Hitman (DirectX 12)
Hitman's DirectX 12 renderer can stress every part of a system, so we cranked the game's graphics settings at 1920x1080 and got to testing.
Hitman's DX12 mode seems to favor a combo of high clocks, high IPC, and lots of threads. Unfortunately, that means both Ryzen 3 chips end up toward the back of the pack in both our average FPS measurement of performance potential and in our 99th-percentile frame time metric of delivered smoothness. Despite its lower clock speed versus the Ryzen 3 1300X, the Ryzen 5 1400's eight threads appear to let it deliver a much smoother experience overall. That said, the Ryzen 5 1500X comes out on top, and it delivers a significantly smoother experience than any other chip on the bench. Perhaps Ryzens with 8MB of L3 are at a disadvantage in this title compared to the 16MB on board the 1500X.
Checking in at the 16.7-ms threshold, the Ryzen 3 chips both make the GTX 1080 wait more than any other chip here on tough frames that would drop the delivered frame rate below 60 FPS. The Core i3s in our test suite make the GTX 1080 spend considerably less time waiting, and the Core i5-7500 is better yet. The crown still goes to AMD in Hitman, however. The Ryzen 5 CPUs both incur only minuscule delays, and the Ryzen 5 1500X is just one millisecond away from a perfect result at the 16.7-ms threshold.
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