French hardware site Cowcotland published a story on Wednesday claiming that AMD had already killed off its reference Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT cards. It implied that upcoming aftermarket cards had made their blower design obsolete, but the report has now been debunked.
AMD told PC World that there was no truth to the story; the reference design will still be available for companies that want it. The reason for the change in supply was to reduce competition with partners.
“We expect there will continue to be strong supply of Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards in the market, with multiple designs starting to arrive from our AIB partners,” AMD officials said. “As is standard practice, once the inventory of the AMD reference cards has been sold, AMD will continue to support new partner designs with Radeon RX 5700 series reference design kit.”