If you've seen the Assassin's Creed Syndicate System Requirements then you know there's quite a big gulf in hardware requirements between the minimum and the recommended specs. But what does all that extra hardware get you? Well, other than a boost in frame rate and resolution, you're also going to see an increase in AC Syndicate's graphical quality. 

Here we're going to take a look at the difference between the Low and Ultra presets to get a better idea of just what some of Assassin's Creed Syndicate's advanced graphics options will alter. Like any AC game before it, Assassin's Creed Syndicate is a bit of a looker, and as it turns out it's still a very nice looking open-world game even at Low settings, as these screens show.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate External Low / Ultra Comparisons

Outside there's really not the massive gulf in visual difference you'd expect from Assassin's Creed Syndicate. It's another example of why resolution is one of the more noticeable ways in which to improve a game's visuals. Ultra obviously shades it in both examples, but it really comes down to the finer details. Ultimately, Assassin's Creed Syndicate is a good looking game on Low, so if you're skirting near the minimum system requirements then don't be afraid you're going to get a sub-par experience.

If you do have the extra horsepower though, and you're equipped with a R9 390, GTX 970, or above, and you can hit those Ultra settings comfortably, then you will get a nice bump in image detail. It's easiest to see this effect near Evie, such as the chimney textures and grating she's standing on.

Once you look to the distance there isn't much to tell the two apart, aside from foliage quality. Look at the red tree just to the right of Evie for a great example of this.

Okay so there's a few features here unique to Ultra which helps Assassin's Creed Syndicate stand out at higher settings. Look towards the roof on the left and you can specular highlights on the tiles, letting them glisten naturally in the room. Look down towards the ground behind Evie and you can see the difference the bump in Shadow Quality and Environmental Detail makes. The shadows of individual stone pillars of clearly visible, while on Low it's just one single dark mass. 

Assassin's Creed Syndicate External Low / Ultra Comparisons

It's much easier to tell the difference between the two in this last pair of screens. Texture Quality is leaps ahead on Ultra. The best spot to look at this is the table in the centre of the room. On Low there really isn't any detail to it whatsoever, but this is bumped considerably on Ultra. On its own it's still not particularly great however, but Assassin's Creed Syndicate, like its predecessors, finds success in scale rather than the small details. 

Likewise the ambient occlusion makes a big difference on the panelling on the back right wall. Low looks like a single giant texture where Ultra's got significantly more depth to each panel. 

For more on Assassin's Creed Syndicate be sure to check out our PC benchmarks:

Assassins Creed Syndicate GTX 750 Ti AMD FX-4100 4GB RAM Benchmark

Assassins Creed Syndicate PC Performance Low Vs Ultra Graphics Video