AMD is looking to ‘Raise the game’ against Nvidia in the graphics card stakes by offering three free games with each purchase of a gaming-class Radeon GPU, whether in a standalone purchase or inside of a new, fully built PC. Whaddya reckon, is that better than getting less than £20 off a GeForce GPU and SSD bundle?
The new AMD promotion means you get the new Assassin’s Creed Odyssey free with any purchase of the top four Radeon GPUs the company offers, as well as free copies of both the Star Control: Origins reboot, and the 1930’s co-op horde shooter, Strange Brigade.
Where do AMD’s GPUs stack up in our pick of the best graphics cards? It’s getting pretty close at the top…
The promotion is running from August 7 through to November 3, 2018 and the codes supplied via your retailer will need to be redeemed before the end of the year on December 31, 2018. You’ll get the code with the purchase of your GPU or Radeon-based PC, but then you have to go create a login at AMD’s own rewards portal to register for your free game codes.
The games won’t be available straight away as the AMD ‘Raise the game’ releases are set to be staggered throughout the rest of the year. Strange Brigade is launching first, on August 28, followed by Star Control: Origins on September 20, and finally Assassin’s Creed Odyssey on October 5.
Considering you’re unlikely to get more than a handful of frames per second out of an RX 560 running Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in anything other than 8-bit mode, it stands to reason that the promotion is only available on purchases of either the RX Vega 64, RX Vega 56, RX 580, or RX 570.
There are a host of participating retailers across the globe, excluding China, Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Sudan, and Iran. Go figure…
In the US you can grab yourself a bunch of free gaming goodness over at Newegg and in the UK CCL and Scan currently have the promo live. Others, such as Overclockers, Ebuyer, PC Specialist, Fierce PC, and a few more will also have the deal. Some places aren’t yet showing the promo as live yet, but the details should be appearing on the relevant hardware soon.
And, with prices of the RX 580 coming down to almost pre-mining levels, the 8GB version is one of the best graphics cards you can buy for your PC right now. It’s got a great mix of general gaming grunt, a lot of video memory to mop up those high-res texture packs, and gives the GTX 1060 a real run for its money.
And we also think it’s a better offer than Nvidia’s ‘free’ Kingston SSD bundle too. That promotion just added a little extra cash to the cost of a card in exchange for some money off a middling solid state drive.
Three exciting new games is surely more in line with what PC gamers crave. Okay, two exciting games. Alright, one exciting game and a co-op horde shooter.
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