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AMD Bundling SimCity with its A8 and A10 APUs

To promote the company’s APUs and demonstrate the integrated Radeon HD 7000D’s gaming abilities, AMD will be providing a free Origin-redeemable code for Sim City with purchases of eligible desktop APUs, specifically the A8-5500, A8-5600K, A10-5700 and A10-5800K.

When we consider that an A8-5500 APU can be purchased for $80 and SimCity currently retails for $60, the promotion offers an impressive value for money and may further entice “disgruntled majors” to Maxis’ controversial title.

The promotion is expected to start next week and run until the end of Q3 2013.         

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  • vmem
    LOL, must've gotten a MASSIVE discount in negotiations after all the simcity issues during launch.

    Gotta say though, I tried the game, it's entertaining, and the online component's not bad, fun to play with friends. now it's not worth $60. maybe $20 or so. bundled with one of these APUs? definately worth it for someone needing an HTPC or entry level gaming box
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  • thor220
    I'm impressed by AMD's initiative as of late. They are offer good games with their cards and at good prices. Nvidia needs to step it up or they might end up with no console deals and reduced desktop card sales. I just wonder how AMD can keep going like this with it's small size, but then again AMD has been the underdog for some time.
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  • vmem
    thor220I'm impressed by AMD's initiative as of late. They are offer good games with their cards and at good prices. Nvidia needs to step it up or they might end up with no console deals and reduced desktop card sales. I just wonder how AMD can keep going like this with it's small size, but then again AMD has been the underdog for some time.
    Well, let's keep in mind that this is AMD's unofficial last stand. steamroller aside (who knows if it'll succeed or not), AMD has two decently successful product lines, their GPUs, and their APUs. AMD has been bleeding money since the bulldozer failure and then the series of yield issues and top executive change last year. while both their GPUs and APUs are good, they continue to lose market share on both fronts and they're almost out of case. And here they are throwing TONs of case into marketing for these bundles. This is their last chance to reclaim marketshare from Nvidia, Intel, and try to grab a foothold in the mobile market. Nvidia will not step it up unless they have to because they're in a very different position. all they need to do is defend. if they successfully defend their market expansion for a year or two, AMD will bleed dry. so c'mon all, buy an APU, you know it's good for you lol
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  • de5_Roy
    nice. more incentive to buy an amd apu. this should help clear the stock before richland and gcn 2.0 cards come out and avoid a llano.

    otoh, amd must have a hard time selling their apus and gfx cards if they have to bundle this many freebies with them. :ange:

    edit: a llano: amd making profit from selling llano apus and later losing more than that from overstock of unsold apus which partly caused trinity's delay.
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  • garrick
    If they would bundle free games with the newer FX chips I would upgrade but I see no real reason to upgrade from my Phenom 955.
    Hopefully they can bring power consumption way down and when they do I will upgrade.
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  • A Bad Day
    vmemWell, let's keep in mind that this is AMD's unofficial last stand. steamroller aside (who knows if it'll succeed or not), AMD has two decently successful product lines, their GPUs, and their APUs. AMD has been bleeding money since the bulldozer failure and then the series of yield issues and top executive change last year. while both their GPUs and APUs are good, they continue to lose market share on both fronts and they're almost out of case. And here they are throwing TONs of case into marketing for these bundles. This is their last chance to reclaim marketshare from Nvidia, Intel, and try to grab a foothold in the mobile market. Nvidia will not step it up unless they have to because they're in a very different position. all they need to do is defend. if they successfully defend their market expansion for a year or two, AMD will bleed dry. so c'mon all, buy an APU, you know it's good for you lol
    AMD also has to get rid of surplus Trinity APUs before Richland shows up. Otherwise, if Richland is launched, nobody would buy Trinity APUs unless if they're at bargain prices.

    Intel? They're the king of the hill. If Haswell has to be delayed for a month or two because their inventory of IBs and SBs still haven't cleared out yet, then so be it. Price drops? Freebies? What are you smoking?
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  • mchawk
    Can it run it?
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  • tobalaz
    mchawkCan it run it?I'm sure its capable, but the question is will you be able to log on to Sim City and play it?
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  • 10hellfire01
    tobalazI'm sure its capable, but the question is will you be able to log on to Sim City and play it?That's what I found odd. Of all games to give away, give the one that is currently the most controversial. I haven't played it so I can't say anything about it, but I'm surprised they didn't nab Bioshock Infinite.
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  • JAYDEEJOHN
    I can remember all the concern about all the firings at the PR positions, the oh no, there goes AMD
    Rory Read has got something going here, and even if some OEMs dont play ball, this will get AMD product into average Joes hands
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