The final game in our 2016 benchmark suite is the 2016 edition of Hitman, the latest title in the stealth-action franchise. The game offers two rendering paths: DirectX 11 and DirectX 12, with the latter being the case of DirectX 12 being added after the fact. As with past Hitman games, the latest proves to have a good mix of scenery and high model counts to stress modern video cards.

Hitman - 2560x1440 - Ultra Quality (Best API)

Hitman - 1920x1080 - Ultra Quality (Best API)

While the full API results are broken out in Bench, for this article I’m only listing the performance with the faster API for each card, as at this point we’ve seen a very consistent pattern in Hitman: AMD cards do better under DX12, while NVIDIA cards do better under DX11.

In any case, this is the one and only case where we see the GTX 1060 lose. At both 1440p and 1080p NVIDIA’s mainstream card falls to AMD’s own mainstream competitor by roughly 10%. This despite the fact that GTX 1060 enjoys a larger than normal 4-5% performance advantage over GTX 980.

As for the generational comparisons, GTX 1060 at least comes out well ahead of its predecessors. Compared to GTX 960 it delivers over twice the performance of NVIDIA’s former mainstream card, and nearly 3.5x more performance than GTX 660.

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  • osxandwindows - Friday, August 5, 2016 - link

    A timely review from anandtech.
  • osxandwindows - Friday, August 5, 2016 - link

    Now, where is the HTC10 review, the new titan, and the note 7? Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Friday, August 5, 2016 - link

    HTC 10: In progress (Josh is nearly done)
    Titan X Pascal: We weren't sampled
    Note7: No comment
  • ddriver - Friday, August 5, 2016 - link

    "Titan X Pascal: We weren't sampled"

    What do you expect? They send units to be reviewed for publicity, which requires the unit be reviewed immediately after it is received, and the review published the moment NDA expires. But if it takes you months after the official release to review stuff - why bother sending you samples? Keep on sloth gear and you might end up having to purchase all the hardware you want to review...
  • ddriver - Friday, August 5, 2016 - link

    And please don't go with the "but we go in depth" stuff - there is nothing preventing you from publishing detailed stuff later on. Because otherwise you are implying some absurdity like "we're too good for timely reviews" which is plain out silly. Reply
  • zepi - Friday, August 5, 2016 - link

    I'm happy to read average results from techpowerup, guru3d on whatever random site I happen to find my way to.

    I come to Anandtech to find out WHY the cards perform the way they do, not to answer the question of HOW they perform.
  • ddriver - Friday, August 5, 2016 - link

    Sure, because it is all about you happiness... Reply
  • mmrezaie - Friday, August 5, 2016 - link

    Well mine too. I do not care about others shallow reviews. I like how Anandtech goes deep about these reviews. Maybe it is a niche portion of visitors, but AT is being famous because of these reviews. Reply
  • Fnnoobee - Friday, August 5, 2016 - link

    Deep in reviews? They're not even doing they're test on the latest AMD Crimson drivers, 16.7.3, or even 16.7.2, which released almost a month ago. Yeah, real deep testing there. /s Reply
  • mkaibear - Friday, August 5, 2016 - link

    Ah, the irony of ddriver complaining that anandtech doesn't make him happy, then telling zepi off for pointing out anandtech makes him happy... Reply

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