Hitman 2016: PC graphics performance benchmark review

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Hitman 2016: PC graphics performance
An action-adventure stealth video game in seperated chapters

We take a look at the latest iteration of Hitman in our usual geeky fashion. We'll test the game on the PC platform relative towards graphics card performance with the latest AMD/NVIDIA graphics card drivers. Multiple graphics cards are being tested and benchmarked.

With the newest graphics cards and technologies we'll try and see how well performance is in both DirectX 11 and DirectX 12. As you'll find out, especailly anything DX12 related is troublesome in this game. We test with the game based on the release a couple of days ago, all patched up combined with AMD Radeon Software Crimson 16.3 drivers and for Nvidia their GeForce 364.51 WHQL driver. This article will cover benchmarks in the sense of average framerates, we'll look at all popular resolutions scaling from Full HD (1920x1080/1200), WHQD (2560x1440) and of course that big-whopper of a resolution Ultra HD. UHDTV (2160p) is 3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels tall (8.29 megapixels), which is four times as many pixels as 1920x1080 (2.07 megapixels).

We'll also briefly look at multi-GPU scaling as well as frametime performance and latency issues as measured with FCAT.

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On 14 January 2016, it was announced that Hitman would instead be released in an episodic manner; on-launch, the game will only consist of the prologue missions and Paris location. New content will be released on a monthly basis, including the remaining two cities of the main game (Sapienza and Marrakesh) in April and May 2016 respectively, followed by the previously-planned Thailand, U.S. and Japan expansions by the end of the "season" in late 2016, as well as weekly events and additional planned content between the monthly updates. These expansions will be available at no cost to those who purchase a full-priced digital copy of the game, but those who purchase the "Intro Pack" must purchase them.

Yes, Hitman 2016 is being released in episodes. The good news for the onces that like to replicate performance, it comes with a built in benchmark, a functional one as well, which we'll use to test performance. 

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