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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  • nathanddrews - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    GTX700 = GTX770, derp. Reply
  • Da W - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Sure. Just go to your job every day and work hard just to give free stuff at people. Reply
  • nathanddrews - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Who said anything about giving "free stuff at people"? I'm talking about competitive pricing - the NVIDIA lineup is overpriced. Reply
  • Mondozai - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Speaking of which, we could use an edit function ;) Reply
  • Mondozai - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Nah, they are more logical now. People are just bitching because their head hurts when re-adjusting. Reply
  • JPForums - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    So, the 280X is a 7970(not quite)GHz edition that is not quite price competitive with overclocked 7970s that give you essentially the same thing.

    The 270X is a 7870 with a token boost clock and better memory bandwidth. Unfortunately it is priced $20 ($50 w/MIR) more expensive than the generally more powerful 7870XT.

    The 260XT is a 7790 with a somewhat meaningful boost clock. Too bad it is priced closer to a 7850 than a 7790. Mail-in-Rebates only make the situation worse.

    Well, ... , I'm underwhelmed.


    7970 (OC) - $300 ($280 w/MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...

    7870XT - $180 ($150 w/MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...

    7850 - $145 ($125 w/MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...

    7790 - $120 ($100 w/MIR)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N8...
    Reply
  • JPForums - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Note: The AMD news section seems to be penta-posting articles. Please remove this comment once corrected. Reply
  • noeldillabough - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    I loved the 290x specs chart :0 Reply
  • alfredska - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Ryan, you need a better editor -- or an editor, period. Here's the first four paragraphs of your "Final Words", cleaned up and less abrasive:

    Bringing this review to a close, the initial launch of the Radeon 200 series is something of a warm-up act. AMD’s Big Kahuna, the R9 290X, is not yet here and will be a story of its own. In the meantime, AMD has kicked off 2014 with the bulk of their graphics lineup.
    As far as performance is concerned, the 200 series is more of a refresh of the existing Tahiti, Pitcairn, and Bonaire GPUs than a revolution. The performance is is only a few percent better on average. While I wouldn't call this a new coat of paint on the 7000 series, these products are still largely unchanged from those we’ve seen over the last two years.
    Today’s launch represents a consolidation of products and a formalization of prices. The number of products based on the each GPUs has been cut down significantly; there’s now only 1 card per GPU as opposed to 2 or 3. AMD can lower the prices on existing products, redefining the high-end, enthusiast, and mainstream markets, as opposed to flogging cards based on the 7970 as sub-$300 enthusiast parts. Nearly two years in, these parts are hitting what should have been their introductory prices.
    Today, there’s no getting around the fact that similar 7000 series products are going to be equal in price or cheaper than 200 series products. Once this supply dries up, however, the 200 series will settle into a more typical product stratification. Then, we'll see AMD’s partners react to competitive pressure and adjust prices and bundles accordingly. We expect to see the return of the Never Settle Forever program for these cards.
    Reply
  • Razorbak86 - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    "Is is" that so? "The each GPUs" reveals your true editorial prowess.

    Pro-tip: Don't quit your day job. ;)
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