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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: a major graphics card manufacturer announces a new product line, but few are able to buy one at launch or for weeks thereafter. It seems that NVIDIA may not be the only one with a dismal supply issue, as Wccftech is reporting that AMD could experience something similar.

ASUS Nordic rep David Hammer suggests there could be low stock on launch day. In now-deleted posts, he said he expects the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT to sell out within minutes. Considering what many of us have seen, it could be more accurate to say seconds.

It will be quite limited I think, that it will sell out quickly. More RX 6800, fewer 6800 XT … as with basically all graphics cards now, we expect that everything will be gone within a few minutes so you need to hang on to the lock.

He also confirmed the launch dates for the Radeon RX 6000 Series but noted that Radeon RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 partner cards are expected a week after AMD’s initial release.

Then it is 1-2 weeks later until we start delivering our Partners cards, too early to say what the supply looks like there, but the demand will probably continue to be great.

RX 6800 XT and RX 6800: 18th November for Reference cards and one week later for Partner cards.

RX 6900 XT: 8th December

Bots vs. Humans

It is not unusual for new products to have limited quantities at launch. The biggest difference this year has been the increased usage of bots, which buy everything up quickly. This scalping practice has become a plague recently for new CPUs, too. AMD is attempting to work with partners to limit this from happening, but it’s questionable how much can be done.

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44 Comments

  1. Smartphones are a lot more complex to assemble, BOM, etc. compared to dedicated gpus but smartphone manufactures MANAGED to produce hundreds-of-millions of phones in 2020 even through the worse pandemic in our lifetime.

    GPU / CPU vendors are a total opposite?

    Why don’t gpu / cpu vendors offer preorders?

    It seems like crooked / deceitful “regulation” is at play here!

  2. [QUOTE=”GunShot, post: 23046, member: 1790″]
    Why don’t gpu / cpu vendors offer preorders?
    [/QUOTE]

    Preorders can be cancelled (if for example benchmarks are dissapoining like the 2000 series) and also don’t magically create more inventory.

    1. Yeah, that makes enough sense like believing in pink elephants.

      If a preorder(s) is cancelled at a major product launch, I’m sure that preorder(s) will be shifted to be sold from that companies other avenue streams. 😒

  3. Sometime around April 2021, we should be able to go online and just buy the latest CPU’s and GPU’s. Maybe.

    Meanwhile, game on 🙂

  4. I’m hoping one of the AIBs will copy EVGA’s queue system. At this point, my plan is to just try to grab whatever (which was also my 3000 plan – which didn’t work), but if I could queue up a Sapphire Nitro+ 6800 XT, I’d be all over that.

  5. [QUOTE=”SeymourGore, post: 23056, member: 158″]
    I’m hoping one of the AIBs will copy EVGA’s queue system. At this point, my plan is to just try to grab whatever (which was also my 3000 plan – which didn’t work), but if I could queue up a Sapphire Nitro+ 6800 XT, I’d be all over that.
    [/QUOTE]
    I have a long way to go, EVGA hasnt even launched their hybrids yet and that’s where my interest is. 3080 or 90 would do..

  6. Is anything new not hard to find these days? I mean there for a while you couldn’t even get toilet paper, eggs, or baby wipes.

    1. Because those products were still in a DC and in the back of many trailers with orders to not deliver due to most of the hoarding and to inflate prices.

  7. [QUOTE=”GunShot, post: 23046, member: 1790″]
    Smartphones are a lot more complex to assemble, BOM, etc. compared to dedicated gpus but smartphone manufactures MANAGED to produce hundreds-of-millions of phones in 2020 even through the worse pandemic in our lifetime.

    GPU / CPU vendors are a total opposite?

    Why don’t gpu / cpu vendors offer preorders?

    It seems like crooked / deceitful “regulation” is at play here!
    [/QUOTE]
    Assembly is not the hard part. Manufacturing the processors is. Most phones use the same SoC on a process that has not changed in years. A phone’s SoC is also a 73 mm² part, meaning you can get much more out of a single silicon wafer than you can making an 800 mm² GPU.

  8. [URL unfurl=”true”]https://www.techradar.com/news/amd-radeon-rx-6800-may-be-50-faster-than-geforce-rtx-3090-for-cryptomining[/URL]

  9. Here’s hoping that the release of the consoles will drain the market of available cash for video cards? Maybe… please?

  10. Consoles are being scalped too. I guess this is the new thing. I realize is not new new but it is reaching new levels. Well, we can train our brains to know first its a scalper’s launch then the normal launch is some 2 months or so later.

  11. [QUOTE=”Uvilla, post: 23243, member: 397″]
    Consoles are being scalped too. I guess this is the new thing. I realize is not new new but it is reaching new levels. Well, we can train our brains to know first its a scalper’s launch then the normal launch is some 2 months or so later.
    [/QUOTE]
    Definitely not new, but I think the ridiculous COVID-19 restrictions have just amped it up to another level this time around. I definitely do not remember scalping being such a huge issue in even recent releases over the past few years. People are even being paid to wait in line at physical stores to grab stock for scalping operations.

