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Hitman 3 Performance Analysis

Playground. Just like previous games in the Hitman series, the latest instalment encourages creativity and exploration. Our peformance analysis reveals the system requirements for Hitman 3.
Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Stanislav Kokhanyuk), 🇩🇪 🇮🇹 ...

Technology

If you disregard the janky animations (facial expressions, body movements), then Hitman 3 can be considered as a very graphically impressive title. Thanks to good lighting and high-quality reflections, the richly detailed environments appear very atmospheric. The textures are also very impressive, especially when compared to the rest of the competition in the stealth game genre.

Hitman 3
Hitman 3
Hitman 3
Hitman 3

We were most impressed by the game design, though. The developers once again show that they have a very good sense of style. The high-rise complex, in which the first mission takes place, is beautifully constructed and offers a great many opportunities for assassinations. Each level feels completely different from the other. 

The high-rise complex where the first mission takes place
The high-rise complex where the first mission takes place
The high-rise complex where the first mission takes place
The high-rise complex where the first mission takes place

The game is incredibly well-optimised, which we find to be quite praiseworthy. While the first instalment in the World of Assassination trilogy was extremely demanding, and not only because of a very high crowd density, which made the game all the more believable, Hitman 3 runs well even on mid-range hardware at high resolutions on the highest settings.

Hitman 3
Hitman 3

The graphics settings can be changed either in-game or in the game launcher. The graphics settings menu includes 20 settings, only a number of which have a significant impact on both performance and visuals. Positive: Settings can be applied without a restart. The game size amounts to 55 GB, which is neither too big nor too small. The fact that Hitman 3 is, currently, an Epic Games Store exclusive is certain to keep some prospective buyers from getting it right away.

On a technical level—with the exception of a few glitches, which crop up here and there (juddery clothing, flickering surfaces)—Hitman 3 cuts a very fine figure. With an SSD, the loading times are impressively short. Sometimes, controlling the game character does not feel very refined, but that is par for the course in the Hitman series.

Benchmark

While the built-in benchmarks in the prior instalments were, basically, unusable, because they provided results, which were much better than what users experienced in the actual gaming sessions (likely because during the actual gameplay the engine has to carry out far more AI calculations than during the canned benchmark), the integrated benchmark in Hitman 3 reflects actual in-game performance.

As a matter of fact, IO Interactive has included 3 different benchmarks in Hitman 3. In Dartmoor, which includes a manual and an automatic mode, users can witness a grandiose and very thorough physics simulation, in which bookshelves and furniture are blown to pieces. Our benchmark is based on the second sequence, which takes place in Dubai and lasts about 2 minutes. Here, a camera pans across the first level.

Minimum settings
Minimum settings
Medium settings
Medium settings
High settings
High settings
Maximum settings
Maximum settings

In all locations, the built-in benchmark provides information about the minimum, average and maximum frame rates. You can see which settings we used for our presets in the screenshots above.

Results

FHD (1920x1080)

Even though Hitman 3 is less CPU-demanding than the two previous titles in the series, powerful GPUs still run into CPU bottlenecks on low settings as the chart below shows. Although entry-level chips such as the GeForce MX330 are too weak for Hitman 3, true mid-range graphics cards such as the Radeon RX 5500M or the GeForce GTX 1650 (Ti) can handle the title at 1080p on the highest settings.

