Assassin’s Creed Origins: How Heavy Is It on Your CPU?

Assassins Creed has been reported to put a heavy load on the CPU.  Below you will find test info and advice.  My computer tip would be to run this game on a SSD vs. a standard hard drive.  Has anyone experienced any difficulties playing this game on Windows 10 vs. Windows 8.1 or Windows 7?  I am interested to see your comments below..


Today we’re doing a little benchmarking, a little playing around with Assassin’s Creed Origins to see how it behaves on different CPUs. For those of you unaware Assassin’s Creed Origins was recently released, and it has been creating a bit of a stir in the PC tech community due how aggressively it utilizes the CPU. Upon release a few media outlets scrambled to the benchmarks and it quickly became apparent that the game was extremely CPU intensive and not in the way that ARMA 3 or Planet Coaster are. Rather than just taxing a few threads heavily the game eats up cores, lots of cores. There are reports of it using up a Threadripper 1920X for example. As a result modern quad-cores were getting slayed and there were reports that the game was simply unplayable on the Core i5-7600K. And well, that peaked our interest. We’ve already seen the 7600K and other quad-core CPUs struggling in big 64-player Battlefield 1 battles and while the performance isn’t always ideal, it’s certainly playable in our opinion. Anyway I believe it’s the Computer Base results that have have caused most of the excitement as they showed the Core i5-7600K getting trampled by the Ryzen 5 1500X as it only managed to match the Ryzen 3 1300X. However the 1% low results were the most shocking as the i5-7600K dipped down to 41 fps making it slightly slower than the 1300X. Honestly I’m not sure how that’s possible, but let’s ignore that for a moment. Essentially the 7600K was almost 30% slower than the Ryzen 5 1600X and almost 40% slower than the 7700K. Countering this information though, were results published by GameGPU around 3 days earlier showing the 7600K never dropping below 60 fps and consequently beating the Ryzen 5 1400 while easily beating the Ryzen 3 CPUs. The higher core count Ryzen parts still do very well in their test but the 7600K hardly looks pathetic. Looking at where each media outlet tested, as best as I can tell GameGPU actually tested a more demanding section of the game, which adds to the confusion. Therefore we decided to have a look and see if we could work out what was going on. For measuring CPU performance we’ve found getting on your steed, in this case a camel, and having a trot through the open-world city of Siwa (seewa) is the way to go, there’s generally loads of non player characters here that give the CPU a hard time. So using the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and three quality presets, let’s have a look at some of the results in graph form before checking out some gameplay. The Benchmarks Let’s start with the Ultra High quality preset, we are using a GTX 1080 Ti after all. Here the 8th-gen Core series is limited to just over 90 fps on average with a 1% low result of 71 fps. The 7700K roughly matched the average but was 7% slower for the minimum as it’s often close to being maxed out. Then we see a pretty large drop for the 7600K which bottomed out at 52 fps making it 21% slower than the 7700K and 27% slower than the new Core i5-8400. This also means it’s a tad slower than the Ryzen 7 1800X and Ryzen 5 1600X, though faster than the R5 1500X. We would just like to point out that all CPUs were tested using the same DDR4-3200 CL14 memory. I’ll also get to it in a moment with some gameplay footage, but the 7600K as well as the 1500X both provided […]

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