AMD and the Radeon RX 6800 graphics cards are currently struggling with the same problems as Nvidia and their GeForce RTX 30 series – the lack of availability and higher prices than promised. Some providers hit the recommended prices a bit, after all, these are officially “non-binding” and buyers hardly have any alternatives. But AMD promises improvement soon.
The Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT “Big Navi” graphics cards based on the new “RDNA 2” architecture with – for AMD – the first hardware support for real-time ray tracing have officially been on the market for around two weeks as reference models and are manufacturer-specific Models with their own cooling solutions actually since last week. However, you can hardly find them anywhere and if so, then only with substantial surcharges of 100 to even 250 euros.
The Danish dealer Proshop, known for its openness since the introduction of the Nvidia GeForce ‘Ampere’ graphics cards, has only received 125 Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT from PowerColor – all in the reference design, but still no copies from ASUS, Gigabyte , MSI or Sapphire and also no Powercolor RX 6800 Red Dragon or Red Devil models with their own coolers, although hundreds have been ordered.
Now, however, AMD employees are said to have promised in private discussions that the manufacturer’s Radeon RX 6800 graphics cards should be available in four to eight weeks at the originally recommended retail prices. AMD has made it possible for its partners to sell their Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics cards for $ 649, and it is expected to do so within the next eight weeks.
Of course, we still have to wait and see whether this will actually be the case. But if you can wait until after Christmas to buy a new graphics card, you should continue to do so and postpone your decision to January.