrates, particularly the results for the Alienware 17 R4 with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080. The game often hits CPU limits depending on what cooling system or processor is being used and what resolution or settings at which the game is being played. This degree of CPU dependency is unusual for 3D games and suggests that the game lacks proper PC optimization. We could only achieve higher than 100 FPS on a few systems even with graphics set to minimum. Unfortunately, little has improved from Assassin’s Creed Origins in this respect.

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We have no such criticism about the graphics menu though, which is first-class. There are numerous options that are complemented by the same kind of explanations and imagery that we have seen in Origins and other Ubisoft games like Ghost Recon Wildlands or Far Cry 5.

We did not test the HDR mode, but as far as we can tell all changes made within the Display tab take effect immediately without the need for a restart. The game must be restarted though if Advanced Settings within the graphics menu are changed; this is not too annoying as the introductory videos can be skipped. Moreover, the load times could be shorter, particularly on HDDs.

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The game has 15 graphics options, but there are also five presets should you not want to tweak settings individually. Your system should have a powerful GPU on top of the CPU requirements that we mentioned earlier. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey uses VRAM extensively at higher graphics levels and resolutions with around 3.5 GB of video memory required for playing the game at 1920x1080 with the graphics set to ultra-high. Likewise, you will need almost 5 GB to play the game at 3840x2160. However, the game occasionally struggles with stutters and low minimum frame rates regardless of the hardware being used. We have no idea why though.

Low
Low
Medium
Medium
High
High
Ultra High
Ultra High

Benchmarks

We must praise the developers of the built-in benchmark with its detailed statistics. The benchmark goes much further than the Ubisoft games of old like Rainbow Six Siege, For Honor and The Division, which had an automatic speed measurement that measured performance. By contrast, there is almost a one-minute camera flight through a settlement lined with rivers, trees and passers-by. There are several graphs and sets of statistics displayed during the benchmark too. Additionally, there are detailed results at the end of the benchmark including charts, frame rate information, system information and settings.

The game is playable from around 35 FPS but feels smooth at speeds beyond 50 FPS. While desired frame rates are more of a personal preference, the third-person perspective means that the game runs okay at relatively low frame rates.

Results

HD – 1280x720

Office and cheaper multimedia notebooks cannot handle Assassin’s Creed Odyssey even at minimum settings. Integrated GPUs like the Intel HD Graphics 630 cannot achieve beyond 9 FPS with the game set to minimum graphics and 1280x720. We would recommend using at least an Nvidia GeForce MX150 to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in HD.

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Assassin´s Creed Odyssey
    1280x720 Low Preset
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal, 1950X
Desktop PC AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
120 (min: 52) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
109 (min: 53) fps ∼67%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
102 (min: 51) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
101 (min: 43) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
100 (min: 47) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
96 (min: 40) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
86 (min: 44) fps ∼53%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
84 (min: 44) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
67 (min: 37) fps ∼41%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
66 (min: 32) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
77 (min: 27) fps ∼47%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 7740X
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Asus X299 Prime
57 (min: 21) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
65 (min: 29) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
64 (min: 33) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
50 (min: 22) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
60 (min: 27) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
47 (min: 26) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
44 (min: 23) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
43 (min: 10) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
24 (min: 15) fps ∼15%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
fps ∼0%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
9 (min: 5) fps ∼6%

FHD – 1920x1080

You will need a current mid-range GPU or an older high-end GPU to play the game in FHD, with ideally a minimum of a GeForce GTX 1050 to play the game in FHD with the graphics set to medium. Likewise, we would recommend using either a GeForce GTX 970M or a GTX 980M for playing in FHD at high graphics. You will need to step up to a GTX 980 or GTX 1060 to play the game at maximum graphics.

Assassin´s Creed Odyssey
    1920x1080 Ultra High Preset     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal, 1950X
Desktop PC AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
67 (min: 30) fps ∼54%
87 (min: 38) fps ∼64%
104 (min: 40) fps ∼65%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
71 (min: 34) fps ∼57%
90 (min: 55) fps ∼66%
100 (min: 55) fps ∼62%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
67 (min: 30) fps ∼54%
83 (min: 44) fps ∼61%
92 (min: 45) fps ∼57%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
57 (min: 33) fps ∼46%
76 (min: 34) fps ∼56%
88 (min: 36) fps ∼55%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
56 (min: 26) fps ∼45%
68 (min: 28) fps ∼50%
75 (min: 39) fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
54 (min: 30) fps ∼43%
71 (min: 38) fps ∼52%
78 (min: 42) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
45 (min: 12) fps ∼36%
52 (min: 14) fps ∼38%
59 (min: 15) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
40 (min: 23) fps ∼32%
54 (min: 29) fps ∼40%
61 (min: 35) fps ∼38%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
38 (min: 27) fps ∼30%
61 (min: 33) fps ∼45%
72 (min: 35) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
35 (min: 26) fps ∼28%
58 (min: 33) fps ∼43%
69 (min: 36) fps ∼43%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
35 (min: 14) fps ∼28%
49 (min: 21) fps ∼36%
58 (min: 23) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
26 (min: 19) fps ∼21%
44 (min: 25) fps ∼32%
51 (min: 30) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
17 (min: 7) fps ∼14%
31 (min: 18) fps ∼23%
41 (min: 25) fps ∼25%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 7740X
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Asus X299 Prime
17 (min: 4) fps ∼14%
28 (min: 12) fps ∼21%
34 (min: 15) fps ∼21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
21 (min: 2) fps ∼17%
36 (min: 5) fps ∼26%
42 (min: 24) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
18 (min: 4) fps ∼14%
31 (min: 15) fps ∼23%
36 (min: 22) fps ∼22%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
13 (min: 8) fps ∼10%
24 (min: 14) fps ∼18%
31 (min: 18) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
11 (min: 5) fps ∼9%
19 (min: 6) fps ∼14%
25 (min: 12) fps ∼16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
11 (min: 7) fps ∼9%
19 (min: 11) fps ∼14%
23 (min: 14) fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
7 (min: 1) fps ∼6%
14 (min: 2) fps ∼10%
20 (min: 4) fps ∼12%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
11 (min: 7) fps ∼7%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
5 (min: 3) fps ∼3%

