Newegg Jumping Gun on New AMD Game Bundles: GTAV and DiRT Rally?

Subject: Editorial | May 13, 2015 - 02:07 PM |
Tagged: R9, newegg, GTAV, DiRT Rally, bundle, amd, 290x, 290, 285

AMD has been pretty quiet on the bundle scene, but I think we may have had their future plans revealed to us a bit early.

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In case the offer gets pulled, here is a screen grab from Newegg on May 13, 2015.

Newegg is offering a number of AMD R9 based cards with one to two free software titles.  The top end R9 290 and 290X products get both Grand Theft Auto V and DiRT Rally.  The value of these two titles are around $95 US.  The lower end cards look to only receive DiRT Rally, which is a $35 US value.

This a pretty nice bundle considering that GTAV is still very new, and DiRT Rally is an early access title that will have a bunch of free content added to it through the next 9 to 10 months.

So far no other retailer that I am aware of is offering this particular bundle.  My assumption here is that Newegg jumped the gun before AMD was able to announce it.

Click here if you want to see these deals on the R9 290X GPUs.

UPDATE: Initial information from AMD is that it "is not an AMD bundle" so we aren't quite sure what to make of this. It could be a Newegg-specific bundle, but I haven't gotten any feedback from the reseller on the issue yet. 

UPDATE 2: Well, we found this certificate for the DiRT Rally portion of the bundle on Newegg.com. Clearly this is an official AMD marketing promotion but we haven't yet found anything official on the Grand Theft Auto V side of things.

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UPDATE 3: And now we have this Tweet from Newegg:

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UPDATE 4: After another conversation with AMD, the company is reiterating its point that it is not directly involved in the GTAV bundles we are seeing today with AMD Radeon graphics cards on Newegg. According to AMD, the bundle was solely built by Newegg and the OEMs, which explains why we don't see similar offers on identical cards on Amazon. It's likely then that Newegg interfaced with Take-Two/Rockstar to get approval for the Grand Theft Auto 5 inclusion while the DiRT Rally portion was just a happy coincidence. (Also, apparently a week ago AMD launched the DiRT Rally bundle...who knew?!?)

Source: Newegg

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May 13, 2015 | 06:45 PM - Posted by funandjam

Looks like AMD is trying to clear product for the new GPU series about to hit the shelves, and free games are always nice. Now if I only had some extra money...

May 13, 2015 | 09:22 PM - Posted by Heavy (not verified)

uhm did you read the whole article they just said AMD wasnt behind this promotion it was newegg and OEM partners so companies like sapphire made a deal with rockstar and newegg to get this bundel or maybe it happen a different way but its wasnt AMDs bundel

May 15, 2015 | 02:20 PM - Posted by funandjam

lol, you have a lot to learn if you honestly believe that AMD was not behind either bundle.

I'll paraphrase what was said on PCPer's recent podcast:

Turns out that both Nvidia and AMD were tryign to say that GTA V was part of their own respective programs (gaming evolved or way its meant to be played) and neither company was right, there was a lot of going back and forth. So in order to not make this sorespot any worse, they had Newegg handle that promotion. But to think that AMD was not behind an AMD bundle on so many different OEM brands is ridiculous.

May 13, 2015 | 08:52 PM - Posted by Martin Trautvetter

Bit of an odd bundle given the Radeons below-par performance in GTA V, but they certainly could've done worse in terms of marketing value.

May 14, 2015 | 02:47 AM - Posted by JohnGR

NewEgg looks at the marketing value of GTA V, doesn't run benchmarks.

May 14, 2015 | 05:03 PM - Posted by TheSeekingOne (not verified)

The Geforce cards render some crappy shodows tho in GTA V so it's no wonder AMD's doing worse...

May 13, 2015 | 09:09 PM - Posted by Kingkookaluke (not verified)

Go AMD! Please. Step up!

May 13, 2015 | 09:14 PM - Posted by Kingkookaluke (not verified)

I wonder if AMD really just isn't a subsidiary of NVidia sometimes.

May 13, 2015 | 09:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Dumbest thing I read all day, thanks for the joke.

May 14, 2015 | 03:51 AM - Posted by Irishgamer01

Yeah but who wants last years card?
Well I guess most of the 300 series will be rehashes of last years cards.

Euro/Dollar value though, AMD is the better value, its just a little late in the day. I run both systems and was quite disappointed with 980 performance (4k), when you can do the same thing with AMD at 2 thirds the price.

May 14, 2015 | 11:04 AM - Posted by obababoy

The R9 290 and R9 290X easily have the best performance/dollar ratio. How is it late in the day? This is a great deal and counter deal to Nvidia's also great offering. When card companies do this they lose a bit of profit but they are getting rid of older inventory and both the customer and retailer benefit. I wish I planned my upgrade cycles around this.

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