Hitman: Absolution

The second-to-last game in our lineup is Hitman: Absolution. The latest game in Square Enix’s stealth-action series, Hitman: Absolution is a DirectX 11 based title that though a bit heavy on the CPU, can give most GPUs a run for their money. Furthermore it has a built-in benchmark, which gives it a level of standardization that fewer and fewer benchmarks possess.

Hitman: Absolution - 2560x1440 - Ultra

Hitman: Absolution - 1920x1080 - Ultra

Hitman: Absolution - 1920x1080 - Medium + Tess + 16xAF

Hitman is another title AMD’s GPUs do rather well in, leading to the 280X surpassing the GTX 770 by just shy of 9%. It seems silly to be comparing a $300 video card to what’s currently a $400 video card – and in the process not a battle AMD is explicitly setting out to fight – but it just goes to show just how competitive these two cards really are.

Meanwhile if you throw in a factory overclocked card like the Asus, then we can just crack 60fps at 2560. Though on a percentage basis the performance lead over the stock clocked 280X is trending close to the average at 7%.

Hitman: Absolution - Min. Frame Rate - 2560x1440 - Ultra

Hitman: Absolution - Min. Frame Rate - 1920x1080 - Ultra

Hitman: Absolution - Min. Frame Rate - 1920x1080 - Medium + Tess + 16xAF

Moving on to minimum framerates quickly, the picture does not significantly change. Hitman bottoms out in the high 40s for the stock 280X, a bit more than 10fps below the average.

Hitman: Absolution - Delta Percentages

The FCAT delta percentages remain unremarkable.

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  • Wreckage - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    I did not see these on Newegg yet. Did AMD actually rebrand a card twice and paper launch it twice??? Reply
  • Will Robinson - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    That "rebrand" just kicked the crap out of NVDA's GTX770 for $100 less.
    Read it and weep.
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  • Wreckage - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    At least you can buy a 770 right now. I suppose you could print out a 280 and tape it to the side of your computer. Wake me when they can beat the GK110. Reply
  • rtsurfer - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    If you had bothered to read the article you would have known that these cards are launching this week.
    Also,your beloved GK110 will be dealt with by R9 290X. I think you'll have to wait till October 15th for that news,as that is when the NDA expires.
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  • colonelclaw - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Blimey, some people here are never happy. This card is basically a 770 but $100 cheaper. You know what that means? Nvidia will soon be dropping the price of the 770 and hopefully the 780 too - great news all round.
    Stop whining about 'rebadging' etc, the only thing that matters to 95% of gamers is the relationship between price and framerates.
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  • Da W - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Precisely. I don't get fanboïsm. I'm gonna run 3600X1920 with full detail at an afordable price before christmas, be it with a 780 or a 290X. Of course 3 screens works better on AMD, i might be willing to pay a premium. Reply
  • gobaers - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Add a Z axis for power consumption / noise (two sides of the same coin). I'd take a small hit in framerate for a cooler or quieter card. Reply
  • stefstef - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    looks like the 260 is going to replace the 7790 cards. now you get for the price the 7790 cards were introduced the 260. the 7790 prices dropped. now i wonder if i replace my 6670 for my 720p monitor with the rather cheap 7790 or get the new 260. Reply
  • Will Robinson - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    R9 280X looks very good at $300....the improvements in noise and heat output are commendable.
    I'll be interested to see how it performs in BF4 after the Mantle API update.
    It looks very strong in BF4 beta already.
    http://techreport.com/review/25466/amd-radeon-r9-2...
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  • nathanddrews - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Hmm, I think I'll wait for the next rebadge (re-rebadge) at 20nm. Maybe by summer they'll shrink and add the audio enhancements to the whole lineup. I'm happy for the MSRP price being $299, it should force the 7970GE to under that.

    If anything, I'm hoping that AMD's new lineup forces NVIDIA to stop overcharging for their products. I know that the market drives pricing, but if price scaled with performance, that means that the GTX700 should be $300 and the GTX780 should be about $350? Not that it will happen like that... but the 780 should not be over $400.
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