Originally Posted by Sylon
To me, a bundled game is a bonus. I choose my card based on how much I have to spend, then finding which card (regardless of who made it) best fits within that budget while providing the best performance.
Are people actually buying cards because they come with a game?
Forget about the 600 and 7000 series for a second. If there are 2 flagship cards from competitors, that are very simular in performance... One card comes with a few $60 games, the other comes with nothing... Which will you choose?
I don't thinking anyone is buying a card JUST because it comes with games. "Gee, that AMD bundle is good, but I have a GTX 680. I'll just buy a 7970 to get free games with it." I'd hope most OCNers are more logical than that.
I'm in the middle of the decision process myself. And gaming performance wise, it depends on who you ask. It pretty much seems that the higher are pretty much equal in real world performance. Being that as it is, the bundles DO have an impact in which way I'm going, especially since the 7970 is already cheaper than a 680, and a 7950 is cheaper than a 670 for the most part. If the AMD bundle is more appealing as well, I couldn't see going the other way.
The thing that really disapoints me with nVidia's deal is the fact that I can get a 660ti, and get the same bundle as a guy that gets a GTX 680. Come on, they should have thought of giving an additional incentive to upgrade. IMO, it hurts them in a way, especially to a more mainstream consumer that doesn't have much understanding of how big the performance difference is.