AMD on Wednesday announced its Combat Crate bundles, an initiative aimed to deliver a complete set of barebones PC hardware straight to the hands of gamers. The bundles will initially be available in North America and will enable DIY enthusiasts to get essential gaming PC components at a predictable price.

AMD’s Combat Crates include the company’s six-core Ryzen 5 1600 or eight-core Ryzen 7 1700 processor, an MSI B350 Tomahawk motherboard, as well as MSI’s Gaming Radeon RX 580 Armor graphics card with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory. The more affordable bundle featuring the six-core CPU will retail for $549, whereas the Combat Crate with the eight-core Ryzen will be more expensive.

Meanwhile, if you take a closer look at pricing of the Ryzen 5 1600-based Combat Crate bundle, it will become evident that the bundles were assembled not to provide significant discounts, but rather to offer stable pricing on select components. If the value of the CPU and the motherboard are deducted from the said Combat Crate bundle, the Radeon RX 580 with 8 GB of memory will be priced at $288, which is $39 lower than its retail price was at press time, yet $59 higher than its MSRP.

AMD Combat Crate Bundles
  Component MSRP Price When Sold Separately Bundle Price
AMD Combat Crate Ryzen 5 1600 AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $189 $176 $549
MSI B350 Tomahawk unknown $85
MSI Gaming RX 580 8 GB $229 $327
Total when sold separately - $588 -
AMD Combat Crate Ryzen 7 1700 AMD Ryzen 7 1700 $299 $260 unknown
MSI B350 Tomahawk unknown $85
MSI Gaming RX 580 8 GB $229 $327
Total when sold separately - $678 -
Amazon Ryzen 5 1600 Bundle AMD Ryzen 5 1600 $189 $176 $263
MSI B350 Tomahawk unknown $85
Total when sold separately - $261 -

It is not a secret that getting a video card at its MSRP is challenging these days because of demand from miners. In the recent couple of quarters, we saw some retailers refusing to sell more than one graphics adapter to one household in a bid to exclude miners from their customers, but demand for video cards is still exceeding supply. There are multiple reasons for that: particularly that GDDR5 and HBM2 memory remain in short supply, limiting the total number of video cards that can be produced. Meanwhile parties who need hundreds or thousands of graphics adapters can buy them from distributors or directly from manufacturers.

By launching its Combat Crates, AMD is killing three birds with one stone: it sells off its remaining supply of first-generation Ryzen processors, it helps its partner MSI to sell its B350-based motherboards, and it enables gamers to get a graphics card at a price that is not going to skyrocket overnight because of an increased demand. Normally, bundling one-year old CPUs with two-year old GPUs would make sense for retailers and distributors (AMD’s Polaris 10 GPU was launched in June 2016, whereas the first-gen Ryzen was released in March 2017), but at this time AMD decided to do the bundling itself.

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  • privater - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - link

  • JoeyJoJo123 - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - link

    Now they just need to randomize the CPU, GPU, and MoBo and people would totally be buying into IRL lootboxes /s.

    That being said, I suppose I'm not totally opposed to hardware bundles like this. It does limit your choices on mobo vendor/quality or GPU vendor/cooler, though, but for the lower budget PCs these are meant for, I guess this works out fine enough.
  • Drumsticks - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - link

    I like this as a solution to both move old stock, and offer PC Gamers a way to get all the components they need for a decent price. Hopefully once the 1st gen Ryzen stock is depleted, they can do the same thing for 2nd gen.
  • Alexvrb - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - link

    It would be nice if they had more Combat Crate options (covering more last-gen CPUs and a couple more Radeons), but I agree the concept is great.
  • HStewart - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - link

    I believe this is being done to against the people buying up AMD GPU's for Crypto-Minding. Or maybe they want to cash in and include CPU purchases for Cypto's.
  • Lord of the Bored - Thursday, April 26, 2018 - link

    Your perception is astounding. OF COURSE this is a blow against buttcoins. Pretty much every business move involving a video card for the last year has been an attempt to get video cards into the hands of people that will use them for anything other than ecoterrorism and ponzi schemes.
  • Death666Angel - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - link

    Retailers often have such bundles for fractionally lower prices compared to buying everything single. Seems fine. A bit weird that they still use a full ATX mainboard, I would have preferred mATX as the standard. Who really uses all those extra slots. Not many people in the range these are aimed would be my guess.
  • schizoide - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - link

    To be brief, I find it disgusting that AMD is itself selling GPUs over MSRP.
  • BloodyBunnySlippers - Thursday, April 26, 2018 - link

    To be brief, I don't believe that AMD or Nvidia should be blamed for being able to sell all of their products as fast as they can make them for a higher price.
  • Lolimaster - Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - link

    They should expand the bundles:

    Ryzen 5 2600
    Asus X370 Pro
    RX580/570 4GB

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