AMD Announces Ryzen 7000 Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Bundle

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AMD has kicked off a new promotional bundle, its first for the Ryzen 7000 Series of Zen 4 architecture desktop processors. It's a relatively simple bundle with just one game, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. You can buy any currently available Ryzen 7000 desktop processor from a participating retailer, between now and April 1, 2023, to qualify for the free game.

The Ryzen 7000-series Zen 4 chips have been available for quite some time. We reviewed the Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 5 7600X in mid-October last year, with the Ryzen 9 7900X review a few days later. More recently, following their CES 2023 announcement, we reviewed the more affordable AMD Ryzen 9 7900, Ryzen 7 7700, and Ryzen 5 7600 a couple of weeks ago. All seven Ryzen 7000 desktop CPUs, some of the best CPUs for gaming, are eligible for the promotion.

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AMD has had bundles for its Radeon RX 6000 GPUs and Ryzen 5000 series CPUs previously. Often, bundles are used to entice potential buyers who might otherwise opt for a newer generation part. The fact that we're already seeing bundles for Ryzen 7000 suggests sales aren't as brisk as AMD might like, but then we've already heard that news from other sources, like IDC saying the PC market will decline steeply this year.

If you're hoping for a bundle that involves AMD's latest hardware, you can now check CPUs off the list, but we might need to wait a while before the Radeon 7900 XTX/XT see any such offers. So far, prices and availability are extremely high on the latest gen graphics cards, while we impatiently wait for better values lower down the pecking order.

Looking the Terms and Conditions, there's nothing unusual to see. Just ensure that if you're interested getting the bundle, your chosen retailer is participating in the promo. You might have to set a reminder to do something with any code you get, as the game isn’t going to be available until March 17. While the purchase qualification period begins today and ends on April 1, you will have up to May 6 to redeem any code you receive.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is the sequel to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and has been developed by Respawn Entertainment. The new title takes place five years after the events in Fallen Order. You will be continuing Cal Kestis’ journey, and you will benefit from the protagonist’s new skills as a powerful Jedi Knight.

The developers promise an enjoyable cinematic combat system, this time with new lightsaber fighting styles and a sprinkling of Force abilities. As you play through this third-person narrative driven action adventure you will progress your character, gain new skills, develop extra abilities, and get new equipment.

Will Star Wars Jedi: Survivor end up running better on AMD's hardware? That remains to be seen. Our GPU guru tested Jedi: Fallen Order over at PC Gamer (opens in new tab) before joining Tom's Hardware, but that was over three years ago, before the RTX 30-series and RX 6000-series arrived, never mind the latest RTX 40- and RX 7000-series parts. We'll see how the sequel runs in a couple of months.

Mark Tyson
Freelance News Writer

Mark Tyson is a Freelance News Writer at Tom's Hardware US. He enjoys covering the full breadth of PC tech; from business and semiconductor design to products approaching the edge of reason.

  • helper800
    Seems like a decent deal if you are in the market for an AMD CPU and you like such games, worst case, sell the key to someone for cheap.
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  • blacknemesist
    Early adopters get a big'ol bag of nothing. Thanks!
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  • SonoraTechnical
    blacknemesist said:
    Early adopters get a big'ol bag of nothing. Thanks!

    Well, you could always trade it for Bonestorm....
    https://simpsons.fandom.com/wiki/Bonestorm
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  • Giroro
    Why lower prices when you can force every customer to buy a game, instead?

    Although, the high platform costs are what's really killing AMD this Gen. How many copies of Fortnight are they giving away with those $350 B650 motherboards?
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  • bigdragon
    AMD should reduce their prices with a sale rather than forcibly bundling a game. Star Wars is dead. EA is revolting. If I were in the market for a GPU, this would make me put off a purchase because I wouldn't want to waste money on a game I won't play. A credit or coupon to a storefront would be better than what they're doing here. Bad move, AMD.
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  • cryoburner
    Giroro said:
    Why lower prices when you can force every customer to buy a game, instead?
    bigdragon said:
    AMD should reduce their prices with a sale rather than forcibly bundling a game.

    To be fair, AMD obviously isn't paying anywhere close to retail price for these keys, or even the 70% cut the publisher would normally get through a full-price sale on a storefront like Steam. Most copies will probably be going to people who weren't otherwise planning to buy the game at launch, or at all, so the publisher can afford to sell the keys to AMD at a fraction of the cost. And many will buy the CPU without taking advantage of the offer.

    So, it's not like the alternative would be for AMD to reduce the price of the processor by the cost of the game. The amount the promotion is costing them is undoubtedly far less than that, and a comparable discount to their CPUs wouldn't likely be enough to suddenly convince people that the platform is a good value. But if they manage to convince some who are in the market for new hardware and are also interested in getting the game that this is going to save them a more significant amount of money, then that could make the platform more attractive to those individuals.
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  • Friesiansam
    Giroro said:
    Why lower prices when you can force every customer to buy a game, instead?
    All companies take advantage of the well-off early adopters, who can't wait to get the latest thing. Anyone with any sense, waits for a few months for the prices to drop.
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  • DavidLejdar
    Giroro said:
    Why lower prices when you can force every customer to buy a game, instead?

    Although, the high platform costs are what's really killing AMD this Gen. How many copies of Fortnight are they giving away with those $350 B650 motherboards?
    Intel chipset MBs for DDR5 aren't really that much cheaper though - right now looking at the cheapest options at a retailer's website, and the price difference is 20 Euro (here).

    If one has a small budget, then sure, the DDR4 option is more affordable. But then again, if looking for an affordable build, then one may not be looking at current-gen CPUs to begin with. Not that I wouldn't understand though that some users may appreciate the option to re-use DDR4 in a newer MB with a new CPU. But when willing to spend quite some for high-end performance, then the cheapest MB may arguably not be the one such an user would pick anyhow.

    In any case, I went with AM5, even without having received a game for it (would be nice if the offer would extend to 3D V-Cache CPUs though, to be released in less than 3 weeks), and I should be able to plop in new CPUs until 2025 or so, while Intel will likely ask everyone already this year to purchase a new MB for their next-gen CPUs.
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  • bill001g
    Seems you are still better off buying from microcenter if you live near one. You don't get a free game but get a free set of ddr5 memory and the price is still less than newegg or amazon.
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