Hitman 2 has some really stand out moments from a graphics perspective, especially at 4K. It looks and runs great on Ultra settings, even on a lower-end card at 1080p like the RX 570 with 62FPS average, or the GTX 1060 with 60FPS average. If you're gunning for 4K then you're going to need, not just want, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti as it just plows through the game on Ultra.
The inclusion of DX12 is a nice touch by IO Interactive, bringing the game into the new wave of DX12-enabled titles. Even without RTX abilities like real-time ray tracing, the developer has done an incredible job at times and places on the lighting and shadows.
Wrapping up, Hitman 2 is a great-looking game that does benefit from DX12 on multi-threaded CPUs. If you've got yourself a nice, new Ryzen 7 2700X processor then you will want to flick DX12 on for Hitman 2. If you're using other setups like Intel + NVIDIA or Intel + AMD, then you will want to play around with your resolution and toggle DX11/DX12 in the benchmark tool to see if you lose or gain performance.
I'll leave you with some of the screenshots I took along the way in testing out Hitman 2, as well as the next page with a bunch more images taken in native 4K at Ultra settings.
- Page 1 [Introduction & 20 Graphics Cards Tested]
- Page 2 [PC System Requirements]
- Page 3 [Glacier 2 Engine]
- Page 4 [Image Quality Settings & Test System Specs]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - 1080p]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - 1440p]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - 4K]
- Page 8 [Performance Thoughts]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
- Page 10 [Bonus: Gorgeous 4K Ultra Screenshots]