Despite red team’s attempt at maximizing availability, AMD’s new Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics cards will reportedly be extremely limited and difficult to find at launch. The somewhat obvious news comes from Igor Wallossek, who shared a report today claiming that the European Union, which comprises most of the European continent, is only getting “a few thousand” units at launch. Select countries, such as Germany, are also said to be receiving as little as “a few pieces.”
“[…] although AMD promised a much higher availability at launch, it could (once again) be really tight,” Wallossek wrote. “If you condense the information of various board partners and distributors to a trend, then there are, depending on the manufacturer and model, only a few pieces (for Germany) to a few thousand for the EU as a whole.”
“[…] it remains a drop in the bucket if not enough wafers are available and other components for the boards are also in short supply. Smaller power classes also allow the use of cheaper and simpler components, but here too there are the usual bottlenecks. Controllers, power MOSFETs, and even capacitors are not infinitely available.”
Red Gaming Tech owner Paul Eccleston echoed Wallossek’s claims in a recent video, which suggests that AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT stock is “hugely improved” but later drops similar figures of there being only 1,000 to 2,000 units available at launch. Eccleston pointed out that the shortage has a lot to do with AMD’s limited allotment at TSMC, much of which has been reserved for Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen consoles.
“[…] I’m hearing with the 6700 XT it will definitely have higher availability compared to the 6800 XT, which to my knowledge had about 250 to 500 cards in the UK,” Eccleston said. […] I’m hearing it’s around 1,000, possibly 2,000 for the initial launch week, but AMD are going to continue to restock throughout the launch period, so every month they’re going to get a similar similarly sized shipment.”