AMD Announces Never Settle Game Bundle & Driver

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This holiday season, AMD is offering an enticing game bundle for prospective hardware purchasers. They’re also releasing their newest driver, which they say is the best Catalyst yet.

Never Settle Game Bundle

Coinciding with the holidays this year is the release of three big titles – Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Hitman Absolution and Farcry 3. It’s these three titles plus the relatively new title, Sleeping Dogs, that AMD is bringing with their Never Settle bundle.

Holiday Gaming Evolved

Holiday Gaming Evolved

The biggest bundle offered is with 7900 series GPUs (the HD 7970 and HD 7950, plus their GHz editions). While Medal of Honor Warfighter isn’t a huge discount at 20% off, AMD says this is an exclusive deal and the only Medal of Honor: Warfighter deal anywhere. The biggest deal is that you get Sleeping Dogs, Farcry 3, and Hitman Absolution all free.

Ultimate Never Settle Bundle

Ultimate Never Settle Bundle

Once you move down the AMD GPU spectrum, the offers remain but become a little slimmer. If you buy a single 7800 series or 7770 GHz Edition, you get the MoH deal plus free Farcry 3. If you buy two of each of those, Hitman Absolution is added to the deal.

Never Settle Bundle

Never Settle Bundle

As a monetary value (assuming full retail price for the games), this is actually a pretty sweet deal.

Game Bundle Value

Game Bundle Value

As far as distribution, these deals will be available on all applicable AMD graphics cards from all participating etailers. Yes, the vast majority of the GPUs to get this deal will be online purchases. Most cards are bought this way anyway, especially in our readership, so that’s fine by us. The method of distribution will be coupons placed in your GPU’s shipping box by your etailer. It should apply to all AMD GPUs in the program, regardless of manufacturer. You’ll get your GPUs, then you use the coupons and apply them at whichever software distributes that particular title (i.e. Steam & Origin).

Never Settle Driver – Catalyst 12.11

Free games aren’t the only thing starting today. AMD’s newest Catalyst 12.11 driver is released today as well. They estimate up to 15% performance gains in many titles.

Never Settle Driver

Never Settle Driver

The biggest performance increases actually come from Battlefield 3. On some maps in some locations, they say they have seen up to 40% FPS increase, 15% was just the average.

Battlefield 3 and Medal of Honor: Warfighter Gains

Battlefield 3 and Medal of Honor: Warfighter Gains

BF3 isn’t the only title to reap the benefits of the new driver either. One important thing to note that was rather off-putting on this graph, is resolution. Note that AMD chose to present whatever the highest gain was, resolution independent. Note if you run a different resolution, the performance increase will not be the same and will likely be less. I understand why they might want to put their best foot forward, but that’s a bit extreme in my humble opinion.

Performance Gains - Mind the Resolution!

Performance Gains – Mind the Resolution!

They’ve supplied a couple slides of value vs. the competition as well. For those of you skeptical as I am about such broad claims, here is the footnote showing how AMD came up with all of the numbers.

Value vs. the Competition

Value vs. the Competition

Value vs. the Competition

Value vs. the Competition

Value vs. the Competition

Value vs. the Competition

There you have it folks, good news for AMD GPU fans all around. AMD hopes the news will bring some new AMD fans at the same time. It’s a great game bundle if you’re interested in a new AMD GPU for the holidays. The driver improvements will make future and current AMD GPU owners happy.

– Jeremy Vaughan (hokiealumnus)

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  1. I think it will be buy card, get coupon and register on site to download free games so probably the same for all over the world ( depends from store where you buy it ).
    I was looking for these beta drivers but can't find them anywhere.
    Is 12.11 version already released or its just early info about what we can expect soon ?
    Not breaking any rules at all rhadoo4, thanks for the link; that's the beta. The official driver should be out today but I'm not sure what time. You'd think they would have released it when the NDA on this article lifted, but I guess that makes too much sense. :p
    EDIT - I'm not sure about the outside-the-US part. There doesn't appear to be anything in the terms & conditions, which I'll paste below in their entirety. It does say "void in any country where prohibited", which leads me to believe it's valid any any country that doesn't prohibit such things.

