So far, the very poor availability of AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards, aka “Big Navi”, has led to excessive prices. The delivery situation is expected to improve in early 2021, as an AMD employee told the YouTube channel Hardware Unboxed announced.
In about four to eight weeks, manufacturer cards with adapted circuit boards and coolers, which are available at AMD’s recommended retail price, should be available Hardware Unboxed (in the video from minute 8:50). The chip manufacturer has taken the necessary precautions. That means 650 euros in the case of the Radeon RX 6800 XT and 580 euros for the Radeon RX 6800. Manufacturer cards for the Radeon RX 6900 XT (MSRP 1000 euros) could follow.
The recommended prices usually apply to the cheaper versions within a product family. Experience shows that premium models such as Asus’ ROG Strix, Gigabytes Aorus, Powercolors Red Devil or Sapphires Nitro + are above the RRP – although not as exaggerated as it is currently. AMD will continue to produce its own reference designs until the beginning of 2021, but these are currently hardly available.
Nvidia also affected
Aside from AMD, Nvidia is also struggling with delivery bottlenecks for newly introduced graphics cards. Models from the GeForce RTX 3000 alias Ampere series are only available in small quantities and usually sell out quickly. While the delivery situation showed signs of easing in the last few days, both the GeForce RTX 3080 and the GeForce RTX 3070 are largely out of stock again.
The GeForce RTX 3090 is available in slightly larger quantities, but at prices from over 1700 euros. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said that the situation would ease off in early 2021.