AMD tries to sweeten the pot for potential 7000 series customers.
The previous AMD“Never Settle” bundle was among the best pack in deals we’ve ever seen, and the best just keeps getting better. Today AMD announced they would be sweetening the pot by offering Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite with the purchase of a 7800 series card, or Bioshock Infinite and Crysis 3 if you snap up a card from the 7900 series family. When you stop to consider that AMD and Nvidia offer very similar price to performance ratios, it makes AMD’s offering quite competitive. Nvidia cards still have a slight advantage in the performance per watt category, however if you plan to game with your new GPU (and it’s safe to say that quite a few of you do), then it’s hard to argue with the value being offered here.
Trying to talk consumers into a GPU upgrade after opening their holiday credit card statements has never been an easy proposition, and the looming annual refresh isn’t helping either. In the next two to four months AMD will more than likely release the 8000 series cards; however they may well be overkill for single monitor gamers anyway. The current crop of 7000 GPU’s will almost certainly get you through the next several years of AAA titles without hassle, and if the urge to upgrade is becoming a bit too overwhelming, now might be the right time to dive in.
Make sure both the card and retailer detail the bundle you are interested in, since not every SKU qualifies. AMDGaming’s twitter feed is literally filled with apologizes to customers who didn’t read the fine print on the last bundle.