Hardware Requirements, Performance & Conclusion
The UbiSoft website gives the range of tested PCs for Assassin’s Creed: U:
Unity PC System Requirements
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64-bit operating system
Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1 (64bit versions only)
Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or AMD Phenom II x4 940 @ 3.0 GHz
Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.4 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz or better
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD 7970 (2 GB VRAM)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290X (3 GB VRAM)
DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card with latest drivers
Hard Drive Space
50 GB available space
Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse required, optional controller
256 kbps or faster broadband connection
Supported Video Cards at Time of Release
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 or better, GeForce GTX 700 series; AMD Radeon HD7970 or better, Radeon R9 200 series
Note: Laptop versions of these cards may work but are NOT officially supported.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 260 or better, GT400, GT500, GT600, GT700 series or AMD Radeon HD4870 or better, HD5000, HD6000, HD7000 series
Note: Latest GeForce drivers tested: 320.49 for all series. Latest Radeon drivers tested: 13.1 for Radeon HD4000, 13.4 for Radeon HD5000 and above.
Laptop versions of these cards may work but are NOT officially supported.[/spoiler]
Nvidia has their own optimization suggestions which may be quite helpful, or a player can just use the GeForce Experience included with the latest recommended 334.75 GeForce drivers. The GeForce Experience will, at the touch of a button, set near-ideal custom settings for any PC and for more than 100 games including for Assassin’s Creed Unity.
Nvidia suggests that a GTX 980 can max out Assassin’s Creed Unity at the highest settings, including using 4xMFAA at 1920×1080. Our own results with maxed out settings suggest that this is correct. It is just a really demanding game.
Assassin’s Creed: Unity has some replayability. Mostly a completionist player will want to do everything which may reach 50 or more hours. You can start over and attempt to complete all the optional objectives or perhaps you may just want to explore everything. Multiplayer is also an option to add some value to the game.
Today, Nvidia releases its new driver that allows you to experiment with MFAA. Let us know what you think about it on ABT forums. Although only a few games will work with this new AA mode, it is expected to be supported fully by the GeForce Experience. Whenever it is available there is so little IQ difference between 4xMSAA and 8xMFAA, it makes MFAA the logical choice as it takes less of a performance hit. So far, and based on one game, Recommended!
Assassin’s Creed Unity comes somewhat recommended also and it is a certain hit for Assassin’s Creed fans. Others, perhaps not so much as with it’s predecessor, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. The graphics are extraordinary, the gameplay is enhanced over the earlier games, and while the story is acceptable, the voice acting is absolutely top-notch. We feel it is worth the asking price for an excellent long single player adventure set during the French Revolution and we are looking forward to finishing it as well as to playing future installments in the Assassin’s Creed series. The only unfortunate thing we encountered were the bugs, and it appears that they are actively being addressed by Ubisoft.
Assassin’s Creed IV Unity has become ABT’s latest benchmark. Stay tuned as we have many more reviews and evaluations coming up. This weekend, you can expect a full review of the HyperX Cloud gaming headset. We hope to have a Far Cry 4 performance and IQ evaluation also very soon. AND we are working on our Devil’s Canyon overclocking review using GTX 980 SLI versus R9 290X CrossFire in a Showdown at high resolution.