Hitman 3
    1920x1080 Maximum Settings AF:16x     1920x1080 High Settings AF:16x     1920x1080 Medium Settings AF:16x     1920x1080 Minimum Settings
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
167 (76min) fps ∼60%
170 (86min) fps ∼61%
173 (89min) fps ∼61%
207 (93min) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
166 (77min) fps ∼60%
168 (90min) fps ∼60%
172 (94min) fps ∼61%
208 (110min) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
165 fps ∼60%
167 (87min) fps ∼60%
171 (93min) fps ∼60%
206 (106min) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
162 (81min) fps ∼59%
164 (83min) fps ∼59%
171 (91min) fps ∼60%
205 (111min) fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
160 (68min) fps ∼58%
163 (71min) fps ∼58%
165 (78min) fps ∼58%
206 (84min) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
153 (41min) fps ∼55%
165 (46min) fps ∼59%
183 (48min) fps ∼65%
235 (54min) fps ∼67%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2070
136 (60min) fps ∼49%
151 (63min) fps ∼54%
164 (76min) fps ∼58%
203 (81min) fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
113 (45min) fps ∼41%
124 (55min) fps ∼44%
136 (59min) fps ∼48%
163 (88min) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
96.8 (29min) fps ∼35%
105 (34min) fps ∼38%
120 (37min) fps ∼42%
153 (53min) fps ∼44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
91 (50min) fps ∼33%
99.3 (59min) fps ∼35%
116 (64min) fps ∼41%
159 (75min) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
64.1 (43min) fps ∼23%
70.7 (45min) fps ∼25%
83.3 (56min) fps ∼29%
117 (65min) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile, 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
63 fps ∼23%
69 fps ∼25%
76 fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
58.3 (38min) fps ∼21%
64 (16min) fps ∼23%
75.1 (50min) fps ∼27%
106 (67min) fps ∼30%
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
MSI Alpha 15
54 (16min) fps ∼20%
56.3 (19min) fps ∼20%
84.1 (33min) fps ∼30%
113 (42min) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile, i7-7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
36 fps ∼13%
40 fps ∼14%
48 fps ∼17%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, i7-7700HQ
MSI GL62M 7RD
29 fps ∼10%
32 fps ∼11%
37 fps ∼13%
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, i7-10710U
MSI Prestige 14
16.7 (10min) fps ∼6%
18.5 (11min) fps ∼7%
22.9 (13min) fps ∼8%
31.8 (18min) fps ∼9%
NVIDIA GeForce MX330, i7-10510U
MSI Prestige 14
14.4 (6min) fps ∼5%
15 (9min) fps ∼5%
18.8 (12min) fps ∼7%
26 (16min) fps ∼7%

QHD (2560x1440)

The above-mentioned GPUs can even run Hitman 3 at 1440p on the highest settings with decent enough frame rates. However, if you want a solid 60 FPS experience here, then you will need a high-end gaming GPU such as the GeForce RTX 2060 or better.

Hitman 3
    2560x1440 Maximum Settings AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
166 (58min) fps ∼78%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
164 (54min) fps ∼77%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
147 (55min) fps ∼69%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
140 (81min) fps ∼66%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
119 (49min) fps ∼56%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
103 (33min) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2070
93 (53min) fps ∼44%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
77.1 (26min) fps ∼36%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
61.8 (19min) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
59.2 (45min) fps ∼28%
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
MSI Alpha 15
46.4 (15min) fps ∼22%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
39.4 (27min) fps ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
36.5 (26min) fps ∼17%

UHD (3840x2160)

To game at 4K on maximum settings, you will need a veritable high-end GPU. Here, the RTX 2060 can achieve 34 FPS, the RTX 2070 hits 50 FPS, and the RTX 2080 outputs 59 FPS on average. So far, we have only tested the desktop versions of Nvidia’s Ampere GPUs. Laptop versions should be slower, because they have lower TGPs and cut-down specifications.

Hitman 3
    3840x2160 Maximum Settings AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3090 Suprim X
122 (54min) fps ∼95%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
109 (49min) fps ∼85%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
85.2 (52min) fps ∼66%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 Ventus 3X
77.5 (51min) fps ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2080
65.3 (44min) fps ∼51%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile, i9-9900K
MSI GT76 Titan DT 9SG
58.8 (31min) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop), i9-9900K
MSI GeForce RTX 2070
50 (37min) fps ∼39%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SF
41.4 (20min) fps ∼32%
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GE65 Raider 9SE
34.2 (17min) fps ∼27%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile, i7-9750H
MSI GP65 Leopard 9SD
31.2 (21min) fps ∼24%
AMD Radeon RX 5500M, R7 3750H
MSI Alpha 15
22.6 (12min) fps ∼18%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GP75
21.1 (16min) fps ∼16%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile, i7-10750H
MSI GL75
19.3 (13min) fps ∼15%

Note

Because benchmarking video games is very time consuming and is often constrained by installation/activation limits, at the time of publishing, we were able only to provide a part of our performance analysis of Hitman 3. Other graphics cards will be added in the coming days and weeks.

