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DirectX 12 arrives at last with Ashes of the Singularity - Nvidia really doesn’t think much of this game

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by , 08-27-2015 at 04:00 PM (923 Views)


Ever since Microsoft announced DirectX 12, gamers have clamored for hard facts on how the new API would impact gaming. Unfortunately, hard data on this topic has been difficult to come by — until now. Oxide Games has released an early version of its upcoming RTS game Ashes of the Singularity, and allowed the press to do some independent tire-kicking.

Before we dive into the test results, let’s talk a bit about the game itself. Ashes is an RTS title powered by Oxide’s Nitrous game engine. The game’s look and feel somewhat resemble Total Annihilation, with large numbers of on-screen units simultaneously, and heavy action between ground and flying units. The game has been in development for several years, and it’s the debut title for the new Noxious engine.



An RTS game is theoretically a great way to debut an API like DirectX 12. On-screen slowdowns when the action gets heavy have often plagued previous titles, and freeing up more CPU threads to attend to the rendering pipeline should be a boon for all involved.

Bear in mind, however, that this is a preview of DX12 performance — we’re examining a single title that’s still in pre-beta condition, though Oxide tells us that it’s been working very hard with both AMD and Nvidia to develop drivers that support the game effectively and ensure the rendering performance in this early test is representative of what DirectX 12 can deliver.

Nvidia really doesn’t think much of this game


Nvidia pulled no punches when it came to its opinion of Ashes of the Singularity. According to the official Nvidia Reviewer’s Guide, the benchmark is primarily useful for ascertaining if your own hardware will play the game. The company also states: “We do not believe it is a good indicator of overall DirectX 12 performance.” (emphasis original). Nvidia also told reviewers that MSAA performance was buggy in Ashes, and that MSAA should be disabled by reviewers when benchmarking the title.


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