Assassin's Creed Odyssey PC Performance Breakdown And Most Important Graphics Options

Written by Jon Sutton on Fri, Oct 5, 2018 12:12 PM
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Ubisoft's open-world Assassin's Creed series is like no other in terms of how it can bring gaming PCs to their knees, and Assassin's Creed Odyssey is no different. A little bit of fiddling will be required to achieve optimum PC performance in AC Odyssey, but hopefully, this handy little Assassin's Creed Odyssey PC performance guide can help you hit the sweet spot between graphics and performance.

Using the chart below you can find out just how demanding each graphics setting is in Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Along with this, we've given priority scores based on how important we believe it is to enable these graphics options for the optimum PC gaming experience with ACO.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey System Requirements

For the benchmark results below we used a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, an Intel Core i7-5820K processor, and 16GB DDR4 memory.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Graphics Options Performance Breakdown

The further right the bar goes, the more demanding the graphics option is.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey Graphics Settings

Antialiasing

A technology used to soften the edges of objects on Assassin's Creed Odyssey. This lends a great deal to image quality in ACO and should be turned up as high as you can manage. However, the higher your resolution, the less the importance of this particular graphics setting.

Performance Impact - 2/5

Priority - 5/5

Shadows

The Shadows setting affects filter, distance, and shadow map applied to display shadows. This option can have a large impact on GPU performance in AC Odyssey.

Performance Impact - 4/5

Priority - 4/5

Environment Details

Adjust graphical complexity on environmental elements in Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

Performance Impact - 0/5

Priority - 3/5

Texture Detail

Use texture quality for more detailed textures, or lower texture quality to increase performance. This setting is almost exclusively reliant on the amount of VRAM on your graphics card. Find the maximum Texture Detail setting your GPU can handle in ACO and stick to it, as provided you have enough video memory there will be little to no impact on performance.

Performance Impact - 3/5

Priority - /5

Terrain

Terrain adjusts the detail level of terrain in Assassin's Creed Odyssey. In truth, you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference between the Medium and High settings available. We detected no performance cost, however, so feel free to turn it up at the expensive of a few megabytes of VRAM.

Performance Impact - 0/5

Priority - 2/5

Clutter

Affects the amount of clutter and debris that litters the terrain in AC Odyssey, such as grass and branches. It's a cheap video setting but it does add a great deal to the density and believability of environments. 

Performance Impact - 2/5

Priority - 5/5

Fog

The Fog graphics setting is pretty straightforward, affecting the realism and density of fog that appears in AC Odyssey. It's a not a graphical benefit that'll be seen often, 

Performance Impact - 1/5

Priority - 3/5

Water

The Water graphics setting in AC Odyssey impacts the quality of the water rendering. The higher the Water setting, the more realistically transparent a body of water looks. Considering just how much of ACO takes place in or around water, this setting can be crucial to the experience.

Performance Impact - 1/5

Priority - 5/5

Screen Space Reflections

Screen Space Reflections, or SSR, adjusts the rendering quality of reflections on wet surfaces. This can impact both large bodies of water and slick surfaces such as rain on cobbled streets. It's a luxury in Assassin's Creed Odyssey, but a very nice one.

Performance Impact - 1/5

Priority - 4/5

Volumetric Clouds

Everybody loves fluffy clouds, and this particular graphics setting is all about how realistically clouds are rendered in Assassin's Creed Odyssey. On Ultra, clouds can be presented as billowing, dynamic, and realistic, while on Low they can appear flat and static. Interestingly, we found this to be the most expensive graphics setting in the entirety of AC Odyssey, so perhaps consider dropping Volumetric Clouds down to High or Medium for much faster frame rates.

Performance Impact - 4/5

Priority - 2/5

Texture Detail (Characters)

Use higher texture quality for more detailed textures, or lower texture quality to increase performance.

Performance Impact - 1/5

Priority - 3/5

Character

Adjust detail level on characters you meet in Assassins Creed Odyssey. The difference between Medium to Ultra is practically imperceptible outside of cut-scenes, so despite the low frame rate hit this could be a worthwhile setting to dial down. Our recommendation is that Character is set to Medium as a minimum though, as Low, well, see for yourself below.

Performance Impact - 0/5

Priority - 2/5

Ambient Occlusion

Adjust self-shadowing of objects. As always, this is one of our favourite visual effects. It is fairly expensive to enable Ambient Occlusion, however, and after the Medium setting, it becomes a case of diminishing returns. 

Performance Impact - 3/5

Priority - 4/5

Depth of Field

Off: all objects appear in focus.
Low or High: distant objects appear blurry.
Use Low setting to improve performance on higher resolutions

Performance Impact - 0/5

Priority - 3/5

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10:18 Oct-11-2018

Everything on ultra except volumetric cloud to very high locked 60 FPS most of the time. In some areas drop to 55 FPS at lowest because my cpu is holding back.

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10:27 Oct-11-2018

With GTX 970 my 2nd card i must put all to high to run 50-60 FPS. Also looking forward to test my 3rd card GTX 670 2Gb model i expect low settings for 50ish FPS.

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15:12 Oct-11-2018

Just tested GTX 670 on low 45-55 FPS

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10:29 Oct-08-2018

I hope with another performance update on their side, i might be able to max clouds and shadows on my 1070.

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23:39 Oct-06-2018

Damn... it looks astonishing even on low.

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11:40 Oct-06-2018

Thanks for another graphics options article!

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11:16 Oct-06-2018

In the first and the last pictures Low/Ultra are switched,right?
And no Volumetric Clouds and Shadow for me then.

