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AMD and Nvidia launch new game bundles for CPUs and GPUs

By Scorpus
Aug 24, 2016
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  1. It's been a while since either AMD or Nvidia have bundled a game with the purchase of a processor or graphics card, but both companies have resurrected the deal this week to coincide with the launch of new triple-A titles.

    AMD is bundling Deus Ex: Mankind Divided with any purchase of a six- or eight-core FX processor between now and November 14th. It seems as though AMD has some remaining FX inventory in the lead up to Zen's launch, and this bundle should help to clear out some of the four-year-old parts.

    Taking a quick look at Newegg reveals that not every FX processor comes with a bundled game, however the cheapest model – the $99 AMD FX-6300 – is included in the promotion. Considering Mankind Divided retails for $60 through Steam, you're essentially getting an AMD CPU for just $40 when you purchase that particular part.

    Nvidia is bundling in-game credit for Epic Games' upcoming free-to-play MOBA Paragon with most of the company's mid-to-high-end graphics cards and mobile GPUs. The entire GeForce 10 series is eligible, along with the GeForce GTX 970 or higher, and GTX 970M laptops or higher. The one notable exception here is the new and old Titan X, which are not part of the promotion.

    This bundle includes 1000 Paragon Coins, seven Hero Master Challenges, and two character skins for Paragon, totaling "$115 of in-game value". Nvidia is only running the Paragon promotion between now and September 16th.

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  2. javierkaiser

    javierkaiser TS Enthusiast Posts: 25   +6

    Credits in a game? Really Nvidia? Give me DOOM FFS!
     
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  3. zavrix

    zavrix TS Rookie Posts: 21   +7

    Yeah this is crap to be honest, the cards are so over priced now at least bundle a decent game.
     
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,559   +2,900

    Yeah just think how expensive this kind of power was 5 years ago. And you think the cards are expensive now. Unlike the games, cards are actually getting better.
     
  5. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe TS Maniac Posts: 401   +208

    Game bundling always comes in front of the storm ...

    The storm of brutally low sales.
     
  6. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 865   +434

    I can see why you would say that, but in this case I don't think there is risk of that to the new GPUs - they seem solid.
     
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,519   +2,060

    This kind of gimmicky marketing tactic might work on some people but it would never woo me. They can stuff the free games and rather reduce the price of their product by the games value, now that would appeal to me. The same applies when it comes to celebrity branded stuff as well.
     
  8. That Other Guy

    That Other Guy TS Rookie

    Its a smart marketing gimmick if its a popular game though. if someone is looking to buy, and don't have a preference about the hardware, they would probably prefer to get a bonus they are already interested in or heard about... people love "free".

    the in-game currency feels far cheesier than an actual game though. but again, if you were already leaning towards that game or just looking for a perk when buying something you were already going to buy... they will choose that over another product.

    its pretty simply
     
  9. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 867   +277

    So Nvidia's is bundling with their new video cards, while AMD is bundling with their old CPUs.... Looks like there are 2 different strategies in play here.

    Problem is, buying a 4-year old AMD CPU and expecting it to run a new AAA title well is fraught with peril.... Unless you're putting an Nvidia card inside - getting 2 games :)
     
  10. Pewzor

    Pewzor TS Rookie Posts: 20   +11

    Zen is coming so AMD has to get rid of the old parts. Besides in dx12 and vulkan fx8350 is on part with i5s and i7. Tho FX processors is largely under-powered in old dx11 games. And the educated people will know that, and chose wisely. Mankind Divided is a great game for it's a great value oriented bundle.

    nVidia doing bundle is kinda strange considering their cards are selling very well. My guess is since pascal's dx12 performance is somewhat lacking and flat out piss poor in Vulkan, I think nVidia is trying to get people to buy their 3gb (lol) gtx 1060. And 3gb is plenty for Mobas.
     
  11. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 867   +277

    Um... where are you figuring that?

    http://www.techspot.com/review/1081-dx11-vs-dx12-ashes/page5.html

    It doesn't even match the i3...
     
  12. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce TS Booster Posts: 249   +30

    Every time I buy an NVIDIA card, it either doesn't have a game (and promos come out later), or has trash like this.

    The trend continues..
     
  13. Pewzor

    Pewzor TS Rookie Posts: 20   +11

  14. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 867   +277

    Lol - did you actually read that page? It was someone asking if it was worth it to "upgrade" from sandy bridge to AMD - and most people said don't do it!
     
  15. Pewzor

    Pewzor TS Rookie Posts: 20   +11

    lol did you even read my post? I was merely replying to someone who thinks because of a processor that says Intel on it, it's automatically better.
     
  16. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 867   +277

    Lol - I never said that... I said that the old Athlon can't even compete with the i3.... You replied with "clearly better than the i7"...

    Stop trolling and go away.
     
  17. Pewzor

    Pewzor TS Rookie Posts: 20   +11

    Yep you linked saying fx cant even beat an i3 in 1 benchmark I showed you fx just slapped an i7 in a a different benchmark... nice try.

    GG, please stop trolling.
     
  18. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 867   +277

    Except that my link proved what I said and yours didn't...
     
  19. Pewzor

    Pewzor TS Rookie Posts: 20   +11

    Stop trolling please. Yours showed i3 outperformed fx in a test mine showed fx pwning i7 in the other. What's so hard to understand.

    Please stop trolling. I will go ahead and block you now. Stop wasting my time. /sigh
     
  20. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 867   +277

    Please do block me.... For the record, my link went to a Techspot article that showed in MULTIPLE benchmarks how the AMD couldn't match the i3...

    Your link went to a forum with a user asking if it was worth it to upgrade his sandy bridge processor... The replies were, at best, mixed, and showed cherry-picked benchmarks with overclocked AMDs marginally outperforming 5-year old processors... Who's trolling who?

    Edit: I see you edited your link to just show the cherry-picked benchmark - not the forum and replies saying how it wasn't a true representation of anything... nice try :)
     
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2016
  21. henrique barros

    henrique barros TS Rookie

    The grafics improve a lot very nice!
     

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