AMD is updating their Never Settle bundles in a different fashion today, effectively doubling down on the bundles. In addition to the existing Never Settle: Space Edition, AMD will be providing complimentary copies of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth to qualifying purchases of their Radeon R9 295X2, R9 290X, and R9 290 GPUs starting today, November 6.

As we found in our Benchmarked article, AMD and Firaxis have worked together to make Mantle a big part of Civilization: Beyond Earth, improving frame rates and with CrossFire setups the Split Frame Rendering can noticeably improve minimum frame rates and reduce input latency. If you haven't already purchased Civilization: Beyond Earth and are already in the market for a new GPU – which may be the case considering the recent price cuts on the R9 290X and R9 290 – this further sweetens the deal.

AMD Never Settle Forever Tiers
Video Card Tier Number of Free Games Cur. Number of Games on Tier
R9 295X2
R9 290 Series
Gold+ 3 + Civ:BE 20 + 6
R9 280 Series
R9 270 Series
Gold 3 20 + 6
R7 260 Series Silver 2 19 + 6
R7 250 Series
R7 240 Series
Bronze 1 11 + 6

As we discussed previously, the Never Settle promotion now has three teirs of GPUs, Bronze, Silver, and Gold tiers. Qualifying purchases of Bronze tier cards net you one gaming choice – which you can redeem now or hold on to for later – while Silver gives you two choices and Gold gives you three choices. Again, keep in mind that the Civilization: Beyond Earth offer only applies to the top three AMD GPUs (R9 295X2, 290X, and 290).

The current promotion runs from September 2014 until January 31, 2015 – or until all codes are exhausted – and you need to select the game(s) you want during the campaign period. The current list of games is quite long, with the latest additions being Alien: Isolation and the Star Citizen Mustang Omega Variant Racer (along with access to the games first two modules). There are 32 games in total on the Gold list, including six "Indie Packs" that give you two games instead of one. You can view the full list at the AMD4U site; make sure you also purchase a GPU from a qualifying vendor.

Source: AMD

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  • Pork@III - Thursday, November 6, 2014 - link

    Your vote for AMD new settle is positive: excellent.
  • Colin1497 - Thursday, November 6, 2014 - link

    Wow, this seriously might have pushed me up from shopping for a 285 to a 290 except I preordered...
  • quitesufficient - Thursday, November 6, 2014 - link

    Why push this title of all games? I don't see why it would matter if you get 20 fps in Beyond Earth.
  • JarredWalton - Thursday, November 6, 2014 - link

    Sometimes it's not about frame rates but popularity, and by scoring a developer tie-in with Civilization: Beyond Earth AMD has a pretty big win. The whole Mantle thing and reduced latency is great as a proof of viability as well; now we just need to see other developers take that approach on games where it would actually matter -- FPS and action games, basically. But regardless, getting a free copy of Civ:BE with an R9 290/290X (is anyone seriously considering the R9 295X2!?) is a nice deal, assuming you don't already have the hardware and/or game.
  • TheLogicBringer - Thursday, November 6, 2014 - link

    Because it uses Mantle and a few other AMD goodies..
  • sireangelus - Thursday, November 6, 2014 - link

    i just bought an 280x and i feel scammed. I thought that just the simple act of buying an r9 would give you the right to download the games of the never settle bundle. I bought ati/amd for 10 years straight.. i'm considering selling it now for an 970gtx.
  • boot318 - Friday, November 7, 2014 - link

    The Never Settle bundle has been offered for months. Only Civilization: Beyond Earth was just offered for their 3 top cards (R9 295X2, R9 290X and R9 290). Where did you purchase it from? Only certain retailers carry the bundle. Blame yourself for not researching properly.

    Google "never settle space edition bundle", click on the first link, then scroll down to see the official e-tailers that carry the bundle.
  • sireangelus - Friday, November 7, 2014 - link

    i'm italian, is not that easy- and i'd say screw "only certain retailers". I want to be able to go to my trusted shop owner or since i'm an it consultat to go to the wholesale and buy it for myself. The way i see it, i got scammed out of at least 30-40€
  • heffeque - Sunday, November 9, 2014 - link

    sireangelus... Other people live in Europe too and know how to do this stuff. It's no scam if you have the information available. You were just not smart enough. Tough luck.
  • sireangelus - Sunday, November 9, 2014 - link

    yes it's a scam, cause it says it only at the end and in little text or using * . I bet you don't have to do this kind of thing with nvidia.

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