AMD offering 3 Months of Xbox Game Pass for PC with Ryzen CPUs, Radeon GPUs

At E3 2019, AMD announced that they would be offering 3 Months of Xbox Game Pass with the Ryzen 3000 series of CPUs and with the Navi RX 5700 GPUs. This offer is now live and features more than just those products.

The 3 months game pass is now being offered to those who buy any of the 15 of AMD’s products that are currently being sold. These range from the current 2nd Gen Ryzen CPUs to the Rx 500 and up series. The listed Products are as follow:

Radeon

Ryzen

The Game Pass can be redeemed at any time so if you don’t want to use it right after you buy the product and want to wait until The Master Chief Collection starts rolling out or till Gears 5, you can do that.

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Radeon VII may cost a lot more than you think

When Radeon VII was launched internationally, the one thing that caught the eye of Indian gamers was its pricing.

The $699 GPU has been claimed by several Indian tech sites to cost 55k (or 54,990 to be precise) in Indian currency. This is a very attractive price given how poorly the pricing has been managed for India, especially for computer components.
The card costs $ 699 in the US, when converted to Indian Rupees, it roughly rounds up to Rs. 49500. So, if you can grab one in India for 55k, the markup of Rs 5,500 seems quite decent.

No participating retailer in India for Radeon VII as per of now. Source- AMD India

However, all computer components imported to India are heavily taxed, resulting in insanely high markups.
If we look at the RTX 2080 FE, which costs $799 in the US is priced at Rs.69,900 in India. There is a difference of roughly $ 188 in this case. Also, considering the fact that no retailer (including AMD’s official site) has listed Radeon VII pricing. The 55k pricing seems quite shady.

Nvidia India’s Pricing for Geforce RTX Series Cards in India

What could be a possibility is that the circulated pricing is GST exclusive. If we do the math and add 18 % GST, the price rises to approximately 65k. Is this true? We don’t know for sure.
However, don’t be surprised if you see 65k instead of 55k when you try to check out.

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UEFI Support Absent in AMD’s Radeon VII

Well, there is a ‘kinda’ bad news for AMD Radeon VII buyers. UEFI support is absent in Radeon VII. Virtually all motherboards have adopted or switched to UEFI, replacing the traditional BIOS.

However in case, your hardware doesn’t support UEFI, your computer will still work. Thanks to Compatibility Support Module (CSM) that helps form a bridge. See TechPowerUp specs here.

CSM happens to be enabled on motherboards by default, however, if it’s disabled, you are into a problem. Without CSM or GOP (Graphics Output Protocol) your $699 GPU cannot display anything in the pre-boot process.

Source – TechPowerUp

However, AMD has been working quietly on resolving this. AS Rock just rolled out updated BIOS with GOP support. Therefore, users can fix the problem by updating the BIOS.
However, updating BIOS is not a fail-proof method and you could end up bricking your beloved hardware, rendering it useless.

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New AMD GPUs, RX 680 & RX 670, Might Be Coming Sooner Than We Thought

AMD might be gearing up to announce and launch the new Polaris Refresh cards this coming week. The new RX 670 and RX 680 is rumoured to be the cards that will be announced.

In a market that is being dominated by Nvidia and with the release of the RTX 2080 Ti, Nvidia has a good hold of the high-end market as well as the midrange with the GTX 1060 that has a 3GB and 6GB variants both with a really good price to performance ratios. If AMD were to get back into the GPU game, their best bet would be the with a refresh card that targets the budget market and that’s what they seem to be doing with the new Polaris refresh cards.

The RX 670 is rumoured to launch after it’s announcement sometime this week and the RX 680 will release sometime in November. These rumours come thanks to Chinese tech site PConline where AMD card partners told the publication that they are currently preparing a 2048 stream processor GPU that is equivalent to the RX 570 which is to be launched anywhere between October 12-15th.  The other stream processor GPU they are working on is a 2304 part which is equivalent to the RX 580 which is to launch in November.

While the launch dates for the RX 670 has passed, we can assume that either it’s a false rumour or that they are currently in the final stages of releasing the card. These rumoured Polaris refresh cards will probably be produced on the 12nm process node like the Ryzen Refresh CPUs. This means that we can see a bump in performance due to increased clock speeds with maybe even better overclocking due to the “better ability to manipulating frequency voltage curve” as quoted by James Prior, senior product manager at AMD, regarding Ryzen’s switch to 12nm.

We can only wait and see what AMD have up their sleeve because if this rumour is true, it’s a pretty well-kept secret in a year that has been full of leaks. Only time will tell how AMD plans to take on Nvidia in the GPU market but until then, it’s all about the wait.

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