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  • ImSpartacus - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link

    These seems kinda meh.

    It's almost like Nvidia feels pressured to provide SOME kind of game with their GPUs.
  • Jon Tseng - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link


    Yeah. There's basically an inverse correlation between competitiveness of GPU vendor and generosity of bundle.

    The logic is when you are behind and your product as strong as the opposition (AMD a couple of years ago) you bundle to compensate.

    However when your product lineup is strong and you are killing it, no need to throw in freebies!

  • Mathos - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link

    Not really, unless you're completely blind, Nvidia isn't killing it. Had they not released the 780ti, they'd be handily in second place. Don't forget, the 290x was able to solidly beat the 780 and Titan in most cases. The reality is, were it not for the wonky price inflation due to crypto coin miners in the US, pricing on AMD's cards puts them as faster at generally any given price point. They just need to work on getting power usage down.

    Far as bundles go, even when they were getting solidly beaten, Nvidia always has been stingy with bundling games. And if they did, it's going to have the Nvidia the way it's meant to be played logo right at the start, which is becoming much less common these days. Those F2P vouchers likely don't cost Nvidia much of anything. Since as far as the game devs are concerned it's an easy way to draw new possible customers in. The only one out of that bundle that's decent though is Path of Exile, and thats only if you're into diabloesque style games. Was unimpressed when I beta tested Warface. It'd be one thing if they were pushing good f2p's like War Frame or War Thunder, Mechwarrior Online, etc.
  • nevertell - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link

    Having the fastest flagship does not mean that the company is doing good by any means. Reply
  • hpglow - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link

    I can go buy a nvidia card for retail or less. AMD on the other hand is making money from crypto miners. So right now its hard to tell if AMD is competitive from a gaming standpoint when I we can't buy one for a price comparable to most nvidia cards. Once the 280 and 290 come down from the stratusphere they will go on my radar. Reply
  • Hameedo - Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - link

    @Mathos, Are you high? Assassin's Creed 4, Batman Origins, Call Of Duty Ghosts, Splinter Cell Black List, Metro Last Light, Titanfall, Watch_Dogs, Bureau XCOM, Remember Me, Hawken, Warframe, NeverWinter, ElderScrolls Online .. All of these are TWIMTBP games, NVIDIA practically flooded the market last year with it's games!

    And NVIDIA is killing it as always, their market share is 65%, just like last year.
  • patrickjp93 - Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - link

    You're high. Nvidia just took the cryptocoin mining crown from AMD and both AMD and Intel know it. With the Maxwell independent CPUs onboard the cards and with the superior performance per watt, NVIDIA is going to steal the only market AMD had solidly wrapped up. AMD is floundering and done unless they scrap GCN for something 50% more efficient. Reply
  • inorbital - Saturday, March 15, 2014 - link

    Agreed Nvidia is killin itttttt. Look at Nvidia stock vs. AMD... lol pwnd. Reply
  • Ammaross - Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - link

    You don't look at stock prices, you look at Market Cap. Either way, AMD is still outmatched sadly. Reply
  • patrickjp93 - Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - link

    AMD will remain outmatched. Their performance per watt is a shoddy 18% less than NVIDIA, and with the maxwell and volta architectures coming out, AMD is going to lose for a decade. None of their upcoming architectures have the performance per watt nvidia does nor the ability to cool their cards as well. Nvidia cards can be overclocked to almost 200% if you know what you're doing. AMD even with a refrigerated oil bath is going to burn out. Reply
  • willis936 - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link

    That's a very underwhelming bundle for cards that came out a year ago.

    Also $150 sounds like a lot but to me (and I'm sure everyone else who has no interest in playing those games) it isn't that appealing. $150 in big titles like LoL or tf2 would be a different story. Though it's not usual for laptops to have bundles at all so as long as it doesn't affect laptop pricing it's fine.

    I'm really bummed about that 600 series bundle though. It feels like they're actively trying to keep me from upgrading my desktop gpu.
  • flemeister - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link

    Moar hats for everyone! =P Reply
  • DanNeely - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link

    I can't speak for the other F2P games; but I've been playing Path of Exile (a D2esque ARPG) since mid 2012. It's not P2W; but spending $30 on a dozen extra stash tabs will make inventory management much easier. A free account comes with 4(?) tabs and 24 character slots; and it's certainly possible to use most of the slots to create mules to hold stuff but having to switch characters all the time to shuffle items around would get annoying fast. Reply
  • hughlle - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link

    You spent $30 to make your inventory easier to manage? Here was me running around with this silly notion of in-game purchases being a joke. Reply
  • DanNeely - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link

    You can spend whatever you want or not. $30 is the middle of the range for a not on heavy sale game on steam; the bigger inventory just means you can spend more of your time killing monsters instead of playing inventory management and can hold onto stuff that would be useful for use on future characters or for trade without having to offer firesale prices to get rid of it asap to keep your inventory clear. Reply
  • minijedimaster - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link

    Well, it's main competition would be Diablo 3 which was $60 new and you can't expand your inventory at all there. Or Torchlight 2 which is $20 and again, no upgrading the inventory I do believe. If the only purchase you need is around $30 to make the game perfect then I'd say you're doing ok. Reply
  • bj_murphy - Sunday, March 16, 2014 - link

    Clearly you don't and haven't played Path of Exile. Buying extra stash tabs is like buying a case for your computer. You don't technically need one to build and use the computer, but you are just making too many sacrifices without it. Same with extra stash tabs in PoE, I have also spent about $20 on them and it's really worthwhile considering I've played the game for 9 months now at a total cost of $20. Reply
  • EricZBA - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link

    Hot garbage Reply
  • EdgeOfDetroit - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link

    Already got a 750Ti, so no bundle for me. I guess its good that I'm completely uninterested in all of those games. Reply
  • dstarr3 - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link

    Over the holidays, I bought a GTX770, and it came with Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, and the new Batman game. I have no interest in any of those titles, and would've much rather just taken an even slightly deeper discount. This seems like just another round of that. Reply
  • rish95 - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link

    Would you mind giving away the codes if you haven't used them? Reply
  • willis936 - Friday, March 14, 2014 - link

    He could flip them on ebay for a significant amount of cash back. Keep in mind that pricing on the 600/700 series hasn't really changed since the holidays so we're paying the same for less value instead of getting a new GPU lineup. Reply
  • jasonelmore - Saturday, March 15, 2014 - link

    yeah that was the most epic bundle i've seen from nvidia. I guess they lost a lot of money with that 3 AAA bundle or they wouldnt have nerfed the program.

    oh well
  • anonymous_user - Saturday, March 15, 2014 - link

    I would actually be interested in the credit for Warface. Unlocking any items (weapons/attachments/gear) is very time consuming. Reply
  • jasonelmore - Saturday, March 15, 2014 - link

    a $15 free game, and Free to play bundles on the rest is a major regression in the quality of this program. Reply
  • PrayForDeath - Saturday, March 15, 2014 - link

    These bundles are quite sad. Reply
  • IdBuRnS - Monday, March 17, 2014 - link

    This current bundle makes me wish I had bought my 780 last year. nVidia goes from offering a new, AAA title like Assassin's Creed IV to this Daylight crap- a $10 game on Steam. Lame as hell. Reply
  • Hrel - Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - link

    lame Reply

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