In short: Starfield is almost here, and that means the hype surrounding Bethesda’s highly anticipated space RPG is reaching boiling point. But make sure you don’t fall for possible scams: an AMD exec has warned that Starfield-themed graphics cards are being offered as prizes in bogus contests.
The warning comes from AMD’s GTM manager for ISV, Bill Murphy, who used Twitter/X (discovered by Tom’s hardware) to highlight what appears to be an Indie Kings contest where contestants can win a Starfield-themed Radeon 7900 XTX graphics card to celebrate the game’s upcoming release.
The chance to win AMD’s powerful $1,000 MSRP card in the Starfield design is likely to attract a lot of people. However, Murphy warns that this could be a fake giveaway for the Starfield custom GPU – which is real but not for sale – as Indie Kings is not believed to be a partner of AMD or Bethesda.
Hi folks, be wary of fake custom giveaways #Starfield GPU. Just as a note, we don’t believe it’s an AMD or Bethesda partner at this time. Please be careful.
— Bill Murphy @ AMD (@TheBillMurphy) August 28, 2023
Bethesda announced at QuakeCon that it has 500 Ryzen 7800X3D CPU and Radeon 7900
Due to the limited number of these cards and CPUs, they are extremely valuable to collectors. One person is already reselling the GPU/CPU package eBay, where the current top bid is a monstrous $3,500. The seller says all proceeds from the sale will benefit the support of Mental Drive Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to promoting inclusivity, diversity and awareness of mental health.
The Ryzen 7800X3D has an MSRP of $449, although both it and the Radeon 7900 XTX can be found for less than their suggested retail prices these days. That means the current total eBay bundle price is more than double what you would normally pay for the CPU/GPU combo.
The only difference between the CPU and the regular version is the packaging, but the card comes in white with chic rainbow accents and matching PCIe power cables.
There has been some controversy surrounding Starfield recently, as leaked footage and screenshots revealed that the game isn’t quite as open and explorable as Bethesda suggested.