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Intel to bundle Hitman 3 with its Rocket Lake CPUs

This is not a boss fight from Hitman 3
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Intel appears to be looking at unleashing a Hitman 3 games bundle. At least that's the case according to @momomo_us (opens in new tab) on Twitter. The tweet covers the terms and conditions document that goes alongside the promotion and includes plenty of existing chips as well as the 11th Gen CPUs that are set to be officially unveiled by the end of the month.

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So if you're in the market for some meticulously planned out and flawlessly executed killing, then it may be worth holding off on that upgrade for a few more weeks yet. There's no official word on when this offer will launch, but we'd assume it'd coincide with the introduction of the new Intel Rocket Lake processors (opens in new tab), which are expected to drop by the end of March.

Intel's previous give away, Marvel's Avengers (opens in new tab) by Crystal Dynamics, wasn't exactly a massive hit, although there's still hope that the game can be turned around. Hitman 3 (opens in new tab) meanwhile has delivered on its promise from the start, managing to net the big nine zero back in January. This is a bundle that could be worth tracking down basically. 

Intel talked about the performance of Hitman 3 at CES 2021, where it showed off the performance improvement going from the current Comet Lake chips to the at the time just-announced Rocket Lake CPUs. The 11th-gen Core i9 11900K hit 140fps in the Dartmoor benchmark, while the current 10th-gen Core i9 10900K hit 129 fps. That's a 7 percent improvement.

AMD's Zen 3 chips have the edge over Intel's current generation right now, although stock issues mean that Intel is still doing very well in the market. If Intel can manage a similar performance increase as seen here elsewhere, and actually get chips on the shelves, then it could be in a strong position once again.

Alan has been writing about PC tech since before 3D graphics cards existed, and still vividly recalls having to fight with MS-DOS just to get games to load. He fondly remembers the killer combo of a Matrox Millenium and 3dfx Voodoo, and seeing Lara Croft in 3D for the first time. He's very glad hardware has advanced as much as it has though, and is particularly happy when putting the latest M.2 NVMe SSDs, AMD processors, and laptops through their paces. He has a long-lasting Magic: The Gathering obsession but limits this to MTG Arena these days.