AMD to start bundling free games with APUs later this month

By Matthew ยท 18 replies
Apr 4, 2013
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  1. AMD is reportedly prepared to take its "Never Settle" promotion to the next step by extending it to other product lines. According to Hardware Luxx, shoppers who opt for one of the company's APUs will be rewarded with free game...

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  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    They are probably bundling SimCity just because EA offered them money they need... Also it isnt that graphically demanding.
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    Or maybe they are so desperate to fill the projected quota, so they don't go bust completely... Their APU-s are already dirt-cheap, any cheaper and we start seeing games sold bundles with AMD APU-s :)
  4. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    I picked up a 7970 and cried when I got Crysis instead of Tomb Raider. :(
  5. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 820   +344

    I hope those were tears of joy that you weren't lumbered with a game that so badly wanted to be an oestrogenized Rambo that it's just hilarious.

    Still, can we request to have these APUs bundled with something a little less caustic and bug riddled, like Ebola perhaps?
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    I'm with your, dude, it's like buying a smoke bundled with tampons, and you wanted it bundled with an eggnog. It's so unfair!
    Jad Chaar and davislane1 like this.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    You guys are killing me!! LMAO
  8. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,285   +242

    Wow, nice move by amd.
    if only intel's ivy bridge line is also bundled with plants vs zombies. :)
  9. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Intel is so rich already they can care less lol
  10. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 782   +235

    I think you mean they can't care less, because if they can care less than that means they do care at least a little bit.

    This is a good move from AMD. While I certainly would be more interested in buying a real graphics card instead of something that's integrated, this could entice some people to buy.
  11. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,873   +1,291

    Ha! Guess I'm not the only one that's annoyed by the misuse of that phrase! Also agree completely about integrated vs discrete. Also wish they would include actual install media for the game..those of us without broadband *need* this.
    misor likes this.
  12. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,000   +1,319

    Holy crap, other people acknowledge the incorrectness of "...could care less" as opposed to "couldn't care less" in the way its often used! thats fantastic!
    honestly, this is pretty awesome...if I needed a really budget PC, I wouldnt hesitate buying an APU that came with games.
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Bah! AMD should either reduce the prices of those chips to the value of the game or include a coupon for a game of the buyers choice. Bundling an EA abortion is insulting at best.
  14. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    Bundling games with APU's is a terrific idea, makes people realize they can play the bundled game and more using just the APU. They should have thought of it earlier.
  15. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I agree in part but they should bundle the choice of a few games and have the customer pick one. Having only one game (an EA game at that) that I really doesn't interest me certainly wouldn't incentivise me.
  16. ShadowDeath

    ShadowDeath TS Booster Posts: 92   +23

    How else is EA going to push that garbage? Whatever APU AMD bundles SimCity with will be the worst selling APU of all time probably.
  17. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    No, this is a selling point. People see it as 60 bucks free. They can sell it online for a few bucks and make a little profit lol. The game is still 60 bucks now. Also APUs are one of AMDs biggest sellers.
  18. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    The problem is that if people choose the most demanding games and then go home to play on their 1066MHz RAM (or whatever the slowest stock speed for AMD is) and APU.. then realise that it runs like garbage... This is bad rep for AMD.
  19. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Steve@Julio Franco I really wanna see techspot test how Haswell and Richland GPUs perform with 1333MHz memory compared to 1600 MHz.

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