Thursday, March 30, 2017

“PREPARE FOR BATTLE” bundle now includes GeForce GTX 1060: Free games for midrange Pascal

NVIDIA has some good for performance-mainstream gamers. According to its website, the company’s “Prepare for Battle” gaming bundle now includes the GeForce GTX 1060 graphics cards. What it means is that if you buy a GTX 1060, you also get to download a free copy of “For Honor” or “Ghost Recon: Wildlands” by using the promotional code. Prior to this, the “Prepare for Battle” bundle was exclusive to the GTX1080ti, GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 – the upper-tier Pascal based GPUs. So, it’s good to see the free goodness trickling down to the midrange of things. The offer is also available on laptops and pre-built systems equipped with aforementioned parts.

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The GTX 1060 is arguably the best performer among the current breed of mainstream graphics cards. In Indian market, the full-fledged 6GB version goes for INR.24000, while the 3GB ones could be found around INR.18000. Since NVIDIA website doesn’t mention anything about a specific version, we are assuming that the offer is good for both. GTX 1060’s main competition comes in form of AMD Radeon RX 480, which after a long spree of price gouging seems to have settled around 22K-23K mark. If you’re on the fence on the question of your next graphics upgrade, the free games might just tip the scale in favor of the green camp – or at lest that’s what NVIDIA is hoping! This, however, leaves the value oriented Pascal cards like the GTX 1050/GTX 1050-Ti to be the only ones without any value (excuse the pun) addition. It will be great to see the budget segment getting some attentions too.

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The games on offer are among recently launched tittles, both from Ubisoft’s stable. For Honor is hack n slash action game; set within a beautifully crafted fantasy-medieval world that provides plenty of eye-candy. Ghost Recon: Wildlands, on the other hand, is the latest installment of famed Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon games. It’s a tactical shooter with a vast and dynamic “open world” design – a new addition for this franchise. If you think it’s going to be tough decision between the two, you may be right – but hey, these are FREE!

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