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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  • rs2 - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Would still appreciate an explanation regarding what those FP64 ratings actually mean. Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    FP64 execution speed relative to FP32 execution speed. Reply
  • aTaoZ - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Love how you guys posted the specs for R9 290X. Reply
  • Rogatti - Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - link

    Mantle factor think is relevant (GCN any version)

    After R290..X review all the cards on the table...probably Christmas 2014 will be AMD

    AMD is playing right...
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  • swindmill - Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - link

    "What AMD is doing is more than putting on a new coat of paint on the 7000 series but at the same time let’s be clear here: these products are still largely unchanged from the products we’ve seen almost 2 years ago."

    WTF does this even mean? It's a fracking rebadge, stop trying to make it seem otherwise! Anandtech is clearly on AMD's payroll...
    Reply
  • HisDivineOrder - Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - link

    Jet lag can make your writing skills unclear. Especially when from tropical island locales, even if it was weeks ago. It happens.

    Cut the man some slack. ;)
    Reply
  • DMCalloway - Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - link

    Asus' German site is already showing a R9 280X Matrix. If pricing follows the usual 1 to 1 conversion rate with the Euro then it should retail for a little over $300 here in the States. 12 phase power with an 1100 clock. Strong card for the money IMO. 7970 Matrix is still at $400. Reply
  • Soarta - Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - link

    I'd like to know what are the core and memory freq. when the card is idle and connected to more than 1 display, not all of them being connected thru DP. Reply
  • narfsalot - Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - link

    Any idea whether a Corsair VX550 will handle the 280x? no OC planned Reply
  • DMCalloway - Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - link

    41A on a single 12V line, you should be fine unless you're running a high OC on a 130W cpu. These cards like most 7970's have a 300W limit. Reply

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