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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  • maybeimwrong - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Perhaps I'm in the minority here, but I am concerned that I have to "Return to Anandtech" from a major new product review. This site is not AMDtech. If you want to have a special AMD section that aggregates relevant content, I'm fine with that. I am not fine with reviews being visible only in a place that presents no means of accessing general content on the site. Presenting review articles in this way is a terrible decision, and readers will stop trusting your content if you keep it up. I say this as a big fan of the site: please change the way "AMD" articles are handled immediately. Reply
  • SolMiester - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Hmmm, just noticed that....buy out complete? Reply
  • toyotabedzrock - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    TrueAudio might die because they didn't add it to all their cards, very lazy and half baked. Reply
  • rtho782 - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Can you Crossfire an R280 with a 7970? Would make for a cheap upgrade path as they are basically the same card... Reply
  • hodakaracer96 - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    I currently own a 2-way sli 770 setup so I may be biased. It seems NVIDIA can still charge a premuim (maybe $50) over the R9 280x due to much better SLI/crossfire capiblity (I know the newest AMD beta drivers fix latency issues, but the fact NVIDIA does frame pacing in hardware makes me feel better about it) and better performance/watt. My room gets pretty toasty and my 750 watt power supply is already on the edge. even an extra 50 watts from 2 - R9280x's would be unwanted. Reply
  • Frenetic Pony - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    When it was AMD was firing key positions I knew it was bad, but now we know specifically HOW bad. Not a singe new GPU. I don't want Nvidia to have a monopoly damn it, maybe AMD should be looking at plans to sell to someone like Qualcomm if this holiday season doesn't hit it big for them. Reply
  • FuriousPop - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Aren't these the reference cards? So won't there be more tweaks, different coolers, OC's etc when the rest of them get a hold of it and start making their changes?

    If these truelly are reference cards, i thought these looked pretty good considering...

    I understand an Asus one is tested - to be fair i have 2xasus 7970's tops, they tend to be slighty slower then the rest of the pack by little numbers however with better temps/noise lvls...

    Bring on the 7970 bring bro aka. Titan Killer!
    Reply
  • bwat47 - Monday, December 9, 2013 - link

    Nvidia has done re-badges like this too, they both do it. Reply
  • b3nzint - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    I see the cooler on r9-290x got 3 air tunnel at the back. Is ref. r9-280x will use the same cooler? Reply
  • Futureman666 - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    now let's see NVidia lower the price of the GTX 770 4 GB so I can buy two of them and upgrade my rig . The price of those card are not right at the moment they should have been way lower . hope that AMD R9 will put enough pressure on NVidia . The only sour on this review seems once again AMD drivers (which seems to suck time and time again ) maybe Ryan did not have enough time to try 2 R9 280x card in crossfire .. I would have been impressed to see a comparison between the NVidia offerings 2 x gtx 760 and 2 x Gtx 770 in sli versus ... Maybe the damn drivers where not ready again to support these 2 cards in crossfire .. i'm eager to see the results Reply

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