Overview

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 Hitman 3 (2021)
low
1280x720
Minimum Settings
med.
1920x1080
Medium Settings
16xAF
high
1920x1080
High Settings
16xAF
ultra
1920x1080
Maximum Settings
16xAF
QHD
2560x1440
Maximum Settings
16xAF
4K
3840x2160
Maximum Settings
16xAF
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090
267
198.5n2
196.5n2
195n2
178n2
118.5n2
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
352.8
283.2
279.9
276.2
213.1
128.4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
172
168
166
164
109
NVIDIA Titan RTX
271
222
210
202
145
82
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
171
167
165
140
77.5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Desktop)
171
164
162
147
85.2
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Desktop)
272
197
179
166
115
64
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
165
163
160
119
65.3
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
174.4
128
120.7
134.8
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
183
165
153
103
58.8
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
289
163
150
135
87
47
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super (Desktop)
272
176
159
148
101
55
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (Desktop)
299
172
153
141
95
53
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
164
151
136
93
50
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
140
133
90.2
48.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
136
124
113
77.1
41.4
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Super (Desktop)
247
135
128
122
85
46
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (Desktop)
289
150
135
124
82
46
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
286
148
134
125
85
47
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NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
120
105
96.8
61.8
34.2
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (Desktop)
289
141
129
120
81
45
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Super (Desktop)
248
117
102
92
61
32
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT (Desktop)
220
101
91
83
54
30
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
116
99.3
91
59.2
31.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 (Desktop)
195
110
93
86
57
31
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Super (Desktop)
185
105
87
79
51
25
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
117
76
69
63
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Mobile
83.3
70.7
64.1
39.4
21.1
AMD Radeon RX 5500M
84.1
56.3
54
46.4
22.6
AMD Radeon Pro 5500M
157
81.3
66.3
62
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Mobile
75.1
64
58.3
36.5
19.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 (Desktop)
173
76
65
59
37
19
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
98
48
40
36
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
87
37
32
29
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
85
39
NVIDIA GeForce MX350
22.9
18.5
16.7
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
44
22
17
15
NVIDIA GeForce MX150
42
9.9
NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
12.2
4.6
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NVIDIA GeForce MX330
18.8
15
14.4
AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
42.05
15.8
14.1
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7
48.8
18.9
17.2
15.9
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000/5000)
39.1
14.9
Intel UHD Graphics 620
15.7
(-) * 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
60Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 58fps
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.
?Uncertain – 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 GPU CPU RAM OS
Desktop PC I MSI GeForce RTX 3090 (24 GB GDDR6X)
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 (10 GB GDDR6X)
MSI GeForce RTX 3070 (8 GB GDDR6)
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (11 GB GDDR6)
MSI GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB GDDR6)
MSI GeForce RTX 2070 (8 GB GDDR6)
Intel Core i9-9900K 4 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)
Intel Core i7-8086K, Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop PC III Nvidia Titan RTX (24 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super (8 GB GDDR6)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1660 Super (6 GB GDDR6)
PNY GeForce GTX 1660 (6 GB GDDR5)
KFA2 GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR5)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5700 (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT (8 GB GDDR6)
AMD Ryzen 9 5900X 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT76 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i9-9900K 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 (8 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE65 Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP65 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-9750H 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-10750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GL75 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR6) Intel Core i7-10750H 2 x 8 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 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 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
MSI Prestige 14 Nvidia GeForce MX350 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-10710U 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Prestige 14 Nvidia GeForce MX330 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-10510U 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Dell G5 15 SE AMD Radeon RX5600M (6 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 7 4800H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI Alpha 15 AMD Radeon RX5500M (4 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen 7 3750H 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
4K Monitors Nvidia drivers AMD drivers
Asus PB287Q, Philips Brilliance 329P9H, Acer Predator XB321HK ForceWare 461.40 Adrenalin 21.2.1
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Florian Glaser, 2021-02- 7 (Update: 2021-02- 7)
Florian Glaser
Editor of the original article: Florian Glaser - Managing Editor Gaming
Growing up with MS-DOS and Windows 3.1 in the early 90s, I discovered my interest in computers in my childhood. Especially computer games radiated a great fascination for me even then. From Monkey Island to Lands of Lore to Doom, everything was gambled that you could get your hands on. I have been working for Notebookcheck since 2009 with focus on high-performance gaming notebooks.