AMD launches the 'Combat Crate' bundle for CPU/GPU/chipset discount
After releasing the second generation Ryzen processors and the new low-power Ryzen APUs, the next move from AMD comes in the form of packaging its first generation Ryzen CPUs with a compatible motherboard and a GPU in a bundle called ‘Combat Crate’, which saves you almost US$40. These combat crates, targeted towards gamers, serve as a foundation for new builds by providing the essentials in a single package.
So far, it appears that there are two different variants of combat crates, as reported by Videocardz. Both of the options have an MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR OC 8GB graphics card and an MSI B350 Tomahawk AM4 motherboard. They only differ regarding the CPU packaged with each bundle. One bundle has an AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU, and the other one has an AMD Ryzen 5 1600 processor.
The one with Ryzen 5 1600 CPU is already available on Amazon for US$549. Individually, the Ryzen 5 1600 CPU costs around US$175, while the MSI B350 Tomahawk AM4 motherboard retails at US$85 and the MSI Radeon RX 580 ARMOR OC 8GB sells for US$327 on Amazon right now. Adding all these figures makes a total of US$587, and that means AMD’s combat crate is worth considering as you’ll be saving roughly US$40.
The inclusion of an MSI motherboard and an MSI variant of the Radeon RX 580 suggests that AMD has partnered with MSI for releasing the Combat Crates. It appears that the motive behind these bundles is to make GPUs land directly in the hands of gamers instead of cryptocurrency miners. These bundles, however, would have been far more attractive if they included the more powerful RX Vega GPUs.
Another way these bundles can benefit AMD is by getting rid of previous generation stock and freeing space for new processors. It is yet to be seen, however, whether motherboards and GPUs from manufacturers other than MSI will also be coupled and released with AMD’s combat crates.