    AMD RADEON™ HD 7900 SERIES GPUS
    As of October 11, 2012, the PC games offer is valued at over $170. Ubisoft Far Cry 3 PC game retails for $59.99, available on
    shop.ubi.com, Sleeping Dogs PC game and HITMAN Absolution PC game retail for $49.99/each, both available on Steam
    (store.steampowered.com/) and Medal of Honor Warfighters PC game retails for $ 69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition, available through Origin
    (www.store.origin.com).
    *Get a Game Key for a free download of each game: Hitman: Absolution (PC Game), Sleeping Dogs (PC Game), Far Cry 3 (PC Game),
    and a 20% discount for Medal of Honor Warfighter Digital Deluxe (PC Game) accessed through Steam®, Ubisoft®, and Origin® online
    gaming platforms when you buy an AMD Radeon™ HD 7950, AMD Radeon™ HD 7970, or the AMD Radeon™ HD 7970 GHz Edition
    Graphics Card. Limited time offer. Free game offers expire March 31, 2013 or when supply of Game Keys is exhausted, whichever
    occurs first. Medal of Honor Warfighter Digital Deluxe 20% discount will expire on December 31, 2012. Game Keys must be used to
    obtain Free Game downloads by April 30, 2013 and Discount Game Keys must be used to obtain discounted purchase of Discount
    Game on or before December 31, 2012, after which the Game Keys and Discount Game Keys are void. LIMIT: One (1) free or discount
    Game Key per game per person. Internet connection required. Internet connection fees may apply. You must be 17+ to redeem this
    offer. Offer is subject to geographical limitations. See www.amd.com/neversettleoffer for complete details. Anticipated release date for
    games are as follows: Hitman: Absolution – on or before November 20, 2012 (actual release date will vary by country); Medal of Honor
    Warfighter – on or before October 23, 2012 (actual release date will vary by country), Sleep Dogs – available now, and Far Cry 3 – on
    or before December 4, 2012. Game releases may be delayed for reasons that are out of the control of AMD. Visit www.hitman.com,
    http://www.medalofhonor.com/, http://www.sleepingdogs.net/, and http://far-cry.ubi.com or www.amd.com/neversettleoffer for more
    information. Void in any country where prohibited.18 | Never Settle | October 2012 | UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL OCT 22 2012, 12:01AM EST
    AMD RADEON™ HD 7800 SERIES GPUS and HD 7770 GHz Edition
    *Get a Game Key for a free download of FARCRY 3 (PC Game), and a 20% discount for Medal of Honor Warfighter Digital Deluxe (PC
    Game) accessed through Ubisoft® and Origin® online gaming platforms when you buy an AMD Radeon™ HD 7770, AMD Radeon™
    HD 7770 GHz Edition, AMD Radeon™ HD 7850 and AMD Radeon™ HD 7870 Graphics Card. Get a Game Key for a free download of
    FARCRY 3 (PC Game), Hitman: Absolution (PC Game) and a 20% discount for Medal of Honor Warfighter Digital Deluxe (PC Game)
    accessed through Steam®, Ubisoft® and Origin® online gaming platforms when you buy two identical products, AMD Radeon™ HD
    7770, AMD Radeon™ HD 7770 GHz Edition, AMD Radeon™ HD 7850 and AMD Radeon™ HD 7870 Graphics Card, purchased in a
    single transaction from the same participating retailer and obtain from the participating retailer an AMD Unique ID. Limited time
    offer. Free game offers expire March 31, 2013 or when supply of Game Keys is exhausted, whichever occurs first. Medal of Honor
    Warfighter Digital Deluxe 20% discount will expire on December 31, 2012. Game Keys must be used to obtain Free Game downloads
    by April 30, 2013 and Discount Game Keys must be used to obtain discounted purchase of Discount Game on or before December 31,
    2012, after which the Game Keys and Discount Game Keys are void. LIMIT: One (1) free or discount Game Key per game per person.
    Internet connection required. Internet connection fees may apply. You must be 17+ to redeem this offer. Offer is subject to geographical
    limitations. See www.amd.com/neversettlecrossfire for complete details. Anticipated release dates for games are as follows: Hitman:
    Absolution – on or before November 20, 2012 (actual release date will vary by country); Medal of Honor Warfighter – on or before
    October 23, 2012 (actual release date will vary by country) and Far Cry 3 – on or before December 4, 2012. Game releases may be
    delayed for reasons that are out of the control of AMD. Visit www.hitman.com, http://www.medalofhonor.com/ and http://far-cry.ubi.com
    or www.amd.com/neversettlecrossfire for more information. Void in any country where prohibited.
    Before I downloaded this 12.11 beta from guru3d, there was little update to post and driver has been taken off ;)
    "At the request of AMD the driver has been taken offline. They discovered some bugs and a new build is due to be released later today. Please keep checking this post, once we have the new build we'll update the file-mirror and thus the download."
    YeeHaww! This is great news for me. A video card is the very last thing I need to complete my very first "ever" build on my own. Have a few of the last items being dropped off today from newegg.....then after that.....a video card is all I need.
    Was looking at picking up a GTX670.....but pfft!...I could get a 7970 for cheaper , with 4 games and mop the floor with that GTX670. I'm not brand loyal to any of this stuff....and that new bundle is just to good to pass up!
    BTW.....i'll be stepping up from a AMD 4000+ system with a GTX260 ( I had a 7800GTX in it before).....I know huh? This is going to be amazing.
    This man speaks the truth. I finally got an SSD and I was expecting the system to be fast, but my god, this just blew my expectations out of the water.
    Think sites like newegg and tigerdirect will be advertising if they're participating retailers in this? Was about to pull the trigger on a 7970 at like 4AM this morning but then saw the news and decided to hold off til I know more. Because I want all 3 of those games.
    hokiealumnus
    Wow, you'll be amazed at the difference coming from that system! If you get an SSD with the money you save on the GPU, you'll be even more blown away. :thup:

    QFT.
    An SSD is what makes your friends say "Damn, that computer is fast...".