  12. This is nothing new. It’s been happening for decades. Whatever the “hot new thing” is always gets bought up and scalped.

  13. [QUOTE=”Riccochet, post: 23271, member: 4″]
    This is nothing new. It’s been happening for decades. Whatever the “hot new thing” is always gets bought up and scalped.
    [/QUOTE]

    To be fair I remember this with cabbage patch dolls and tickle me elmo’s making the news before.

  14. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 23275, member: 215″]
    To be fair I remember this with cabbage patch dolls and tickle me elmo’s making the news before.
    [/QUOTE]

    EXACTLY! And the Furby, and many other toys/items.

  15. Yeah ok, but was those purchased for the main reason to then sell it at ripoff levels, or just to own?.
    Though I’m sure it happened, I don’t think the main reason for the rush was to then rip people off but was simply to own.
    Thats a key difference.
    Funny the only reason I knew the xbox was launched was because offerup was flooded with xboxes at very high prices. I mean absurd.

  16. Perhaps companies should start their offerings at double or triple the intended price and drop down quickly as availability increases.
    You know first edition pricing!!! Xbox x only 1299. Then by January 499. Yeah try and scalp @1299. Good luck.

  17. I think those xbox resellers are going to get bit in the ass. My son was able to walk in and buy one no issue.

  18. [QUOTE=”Dogsofjune, post: 23413, member: 168″]
    The thread title makes my blood pressure go up every day I see it….
    [/QUOTE]
    No worries no worries, it will all be in offerup within hours.. if not before!.
    Thinking about it, and seeing the flood of overpriced xboxes and ps5s … Is there REAL demand?. I wonder how much this obscures the issue.

  19. Well it has more to do with I want it, but can’t have it.

    Upgrade itch always hits hard this time of year. 😉

  20. [QUOTE=”Dogsofjune, post: 23413, member: 168″]
    The thread title makes my blood pressure go up every day I see it….
    [/QUOTE]
    Stop being so salty 😎

  21. [QUOTE=”Dogsofjune, post: 23419, member: 168″]
    Ahhhh….. I see what you did there, heh
    [/QUOTE]
    I laughed and dated myself instantly

  22. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 23422, member: 215″]
    I plan on getting to my local microcenter (I’m lucky) at about 5am on the 18th. Crossed fingers here.
    [/QUOTE]
    Good luck man, crazy times

  23. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 23422, member: 215″]
    I plan on getting to my local microcenter (I’m lucky) at about 5am on the 18th. Crossed fingers here.
    [/QUOTE]
    I’ll have to travel about 40 Miles to my local Microcenter… Knowing my luck I’m gonna be spending over 90 minutes on the TSP for naught.. Only consolation will be the delicious Bacon, Egg and Cheese on a Hard-roll and delectable Coffee.. 😉

  24. [QUOTE=”Dogsofjune, post: 23491, member: 168″]
    Your MC has breakfast?
    [/QUOTE]
    LOL.. No, but Rocky’s Deli has the best breakfast sammiches in the world.. 🙂

  25. I’ve had a lucid moment and decided to hold off. Do some early christmas shopping instead and think video cards after.

  26. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 23499, member: 215″]
    I’ve had a lucid moment and decided to hold off. Do some early christmas shopping instead and think video cards after.
    [/QUOTE]
    The best part of all this waiting is that it certainly has curbed my impulse shopping.

    Well not 100% but at least for PC parts..

    [IMG]https://i.ibb.co/m9F59d6/20201114-171923.jpg[/IMG]

  27. [QUOTE=”Auer, post: 23503, member: 225″]
    The best part of all this waiting is that it certainly has curbed my impulse shopping.

    Well not 100% but at least for PC parts..

    [IMG]https://i.ibb.co/m9F59d6/20201114-171923.jpg[/IMG]
    [/QUOTE]

    Taking a pic of a camera is very meta

  28. [QUOTE=”Auer, post: 23503, member: 225″]
    The best part of all this waiting is that it certainly has curbed my impulse shopping.

    Well not 100% but at least for PC parts..

    [IMG]https://i.ibb.co/m9F59d6/20201114-171923.jpg[/IMG]
    [/QUOTE]
    Are there any places left that will develop film?

  29. [QUOTE=”Armenius, post: 23553, member: 180″]
    Are there any places left that will develop film?
    [/QUOTE]
    Probably if you go to CVS or Walgreens they might. I know there is a Walgreen’s near me that still has a photo processing center.

  30. [QUOTE=”Armenius, post: 23553, member: 180″]
    Are there any places left that will develop film?
    [/QUOTE]
    My place.

  31. Interesting. Looking around there actually are quite a few big chains that still develop film. I seem to recall a while back that there was a bit of an internet outrage about one chain or another announcing that they would no longer do it. It may have been Walgreen’s.

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