Last week Feral Interactive released the much anticipated port of HITMAN for Linux. While at first it didn't look like this Linux game port would work out for our benchmarking requirements, thanks to Feral it does indeed work for another interesting Linux gaming test perspective. For our initial HITMAN Linux benchmarks are tests from 12 NVIDIA GeForce GPUs while our Radeon tests will come tomorrow.
For those that have held off on purchasing HITMAN until hearing more about it performs on Linux, so far today I've tested twelve NVIDIA GeForce GPUs from Kepler and newer for seeing how it performs. Next on my agenda with the plan to publish on Wednesday are RadeonSI Gallium3D performance benchmark results compared to these NVIDIA data points.
HITMAN on SteamOS/Linux lists a GeForce GTX 680 or newer as the minimum system requirement while they recommend at least a GeForce GTX 970 when it comes to NVIDIA support. This Linux/macOS game porting firm also recommends the NVIDIA 375.26 driver or newer; while the NVIDIA 378 series should work fine, Feral concentrates their testing on NVIDIA's long-lived driver series as opposed to the short-lived driver releases like the 378 series. With being a bleeding-edge driver junkie, all of the tests for this article were done with the NVIDIA 378.13 Linux driver.
For these initial HITMAN Linux benchmarks the tests were done with the NVIDIA 378.13 driver atop of an Ubuntu 16.10 box powered by an Intel Core i7 7700K, MSI Z270-A PRO motherboard, 2 x 8GB DDR4-3200MHz memory, and Samsung 950 PRO NVMe 256GB SSD. All of these benchmarks were run in a fully-automated manner using the Phoronix Test Suite where now it's as easy as running phoronix-test-suite benchmark hitman to carry out the tests in a fully-automated and reproducible manner.