Hitman 2 (DirectX 12)
IO Interactive’s Hitman 2 is a nice-looking game to begin with, but when you consider the staggering amount of unique resources that can be on-screen at any given time, the fact that it runs as well as it does is pretty astonishing. We used the same benchmark we do for CPUs, a leisurely stroll through the Miami stage’s VIP area.
We like Hitman 2 as a CPU benchmark. It’s easy to test, and it even includes specific settings that require a 6- or 8-core CPU. We probably should have either tested it in our monitor’s native 3840×2160 resolution, or turned down some of the more CPU-intensive settings, because it looks like we’ve ended up with a serious CPU bottleneck, even at 2560×1440 with high settings. 104 FPS was around the same performance this CPU managed in 1920×1080 in our review of the Ryzen 9 3900X.
So unfortunately, this benchmark wasn’t as informative as it could have been, but it wasn’t useless by any means. We already know more or less the story between the top three cards, anyway; the 1-FPS and 0.2-ms differences you see there are certainly within the margin of error. Hitman 2’s crowds are procedurally-generated to a degree, so this test isn’t 100% consistent, anyway.
The real interesting story here is how the RDNA-based Radeon cards perform. The RX 5700 XT nearly pushes our CPU to the limits, and the Radeon RX 5700 is just behind it—although the slower Navi barely loses out in smoothness compared to the RTX 2060 Super. Considering that we would normally expect the RTX 2060 Super to be ahead of the base-model Radeon RX 5700, this is a pretty solid win for AMD.
First off—it’s not meaningful, but it sure does amuse me seeing the Radeon RX 580 as the only card with no time spent past 33.3 ms.
Jokes aside, the actual story of interest doesn’t really start until the 11.1-ms mark, where we see that the Radeon RX 5700 XT comes within striking distance of the four faster (and more expensive) cards in these benchmarks. The RTX 2060 Super is left to battle it out with the Radeon RX 5700—a battle it wins, but only just so.