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Wait, so I'm gonna get Tomb Raider for free????
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Wait, so I'm gonna get Tomb Raider for free????

I was wondering this as well and i don't think so. They're not very clear because the title is some what deceiving "level up". One would think it's some sort of promotions to the existing NSR bundle owners but i'd rather doubt it. It seems now you get three games with a 7970/7950 Infinite, Crysis 3, and Tomb Raider. Though they did do the Blood Dragon thing which was awesome.

I do admit the games definitely swayed me into buying my first 7970 hell i only wanted FC3 but didn't want to pay retail for it. I sold hitman absolution and sleeping dogs. Then my XFX 7970 started artifacting and i got the Diamond 7970 with Bioshock Infinite and Crysis 3, and now FC3 Blood Dragon. Hell PC gaming is rocking right now for anyone building a system or upgrading. I haven't payed for the last five games i've gotten.

All that said with the 7970 being clock for clock relatively the same-faster than the 680 and filling the 400$ niche very well it's hard to go wrong. I mean it sits perfectly between the 670 and 680. Sure stock performance it's in between them but anyone that likes to OC it's shining for the price. Other than ordering from a bad manufacturer (XFX) my first time around i adore my Diamond 7970 just waiting to put it on water to stabilize 1200/1700, doubt i can handle the heat on air. I run it at 1125/1575 right now.

As for market share and so on it's also good to see AMD's Gaming evolved show up on titles. Not that i have any beef with Nvidia but i had never seen an AMD evolved title until this year and they're certainly trying to secure a firm stand in that area. With the acquisition of consoles one has to think they're heading in the right direction with gaming evolved and really trying to throw the PC gamers a bone for more market share. Seems to be working.
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I doubt that JoshHunter means "cheap and nasty" in the moral sense of the term, but in terms of being an inelegant solution to AMD's current problems.

Instead of addressing the core issues behind their market share decline, they're essentially throwing money (in terms of the $$$ paid to publishers for the "free" game codes) at the problem.

Absolutely! Thank you.
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I doubt that JoshHunter means "cheap and nasty" in the moral sense of the term, but in terms of being an inelegant solution to AMD's current problems.

Instead of addressing the core issues behind their market share decline, they're essentially throwing money (in terms of the $$$ paid to publishers for the "free" game codes) at the problem.

And what would these core issues be exactly?
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Well shoot... OwnedINC beat me to it thumb.gif
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And what would these core issues be exactly?

Most likely the same issues AMD has been accused (notice how I didn't say guilty) of thousands of times on this forum: Driver issues, bad crossfire support, drastically higher TDP/heat, etc.
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Most likely the same issues AMD has been accused (notice how I didn't say guilty) of thousands of times on this forum: Driver issues, bad crossfire support, drastically higher TDP/heat, etc.

From which,

1) Are not really any worse than nVIDIA.
2) Will get fixed next month (although some users report no issues with their setups, I do not judge because I have no experience).
3) Happens because the GPU is a compute workhouse, not just a version that can only game because it's been drastically crippled in computing performance to keep clocks high and power in check.

As you said, guiltiness is a very strong word. Issues are there and will always be, nothing is perfect.

Hopefully these bundles will keep going strong with HD8 series... I might upgrade when HD8950s can be purchased at around £250 smile.gif
   
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I know this is great from a consumer's point of view, but I can't help but think that this really isn't a good sign for us in the long run at all. These games aren't exactly free for AMD. And I know people have said that they get a bulk discount or something like that, but I'm willing to bet it's not exactly huge, these companies don't want to give these games away.

So, like was said, about $300 in games when purchasing the 7990...how much is AMD really profiting on a 7990 sale then? Whatever it was before, it's a good amount less now with all those games. I know this Bundle is supposed to bring people over to AMD, so, I just hope it brings enough new customers over to make this Bundle worth-while.

I just see all of these massive game giveaways as a really bad sign, even if it is good for the consumer at the moment. Let's hope the company can bounce back into better shape.
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Great for end-users, but I see this as a type of "corporate panic". It is getting slightly ridiculous.

I know these bundles are est 60~66% of MSRP bought in bulk, but I for one, would rather see AMD investing in their design or driver software team. This is just a grab for market share, which actually in the long run, doesn't do much directly to consumers. It does keep the company afloat with investors... I suppose.

This is why competition is good.
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Everyone seems to be an economist with insider knowledge on AMDs corporate affairs on this site.
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