QHD – 2560x1440 & UHD – 3840x2160

Playing Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in QHD or UHD is a demanding task. You will need at least a GeForce GTX 1070 or a GTX 1080 Max-Q to play the game in QHD with the graphics set to ultra-high. The hardware requirements for playing the game in UHD at ultra-high are absurd: Even a desktop GeForce GTX 1080 cannot achieve 35 FPS at these settings.

Assassin´s Creed Odyssey
    3840x2160 Ultra High Preset     2560x1440 Ultra High Preset
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal, 1950X
Desktop PC AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X
38 (min: 24) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
40 (min: 19) fps ∼48%
62 (min: 34) fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
34 (min: 24) fps ∼41%
50 (min: 29) fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
31 (min: 10) fps ∼37%
42 (min: 11) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
27 (min: 20) fps ∼33%
45 (min: 30) fps ∼42%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
26 (min: 17) fps ∼31%
43 (min: 24) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
24 (min: 16) fps ∼29%
40 (min: 25) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
18 (min: 14) fps ∼22%
32 (min: 25) fps ∼30%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
18 (min: 13) fps ∼22%
27 (min: 18) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
14 (min: 9) fps ∼17%
27 (min: 19) fps ∼25%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
17 (min: 9) fps ∼20%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
12 (min: 8) fps ∼14%
20 (min: 15) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
17 (min: 1) fps ∼16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
7 (min: 1) fps ∼8%
13 (min: 3) fps ∼12%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
3 (min: 1) fps ∼4%
10 (min: 5) fps ∼9%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
8 (min: 3) fps ∼7%

Overview

Show Restrictions
Pos      Model                                     Assassin´s Creed Odyssey
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low
1280x720
Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
high
1920x1080
High Preset
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra High Preset
4k
3840x2160
Ultra High Preset
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
109
100
90
71
40
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
120
104
87
67
38
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
102
92
83
67
34
 7AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
73
66
61
50
29
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
64
59
52
45
31
 9NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop)
63
27
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
101
88
76
57
27
 14NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
86
78
71
54
26
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
84
75
68
56
24
 24NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
96
69
58
35
14
 25AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
74
61
50
34
19
 30NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
100
72
61
38
18
 32AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
58
49
35
17
 33NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
67
61
532
38.52
18
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
66
51
44
26
12
 58AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
44
35
21
 63NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
77
41
31
17
 68NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
65
42
36
21
 76AMD Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL
44
33
27
17
10
Pos      Model                                     Assassin´s Creed Odyssey
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 82NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
50
36
31
18
7
 97AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
57
34
28
17
 100NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
60
31
24
13
3
 117AMD Radeon Pro 560X
50
31
25
14
 121NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
47
25
19
11
 129AMD Radeon Pro 555
37
20
16
 131NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
41
18
12
7
1
 133NVIDIA GeForce MX150
43
20
14
7
 148NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
44
23
19
11
 156*AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
37
20
16
11
5
 229NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
24
11
 232AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
34
18
13
9
4
 238Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
13
 320Intel HD Graphics 630
9
5
 559Intel UHD Graphics 600
4
* Smaller values are better. / * Approximate position

 

Legend
5Stutters – This game is very likely to stutter and have poor frame rates. Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, average frame rates are expected to fall below 25fps
May Stutter – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, stutters and poor frame rates are expected.
30Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 25fps
40Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 35fps
May Run Fluently – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, fluent frame rates are expected.
123Uncertain – This graphics card experienced unexpected performance issues during testing for this game. A slower card may be able to achieve better and more consistent frame rates than this particular GPU running the same benchmark scene.
Uncertain – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game and no reliable interpolation can be made based on the performances of surrounding cards of the same class or family.
The value in the fields displays the average frame rate of all values in the database. Move your cursor over the value to see individual results.

Test Systems

Device Graphics Card Processor RAM OS
Desktop-PC I MSI GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X)
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (4 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-6700K 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop-PC II NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (11 GB GDDR5X)
ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Ti (6 GB GDDR5)
XFX Radeon R9 Fury (4 GB HBM)
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X (4 GB GDDR5)
Sapphire Radeon R9 280X (3 GB GDDR5)
MSI Radeon R7 370 (2 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-4790K 2 x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
Alienware 17 R4 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7820HK 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Acer Triton 700 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
ASUS G752VS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT62VR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
ASUS GL753VD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GL62 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
ASUS G752VY NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GS60 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (3 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GL72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI PE60 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI PL62 NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI CX72 NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP62 NVIDIA GeForce 940M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-5700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI CX61 NVIDIA GeForce 920M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Celeron 2970M 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
ASUS N551ZU AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5) AMD FX-7600P 2 x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
4K Monitor NVIDIA driver AMD driver
2 x ASUS PB287Q, Philips 328P6VJEB ForceWare 411.70 Adrenalin 18.9.3
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