AMD Launches The "Raise The Game" Bundle For Radeon RX Vega, RX 580, and RX 570by Nate Oh on August 9, 2018 9:00 AM EST
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This week, AMD has launched a new “Raise The Game” promotion, offering three free games for qualified purchases of a Radeon RX Vega 64, RX Vega 56, RX 580, or RX 570. The game bundle is made up of three upcoming games: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (10/5), Star Control: Origins (9/20), and Strange Brigade (8/28). The promotion is active now and will run to November 3rd, 2018, covering direct add-in board sales, OEMs, and system integrators.
While all three games have different developers (Ubisoft, Stardock, and Rebellion, respectively), the common thread is their development ties to AMD. At E3, AMD had announced partnerships with Ubisoft and Rebellion, and on Strange Brigade in particular. And Ubisoft’s most recent efforts are highlighted in Far Cry 5 and its support for Vega and Radeon-specific hardware features, while Rebellion has Sniper Elite 4 under its belt.
Meanwhile, Stardock’s Ashes of the Singularity speaks for itself in how it has pushed the envelope with modern low-level APIs like DX12 and Vulkan. Although for legal reasons no IP of the original Star Control saga has carried over, Star Control: Origins finally succeeds the series that has been surviving as a cult classic in the form of The Ur-Quan Masters. But more interestingly, another Nitrous engine title will make it to market, and one that is further removed from traditionally low-level API friendly large-scale RTS’s.
In the current backdrop is, of course, NVIDIA’s successor to the GeForce 10-series. As that speculative launch window creeps ever closer, AMD is faced with the task of maintaining competitiveness without a new generation of gaming cards of their own. Especially as the cryptocurrency mining demand has subsided from the consumer graphics market, AMD will likely look to lean on their ecosystem to keep their consumer graphics product channel moving. Meaning bundles with games, FreeSync monitors, and CPU offerings (i.e. Ryzen and Threadripper).
|AMD Current Game Bundles
(incl. systems and OEMs)
|Radeon RX Vega||"Raise The Game" 3 Game Bundle:
Assassin's Creed Odyssey
Star Control: Origins
|Radeon RX 580|
|Radeon RX 570|
|Radeon RX 560 and below||None|
At this time, no other bundles are active. AMD is currently running separate "Back to School 2018" promotions.
Game coupon codes must be redeemed through an AMD Rewards account before December 31, 2018. The AMD Rewards account will need to be linked to an Uplay account for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Standard PC Edition, while Star Control and Strange Brigade will be through Steam. A full list of participating vendors and further details can be found on the bundle’s Terms and Conditions. Be sure to verify the participation of any vendors purchased from as AMD will not give codes for purchases made from non-participating sellers.
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Dug - Thursday, August 9, 2018 - linkAMD- please push for new hardware to compete. I really like freesync monitors so I don't have to pay the gsync tax, but need a graphics card that can actually push high frame rates.
deksman2 - Thursday, August 9, 2018 - linkWhat's the problem with RX 580 or Vega GPU's?
Their prices may be steep due to cryptomining craze, however, those GPU's are perfectly fine for gaming... especially after being undervolted (in which case, their power draw easily drops to Nvidia levels... or lower).
somejerkwad - Thursday, August 9, 2018 - linkWhat's wrong with these cards is that they're set to be (performance-wise) entry-level and midrange in the next couple of months, and they're already difficult to consider high end when they can't keep pace with the GP102 cards. nVidia is set to move the performance bar up in the near future and the requirements to make games run well while looking their best is only going to keep increasing. Not everybody is targeting "high settings but not everything at ultra, at 1080p60" when they buy hardware, and that's what the Polaris cards were already targeting 2 years ago.
AMD's current hardware is simply uncompetitive for people that want to have reasonable or high framerates and not be stuck on a resolution from over a decade ago (1920x1200 was available in the first half of the 00s, and 1080p TVs became the de facto standard for anybody but the cheapest consumers back around 2009 or 2010). A 1030 or an Intel IGP is "perfectly fine for gaming" as you put it, because they will not CTD on launch for most software--that doesn't mean they provide the user experience that we're looking for when we get into the market segment that's talking about buying variable refresh rate gaming monitors instead of cheaper 60Hz static refresh rate displays.
If I can get a similar or better experience out of a complete system with buying a console for a similar price as just the GPU (compare a 580 vs sale pricing of PS4 Pro), then the product is simply not a very good value nor is it even all that powerful to begin with--the console even uses less electricity than the GPU alone does when both are at full load!
Flunk - Monday, August 13, 2018 - linkAllegedly, and AMD does have new cards coming. You can't count your chickens before they're hatched and assume cards that haven't even been officially announced will make the previous generation obsolete. It's very likely that the Polaris and Vega cards will still be viable products after Nvidia's new product launches. They'll probably just have to take slightly lower price points, provided they don't just get bought out by cryptocurrency miners.
BigDragon - Thursday, August 9, 2018 - linkIf I bought my card on the 6th, but the campaign started on the 7th, what are my chances of getting in on this? Hard to ignore 3 free games. They're worth way more than return and rebuy shipping.
somejerkwad - Thursday, August 9, 2018 - linkTry contacting the retailer's customer support staff and asking. Way back in what feels like the dark ages (2015), I bought my 970 about a week before they started also including Batman instead of just Witcher 3 codes. Amazon promptly sorted me out when I requested a code. Thanks to the train wreck of a release that turned out to be, I also got the free copies of earlier Batman games that I didn't own yet, which just sweetened the deal for my small effort of writing up a support ticket.
wrkingclass_hero - Friday, August 10, 2018 - linkI remember when games bundled with GPUs were really exciting and compelling, and comparing the bundles between vendors. Maybe it's just me, but I have so many games now that the bundled games are a non factor and elicit no emotional response.
docbones - Monday, August 13, 2018 - linkYou still cant buy a Vega 56 for the $399 msrp, and its almost a year later.
vidyavox - Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - linkGood information. Lucky me I recently found your site by accident (stumbleupon). I have bookmarked it for later!