Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

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Vikings-style. While gameplay-wise Assassin’s Creed has not changed over the past few years, it offers a completely new setting in 2020. It tells the story of Viking Gefilde. We have benchmarked Valhalla to determine what kind of system you will need to play it.

Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Translator), 🇩🇪

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

The engine delivers—with the exception of a few low-resolution textures and janky animations—a very good presentation. The draw distance and the vegetation density are very impressive. The water is rendered very well and the effects also look good. The snow looks especially impressive (foot tracks, wet clothing). The visuals and the setting create a very atmospheric look, which fully comes through on medium and higher settings.

Speaking of settings: Just like with other Ubisoft games, the graphics settings menu is very extensive. While in the Screen section, users can adjust the resolution, aspect ratio, refresh rate, V-sync, field of view and other settings, in the Graphics section, there are ten sliders, which can be adjusted en masse via graphics presets.

Unfortunately, you will need to restart the game for many settings to be applied, which can get a bit annoying because intro-videos are unskippable. All in all, Valhalla takes a long time to launch—especially on HDDs. On the plus side, the game explains what each setting does with the help of text and images. Other developers can learn from this.

Ubisoft has also made some improvements to the engine in terms of CPU utilisation. Unlike the two previous entries in Assassin’s Creed series, Valhalla rarely becomes severely CPU-limited. However, Valhalla does need a lot more video memory. According to the built-in VRAM gauge, the ultra preset requires more than 6 GB of VRAM.

Ubisoft still needs to fix a few problems. We experienced a few issues (on low-end GPUs) where the screen would turn black and stay that way. The mouse pointer was also glitching when using external monitors (it would just disappear or work incorrectly).

Just like its predecessors , Assassin’s Creed Valhalla features an in-game benchmark, which lasts 1.5 minutes and consists of a panning shot through a village.

As can be seen from the screenshots above, the built-in benchmark has an overlay, which provides information about the hardware, graphics settings and performance (including an FPS counter). The CPU and GPU utilisation can also be monitored. At the end of the benchmark, users are presented with a detailed performance analysis.

Users who have GPUs with less than 3 GB of VRAM will not be able to achieve smooth frame rates in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Even mid-range graphics cards such as GeForce GTX 1050 (Ti) are unable to handle the latest Assassin’s Creed game at 720p on the low preset.

To achieve playable frame rates at 1080p on medium settings, users will need a GPU with at least 4 GB of VRAM such as the Radeon RX 5500M. To game on high/ultra settings, a graphics card with 6 GB of VRAM is necessary (GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or better).

    1920×1080 Ultra High Preset     1920×1080 High Preset     1920×1080 Medium Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, i9-9900K

80 fps ∼65%

91 fps ∼65%

107 fps ∼81%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)

MSI GeForce RTX 2080, i9-9900K

73 fps ∼59%

83 fps ∼59%

98 fps ∼74%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile

MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG, i9-9900K

66 fps ∼53%

74 fps ∼52%

87 fps ∼66%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)

MSI GeForce RTX 2070, i9-9900K

65 fps ∼52%

73 fps ∼52%

87 fps ∼66%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile

Alienware 17 R4, i7-7820HK

59 fps ∼48%

68 fps ∼48%

78 fps ∼59%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile

MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF, i7-9750H

59 fps ∼48%

69 fps ∼49%

81 fps ∼61%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)

MSI GeForce RTX 2060, i9-9900K

55 fps ∼44%

64 fps ∼45%

79 fps ∼60%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile

Asus G752VS, 6820HK

50 fps ∼40%

58 fps ∼41%

69 fps ∼52%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile

MSI GE65 Raider 9SE, i7-9750H

50 fps ∼40%

58 fps ∼41%

71 fps ∼54%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile

MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD, i7-9750H

42 fps ∼34%

49 fps ∼35%

66 fps ∼50%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile

MSI GT62VR, 6820HK

38 fps ∼31%

45 fps ∼32%

53 fps ∼40%

AMD Radeon RX 5500M

MSI Alpha 15, R7 3750H

14 fps ∼11%

26 fps ∼18%

56 fps ∼42%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile

MSI GE72 7RE, i7-7700HQ

13 fps ∼10%

15 fps ∼11%

19 fps ∼14%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile

MSI GL62M 7RD, i7-7700HQ

14 fps ∼10%

17 fps ∼13%

NVIDIA GeForce MX330

MSI Prestige 14, i7-10510U

8 fps ∼6%

9 fps ∼7%

NVIDIA GeForce MX350

MSI Prestige 14, i7-10710U

8 fps ∼6%

11 fps ∼8%

For a smooth 1440p gaming experience, a true high-end GPU is required. Here, the GeForce RTX 2060 is able to achieve half-way decent frame rates on the highest settings.

