All AMD R9 290 GPUs now come with four free PC games.
By most accounts, Civilization: Beyond Earth is a pretty solid game. Fearless Leader Greg Tito liked it, despite some flaws, and fans of the Civilization franchise will feel right at home...in spaaaaaace..
Starting right meow, anyone who purchases an AMD R9 290 GPU -- that's including the 290, 290X, and 295x2 -- gets Civilization: Beyond Earth for free, and that's on top of the Gold Reward that comes with top-tier AMD cards to begin with.
The Gold Reward that's attached to all R9 Series graphics cards lets buyers choose three PC games from a rather lengthy list, including like Alien: Isolation, Payday 2, Tomb Raider, and Company of Heroes 2 (there's a full list here).
Also announced today for pre-order was the 8 GB version of AMD's R9 290X. Along with the same GPU specs that have been shipping in the 290X since its launch last October, the new flavor has 8 GB of GDDR5 memory on-board, and a 512-bit memory bus. Sapphire has been shipping 8 GB 290X variants for a few months, sure, but AMD is now giving all of its partners the green light on ramping up memory capacity.
While many a PC player won't need 8 GB of video memory anytime soon, the 4K gaming crowd will undoubtedly scoop this new card up.
Source: AMD PR