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Hitman 2 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk), 11/19/2018

Sandbox experience. Just like its 2016 predecessor, Hitman 2 offers very expansive levels, which can be completed in a wide variety of ways. You can learn how well the game performs with the help of our performance analysis.

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Hitman 2

Technology

The game engine known as Glacier Engine leaves a rather ambiguous impression. Visually, the game looks very impressive. Hitman 2 scores some major points with its sharp textures, good lighting and great shadows. The game world is also very well detailed. No matter whether you are indoors or outdoors, everything seems like a lot of time and effort was put into it. The sheer number of passers-by is very impressive as well. We are not aware of any other game that has this many people on the streets. This is why the game world feels cramped and atmospheric.

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However, the animations definitely need to be improved (they sometimes appear quite janky). The word “janky” also perfectly describes the menus – at least on PC. The game is not really optimized for playing with a mouse and a keyboard. 

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Speaking of menus: The number of graphics settings is well within reasonable bounds. Besides the resolution, the display mode, the vertical synchronization and the gamma correction, there are also a few other settings that can be adjusted. Once again, applying new graphics settings does not require a restart, which would have been annoying because of the unskippable introductory videos. Positive: Hitman 2 can be played in HDR mode on certain monitors. The edges of the objects can be smoothed with the help of super sampling, which we disabled during our benchmarks by setting the super sampling slider to 1. The DirectX 12 mode of the predecessor, which was rather hit and miss, was not included by the developers in Hitman 2.

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Attention: On weaker systems that do not have enough video memory, certain graphics settings are locked. However, this behavior can be overridden in the options menu of the game launcher (Override Memory Safeguards). Anyhow, there are only very slight differences between the medium, high and ultra presets. The game starts to look noticeably worse only when you set the details to low and disable SSAO. The shadows and textures also look considerably worse when set to low.

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The game is not extremely well-optimized. This is why even high-end graphics cards struggle to achieve over 100 FPS at low resolutions. As our benchmarks show, Hitman 2 is very CPU-intensive, which is not surprising considering the amount of NPCs in the game world.

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With the help of our benchmarks chart, you can see that the main bottleneck even in very powerful systems is frequently not the GPU, but the CPU. This can be seen in the unfortunate case of the Alienware 17 R4; its Core i7-7820HK throttles down due to a poorly designed cooling solution, which makes the otherwise very fast GTX 1080 seem rather slow.

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Benchmarks

For our benchmarks, we use the beginning of the story mission called "The Finish Line," which is set at a racetrack. Right after the game is loaded, we use Fraps to record a 45-second long frame-rate graph. In order to clear the security at the racetrack we start the mission without a weapon (see video).

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Medium
Medium
High
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Ultra
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Medium
Medium
High
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Ultra
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Because there is quite a lot of variation between the benchmark runs on account of the constantly changing number of passers-by, the results are not 100% accurate, but nevertheless they are still good enough to compare and rank the performance of different graphics cards.

Results

HD (1280x720)

Those who can live with the lowest settings and 720p resolution will need at least a current mid-range or an older high-end GPU to run Hitman 2. Entry-level graphics solutions such as the Intel HD Graphics 630 are hopelessly overwhelmed even on the lowest settings.

Hitman 2
    1280x720 Low AF:Trilinear
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal, 1950X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
75.9 (min: 58) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
92 (min: 72) fps ∼74%
81 (min: 45) fps ∼65%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
85.9 (min: 67) fps ∼69%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
85.3 (min: 67) fps ∼68%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
84.9 (min: 67) fps ∼68%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
84.3 (min: 67) fps ∼67%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
75.7 (min: 57) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
72.9 (min: 55) fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
65.9 (min: 51) fps ∼53%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
65.5 (min: 53) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
55.6 (min: 45) fps ∼44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
63.7 (min: 46) fps ∼51%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
59.3 (min: 48) fps ∼47%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
46.5 (min: 38) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
51.4 (min: 31) fps ∼41%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
39.7 (min: 28) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
35.1 (min: 28) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
33 (min: 20) fps ∼26%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
21.7 (min: 16) fps ∼17%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
19.8 (min: 16) fps ∼16%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
17.6 (min: 14) fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
11.3 (min: 4) fps ∼9%
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
7.7 (min: 6) fps ∼6%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
11.2 (min: 6) fps ∼9%

FHD (1920x1080)

If you want to run Hitman 2 at 1080p, then you will need a genuine gaming notebook. You will need at the very least a GeForce GTX 970M or GTX 1050 Ti to run the game at 1920x1080 on medium to maximum settings.

