AMD Bundles Together Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and AMD FX CPUsby Daniel Williams on August 24, 2016 8:00 AM EST
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Buying new hardware is almost always exciting, and purchases are even sweeter when they come with included gifts. In spirit of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided receiving DX12 support in the coming weeks AMD is bundling the game with select AMD FX CPU’s through participating retailers.
The Deus Ex series has been well revered since its inception. The breadth of player choice, storytelling, and player customization was a big step in gaming, and the original Deus Ex is still regarded by many as the best PC game ever made. With varying degrees of success, the series has continued to find success in the same formula started back in 2000.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided follows the aftermath of Deus Ex: Human Revolution and continues the social commentary on human augmentation. Following the golden era of human augmentation augmented humans are being deemed outcasts and separated from the rest of society. From this backdrop the player continues as Adam Jensen, now an experienced covert agent, with the intent to unravel the building conspiracy against mankind.
Starting this week, AMD is providing bundles with participating vendors on select 6- and 8- core FX processors. The purpose behind this bundle - besides clearing out FX inventory, I suspect - is to further promote DirectX 12, albeit in a roundabout fashion. In the coming weeks Mankind Divided will be receiving a patch that will enable DX12 support. With DX12 the game will have better multi-threading support for large core count CPUs. Given the relatively weak single-threaded performance of AMD's CPUs, this should help these CPUs close the performance gap.
Anyhow, you’ll want to check with your retailer before purchase, but Newegg and the rest of the usual suspects should be participating. While looking around on Newegg I noticed that not all FX CPUs are listed as participating, so vigilance is advised before purchase even at participating retailers. The promotion will run from August 23, 2016 to November 14, 2016 or until game codes run out, whichever comes first.
Those wishing to read more on Deus Ex: Mankind provided, find a vendor, or redeem their code can do so at the AMD Deus Ex: Mankind provided promotion page.
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nathanddrews - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - linkDoes this mean that HEDT Bristol Ridge and AM4 are arriving November 15?
TheinsanegamerN - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - linkBristol ridge is their APU line, not their HDET line. Zen is HDET.
nathanddrews - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - linkAMD's HEDT is whatever their fastest/best chip is. Until Zen is released, BR is it.
close - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - linkWhat are the BR desktop model numbers?
close - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - linkI'm asking because it doesn't look like any of the two is available which would make your argument about which CPU is their HEDT flagship just a tad hypothetical.
nathanddrews - Thursday, August 25, 2016 - linkOf course it's hypothetical, we don't know the launch dates of BR or Zen, nor do we have a complete list of SKUs or prices. I believe the best BR chip revealed so far is the 4.2GHz A12-9800 w/12 GPU cores. It likely won't compete with Intel's best SKUs, but it should be faster than the rest of AMD's stable when it arrives, making it the closest thing to HEDT AMD will have until Zen. Let me ask you this - is there a specific compute metric a CPU needs in order to be considered "HEDT" or does it simply come down to being ridiculously expensive?
close - Friday, August 26, 2016 - linkNo, what I meant is it's a bit pointless to call one CPU "the HEDT CPU" just because its hypothetical launch date is 2 months ahead of another more powerful CPU's hypothetical launch date. Meaning BR will probably hit the market before Zen but everybody will hold their breath until Zen is out because that actually promises some improvements.
So imagine this: if the next generation of Intel CPUs launches with the i5 with i7s coming soon after you'd still consider the i7 as HEDT, right?
Oxford Guy - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - linkBristol may be slower than highly clocked Piledriver.
ddriver - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - linkIt doesn't mean anything, all that's mentioned is '6-8 core fx cpus', although if they aim to ship zen this year and just in time for black friday, that would be just about the right time and just about time.
silverblue - Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - linkIt's rather unlikely that AMD would release Zen that close to Christmas. I'm going for January.