Earlier today we took a look at all of Hitman 2's graphics options and their varying performance impact, but how does it actually run? IO Interactive recommends a top-end GeForce GTX 1070 as the ideal GPU for Hitman 2, so we were keen to put it through its paces with the trusty GeForce GTX 1060 6GB to see how it holds up.

Hitman 2 features significantly higher PC system requirements than Hitman 2016, with IO Interactive increasing the size of the environments and adding a number of new graphical effects.

Hitman 2 System Requirements

Hitman 2 Graphics Options

Hitman 2 Display Settings

  • Fullscreen Resolution
  • Display Mode
  • V-Sync
  • V-Sync Interval
  • HDR

Hitman 2 Graphics Settings

  • Supersampling
  • Level of Detail
  • Texture Quality
  • Texture Filtering
  • SSAO
  • Shadow Quality

Hitman 2 PC Performance Breakdown And Most Important Graphics Options

Hitman 2 Benchmarks

Hitman 2 benchmarks and frames per second analysis performed on GeForce GTX 1060 6GB | Intel i7-5820K | 16GB DDR4

For this Hitman 2 benchmark, we used a GeForce GTX 1060 equipped with 6GB video memory. This is a fair bit weaker than the recommended GPU, a GeForce GTX 1070. It’s backed up by 16GB DDR4 memory and an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU.

Hitman 2 GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 1080p, 1440p and 4K Benchmarks

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  1080p 1440p 4K
Low 89 66 34
Medium 80 57 30
High 72 47 27
Ultra 68 44 26

 

 

As you can see, the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB runs Hitman 2 with relative ease at 1080p. The GeForce GTX 1060 has been the 1080p GPU of choice for a couple of years now and it's still going strong. Frame rates can dip below 60fps on Ultra but it's never gameplay affecting.

It's also feasible to use a GTX 1060 to run Hitman 2 at 1440p, although no massively recommended. There are more FPS fluctuations at this resolution and it's not really worth the visual hit from dropping all of the graphics settings.

As for 4K, this doesn't come recommended at all. 4K 30fps is on the table but we noticed a significant amount of hitching and performance hiccups so we'd recommend you stay well away.

One important thing to note is that not only are there not many graphics settings to tweak in Hitman 2, but they also don't massively affect the visual quality nor the performance. There's only a 30% uptick in frames per second when switching from Ultra to Low at 1080p in Hitman 2. If you meet the system specs this shouldn't be a problem, but anyone hovering near the minimum requirements for Hitman 2 (2018) won't have much opportunity to mess around with graphics options to optimise the performance. There's a minimum threshold to Hitman 2's visuals that's quite high.

Is Hitman 2 more demanding than Hitman 2016? 

Hitman 2 features significantly higher system requirements than Hitman 2 but this doesn't actually translate to a more demanding game. Going back and playing the original Hitman we discovered performance was practically like-for-like despite Hitman 2 being a marginally better-looking game. IO Interactive has done a great job here as Hitman 2 certainly looks better thanks to its more detail reflections. If you could play the original Hitman then chances are you can also play Hitman 2.