I must confess: I hadn’t played a Hitman title since the very first game until this review. Loading up Hitman 2 to run these benchmarks, I was floored by not only how beautiful the game is, but also the density and diversity of unique, independent AI-controlled actors in the levels. We do our benchmarks in DirectX 12 mode on the Miami stage, in the VIP area.
This is a bit of an odd result, but we wouldn’t put too much thought toward it. There’s a lot of randomness in the crowd generation for this game, and the scores for the Core i7-8700K and Core i9-9900K are very close regardless. This game once again seems to prefer Intel, though not as strongly as Deus Ex Mankind Divided. DX12 mode in Hitman 2 is somewhat less stable than DirectX 11 mode—on any hardware—but we’ll take the occasional crash in exchange for the tremendous gains in delivered smoothness that DX12 offers on AMD CPUs.
Curiously, this game seems to like a lot of memory bandwidth. Both of our high-end desktop chips—that’s the Core i9-7900X and Threadripper 2920X—punch above their typical gaming weight class when we examine our smoothness metrics, especially the big Socket TR4 chip.