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Assassin's Creed PC videos

Assassin's Creed PC videos

As we supposed when we reviewed the PS4 version of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, you'll need a powerful PC if you want to play with all graphical options maxed out. To get a more or less steady 60 fps, we had to lower down the shadows to high (forget PCS and PCSS Ultra unless you don't mind frame drops), use MSAA2x+FXAA and HBAO+ (HBAO+ Ultra kills the framerate). If you want to see how the game performs with those settings, check out our four 1080p videos.
Note: Contrary to what Mirillis Action! says, some cutscenes runs at 30 fps. Those are obviously videos and not real time.
Rig we used to capture the game: i5 4670K @ 4.1 GHz, 8 Go RAM, Windows 10, SLI Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 Gigabyte OC. Today's drivers installed.

Jacob (PC)
Evie (PC)
Arrival in London (PC)
City tour (PC)

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Commented on 2015-11-19 22:13:47
This message is in "Boulet Time" (TM), If you still *really* want to see it, click here

Commented on 2015-11-20 00:45:57
SLI Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 Gigabyte OC

And still you had to lower the settings... yikes.

Thanks for the videos.
Commented on 2015-11-20 01:48:53
Two 970s...That's hilarious. Unity not only looks better but it also runs great on a single 970. Syndicate looks a lot better on PC than it does on the consoles but that's just hilarious.

@ NoClipMode
A single 970 should be more than enough, two is 9 Tflops of power. the problem is Ubisoft, they're masters of the fork tongue. just 3 days ago they did a Trailer with Syndicate running with all settings up on the same GPU.
Commented on 2015-11-20 02:16:16
Developers dealing with the PC platform should start listing FPS and resolutions with recommended and minimum specifications.

1080p Ultra preset 30 or 60 fps. GTX 960 (or better)

it would set new standards for convenience.
Commented on 2015-11-20 10:49:18
using my gtx760 which is a little weaker than 960
and I can only use the low settings for all the section

and the vram is already 1990mb @ 1600x900 with all low settings

I guess that is the reason why I bought a PS4
Commented on 2015-11-20 23:03:19
the clothing animating at 30 fps :/
Commented on 2015-11-21 08:13:30 In reply to Dictator93
Posted by Dictator93
the clothing animating at 30 fps :/
you're right, i noticed that too. WTH!
Commented on 2015-11-21 09:22:40 In reply to GunsnSwords
My point is many games don't support SLI/Crossfire before release, and some times on release date too. Occasionally you have you wait for a driver update and/or a game update. Even then the performance still may not scale well.

It would make FAR more sense for a gaming site that does videos like this to have something like a 980 Ti as they wouldn't have to worry about SLI support.

Don't know why why comment is Boulet Time either. I guess this obvious logic caused butthurt.
Commented on 2015-11-21 10:33:21 In reply to NoClipMode
Condescendance too.

Since we're not professionals and we're not getting paid, we'll act as the unprofessional guys we are and will stick with our SLI for the moment. Mind you.

By the way, people with GTX 980s can't run the game fully maxed out either.
Commented on 2015-11-21 11:00:00 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
Condescendance too.

Since we're not professionals and we're not getting paid, we'll act as the unprofessional guys we are and will stick with our SLI for the moment. Mind you.

By the way, people with GTX 980s can't run the game fully maxed out either.
A 980 can't max this game out? Sad
Commented on 2015-11-21 11:33:22 In reply to MikeManiac61
PCSS Ultra and HBAO + Ultra are not options that come without a price.
Commented on 2015-11-21 23:55:19
A few people with syndicate are saying if you set the preset to "Ultra high" and just set the shadows to "High" with "FXAA", you could get a pretty enjoyable experience. A single 970 averages 40-45fps at 1440p with those settings. Similar to AC: Unity.

It seems the shadows are what's plaguing the performance with AC games, multi sampling too. You can get Unity performance figures but even still it's nowhere as nice looking as Unity. And Syndicate doesn't run well as the Nvidia Trailer suggests with it's advertised settings.

Commented on 2015-11-23 04:10:07
PCSS ultra nearly cuts performance in half. definitely not worth it on current hardware imo. 4x txaa is also something to avoid. the visual improvement over 2x txaa is so marginal but it costs a decent amt of performance.
Commented on 2015-12-01 20:15:34
Assassin's Creed Syndicate was an step in the right direction for the franchise. They still have areas for improvement, but I'm now looking forward to their next installment......that I predict will be around October/November of next year.

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