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AMD pledges to re-stock Radeon RX 6800, RX 6800 XT and RX 6900 XT reference cards this quarter

AMD plans to sell more RX 6000 series reference design cards this quarter, according to a Senior Director at AMD. (Image source: AMD)
AMD plans to sell more RX 6000 series reference design cards this quarter, according to a Senior Director at AMD. (Image source: AMD)
AMD has promised to release more Navi 21-based reference cards throughout Q1 2021, according to a Senior Director of the company. It remains to be seen how many reference cards will hit the market though, but AMD feels that stock difficulties will stay until at least the second half of 2021. Hence, any reference cards sold this quarter will probably be resold almost instantly at a hefty premium.
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The launch of the Radeon RX 6000 series went much like the RTX 30 series. Stock vanished from retailers almost instantly, only for thousands of cards to appear on marketplaces like eBay at vastly increased prices. There is more of a sting to AMD's stock issues though, arguably, as it urged its partners to deter resellers from flipping large quantities of its RDNA 2 cards at higher prices than MSRP. Inevitably, that plan failed and AMD now feels that supply shortages will affect the RX 6000 series, albeit not exclusively, until the second half of this year.

With that in mind, AMD has now stated that it plans to extend production of reference design cards to have stock ready 'in the first quarter of 2021'. The quote, reproduced by BabelTechReviews from an interview conducted with Ritche Corpus, 

Head Of Gaming and Professional Software Worldwide at AMD, is as follows:

Based on the response to our AMD Radeon RX 6800 Series and Radeon RX 6900 XT reference design graphics cards, we are extending production to make them available to as many gamers as possible on AMD.com at SEP. Additional reference cards are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2021.

Corpus added that AMD remains supportive of its partners developing custom RX 6000 series cards, although he would not 'comment on unannounced products'. It is unclear how AMD will 'continue supporting' its partners if it manufacturers a new run of reference cards, mind you.

Ultimately, a few more reference design cards hitting the market will do little to improve AMD's woeful stock situation of the RX 6000 series. We suspect that resellers will snap up any cards that AMD sells at MSRP anyway, defeating the point of the exercise really.

The letter that AMD circulated to board partners ahead of the RX 6000 series launch. (Image source: AMD)
The letter that AMD circulated to board partners ahead of the RX 6000 series launch. (Image source: AMD)
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Alex Alderson, 2021-02- 3 (Update: 2021-02- 3)