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Assassin's Creed Origins Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Frank Xia), 11/08/2017

CPU eater. While frame rates in games usually scale with the performance of the graphics card, Assassin’s Creed Origins also requires a fair bit of CPU power. We examine whether the hardware requirements of Assassin's Creed Origins are justified.

Assassin's Creed Origins

Technology

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Like its predecessors Unity and Syndicate, the latest installment in the successful Assassin’s Creed series is based on Ubisoft’s in-house engine AnvilNext 2.0, which is also used by other Ubisoft titles (e.g. Rainbow Six Siege, For Honor & Ghost Recon Wildlands). These titles have done well in our technology tests in the past; that is to say, the quality of the graphics on offer was in line with the system requirements.

Assassin’s Creed Origins somewhat bucks this trend. Although demands on the GPU have hardly increased in comparison to Ghost Recon Wildlands, the demands on the processor are significantly higher without a corresponding increase in the visual display.

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One sign of the game’s surprising CPU hunger is the fact that stronger GPUs only find limited performance gains when the display resolution is reduced. On the other hand, systems with identical GPUs but varying CPUs measure vastly different frame rates. There is - depending on the settings used - a difference of greater than 30 FPS (103 vs. 67 FPS @ 1280x720 & Very Low) between a desktop computer with a Core i7-6700K and a GeForce GTX 1060, and a laptop with a Core i7-6820HK and a GeForce GTX 1060, which works out to be a disparity of over 50%.

Although Origins shows good signs of “multithreading” upon inspection of the CPU under load, which in itself is a positive characteristic and speaks in favor of modernized task sharing, the fact that dual-core chips with Hyper-Threading, or quad-core chips without Hyper-Threading tend to be overstrained, and indeed, the fact that even quad core chips with eight threads working in parallel are pushed to their limits, would appear to point to rather poor optimization. As we’ve recently reported, the high CPU usage could be related to the copy protection software Denuvo, which has already been the frequent cause of negative headlines in the past.

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Were we to forget for a moment the limitations of the game caused by the processor, Ubisoft delivers a thoroughly decent technical experience, which - other Assassin’s Creed titles send their regards - scores points with its lush long-range views, high quality details and harmonious lighting effects.

The Egyptian setting is very new and refreshing, which is why Origins appears to be more than just another soulless installment in the Assassin’s Creed series. It’s only in the sharpness of the textures where room for improvement could be found.

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We praise the developers above all for the first-class graphics menu that is not only very clean to navigate but is also extensive. Because of the practical comparison images and explanatory texts, we will even speak about the current options, of which other companies should make note. We’ll start with the display menu, which includes brightness controls, display mode, aspect ratio, resolution, refresh rate and field of view. There is also the option to change the internally rendered resolution, as well as turn V-Sync and FPS limits on or off.

The graphics menu is especially comprehensive. Here you can find various buttons and sliders for controlling levels of detail (shadows, environment, textures, background, fog, water, characters, etc.) as well as other technical features. Along with tessellations, Origins has options for screen space reflections, ambient occlusion and volumetric clouds. The type of anti-aliasing is unfortunately undefined. We’re assuming it’s a type of post processing like TAA.

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Those wanting to change the graphics settings in one click can simply use one of the preset options. There are six presets in total, four of which - Very Low, Medium, High and Ultra High - we have tested. In contrast to the wide range of graphics options available, it is somewhat of a shame that so many of them require a restart of the game. This is not too annoying in light of the skippable intro scenes, although starting the game anew takes a while even with an SSD. “Takes a while” also describes installing the game. The retail version comes with five discs, and the digital download size is roughly 37 GB (about 41 GB on the hard drive).

In contrast to other triple-A games from 2016 and 2017, Origins is by the by relatively efficient when it comes to video memory. While some titles (such as Middle-Earth: Shadow of War) already require more than 4 GB of graphics memory at maximum details at 1920x1080, the newest Assassin’s Creed title seems to be content with approximately 2.7 GB. The current usage at any stage can easily be read off the VRAM display.

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Benchmarks

A game with so many graphics options also has in turn so many ways to analyze and measure performance using the integrated benchmarking tools. With the exception of Watch Dogs 2, this feature is shared by all of Ubisoft’s recent triple-A games (Ghost Recon Wildlands, For Honor, The Division, Far Cry Primal, Rainbow Six Siege), although none of their benchmarks are quite as detailed as in Origins.

In addition to showing the most important hardware information (CPU, GPU, API, drivers), the utilization, or rather the temperature of the processor and the graphics card can also be displayed with a push of the F1 key. There is, of course, also an FPS indicator.

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At the end of the almost two-minute tracking shot, whose performance - as far as we can tell - is geared towards actual gameplay, there appears an informative summary that breaks down the performance into multiple levels. A similar feature exists in the game itself, with which one can analyze the frame rates of the past 30 seconds.

Frame rates should be on average at least 35-40 for one to reasonably be able to enjoy the Origins experience. Unfortunately, the minimum FPS given by the benchmark tests don’t really carry much weight because of its extreme variance. One should also be careful about using Fraps; in our tests, Fraps caused the mouse speed (keywords: camera navigation) to constantly vary, making normal gameplay impossible.

Results

Although Assassin’s Creed Origins could be better optimized here and there, a high-end PC/laptop is not necessarily needed for the Egyptian adventure. The game is playable with mid-range graphics cards such as the GeForce MX150 on a resolution of at least 1280x720 and minimum graphics settings.