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10:33 Oct-08-2018

No, in the first pictures the AA slightly blurs the image in order to soften the edges (kind of hard to tell its effect in an image this size though), while the final set of pictures Depth of Field Low basically defaults to Off, so if you don't like the Depth of Field effect, the Low will look better than Ultra.

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05:55 Oct-06-2018

Any chance I will be able to run this.

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07:22 Oct-06-2018

I'd say Low is best

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08:24 Oct-06-2018

Really? I think he can do med-high just fine

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22:17 Oct-09-2018

With my rig i can run it maxed at 1080p only lowering shadows to high, and clouds to high, ambient occlusion on also on high, while keeping AA on low. Rest is maxed and gives 60fps outside of cities, and between 30-40 in crowded areas.

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14:32 Oct-10-2018

If even your rig cant run it, then I am doomed for sure :D

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00:09 Oct-06-2018

I played Origins with my current pc and resolution with med to high settings getting 28-50fps depends on the location and npc density so will this have the same performance or will I have to lower more settings for this game?

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23:24 Oct-09-2018

Think you will be fine, but lower shadows, volumetric clouds, ambient occlusion and AA, cause them are the big fps killers

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21:21 Oct-05-2018

HWunboxed did a really great video on AC:Odyssey optimization. do check that out.

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21:13 Oct-05-2018

The first pic looks better on low for me :/

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21:13 Oct-05-2018

Oh man, character detail on low is just...terrifying...

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19:36 Oct-05-2018

I want this so badly, but I wasn't going to buy into the pre-order hype. The thing is that things have been going so good lately the past week that I have a little extra cash to throw around. So, now I have to decide. AC: Origins now or pick me up a used PS4 and get RDR 2. As much as I love AC I am so much more excited for RDR 2. I just don't know.

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08:46 Oct-06-2018

Personally I'd steer towards red dead. That's surely going to be the better game and I'd get heavy fomo if I didn't play it lol

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13:27 Oct-06-2018

I went ahead and pre-ordered a RDR 2 PS4 Pro bundle from Game Stop. I'm gonna keep checking Craigslist though, if I can get PS4 Pro for cheap then I might just go that route and use the money saved to picked up Odyssey.

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11:19 Oct-06-2018

You could always get Odyssey later,but with PS4 you could get GoW,Spidey and other exclusives.

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13:28 Oct-06-2018

My sister has all my PS4 games and I can borrow them whenever I want for as long as I want. I need to borrow back Horizon Zero Dawn so that I can play The Frozen Wilds. It's probably my biggest regret selling my PS4 when I did. I'll definitely play GoW. I'm not a big fan of Spider Man, but the reviews are so good I might just give it a shot.

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16:34 Oct-05-2018

it seems like i will be running this on 1440p ultra for 60fps + ultra just like origins

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16:01 Oct-05-2018

So we get no eyes on low, cool

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16:41 Oct-05-2018

It's the Slender Man game we've always wanted

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15:35 Oct-05-2018

Will this one be a stable one, last time AC Origins keeps crashing after like 5-10 minutes gametimes , have to wait for new update to fix that

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15:33 Oct-05-2018

What about ray tracing ?

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15:37 Oct-05-2018

It has no raytracing support, and I don't believe it's getting any either

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12:39 Oct-05-2018

I would like to see how well it runs on the minimum requirements

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12:31 Oct-05-2018

Those are some expensive clouds

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12:29 Oct-05-2018

Another game that seems to run poorly on AMD. Won't be buying this one.

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Can They Run... |

| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Ryzen 5 3600 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 3070 MSI Gaming X Trio 8GB 16GB
| 30FPS, Low, 720p
APU E1-2500 Dual Core Radeon HD 8240 4GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 1080p
Core i5-4670 3.4GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti EVGA Gaming 4GB 8GB
| Low, 720p
Core i7-8750H 6-Core 2.2GHz GeForce GTX 765M 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 30FPS, Low, 1080p
Xeon Processor E5620 Radeon RX 570 4GB 8GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600H 6-Core 3.3GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile 16GB
50% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i7-11700K 8-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 3060 Ultra 16GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Core i7-11800H 8-Core 1.90GHz GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB
100% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Ultra, 1440p
Core i5-6300HQ 2.3GHz GeForce GTX 960M 4GB 12GB
0% No [2 votes]
Core i5-3470 3.2GHz GeForce GTX 750 Ti Asus OC 2GB Edition 8GB
| 30FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Intel HD Graphics 4600 Desktop 8GB
0% No [1 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Ryzen 5 3500X 6-Core 3.6GHz GeForce RTX 3080 Gigabyte Eagle OC 10GB 16GB
100% Yes [3 votes]
| 60FPS, High, 1080p
Core i5-9300H 4-Core 2.4GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB 16GB
0% No [2 votes]
Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Radeon RX 570 XFX RS Black 4GB 8GB
100% Yes [1 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Ryzen 5 5600X 6-Core 3.7GHz GeForce GTX 1660 Super MSI Ventus XS OC 6GB 16GB
100% Yes [4 votes]
Core i7-6700HQ 4-Core 2.6GHz GeForce GTX 950M v2 4GB 8GB
| 60FPS, Low, 720p
Core i3-9100F 4-Core 3.6GHz GeForce GTX 970 Asus Strix OC 4GB Edition 32GB
50% Yes [2 votes]
| 60FPS, Medium, 1080p
Core i5-2500 3.3GHz GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gigabyte OC 4GB 8GB
100% Yes [2 votes]