Never Settle Reloaded Bundle Gets a Level Up Bonus

Subject: Graphics Cards | May 15, 2013 - 12:00 PM |
Tagged: tomb raider, never settle reloaded, never settle, level up, Crysis 3, bundle, amd

AMD dropped us a quick note to let us in on another limited time offer for buyers of AMD Radeon graphics cards.  Starting today, the Never Settle Reloaded bundle that we first told you about in February is getting an upgrade for select tiers.  For new buyers of the Radeon HD 7970, 7950 and 7790 AMD will be adding Tomb Raider into the mix.  Also, the Radeon HD 7870 will be getting Crysis 3.

Here is the updated, currently running AMD Radeon Level Up bundle matrix.

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Now if you buy a new AMD Radeon HD 7970, HD 7950 or HD 7870 today you will get four top-level PC games including Crysis 3, Bioshock Infinite, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon and Tomb Raider. 

This is a limited time offer though that will end when supplies run out and we don't really have any idea when that will be.  Check out AMD's Level Up site for more details and to find retailers offering the updated bundles. 

I am curious to find out how successful these bundles have been for AMD and if NVIDIA has had a feedback on the Free-to-play bundle they offered or the new Metro: Last Light option.  Do gamers put much emphasis on the game bundles that come with each graphics card or does the performance and technology make the difference?

UPDATE: I have seen a couple of questions on whether this Level Up promotion would be retroactive. According to the details I have from AMD, this promotion is NOT retroactive.  If you have already purchased any of the affected cards you will not be getting the additional games.

 

Source: AMD
May 15, 2013 | 12:15 PM - Posted by Mnemonicman

Well crap. Just bought the 7870 on Sunday.

May 16, 2013 | 11:45 AM - Posted by SirBob (not verified)

I too feel your pain.

November 19, 2013 | 04:23 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Refund it

May 15, 2013 | 12:30 PM - Posted by Zen00

The source page doesn't exist yet, 404.

May 15, 2013 | 09:23 PM - Posted by Ophelos

I just wanna know if people who already bought one of the AMD never settle bundle cards will also be getting the free levelup.

Ryan thanks for the update information.

May 15, 2013 | 01:01 PM - Posted by Corpus Leutium (not verified)

To answer your question Ryan :
Do gamers put much emphasis on the game bundles that come with each graphics card or does the performance and technology make the difference?

Well of course performance & Technology come first, I would personally buy and AMD card over an Nvidia card even without the bundle, because you get more performance at all the difference price brackets.

7970 Ghz Edition 3GB >680 2GB
7970.............3GB >670 2GB
7950 Boost...... 3GB >670 & 660 Ti 2GB
7870 Tahiti LE ..2GB >660 Ti 2GB
7870 Ghz Edition.2GB >660 2GB
7850 ............2GB >650 Ti boost 2GB
7790.............1GB >650 Ti 1GB
7770 & 7750......1GB >650 1GB

The games just add much more value to the cards, you buy a $300 7950 with the bundles your efficiently paying $200 for the card as if that wasn't enough the card has more VRAM & is faster than the 660 Ti & even faster than the 670 2GB when you overclock both.

http://youtu.be/Aiz7HCdGEic?t=4m16s

May 15, 2013 | 01:27 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

If you use this mentality then how does Nvidia even compete? You've stated that every iteration from Nvidia is outmatched in regards to performance, at least that's what I assume you meant by the '>'. I'm on nobody's team here but I believe your logic is flawed and you're comparisons I would agree are valid for price but performance is stretching a bit. Check out Ryan's frame rating articles and it should help clarify, especially if you're going multi gpu. Nvidia really is the clear choice for performance currently though, but you pay for it. AMDs lower prices make them appealing but again the games they are bundling are most likely owned already by the intended buyers. So per Ryan's question, yes performance and tech are the most important to gamers as Nvidia is proof of this concept. Let's hope AMD fixes there tech cause it then could lead to heavy competition in the high end cards and work out better for all of us.

May 15, 2013 | 02:32 PM - Posted by John_Gr (not verified)

It is simple. Stronger brand name. Nothing more.
No more performance, no better frame rating (in single gpu no one cares, in multi gpus we just found out). It is the same like it was in the past, when AMD had the best chip in everything (Athlon 64) and Intel was selling 3 or 4 times more Pentium 4.

May 15, 2013 | 05:10 PM - Posted by Corpus Leutium (not verified)

It isn't flawed, like others have stated frame latency is only affecting multi-gpu setups.
If you refer to any review in the past 6 months you will find that the comparisons I made are accurate.
You get more performance & higher memory bandwidth at each price bracket with AMD.
Nvidia heavily rely on their strong marketing to sell graphics cards.

AMD cards outperform their Nvidia counterparts at every price bracket:
[img]http://media.bestofmicro.com/E/U/371190/original/LargePerfIndex.png[/img]
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/tahiti-le-7870-7930-benchmark,3401-3...

Here as well :
http://linustechtips.com/main/topic/10692-video-card-showdown/

Nvidia cards are plagued with memory bottlenecks and they suffer badly for it.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-660-geforce-gtx-650-benc...

May 15, 2013 | 01:09 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I would say if you're buying a new graphics card, especially if its one of the 7900s, you would already own the games you wanted from the bundle. In my opinion, if you are spending upwards of 400-1000 bucks, you would most likely base your choice on performance and the tech.

May 16, 2013 | 11:54 AM - Posted by SirBob (not verified)

Then I would say I am an exception to your rule, and I have a feeling I'm not alone. I specifically bought the 7870 (vs GTX 660) because of the bundle. Perhaps I am only an outlier of the target market, but I doubt it. They are doing the bundle to move cards that haven't seen a refresh in quite a while (though still good) vs very competitive nVidia cards.

May 15, 2013 | 04:04 PM - Posted by Mnemonicman

So no extra games for those of us who purchased a card in the last few days, eh? Maybe that's why they were so quick to get the codes out before they announced this.

May 15, 2013 | 04:32 PM - Posted by John_Gr (not verified)

For anyone who wants more free games because he bought a card a few days/weeks/months earlier.
When you buy something at $100 and for any reason it's price goes up lets say $10 (RAM is an example these days) do you visit again the shop to pay the extra $10? I believe you don't.
So STOP COMPLAINING.

May 16, 2013 | 03:55 AM - Posted by maxcellerate

How about some 7990's to go with those games?

May 18, 2013 | 01:04 AM - Posted by Offerlyneancy (not verified)

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