AMD’s online GPU shop has been haunted by OOS notices for what seems like an eternity, but the company should have more Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards available in the coming months through its website. That, at least, is what the company has told The Verge, noting that the GPUs would be sold at suggested e-tail prices (i.e., not the insane prices that many of the cards have been going for on auction sites and other unofficial channels).
“AMD tells The Verge it expects to sell more of its own reference design RX 6800, 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT cards on its own website in the first quarter of 2021 at their sticker prices, which should mean $579, $649 and $999 instead of inflated ones,” the author wrote. “But AMD is only committing to make them available ‘to as many gamers as possible.'”
On the other hand, NVIDIA revealed during the recent 19th Annual J.P. Morgan Tech/Auto Forum Conference that it expects the current GeForce RTX 30 Series drought to continue all through Q1. The implication is that Ampere GPU stock may not begin ramping up until May, at the earliest.
“Gaming demand is off the charts” Kress noted. “Our overall Ampere architecture and ray tracing are really a true success. This demand has remained stronger for longer. Okay? So, supply does remain tight at this time. We expect the overall channel inventories, meaning the inventories that are with our AIC partners as well as in our e-tail and retail channels will likely remain lean throughout Q1. Our overall capacity has not been able to keep up with that overall strong demand that we have seen.”