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They say six degrees of separation connect every living thing on Earth. Well, Ubisoft is never six degrees of separation away from another performance shitstorm, if you'll pardon my French. There's been some significant controversy swirling around regarding the use of both VMProtect and Denuvo with Assassin's Creed Origins, causing a knock-on effect to PC performance. We were eager to see if we could notice any performance issues in our series of AC: Origins PC performance benchmarks.

Assassin's Creed Origins Graphics Settings

AC: Origins Display Settings

  • Screen Calibration
  • Brightness
  • Window Mode
  • Active Monitor
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Resolution
  • Resolution Modifier
  • Refresh Rate
  • VSync
  • Field of View

Assassin's Creed Origins Graphics Settings

  • Graphics Quality
  • Adaptive Quality
  • Anti-Aliasing
  • Shadows
  • Environment Details
  • Texture Detail
  • Tessellation
  • Terrain
  • Clutter
  • Fog
  • Water
  • Screen Space Reflections
  • Volumetric Clouds
  • Texture Detail
  • Character
  • Ambient Occlusion
  • Depth of Field. 

Assassin's Creed Origins System Requirements

Assassin's Creed: Origins Minimum System Requirements (720p)

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit 
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2400S 2.5 GHz or AMD FX-6350 3.9 GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 2GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon R9 270
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 42GB Available Hard Drive Space

Assassin's Creed Origins Recommended System Requirements (1080p)

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 4.0 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU RAM: 3 GB Video Memory
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R9 280X
  • DX: DirectX 11
  • HDD: 42GB Available Hard Drive Space 

Assassin's Creed Origins Benchmarks

AC: Origins benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on GeForce GTX 1060 6GB | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4

For this Assassin's Creed Origins benchmark, we used a GeForce GTX 1060 equipped with 6GB video memory. This is considerably more powerful than the recommended GPU, a GeForce GTX 760. It’s backed up by 16GB DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU.

Assassin's Creed Origins GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 1080p, 1440p and 4K Benchmarks

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  1080p 1440p 4K
Very Low 87 66 40
Low 79 61 36
Medium 73 54 31
High 68 52 28
Very High 61 45 24
Ultra High 56 41 23

Solid, if unremarkable results from the GeForce GTX 1060 in Assassin's Creed Origins. Considering just how much more powerful it is than the recommended GPU though, we're a little worried to see it dip below 60 frames per second even on 1080p / High. If you're using a GeForce GTX 760 or a Radeon R9 280X, which are the recommended GPUs for AC Origins, it's surely going to be a struggle to achieve a decent stable framerate at 1080p. Still, if you've got a GeForce GTX 1060, you're pretty much set. The only other major caveat is that we're not getting the performance delta we'd expect between the resolutions. Assassin's Creed Origins is clearly being held back at 1080p if it can only offer just north of double the frame rate of 4K despite rendering four times as many pixels. 

Assassin's Creed: Origins benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on GeForce GTX 1070 8GB | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4

For this ACO benchmark, we used a GeForce GTX 1070 equipped with 8GB video memory. It’s backed up by 16GB DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU. 

  1080p 1440p
Very Low 88 79
Low 83 72
Medium 79 67
High 73 63
Very High 69 57
Ultra High 64 53

Not exactly horrific performance from the GeForce GTX 1070 here in Assassin's Creed Origins, but still too close to the GTX 1060's performance for comfort. It should be outstripping its weaker sibling with ease, and yet it's only pulling in 12 more frames per second at 1440p Ultra. For a graphics card that primes itself on being the 1440p standard bearer, dropping down to Medium to achieve a frame rate which rarely dips below 60fps isn't really good enough. Still, it's a heck of a lot better than the console performance at least, which maxes out at 30fps with occasional dips - not exactly much to ask for from a £400 graphics card though is it.

Assassin's Creed: Origins benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on AMD Radeon R9 370 2GB | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4

There's been plenty of talk swirling around about Ubisoft's cosy partnership with Nvidia for Assassin's Creed Origins. Anytime anything like this happens, it doesn't take long for suspicions to arise that a game performs worse on AMD Radeon hardware. For this ACO benchmark, we used an AMD Radeon R9 370 equipped with 2GB video memory. It’s backed up by 16GB DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU.

  720p 1080p 1440p
Very Low 53 41 32
Low 47 38 28
Medium 41 33 23
High 39 29 20
Very High 32 23 15
Ultra High 29 19 12

Considering the Radeon R9 370 is really not that far off the performance of the Radeon R9 280X GPU that's recommended for playing Assassin's Creed Origins at 1080p, these results are a bit disappointing. Down below Medium ACO begins to look pretty ugly, so the best for 370 owners is to take the resolution hit and try and aim for Medium / High. Not exactly ideal, but in truth Assassin's Creed Origins is a gorgeous, expansive game that demands a lot of what is a very average graphics card.

How Well Optimised is Assassin's Creed Origins

Assassin's Creed Origins CPU Core Usage and Multithreading Performance

Assassin's Creed Origins CPU Usage during 1080p / Ultra Benchmark with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

 

We've heard plenty recently amount Ubisoft supposedly using VMProtect copy protection on top of Denuvo DRM, ultimately having a hugely detrimental effect on Assassin's Creed Origins' performance. The truth of the matter is we can't tell for sure either way. Without a cracked version of AC: Origins there is no precedent.

What we do know is the Intel Core i7-5820K with all six cores is no bottleneck on performance. At the same time, this is an incredibly powerful processor. During normal gameplay of AC: Origins it still only peaked at around 60% usage though. That's comparatively high compared to other AAA titles, but there's nothing really here to indicate VMProtect is being a particularly huge drain on the resources of this particular system. If you've got a weaker CPU then that's when you may begin to run into serious problems. 

Assassin's Creed Origins GPU Usage during 1080p / Ultra Benchmark with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

 

As expected after the CPU results, it's the GPU which is doing the lion's share of the work in Assassin's Creed Origins. It's still a bit curious why 1080p performance doesn't quite hit the heights we'd expect, but overall the GeForce GTX 1060 proves itself a solid yet unremarkable performer in AC Origins.

Having got the figures back for the Core i7-5820K running at full capacity though, and with the GPU being the bottleneck, we were immediately intrigued just how demanding AC: Origins may be for weaker CPUs. With that in mind, we messed around with disabling a few cores and Intel's HyperThreading to get a feel for just where you may run into performance hiccups.

Assassin's Creed Origins Quad-Core, Hexa-Core and MultiThreading Performance Benchmarks

 

4-Core 49
4-Core MT 55
6-Core 56
6-Core MT 56

Clearly there is a performance hit while running a quad-core CPU clocked at 3.3GHz. The frame rate drops around 14.2% while using a quad-core with Assassin's Creed Origins, while CPU usage caps out at 100% on all four cores. The GPU now becomes the bottleneck, hovering around 80-85% usage but capping out at 98%. Apart from the fps drop though, it's the frame times which take the biggest hit. There's a noticeable lurching in the FPS that just isn't present in the 6-core benchmarks.

The problems are alleviated while running four cores with multithreading and six cores with no hyperthreading. On both tests CPU usage in Assassin's Creed Origins peaks at 100%, but usually, hovers around 90%. To that end, you're probably going to need a quad-core CPU with very high clock speeds or a decent hexa-core processor in order to prevent your CPU bottlenecking ACO's performance.

Ultimately, Assassin's Creed Origins is a hugely CPU-intensive game, but there's nothing concrete here to point towards DRM conclusively being the problem. The only possible comparison is a cracked version, if and when it arrives.

Assassin's Creed Origins PC Most Important Graphics Options - Every Setting Tested