Very Low
Very Low
Low
Low
Medium
Medium
High
High
Very High
Very High
Ultra High
Ultra High

On the other hand, those expecting a resolution of 1920x1080 and mid to high settings must have a graphics chip on par with the GeForce GTX 1050. The highest settings in Full HD call for a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or better. For Quad HD (2560x1440) and preset ultra graphics settings, one’s computer should have at least a GeForce GTX 1060. At 4K resolution (3840x2160), we recommend a GeForce GTX 1080.

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    3840x2160 Ultra High Preset     2560x1440 Ultra High Preset     1920x1080 Ultra High Preset     1920x1080 High Preset     1920x1080 Medium Preset     1280x720 Very Low Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 4790K
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition
49 (min: 31) fps ∼88%
79 (min: 42) fps ∼94%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
40 (min: 12) fps ∼71%
66 (min: 26) fps ∼100%
78 (min: 31) fps ∼93%
91 (min: 42) fps ∼98%
93 (min: 51) fps ∼98%
101 (min: 55) fps ∼96%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
38 (min: 15) fps ∼68%
63 (min: 24) fps ∼95%
70 (min: 27) fps ∼83%
79 (min: 35) fps ∼85%
80 (min: 41) fps ∼84%
87 (min: 50) fps ∼83%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
33 (min: 10) fps ∼59%
57 (min: 31) fps ∼86%
73 (min: 32) fps ∼87%
87 (min: 35) fps ∼94%
91 (min: 40) fps ∼96%
103 (min: 63) fps ∼98%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
31 (min: 6) fps ∼55%
52 (min: 9) fps ∼79%
63 (min: 13) fps ∼75%
70 (min: 21) fps ∼75%
72 (min: 31) fps ∼76%
78 (min: 37) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
23 (min: 13) fps ∼41%
41 (min: 16) fps ∼62%
57 (min: 26) fps ∼68%
68 (min: 26) fps ∼73%
76 (min: 42) fps ∼80%
103 (min: 47) fps ∼98%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
22 (min: 5) fps ∼39%
39 (min: 7) fps ∼59%
50 (min: 10) fps ∼60%
60 (min: 11) fps ∼65%
62 (min: 13) fps ∼65%
67 (min: 23) fps ∼64%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
19 (min: 5) fps ∼34%
34 (min: 6) fps ∼52%
54 (min: 19) fps ∼64%
64 (min: 33) fps ∼69%
70 (min: 42) fps ∼74%
103 (min: 53) fps ∼98%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
23 (min: 8) fps ∼41%
51 (min: 22) fps ∼61%
56 (min: 27) fps ∼60%
59 (min: 31) fps ∼62%
68 (min: 44) fps ∼65%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
14 (min: 2) fps ∼25%
44 (min: 19) fps ∼52%
52 (min: 23) fps ∼56%
57 (min: 25) fps ∼60%
66 (min: 30) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
4 (min: 2) fps ∼7%
20 (min: 4) fps ∼30%
28 (min: 14) fps ∼33%
38 (min: 22) fps ∼41%
45 (min: 14) fps ∼47%
77 (min: 31) fps ∼73%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
8 (min: 1) fps ∼14%
27 (min: 9) fps ∼32%
32 (min: 11) fps ∼34%
37 (min: 13) fps ∼39%
62 (min: 27) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
10 (min: 4) fps ∼18%
21 (min: 14) fps ∼32%
29 (min: 16) fps ∼35%
35 (min: 18) fps ∼38%
40 (min: 23) fps ∼42%
66 (min: 25) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
16 (min: 11) fps ∼19%
21 (min: 12) fps ∼23%
25 (min: 14) fps ∼26%
47 (min: 28) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030), 7700HQ
MSI PL62
12 (min: 2) fps ∼14%
17 (min: 7) fps ∼18%
22 (min: 8) fps ∼23%
47 (min: 10) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
8 (min: 5) fps ∼10%
10 (min: 7) fps ∼11%
12 (min: 5) fps ∼13%
25 (min: 18) fps ∼24%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
10 (min: 7) fps ∼11%
12 (min: 5) fps ∼13%
25 (min: 14) fps ∼24%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
7 (min: 3) fps ∼7%
10 (min: 5) fps ∼10%

Overview

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Pos      Model                                     Assassin´s Creed Origins
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low
1280x720
Very 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)
79
49
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
105
95
93
84
56
 4NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop)
75
72
70
61
31
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
101
93
91
78
40
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
87
80
79
70
38
 8NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop)
103
92
88
75
34
 9*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
71
66
62
58
35
 12NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
103
91
87
73
33
 13NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
78
72
70
63
31
 21NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
103
70
64
54
19
 22AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
64
59
56
47
23
 29NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
103
76
68
57
23
 32AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
68
59
56
51
23
 34NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
67
62
60
50
22
 40AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
66
57
52
44
14
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
77
45
38
28
4
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
66
40
35
29
10
 84AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
62
37
32
27
8
 113NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
46
22
17
13
Pos      Model                                     Assassin´s Creed Origins
lowmed.highultra4k
 114NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
47
22
17
12
 131NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
47
25
21
16
 210NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
25
12
10
8
 213NVIDIA GeForce 940M
25
12
10
 296Intel HD Graphics 630
10
7
* 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 CPU RAM Operating System
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 2 x 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 4 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 2 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
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 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 2 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 388.00 Crimson 17.10.3
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