AMD's Radeon R9 380 offers free copy of DirectX 12 showcase Ashes of the Singularity

amd radeon ashes of singularity bundle ashefree
Although far less regular than they once were, DirectX updates have the potential to change the way PC gaming works, and DX12 is no different. Offering vastly improved performance for individual and multiple GPUs, it can mean a lot more units on screen at once, and Ashes of the Singularity is a great showcase of that.

Now you can get it on the cheap, by ordering a Radeon R9 380 or 380x GPU from AMD.

Although it doesn’t go quite all of the way in taking advantage of all of the performance enhancements DX12 has to offer, Ashes of the Singularity has been the first to utilize most of them, which has meant its benchmark has been a great showcase for those with compatible GPUs. If you don’t have that, but can’t quite afford the top end solutions, a R9 380 or 380X might not be a bad choice.

It gets even better when there’s a free game involved too. However as Hexus notes, it’s a bit of an odd choice to combine this game with the 380, rather than the more powerful 390; because the latter card is more in line with the game’s recommended specifications.

Ashes of the Singularity may suggest any old 2GB of VRAM equipped, DX11 graphics card to get it running, but if you want to run it at decent settings, you’ll want a GTX 970 from Nvidia, or AMD’s R9 390 – neither of which the R9 380 or 380x can compete with.

Judging by the testing conducted by MaximumPC, it is possible to run the game at around 30 frames per second on average with a R9 380 (and even a little more with the 380x) but you will need to keep the settings relatively pedestrian, without anti aliasing – though you can use 1080P resolution.

That may change by the time the game is released on March 31, and we would hope so since it would be disappointing to buy the GPU, and ultimately finding the game not playable at comfortable frame rates.


2019 could be the year AMD has a full lineup of 7nm Radeon GPUs

AMD just came off the reveal of the worlds first consumer 7nm graphics card, but In a new interview, AMD's chief technology officer hints that 2019 could be the year where it has a full lineup of 7nm Radeon GPUs. 

Intel vs. AMD: Which chipmaker stole the show at CES 2019?

Intel and AMD have been competing for years, but rarely do they both debut something exciting at the same time. Intel vs. AMD at CES 2019 saw both companies step up to the plate. Who served it better?

Every gaming laptop that was announced at CES 2019, ranked

Looking for a new gaming laptop? You're in luck, as we compiled and ranked all the gaming notebooks that were announced at CES this year. Be sure to take a look at the latest models with AMD or Nvidia chips before you buy.

See ya, CFast: 1TB CFexpress card transfers photos at 1,400MB per second

The latest trend in professional removable storage media is fast approaching. At CES 2019, ProgradeDigital revealed its first CFexpress card, featuring a 1-terabyte capacity and bewildering 1,400 megabyte-per-second transfer rate.

Yes, Android apps can run on your PC, and it's easier than you think

Wish you knew how to run Android apps in Windows? It's easier than you might think and there are a number of different ways to do it. In this guide, we break down the steps so you can follow along with ease.

Don't spend hundreds on Pro Tools or Logic. Try one of these free alternatives

Believe it or not, Pro Tools isn't the only digital audio workstation worth your time. Check out our picks for the best free recording software, whether you're looking for a lightweight app or a full-blown audio workstation.
Emerging Tech

CES 2019 recap: All the trends, products, and gadgets you missed

CES 2019 didn’t just give us a taste of the future, it offered a five-course meal. From 8K and Micro LED televisions to smart toilets, the show delivered with all the amazing gadgetry you could ask for. Here’s a look at all the big…

How to share an external hard drive between Mac and Windows

Compatibility issues between Microsoft Windows and Apple MacOS may have diminished sharply over the years, but that doesn't mean they've completely disappeared. Here's how to make an external drive work between both operating systems.

Should you buy the affordable MacBook Air, or is the MacBook Pro worth the price?

Though they both share Retina Displays and similar keyboards, there are still some specs differences and other changes that differentiate the new 2018 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. In this guide, we stack the two up against each other.

Chip off the auction block – Intel’s i9-9990XE may be sold to the highest bidder

Intel's alleged Core i9-9990XE may only be sold at auction to OEMs, meaning that only a few of the 14-core, 28-thread, 5GHz CPUs will ever see the light of day in specific devices and systems.

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019: Complete Coverage

There's no bigger show for mobile tech geeks than Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain: where flagship phones are born and intriguing new wearables shine. And this year, where foldable phones and 5G are likely to dominate the news. For…

Google is giving its G Suite web apps new touches of visual improvements

Your G Suite applications will soon have a different look. Several of the web apps are getting updated with subtle visual improvements inspired by Google's Material Design guidelines. 

Hackers are scoring with ransomware that attacks its previous victims

Computer viruses are always evolving. In a new one, dubbed "Ryuk," hackers are targeting PCs with ransomware that scours an infected network in order to pinpoint and attack and enterprises with big money.

An update to Microsoft To-Do will help you keep up with your resolutions

If you're looking to stay productive in 2019, you might want to check out the freshly updated Microsoft To-Do app, now with additional integration with the Windows 10 Start Menu and more.