In February, SSD maker OCZ Technology began running a promotion that offers a free copy of Far Cry 3 to new and existing owners of the 256 GB and/or 512 GB Vector SSDs. Now that promotion has extended to the 128 GB Vector model as well.
As before, OCZ's Far Cry 3 promotion is available in North America, South America, EMEA and Asia regions (excluding Africa and China) for a limited time only. Customers who purchase up to two Vector SSDs will receive up to two codes for the PC version of Far Cry 3. These codes will expire on July 14, 2013.
To get your free copy of Far Cry 3, you'll need to head here and provide the SSD's serial number and Acronis key(s). OCZ also requires that customers provide info about where the SSD was purchased. Newegg is among a handful that's currently selling the Vector series, costing $549.99 for the 512 GB model (opens in new tab), $229.99 for the 256 GB model (opens in new tab) and $159.99 for the 128 GB model (opens in new tab)(Newegg's prices).
Far Cry 3, developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft, launched in North America on December 4, 2012. It currently has a Metacritic score of 88 out of 100, and a user score of 8.1 out of 10. The highest scores stem from Atomic Gamer, Game Informer, GameSpot, GameSpy, IGN, IncGamers, Polygon, The Escapist, WorthPlaying and more.
To run Far Cry 3, PC gamers need a minimum system configuration of an Intel Core2 Duo E6700 or an AMD Athlon64 X2 6000+ CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a GPU equivalent to the Nvidia GTX 8800 or AMD Radeon HD 2900 (512 MB DirectX 9c). Ubisoft recommends a quad-core CPU or something equivalent to the Intel Core i3-530 or the AMD Phenom II X2 565, 4 GB of RAM, and a 1,024 MB DirectX 11 GPU such as the Nvidia GTX 480 or the AMD Radeon HD 5770.
On the other hand, I have had 3 Samsung drives - 2 830 and 1 840. My 830 failed 2 months after installation and I had to RMA. This is where the difference was - it took 5 weeks to get my Samsung replacement and the support was corporate who knows what is happening style.
I don't mind failures, electronics fail. I keep my systems overclocked and I know problems can arise from it. The difference is OCZ supports you with USA-based support that is competent.
I'm currently on a Vertex 4, and it's working really great. Zero problems for 4 months now.
Price and profit differences are likely. Vertex 4 is a much cheaper line and profits are probably much smaller per sale. Profits per sale may be low enough for including an expensive game for free would make sales not profitable or at least not profitable enough to be worthwhile.
Til then I will chug along on my puny 79mb/s transfer rates ... yes SSD owners pity me ! :)
I do pity you, the responsiveness of an SSD system is just soooo much better. An old build can feel lightning fast by adding an SSD.
I find it hard to use PCs without SSDs these days.
My biggest thing is I look at value to performance vs wants and what I actually need- not to mention the fact I am a cheap sob at times.. heh
If something passes all those factors then it's worth it for me. If not then I wait until it is- especially when it comes to technology.