The shortages of AMD Radeon RX 6800, 6800 XT and 6900 XT cards are expected to last until at least March 2021. Demand remains visibly very strong despite the announcement last week that the firm has decided to continue producing its “reference”. designs ”for lack of sufficient relay socket by third-party manufacturers.
The Cowcotland site, generally well informed on the subject, states: “So we have just had confirmation from our sources, there will be no RADEON RX 6000 graphics cards in quantity before March 2021“. The specialized site explains that the cards will occasionally return to stock but not in sufficient quantities. Cowcotland believes that the Chinese New Year (Feb. 7-20) should disrupt production, so giving a return to normal window around March 2021.
Since the launch of its Radeon RX 6800, 6800 XT and 6900 XT cards, AMD has suffered from the same difficulties as Nvidia. All cards that hit the market seem to find buyers almost immediately.. There are several factors to this. First, the popularity of the foundry which has just struck a blow with its cards which promise in some cases better performance than the last Nvidia RTX 3000 for a lower price and a lower heat output.
There is also the problem of miners, who seem to buy cards en masse to have the advantage in computing power for certain cryptocurrencies reluctant to mining by dedicated FPGAs (such as Antminers). Finally, there are also the scalpers or speculators who organize themselves to grab cards the second they are available, when not using bots to automate the operation, in order to resell them much more expensive. AMD revealed on December 9 that it had increased its production of “reference designs” that is to say its own cards, in order to support this very strong demand.
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Habitually, AMD and Nvidia quickly shut down their own production to let third-party manufacturers take over. But obviously that is not enough this year. We hope in any case that the situation will quickly return to normal. If you had planned to buy a new graphics card, we therefore advise you to postpone your purchase, unless you are lucky enough to find a card in stock at a reseller at the right time.