UPDATE: The bundles are now live; you can find a list of the bundles here: AMD's Ryzen 7000 Bundles Appear Globally, Save up to $150.
AMD announced today that the company would begin offering a Ryzen 7000 Series bundle that includes discounts on AM5 motherboards and DDR5 kits that could total up to $125. You also get a free game with your purchase. The new bundle, which includes several of the chips on our list of best CPUs for gaming, helps to address some of the high memory and motherboard costs associated with building a Ryzen 7000 system, if even temporarily. It will also help spur CPU sales during the lowest period of PC sales in 30 years.
The program runs from February 27 to April 1, 2023. AMD's announcement says that purchasing a Ryzen 7000 processor during this time unlocks additional discounts for X670 and B650 motherboards, along with discounts "available for 2x8GB and 2x16GB DDR5 memory kits from leading makers including Corsair, ADATA, GeIL, and Kingston Technology."
AMD's announcement is light on details, so we followed up with the company for more info. The discount will be offered at checkout when you purchase a Ryzen 7000 processor, motherboard, and DDR5 memory as one purchase. However, the amount of the discount will vary by the chosen selection of hardware. With some combinations, you will receive up to $125 off the final purchase price of the hardware. Naturally, the highest-end combinations will net the biggest discount.
Beginning Monday, these bundles will be available at major retailers worldwide, including Amazon and Newegg. However, the value of the discount will vary based on several parameters, including the hardware and the region where it is purchased. AMD tells us that more details about the specific hardware combinations and discounts will emerge when the bundles hit store shelves on Monday.
The cherry on top: The bundle also includes a copy of STAR WARS Jedi: Survivor, which customers can redeem through AMD's online redemption portal until May 6, 2023.
This bundle release is very near the February 28 launch of AMD's new Ryzen 7000X3D processors, but those processors don't appear to be part of the promotion — at least for now. Currently, the promotion applies to the entire Ryzen 7000 roster, including the Ryzen 9 7950X, 7900X, and 7900, Ryzen 7 7700X and 7700, and the Ryzen 5 7600X and 7600. As a reminder, AMD says it will support the AM5 platform until 2025+, so there is a long runway of processor generations that will be compatible with the AM5 platform in the future.
We have seen Microcenter bundles over the last month that include free memory and reduced-cost motherboards included with Ryzen 7000 processors, but it is unclear if those bundles are associated with this program.
We'll sniff out some of the best bundle deals when they arrive and share them — stay tuned.
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Microcenter has been doing this all on its own for months. Will minus the game. However, the memory is free and motherboards are maybe $20 off.Reply
Excited when I saw the title on the mobile site homepage said "$125 Bundle". Then disappointed when I click and see "Upto $125 discount on a bundle". I was ready to play the lottery, now, not so sure.Reply
* Changed while I wrote this. Now it matches and says discount on bundle.
Sorry. Nowhere near enough. I'm skipping this gen.Reply
Only in the USA?Reply
desperate times call for desperate measures..they know the economy is about to tank....more.Reply
"Beginning Monday, these bundles will be available at major retailers worldwide, including Amazon and Newegg "thisisaname said:Only in the USA?
Yet they only listed the discount in dollars?bolweval said:"Beginning Monday, these bundles will be available at major retailers worldwide, including Amazon and Newegg "
thinkin it's an over site..thisisaname said:Yet they only listed the discount in dollars?
bolweval said:"Beginning Monday, these bundles will be available at major retailers worldwide, including Amazon and Newegg "
Edit: probably no in Russia though... ; )
Everyone knew these things would not sell.Reply
DDR5 = expensive
AM5 boards = very expensive
7000 series CPU = very expensive
Maybe if these prices were cut in half I would consider AMD. But I have perfectly working DDR4, I am not about to waste that. Sticking with Intel.
I am also not in a hurry to buy an expensive new mobo unless mobo makers actually give us more than 1 USB-C slot and 10Gbit/s ethernet. If these hardware makers think I am going to throw down $300 for boards that still have USB2.0 slots and only a single USB-C slot, think again.
Like I said, cut your prices in half and maybe people will consider, but at the current outrageous prices, you'll need more than a bundle and game coupon.