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    1920x1080 Ultra AF:16x     1920x1080 High AF:8x     1920x1080 Medium AF:4x
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal, 1950X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
64.4 (min: 47) fps ∼57%
67.5 (min: 48) fps ∼58%
72.2 (min: 35) fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
74 fps ∼65%
75 fps ∼64%
82 (min: 66) fps ∼66%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
74 (min: 56) fps ∼65%
76.4 (min: 58) fps ∼65%
83 (min: 65) fps ∼67%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
73.3 (min: 56) fps ∼65%
75.9 (min: 57) fps ∼65%
84 (min: 65) fps ∼68%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
68.1 (min: 50) fps ∼60%
68.5 (min: 51) fps ∼59%
74.3 (min: 52) fps ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
67 (min: 50) fps ∼59%
68.9 (min: 54) fps ∼59%
75.2 (min: 57) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
66.3 (min: 51) fps ∼59%
69.6 (min: 53) fps ∼59%
75.1 (min: 55) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
62.7 (min: 47) fps ∼55%
64.9 (min: 49) fps ∼55%
69.4 (min: 54) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
57.7 (min: 46) fps ∼51%
58.8 (min: 48) fps ∼50%
64.4 (min: 51) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
53.2 (min: 41) fps ∼47%
53.5 (min: 42) fps ∼46%
56.9 (min: 45) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
49.6 (min: 36) fps ∼44%
51.8 (min: 40) fps ∼44%
56 (min: 43) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
23.6 (min: 16) fps ∼21%
29.7 (min: 14) fps ∼25%
39 (min: 29) fps ∼31%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 7740X
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Asus X299 Prime
33 (min: 26) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
40 (min: 32) fps ∼35%
42.8 (min: 33) fps ∼37%
45.8 (min: 38) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
29.9 (min: 20) fps ∼26%
30.6 (min: 21) fps ∼26%
33.6 (min: 23) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
19.3 (min: 10) fps ∼17%
26.2 (min: 20) fps ∼22%
36.2 (min: 28) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
20 (min: 11) fps ∼18%
21.2 (min: 13) fps ∼18%
22.6 (min: 18) fps ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
15.9 (min: 12) fps ∼14%
15.9 (min: 12) fps ∼14%
17.5 (min: 14) fps ∼14%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
14 (min: 8) fps ∼12%
15.4 (min: 9) fps ∼13%
15.9 (min: 10) fps ∼13%
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
11.8 (min: 7) fps ∼10%
14.7 (min: 12) fps ∼12%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
6.9 (min: 3) fps ∼6%

QHD (2560x1440) & UHD (3840x2160)

Things get serious at higher resolutions. If you want to run the game at 1440p on ultra settings, you will need at least a GeForce GTX 1060. Even the GeForce GTX 1080 can barely handle running Hitman 2 in 4K.

Hitman 2
    3840x2160 Ultra AF:16x     2560x1440 Ultra AF:16x
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal, 1950X
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X, NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
52.7 (min: 37) fps ∼89%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
51.9 (min: 45) fps ∼88%
72 (min: 55) fps ∼74%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
46.1 (min: 39) fps ∼78%
72.3 (min: 56) fps ∼75%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
41.5 (min: 30) fps ∼70%
52.8 (min: 41) fps ∼54%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
37 (min: 32) fps ∼63%
67.4 (min: 56) fps ∼69%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
35.2 (min: 29) fps ∼60%
62.8 (min: 48) fps ∼65%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
32.3 (min: 27) fps ∼55%
57.8 (min: 47) fps ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
24.4 (min: 20) fps ∼41%
46.4 (min: 40) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
22.3 (min: 19) fps ∼38%
46.7 (min: 40) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
21.6 (min: 18) fps ∼37%
42.4 (min: 35) fps ∼44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
16.9 (min: 14) fps ∼29%
34 (min: 28) fps ∼35%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
13 (min: 11) fps ∼22%
27 (min: 22) fps ∼28%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
10.4 (min: 8) fps ∼18%
20.3 (min: 16) fps ∼21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
5.5 (min: 2) fps ∼9%
13.9 (min: 10) fps ∼14%

Overview

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      Model
Hitman 2
 Hitman 2 (2018)
low
1280x720
Low
TrilinearAF
med.
1920x1080
Medium
4xAF
high
1920x1080
High
8xAF
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra
16xAF
4k
3840x2160
Ultra
16xAF
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
86.5n2
82
75
74
51.9
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
75.9
72.2
67.5
64.4
52.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
84.3
84
75.9
73.3
46.1
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
82.8n2
80.35n2
73.95n2
71.1n2
45.7n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
59.3
56.9
53.5
53.2
41.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
89.3n2
87.2n2
79.8n2
77.1n2
38.35n2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
75.7
74.3
68.5
68.1
35.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
72.9
69.4
64.9
62.7
32.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
68.1
66.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
84.9
75.2
68.9
67
22.3
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
83.1
80.4
71.5
68.4
27.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
85.3
75.1
69.6
66.3
24.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
65.5
64.4
58.8
57.7
21.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
58.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
65.9
56
51.8
49.6
16.9
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
52
40.8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
55.6
39
29.7
23.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
63.7
45.8
42.8
40
13
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
46.5
33.6
30.6
29.9
10.4
      Model
Hitman 2
lowmed.highultra4k
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
33
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
51.4
36.2
26.2
19.3
AMD Radeon RX 560X (Laptop)
40.1
35.2
32.2
31.4
AMD Radeon Pro 560X
34.4
30.9
9.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
39.7
22.6
21.2
20
5.5
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
41.4
21.3
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
27.35n2
15.3n2
13.6n2
14
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
35.1
17.5
15.9
15.9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 11
35.9n2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
16.6
10.5
9.1
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
19.8
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
32.1
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
17.6
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
11.3
Intel HD Graphics 630
11.2
6.9
Intel HD Graphics 530
11.9
Intel UHD Graphics 620
7.7
Intel HD Graphics 5600
10.4
Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
4.9
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * Approximate position

 

Legend
5Stutters – 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.
30Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 25fps
40Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 35fps
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.
123Uncertain – 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.

Test systems

Device Graphics card Processor Memory OS
Desktop-PC I MSI GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X)
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (4 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-6700K 2 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 i7-4790K 2 x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
Alienware 17 R4 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7820HK 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Acer Triton 700 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2x 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 (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus GL753VD Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8 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
Asus G752VY Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GS60 Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M (3 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GL72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI PE60 Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI PL62 Nvidia GeForce MX150 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI CX72 Nvidia GeForce 940MX (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP62 Nvidia GeForce 940M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-5700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI CX61 Nvidia GeForce 920M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Celeron 2970M 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus N551ZU AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5) AMD FX-7600P 2 x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
4K Monitor Nvidia Treiber AMD Treiber
2 x Asus PB287Q, Philips 328P6VJEB ForceWare 416.94 Adrenalin 18.11.1
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