    2560×1440 Ultra High Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

67 fps ∼100%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K

MSI GeForce RTX 2080

60 fps ∼90%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K

MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG

52 fps ∼78%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9900K

MSI GeForce RTX 2070

50 fps ∼75%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H

MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF

47 fps ∼70%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, i7-7820HK

Alienware 17 R4

46 fps ∼69%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop), i9-9900K

MSI GeForce RTX 2060

42 fps ∼63%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H

MSI GE65 Raider 9SE

38 fps ∼57%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 6820HK

Asus G752VS

37 fps ∼55%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H

MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD

32 fps ∼48%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, 6820HK

MSI GT62VR

27 fps ∼40%

AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H

MSI Alpha 15

10 fps ∼15%

Even the fastest gaming GPUs struggle with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla on the highest settings. Here, even Nvidia’s highest-end mobile graphics card, GeForce RTX 2080, fails to hit what we consider playable frame rates (35 FPS or higher on average).

    3840×2160 Ultra High Preset
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K

MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

46 fps ∼100%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K

MSI GeForce RTX 2080

38 fps ∼83%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K

MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG

34 fps ∼74%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9900K

MSI GeForce RTX 2070

31 fps ∼67%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H

MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF

28 fps ∼61%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, i7-7820HK

Alienware 17 R4

27 fps ∼59%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop), i9-9900K

MSI GeForce RTX 2060

24 fps ∼52%

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H

MSI GE65 Raider 9SE

22 fps ∼48%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile, 6820HK

Asus G752VS

21 fps ∼46%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H

MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD

13 fps ∼28%

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, 6820HK

MSI GT62VR

10 fps ∼22%

Because benchmarking video games is very time-consuming and is often constrained by installation/activation limits, at the time of publishing, we were able only to provide a part of our performance analysis of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Other graphics cards will be added in the coming days and weeks.

(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * Approximate position

Legend
5 Stutters – This game is very likely to stutter and have poor frame rates. Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, average frame rates are expected to fall below 25fps
May Stutter – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, stutters and poor frame rates are expected.
30 Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 25fps
40 Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 35fps
60 Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 58fps
May Run Fluently – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, fluent frame rates are expected.
? Uncertain – This graphics card experienced unexpected performance issues during testing for this game. A slower card may be able to achieve better and more consistent frame rates than this particular GPU running the same benchmark scene.
Uncertain – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game and no reliable interpolation can be made based on the performances of surrounding cards of the same class or family.
The value in the fields displays the average frame rate of all values in the database. Move your cursor over the value to see individual results.

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Device GPU CPU RAM OS
Desktop-PC I MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (11 GB GDDR6)


MSI GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB GDDR6)


MSI GeForce RTX 2070 (8 GB GDDR6)


MSI GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB GDDR6)
Intel Core i9-9900K 4 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop-PC II Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (11 GB GDDR5X)


Asus GeForce GTX 980 Ti (6 GB GDDR5)


XFX Radeon R9 Fury (4 GB HBM)


Sapphire Radeon R9 290X (4 GB GDDR5)


Sapphire Radeon R9 280X (3 GB GDDR5)


MSI Radeon R7 370 (2 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-8086K, Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop-PC III Nvidia Titan RTX (24 GB GDDR6)


Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super (8 GB GDDR6)


Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super (8 GB GDDR6)Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super (8 GB GDDR6)Nvidia Titan X (Pascal) (12 GB GDDR5X)


KFA2 GeForce GTX 1660 Super (6 GB GDDR6)


PNY GeForce GTX 1660 (6 GB GDDR5)


KFA2 GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR5)


Zotac GeForce GT 1030 (2 GB GDDR5)


Asus GeForce GT 710


AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (8 GB GDDR6)


AMD Radeon RX 5700 (8 GB GDDR6)


AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (8 GB GDDR6))


AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (8 GB HBM2)


XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 (8 GB GDDR5)
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT76 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i9-9900K 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE65 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Alienware 17 R4 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7820HK 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus G752VS Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT62VR Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GL62 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Prestige 14 Nvidia GeForce MX350 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-10710U 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Prestige 14 Nvidia GeForce MX330 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-10510U 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Alpha 15 AMD Radeon RX5500M (4 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 7 3750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit

Florian Glaser, 2020-11-15 (Update: 2020-11-15)

Florian Glaser

Growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 90s, I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood. Especially computer games radiated a great fascination for me even then. From Monkey Island to Lands of Lore to Doom, everything was gambled that you could get your hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with focus on high-performance gaming notebooks.

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