What Are the System Requirements for Assassin's Creed Syndicate on PC?

What Are the System Requirements for Assassin's Creed Syndicate on PC?

Ubisoft scales back Assassin's Creed this year, choosing performance over visual fidelity.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate is already out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but if you want the best visual experience, you need to be playing on PC. Assassin's Creed Unity had issues, but it was one of the best-looking PC games last year. Unfortunately, console development affects PC as well, so when Syndicate dialed back the graphics on Xbox One and PS4, the PC took a slight hit as well.

Today, Ubisoft released the minimum and recommended system specifications for running Syndicate on PC. Let's get right into the numbers:

Minimum PC System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10(64bit versions)
  • Processor (Intel): Intel Core i5 2400s @ 2.5 GHz or AMD FX 6350 @ 3.9 GHz
  • Memory: 6GB or more for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
  • Hard Drive: At least 50 GB of free space
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
  • Graphics card (ATI): AMD Radeon R9 270
  • DirectX: DirectX June 2010 Redistributable

Recommended PC System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64bit versions only)
  • Processor (Intel): Intel Core i7-3770 @ 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4.0 GHz
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: At least 50 GB of free space
  • Graphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (4GB) or the newer GTX 970 (4GB)
  • Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon R9 280X (3GB)
  • DirectX: DirectX June 2010 Redistributable

There's also a note from the developers, recommending that you have a video card with at least 3GB of VRAM to play at full HD resolution. Beyond that, Ubisoft has also outlined high end and Nvidia-specific features you can expect with Assassin's Creed Syndicate. On high-end PCs, you'll find support for Nvidia's Temporal Anti-Aliasing (TXAA, Nvidia-hardware exclusive), Horizon Based Ambient Occlusion (HBAO), , and Percentage-Closer Soft Shadows (PCSS), in addition to Multisample Anti-Aliasing (MSAA), Multi-Monitor gaming, AMD Crossfire/Nvidia SLI, and support for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 4 controllers.

At the base-level, I can say this: if you could run Assassin's Creed Unity last year, you can run Syndicate this year. The minimum and recommended system specs are nearly the same. In fact, the difference comes in a downgrade of the required video cards. As an example, the minimum Nvidia card required for Unity? NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680. For Syndicate, that's the GeForce GTX 660, a weaker card released months after the 680. Syndicate requires a GeForce GTX 760 on the high-end, while Unity wanted the beefier 780.

On the Nvidia side, these are high-end video cards, but they're not recent. The GTX 760 and 780 both debuted in 2013. They were around $250 and $600 respectively in their heyday, but there's no reason to hunt them down now. Why? The GTX 760 usually only has 2GB of VRAM (contrary to Ubisoft's note above) and the 780 is prohibitively expensive. Ubisoft offers a current alternative, the GTX 970, which is Nvidia's current mid-range enthusiast video card sitting at around $330-350.

On the AMD side, the recommended video cards are also circa 2013. The Radeon 280X was a $300 video card, but you can currently find it around $230-260. In the same price range as the GTX 970 though, you can pick up the current AMD Radeon R9 390, which should outperform the Nvidia card in higher resolutions. Either option will keep you flush for Assassin's Creed Syndicate, but I recommend the latter for future-proofing.

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Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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