In a nutshell: Starfield is almost here, and that means the hype surrounding Bethesda's hugely anticipated space RPG is reaching boiling point. But make sure you don't fall for any potential scams: an AMD executive has warned of Starfield-themed graphics cards being offered as prizes in fake competitions.
The warning comes from AMD's GTM Manager for ISV, Bill Murphy, who used Twitter/X (spotted by Tom's Hardware) to highlight what appears to be a competition by Indie Kings in which entrants can win a Starfield-themed Radeon 7900 XTX graphics card to celebrate the game's upcoming launch.
The chance to win AMD's powerful card, which has a $1,000 MSRP, in a Starfield theme will likely attract plenty of people. However, Murphy warns that this may be a fake giveaway for the custom Starfield GPU – which is real but isn't on sale - as Indie Kings is not believed to be a partner of AMD or Bethesda.
Hey folks, be wary of fake giveaways for the custom #Starfield GPU. Just a heads up that as of this moment, we do not believe this is a partner of AMD or Bethesda. Please be wary. https://t.co/VFmHI0GO26– Bill Murphy @ AMD (@TheBillMurphy) August 28, 2023
Bethesda announced at QuakeCon that it made 500 Starfield-themed Ryzen 7800X3D CPU and Radeon 7900 XTX GPU bundles, all of which were handed out exclusively in promotions and giveaways.
The limited number of these cards and CPUs means they're going to be extremely valuable to collectors. One person is already selling the GPU/CPU bundle on eBay, where the current highest bid is a monstrous $3,500. The seller says all proceeds from the sale will go towards supporting Mental Drive Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to promoting inclusivity, diversity, and mental health awareness.
The Ryzen 7800X3D has an MSRP of $449, though both it and the Radeon 7900 XTX can be found for less than their suggested retail prices these days. That means the total current price of the eBay bundle is more than double what you would pay normally for the CPU/GPU combo.
The only difference with the CPU from the regular version is the box, but the card comes in white with snazzy rainbow highlights and matching PCIe power cables.
There was some controversy over Starfield recently when leaked footage and screenshots revealed the game isn't quite as open and explorable as Bethesda has suggested.