It kind of feels like old hat now the console versions have been and gone, but Assassin’s Creed Syndicate’s out today on PC. This is important for a couple of reasons - reviews were generally pretty favourable for the console edition, and last year’s Assassin’s Creed Unity was an absolute mess on PC at launch.
So, has Ubisoft learnt its lesson, as the month-long wait would suggest, or is Assassin’s Creed Syndicate another dodgy port? To put it to the test we’re benchmarking Assassin’s Creed Syndicate on a fairly lowly graphics card - the GeForce GTX 750 Ti. This GPU is roughly equal in performance to the minimum requirement of a GTX 660, so in theory it’s going to be quite up against it.
The specific graphics card in question is a Palit GTX 750 Ti StormX OC, backed up by an AMD FX-4100 CPU and 4GB RAM. It’s little surprise we’re expecting to this rig to struggle a little with AC Syndicate.
Assassin's Creed Syndicate Benchmark GeForce GTX 750 Ti And AMD FX-4100
First things first, compared to last year's Assassin's Creed Unity benchmarks, these performance results are a huge improvement. We benched the 750 Ti along with 8GB RAM and the far more powerful Intel i5-4670K processor, and it capped out at 35 FPS on 720p at Low. Obviously this is exactly the same AnvilNext 2.0 game engine, but Ubisoft was busy optimising and tweaking AC Unity since its launch, and this has had a knock-on effect for the performance of Assassin's Creed Syndicate.
I would like to say I don't think Assassin's Creed Syndicate looks quite as good as Unity, but it's a fairly close-run thing and it's still an impressive spectacle when taking into account the sheer scale. What we see here is the GTX 750 Ti is a very capable card at 720p resolution, and 900p for the most part, but it does begin to creak when attempting 1080p. We think that's fair enough though; both the Xbox One and PS4 versions are 900p and locked at 30FPS, so the performance of the 750 Ti is right in line with expectations based on previous benchmarks. For decent experience you want to target at least 35FPS, to take it account occasional frame rate drops when performing actions like take-downs or leaps of faith.
That said, for all its impressive results, both the system memory and CPU were absolutely maxed out. as you can see below, so both of these were surely having an impact on Assassin's Creed Syndicate's performance. Pair the 750 Ti with a more capable CPU and a bit more memory and I reckon you could get even more solid performance.
Assassin's Creed Syndicate CPU and System Memory Usage
At the lower end of the graphics preset scale what we've seen here is a near doubling of performance from Ubisoft. It still looks like a nice game even at Low. The real graphical benefits seem to come from a resolution boost, so consider dropping the presets to hit 1080p if you can.
It seems that extra month in the oven for the PC version, coupled with lessons learnt from AC Unity, has really paid off. Assassin's Creed Syndicate appears to be a return to form for Ubisoft, reconciling their graphical ambitions with the need to perform on a wide range of gaming rigs.
For a peek at how AC Syndicate performs at the higher end of the hardware scale then don't forget to look at our GTX 980 Ti benchmarks. We've got a performance breakdown video to show you just what you're sacrificing when dropping from Ultra to Low, and the FPS boost you can expect.