Hitman 2 PC Performance Review

CPU Performance - This should be a lot better

Hitman 2 PC Performance Review

CPU Performance - This should be a lot better

Hitman 2 relies on a lot of world simulation, as players are expected to track targets at extreme distances and trigger traps while sitting comfortably in a place that's far from the action. With this in mind, we should expect Hitman 2 to be a CPU hog, but we didn't think that it would be to this degree. 

For our CPU testing, we decided to benchmark a section of gameplay in Hitman 2's "Chasing a Ghost" campaign mission, which placed players in a large city environment, complete with a large number of civilians and plenty of content to bring even powerful processors to their knees. Another mission where CPU related performance dips frequently occur is in the game's "The Finish Line" mission. Other areas of the game are much less CPU intensive and run a lot better on PC as a result. 

Hitman 2 clearly benefits from PCs with high core counts, with six cores and twelve threads appearing to be a sweet spot, though for the most part Hitman 2 is single thread limited when using high core count processors. 

Sadly, we were unable to run Hitman 2 at a steady 60FPS in this scene, regardless of our CPU configuration. Hitman 2 wants us to use a system which features more than four cores and offers clock speeds that exceed 4GHz, at least for 60FPS gameplay. You will need a CPU with high levels of single-threaded performance to achieve a steady 60+ FPS in this scene. At 1080p our GTX 1080 ran with utilisation levels as low as 45%, revealing a severe CPU performance bottleneck.  

This begs a question. Could IO Interactive have lowered the game's CPU overhead if they kept supporting the DirectX 12 API on PC? 

Update - We plans to investigate Hitman 2's Simulation Quality Option in a future article. We will update this performance review accordingly. 
  

Hitman 2 PC Performance Review

 

At launch, the only graphical setting in Hitman 2 that can target CPU usage is the game's Level of Detail (LOD) setting, which when lowered can provide us with a few more CPU cycles to push framerates higher. In this test, we used 4c 4th Ryzen 7 1700X at 4GHz to see the performance impact of this setting.  

Moving down to Medium LOD, we can see a huge increase in framerate, making it a setting to reduce if players want to mitigate CPU related framerate drops. In Hitman 2 CPU limitations are largely scene dependent, allowing framerates to vary drastically throughout the game.  

  
Hitman 2 PC Performance Review  

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20-11-2018, 13:43:21

AlienALX
hahaha that pic is hilarious you've got Intel shooting AMD, then Nvidia throwing AMD over the banister. hahahaha !!Quote

20-11-2018, 13:46:16

WYP
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Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post
hahaha that pic is hilarious you've got Intel shooting AMD, then Nvidia throwing AMD over the banister. hahahaha !!
It's good to have fun with the images.



Apologies for how late this one is peeps, I was unwell last week so things got a little delayed.Quote

20-11-2018, 13:58:04

BFBC2033
Your testresults are quiet unusual, just take a look around. For example Setve from hw undboxed got his vega 56 infront of a 1070ti, yes thats a bit high but way more in line than what you got. I would strongly suggest you to look at your testsetup. Your test is the only one with such a massive deficite for AMD. Also those childish pictures leave a untrustworthy tast behind.Quote

20-11-2018, 14:32:22

WYP
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Originally Posted by BFBC2033 View Post
Your testresults are quiet unusual, just take a look around. For example Setve from hw undboxed got his vega 56 infront of a 1070ti, yes thats a bit high but way more in line than what you got. I would strongly suggest you to look at your testsetup. Your test is the only one with such a massive deficite for AMD. Also those childish pictures leave a untrustworthy tast behind.
I will have a look the HW Unboxed's findings and see how his test location compares to the one that we used.

We use a location that is much later in the game and represents some of the worst performance that the game can offer. I will look at the game again to see if anything changes, but each graphics card has a clean driver install, so it isn't that.

The mission HW unboxed used appears to be one of the lesser demanding areas, but I will report back when I look into things a little more.Quote

20-11-2018, 21:07:29

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by BFBC2033 View Post
Your testresults are quiet unusual, just take a look around. For example Setve from hw undboxed got his vega 56 infront of a 1070ti, yes thats a bit high but way more in line than what you got. I would strongly suggest you to look at your testsetup. Your test is the only one with such a massive deficite for AMD. Also those childish pictures leave a untrustworthy tast behind.
It all depends on the mission. Reviews have never been apples to apples even with the same hardware. Not sure why you expect anything else?

As for the pictures they are so irrelevant that to assume it makes an article untrustworthy is to me quite childish that it bothers someone. I only mention this because you come off as an AMD guy who is upset the vega 56 and the cover article photo both show AMD falling behind. I mean we already know a Vega 56 is slower than a 1070ti, so I again don't know why you expect anything else mate?

Food for thought, maybe Steve's results are a bit off and not WYPs? I would be more suspect a 1070ti lost a Vega 56 than anything.
Not attacking you. Just curious as to why you think the review was bad when it honestly is one of the very few performance reviews on the internet that I found. I looked around as you suggested and found just this article. Nothing else comparing really anything(outside of consoles from Digital Foundry).Quote
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