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Original Assassin's Creed is completely ruined for me

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I've been going on an AC binge roughly every 6 months since it came out. My last episode when the game was actually functioning properly was November/December 2012. Half way through 2013 I installed the game again and it was totally unplayable with severe stutter/hitching. I went on a mission to try and recreate exactly the hardware and software combo I had in 2012 when the game last worked, but I never got it to work again. My last hope was just to wait until my next major upgrade cycle and pray that the problem would not follow me. But I just built a Haswell based system (only legacy component being a GTX 580), and the issue is still there as bad as ever. It's not the GTX 580, because I've been using 580s for AC for years.

I just tried a virgin install of Windows 7 sp1, no windows updates, no additional drivers aside from the nvidia 306.23 driver I was using in november 2012, and the issue is still there. What could possibly be causing this?
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Did you try a driver that you may have had back then? The only thing that I can think of is that maybe tweaks that were in the old driver were removed at some point through an update. It's happened with AMD and some games here and there.
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Like I said, I already tried recreating the hardware and driver environment I had then. I can't remember exactly, but I tried multiple drivers for each device clustered around that timeframe.

And the fact that it still happens on a vanilla install of windows 7 suggests that it isn't some recent software thing.

And my configuration of in-game and NVCP settings is identical. I copy them all off notes/screenshots I made several years ago.
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Just a weird fix that I use... but try capping the fps to 59. I use this with it, cause otherwise it stutters for me too.

You can download Radeonpro and use that part of the program without issues.

Set it up like below:

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Just a weird fix that I use... but try capping the fps to 59. I use this with it, cause otherwise it stutters for me too.

You can download Radeonpro and use that part of the program without issues.

Set it up like below:
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Thanks for the suggestion. However, I never use 59fps caps as the cap itself causes hitching with 60Hz V-Sync in pretty much every game/engine (I've definitely verified it in Assassin's Creed).

I did try a 60fps cap though (should have thought of this sooner as I use it to fix all sorts of other stuttering games like STALKER).

- 60fps cap forced via Nvidia Inspector reduced the hitching issue a little bit.
- 60fps cap forced via RTSS reduced the hitching issue even more than the Nvidia Inspector cap did, but the game was still far from normal.

And I never had to use a cap before, and the game was always perfectly smooth at 60fps@60Hz.

I've been racking my brain trying to think what I could possibly be doing differently with this damned game. The only thing I could think of was my mouse drivers which I used to use but stopped installing around the time the issue began. But I installed the same version I used to use and it made no difference (pretty sure I was playing the game fine without them at one point anyway. This is so frustrating. I remember when you first got the game and I had posted those screenshots - the game was working perfectly then. What the hell has changed.
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