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Ashes of the Singularity is one of those games that has always been in the forefront of the latest graphics technologies.

One of the first games to support Microsoft's DX12 and async compute, and in receiving a Ryzen-optimized performance patch, the game is routinely used as a benchmark tool not only for graphics solutions, but also CPU benchmarks.

Now, Oxide Games has announced Ashes of The Singularity will feature support for the Vulkan renderer, which will be welcome news for users who don't want to upgrade to Windows 10, but don't want to live without low-level performance optimization in their games.

The new Vulkan render path is still a beta feature, which you must enable through your Steam account.

Just right click Ashes of the Singularity on your Steam library, hit "Properties", and activate the 2.4 opt-in in the beta features tab. This sounds like you cannot create high performance games using D3D11 and Open GL however multiple comparisons show that absolute most D3D12 games barely reach the performance of their D3D11 counterparts.

This newly-named cultivar has “lived long and prospered” in the Huntington’s Desert Garden for more than 70 years.

However, the cultivar name is not a reference to Star Trek but rather harkens back to Greek mythology. aculeata but appears to be an open-pollinated hybrid of that species, perhaps with A. The latter would contribute to the bicolored inflorescences which consist of few-branched panicles bearing two to five attenuate racemes.

Vulcan is the Roman version of the Greek mythological god of fire and smithery, Hephaestus. These bear tightly-packed blood-red buds (of a deeper-hue than most aloes) that open yellow.

The cultivar name, then, alludes to both the flame-like floral display and the cool, steely gray color of the foliage. The rosettes are 50 to 60 cm across, composed of glaucous, gray leaves with a few prickles in a line on the backs of the leaves, reminiscent of A.

The plant came to the Huntington in 1937 from a Ms. aculeata, but that species has more prominent, scattered prickles.

The buds become showy with color by mid to late December and flower through January in a spectacular mass planting in the upper Desert Garden.