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AMD and GameFly have announced a deal that promises discounted games for folks using AMD processors. Gamers with machines powered by "select" Athlon II, Phenom II, FX series and A series chips will receive a free 30-day GameFly membership as well as a 20% discount on new PC games through the service's digital store.
Unfortunately, the 600-plus-word press release doesn't say a thing about when the promotion will begin, how you can take advantage of it or precisely who's eligible. Apparently, however, there was room to brag about the FX series making it into the Guinness World Record seven months ago, because that's awfully relevant.
For whatever it's worth, GameFly only lists the US and UK as eligible regions for its rental service, which usually costs $15.95 a month to borrow one game or $22.95 for two. The company's digital component (formerly Direct2Drive, purchased last May), offers most of the major titles you'll find elsewhere, so a 20% discount could prove to be awesome if done right.
For instance, many gamers are afraid to take advantage of the usual 10-20% preorder discount because they prefer waiting until reviews are available. This deal could let such individuals wait without sacrificing savings. Given the lack of details though (especially clarification on what constitutes a "new PC game"), we're reserving our excitement.
Despite gaining about 1% of the processor market in the first quarter, AMD's performance-oriented desktop lineup isn't in the best shape, especially with Ivy Bridge just launching. Bulldozer was a relative disappointment and Llano isn't really geared toward gamers. Nonetheless, there's a case to be made for the company's chips if you approach the subject from a value perspective, and deals like this can only help improve AMD's reputation on this front.
In a similar situation, the company recently responded to Nvidia's flagship GeForce GTX 680 graphics card by slashing prices on its HD 7900 series along with bundling three free games (Dirt Showdown, Nexuiz and Deus Ex: Human Revolution).
The AMD FX-8150 Black Edition features a base frequency of 3.6GHz with a Turbo Core clock of 3.9GHz and a Max Turbo speed of 4.2GHz. AMD's Turbo Core technology has been enhanced for FX processors to include a new mode that boosts all Cores when there's enough thermal headroom. This allows new highly threaded scenarios to take advantage of the extra frequency.
The AMD ATI Radeon HD 7970 measures 27 cm long (10.6 in), the GPU core is clocked at 925MHz, and the GDDR5 memory operates at the same frequency of 1375MHz (5.5GHz DDR). Still, pairing that frequency with a 384-bit memory bus gives the HD 7970 264GB/s of theoretical bandwidth. The HD 7970 carries 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs, up 33% from 1536 SPUs and 96 TAUs, it's also the first PCI Express 3.0-compatible card.
The AMD ATI Radeon HD 7870 measures 24cm long (9.4 in). The GPU core is clocked at 1000MHz and the GDDR5 memory operates at 1200MHz (4.8GHz DDR), The HD 7870 carries 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs and 32 ROPs, it also adopts the 28nm design process and is PCI Express 3.0-compatible.
The AMD ATI Radeon HD 7770 measures 21cm (8.2in) long, the GPU core runs at 1GHz, it comes loaded with a 1GB frame buffer, the Radeon HD 7770 also carries 640 SPUs, 40 TAUs and 16 ROPs. The HD 7770 operates at near silence because even under load it only draws 80 watts and as little as 3 watts at idle, courtesy of the ZeroCore Power technology. Last but not least, AMD has included a single 6-pin PCI Express power connector.
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