Why is it important: Users looking for an excuse to upgrade their AMD processors who don’t want to give up their socket AM4 motherboards just got a good incentive. Most Ryzen 5000 processors – now cheaper than ever and great for gaming – now come with a free game.
For a limited time, AMD will give away free Steam keys for the upcoming Uncharted: Legacy of Thieve’s Collection featuring nine Ryzen 5000-series processors. The former PlayStation exclusive will go on sale on Steam and the Epic Games Store on October 19 for $49.99.
Almost every Zen 3 processor is eligible, from the Ryzen 5 4500 to the Ryzen 9 5950X. Buyers should be aware that the deal does not include the Ryzen 5 5600G or Ryzen 7 5700G. Ryzen 5000 processors are a lot cheaper now than they were at launch. Their relatively low prices and good gaming performance make the stock a great deal.
According to Sony’s system requirements, participating processors should have no problem running Uncharted, depending on the user’s graphics card. The 5800X3D ($400) received overwhelmingly positive reviews, thanks in large part to its huge L3 cache.
Customers do not automatically receive a game code when purchasing a processor from one of the participating retailers, which include Amazon, Micro Center, iBuypower and others. They must first install the processor, register on the AMD Rewards website and download the AMD Product Verification Tool to verify your processor model. From there, customers must follow the remaining instructions to get their Steam keys.
The package does not apply to the recently released AMD Ryzen 7000 series processors, which likely indicates that its purpose is to clear stock of Ryzen 5000. While AMD’s latest processors show performance gains over their predecessors, their barrier to entry is significantly higher.
Not only are 7000-series processors more expensive than 5000-series processors, but getting one of these probably means buying or building a new PC. The Ryzen 7000 requires AMD’s new AM5 socket, and AM5 motherboards aren’t cheap. In addition, they must have new but expensive DDR5 RAM.
Installing a Ryzen 7000 might be a smart choice for those with the money and the desire to navigate the future. However, users of AM4 motherboards with DDR4 RAM will find the Ryzen 5000 a much more affordable upgrade that will likely handle high-end gaming well in the coming years.