AMD and MSI team up to equip gamers with a Combat Crate

The degree and duration of the recent graphics card price hikes has some folks in a frenzy. This writer has even heard others in his profession mutter doubts about the future of PC gaming as a result. Just as all hope seems to drain away, AMD and MSI swoop in with a deal for desperate gamers in dire straits: the AMD Combat Crate. You can pick up a Ryzen 5 1600 CPU, an MSI B350 Tomahawk motherboard, and an MSI Armor Radeon RX 580 8G OC graphics card for just $549, or about $75 off the total price for the individual components.

Given that the Radeon RX 580 graphics card by itself goes for about $350 these days, that's a great deal. Heck, even at suggested retail prices for the parts, that's a pretty good offer. The Ryzen 5 1600 is a six-core CPU that clocks up to 3.7 GHz. It should be a fair fit with the Radeon RX 580. Meanwhile, the B350 Tomahawk is an ATX motherboard that has everything a gamer needs. MSI says the board can even take DDR4 memory up to 3200 MT/s.

AMD notes that it has plans to offer Combat Crates with a Ryzen 7 1700 CPU as well, although pricing isn't finalized for that package. Folks in North America can order the Ryzen 5 Combat Crate right now on Amazon for the promised $549 with free shipping for Prime members.

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    • Anovoca
    • 1 year ago

    A very clever anti-miner marketing strategy. And just in case miners do buy these just to get to the video cards, MSI and AMD are still pushing more units of inventory in the process.

    • Chrispy_
    • 1 year ago

    With GPUs returning to more sensible prices again, the only problem component in a new build is also the one absent from this box.

    I thought AMD had their own-brand RAM?

    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    “ALL YOU NEED TO GAME??? HAH!!!”

    -DRAM guys

    • JalaleenRumi
    • 1 year ago

    For me, it would have been a great deal if it had an 8 GB Ram and 1 TB HDD and all for $650. (Note: HDD can be had for $35. It’s the RAM that’s the problem.)

    And if I hadn’t already ordered i5 8400 and other parts yesterday. It cost me around $800. (Excluding only the GPU)

    Note: The reason I said $650 while I paid $800 for Intel is because I think as per many reviews, 8400 is way better deal than the R5 1600.

      • BurntMyBacon
      • 1 year ago

      [quote=”JalaleenRumi”<]For me, it would have been a great deal if it had an 8 GB Ram and 1 TB HDD and all for $650. (Note: HDD can be had for $35. It's the RAM that's the problem.) And if I hadn't already ordered i5 8400 and other parts yesterday.[/quote<] Can't argue with money already spent. AMD was late to market and missed an opportunity. It doesn't matter how great the deal is if your potential customer no longer needs it. [quote="JalaleenRumi"<]It cost me around $800. (Excluding only the GPU)[/quote<] As to whether or not it is in fact a good deal, the exclusion of a video card in your setup is a pretty big exclusion right now and certainly skews the comparison you present. The RX580 included here is going for about $350 according to the article. If value is your primary concern, then that needs to be accounted for in the comparison. [quote="JalaleenRumi"<]Note: The reason I said $650 while I paid $800 for Intel is because I think as per many reviews, 8400 is way better deal than the R5 1600.[/quote<] Given the above statement, it would seem value is the primary motivator. I certainly wouldn't consider the integrated graphics of an i5-8400 of equal value to an RX 580. Given that you excluded it from the Intel system, I would assume you already have a viable discrete video card, or you don't require one. If you do need a viable discrete video card, then it is difficult to accept that the $800 i5-8400 system you built + a $350 RX580 = $1150 is of equal value to the $650 you specified as the desired price for a similarly equipped R5 1600 system. If you don't find value in the video card, then it would be pretty easy to sell in today's market and you'd have more than enough to pay for an HDD, RAM, and even lower end video card if you don't already have one for basic display capability. That could all be done for the $550 the combo currently sells at. While the value of the package is certainly less if you don't need the video card, given the ability to resell in today's market, it is still a viable option. There are plenty of good reason not to want to go with the combo here (even simple brand preference for any one of the included components). Unfortunately, I think I must be misunderstanding your statements as, given no further details, they don't seem to line up with your value implications.

    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    Nothing exciting about the CPU but I guess holding that big box in your hands will undoubtedly have some sort of cool factor. Wish they threw in maybe a 1500X instead. For gaming, wouldn’t 4 faster cores be better?

    • Fonbu
    • 1 year ago

    On a good note!
    Maybe a future possible combat crate with VEGA 56 would be fantastic!

      • Mr Bill
      • 1 year ago

      And a 2700X

    • RdVi
    • 1 year ago

    Unfortunately it doesn’t come bundled with fast cheap RAM at a decent price. I guess that’s one problem that isn’t so easy to fix.

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    When AMD starts putting in random parts for real-world loot crates then I’ll finally be impressed.

    Intel would really love to pull that stunt but they still don’t have their 740 “upgrade” GPU parts ready to ship!

      • Mr Bill
      • 1 year ago

      Gotta be careful about calling things “loot” box/crates The [url=https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/04/video-game-loot-boxes-are-now-considered-criminal-gambling-in-belgium/<]loot box paradigm[/url<] is getting a lot of bad press lately. I wonder if this will affect WOW raid chests.

      • Pwnstar
      • 1 year ago

      Did AMD kill your dog or something?

    • dpaus
    • 1 year ago

    First! time that ‘cleaning out all that old stock’ has been successfully branded as ‘a gift to gamers’ 😀

      • Redocbew
      • 1 year ago

      That’s hardly the first, or even the SECOND time a loot box has been used for that purpose.

        • psuedonymous
        • 1 year ago

        It’s not even AMD’s first turn at the bundle-box rodeo: remember when Vega launched, and your options were to buy one as a bundle with a monitor, pay out the nose for the card at the [i<]actual[/i<] retail price, or hope you grabbed one of the few hundred in the initial batch the sold at 'retail' launch price subsidised by AMD.

      • TheRazorsEdge
      • 1 year ago

      It’s about $50 less than buying those parts individually, so it’s a decent deal.

      It looks like you get free shipping even if you don’t have Prime (just not 2-day), so it’s probably better than you’ll get elsewhere.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 1 year ago

      Frankly I almost took that kind of cynical dismissive tone when writing about this. Upon thinking about it further these parts will make a pretty capable system at a pretty good price. It’s not as if first-gen Ryzen CPUs or Polaris GPUs are going to be obsolete anytime soon. This is a great way to get into PC gaming for a newcomer or for a kid.

      • Kretschmer
      • 1 year ago

      Anything that gets more GPUs into the hands of gamers is a good thing. While this bundle isn’t a great deal (due to insane GPU inflation), it will give players a good 1080P/1440P experience for less than they would have had to spend yesterday.

      But man, it’s crazy that a slightly tweaked 480 (which was released two years ago at $230) is going for $350. Is there any reason to buy a 580 8GB when the 1060 6GB can be had for $60 less?

        • Redocbew
        • 1 year ago

        There’s nothing to stop miners from buying these also. Not including a board with eleventy-one PCIe slots might be a slight deterrent, but that’s about it.

        • EndlessWaves
        • 1 year ago

        Yeah, the accompanying G-sync monitor is 100-200USD more.

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