Intel put together an incentive package to persuade people to buy pre-built PCs with an Arc Alchemist graphics card and Alder Lake CPU, consisting of various more serious games and software.
The all-Intel machines come with $190 (about £165, AU$280) worth of PC games (and in-game content in one case), plus a choice of three of five featured apps that, if you select the More expensive products add up to $284 (about £250, AU$420). All of this is happening by Intel working with the average retail price.
This offer or ‘Intel Software Advantage Program (opens in new tab)‘ was discovered by @momomo_us on Twitter (via VideoCardz (opens in new tab)), and refers to specific PCs with Arc A5 or A7 graphics cards along with Alder Lake Core i5, i7 or i9 processors (both desktops and laptops are included).
Intel Software AdvantageIntel Arc 5/7 Systems Bundle program pic.twitter.com/I0BiYXtwL5September 6, 2022
The game pack consists of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed, Gotham Knights and in-game content for Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt.
On the software front, you can select three of the following five: PowerDirector 365, D5 Render, Magix Video Pro X14, Topaz Gigapixel AI or XSplit Premium Suite.
As mentioned, with the more expensive apps in the latter group chosen, you’re looking at a bundle worth $474 (about £410, AU$705), or with the cheapest software selected, $380 (about £330 , AU$565). All these products are delivered as digital downloads.
The offer is live now, or rather when the A5 and A7 graphics cards come out – we expect the high-end A7 models, namely the A770 and A750, to arrive very soon, Intel recently informed us. Of course, the games haven’t been released yet, with the three titles on offer not coming out until next month.
The promotion itself lasts until the end of 2022, when you must claim your code to get your download.
Analysis: Delivered, now…
Whatever software choices you make here, this is a pretty hefty offer, with some nifty freebies available. And as you might expect, the games are chosen for their capabilities with Arc GPUs, with support for XeSS enabling frame rate acceleration via Intel’s rival DLSS – and we already know that Team Blue has implemented ray tracing for Gotham Knights. (Intel has also been fueling the hype around XeSS recently, and it looks pretty impressive at first.)
Clearly, Intel is serious about making its Arc Alchemist graphics cards more appealing, as they won’t even be able to remotely compete with the top dogs from AMD and Nvidia – and that’s before the next-gen GPUs from Team Red and Green arrive. that won’t be long now.
Intel has indicated that while the Arc’s performance may be boosted somewhat by the drivers as time goes on, it will not be to a large extent and therefore the main route the chip giant will take to compete with established rivals in the gaming world. graphics cards do it in price. And evidently some of that, in addition to dropping the MSRPs, will be value packs like this – although we have to remember that this isn’t a pure GPU pack, but one that comes with an entire PC (an entirely more expensive proposition, of course). .
The problem with the bundle scene is that, right now, AMD and Nvidia are offering some pretty attractive bundles with standalone graphics cards, so Intel has its work cut out to compete. (For example, Nvidia’s recent ‘Face Your Demons’ pack brings Doom Eternal – two more expansions for the shooter – and Ghostwire: Tokyo).
In some ways, the problem for Intel on the value front is that it is entering an environment where Nvidia, in particular, needs to change current-gen RTX 3000 GPUs before the next-gen launches, and it is expected that the price-cutting action goes up a gear. just this month, actually. Still, whatever the case, we’re not going to argue with big freebies or big price drops, regardless of where they’re coming from – the more the better, simply put.