AMD promises additional RX 6900/6800 reference cards to be available in the first quarter

Published: 2nd Feb 2021, 10:50 GMT   Comments

AMD promises more Navi 21 reference cards in Q1 2021

AMD has an infinite supply of promises. 

In an interview with BabelTechReviews, AMD’s Riche Corpus, who is Senior Director at Radeon Technologies Group, has confirmed that AMD is now expecting additional reference RX 6000 cards to be available in the first quarter. The director also confirmed AMD will continue to support its board partners in the development of their custom designs.

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. We will also continue supporting our partners in the development of their custom AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 Series graphics card designs.

— AMD’s Ritche Corpus – Sr. Director, ISV SW Alliances, Radeon Technologies Group

Last year Scott Herkelman (Radeon GM and CVP) confirmed that AMD will be manufacturing reference RX6000 cards through early 2021. So at that point, it was quite clear that reference cards will become nonexistent on the market very soon. Meanwhile, board partners have reached out to the press, confirming that AMD has ceased to ship additional MBA (reference) cards to them.

After the first reports of AMD abandoning its reference design, AMD made a U-Turn and decided to manufacture reference cards indefinitely. Originally the reference cards were supposed to be a one-off release, which is a typical way of how AMD releases their graphics cards. The company then usually focuses on delivering GPUs directly to board partners. This time around though, the situation is different, mostly due to increased pricing on the custom designs. AMD reference design sold through the official webstore is practically the only way to buy these cards at the announced MSRP. However, right now chances of seeing those cards in stock in the said store are almost nil.

RUMORED AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Specifications
VideoCardzRadeon RX 6900XTRadeon RX 6800XTRadeon RX 6800Radeon RX 6700XTRadeon RX 6700
GPUNavi 21 XTXNavi 21 XTNavi 21 XLNavi 22 XTNavi 22 XL
Compute Units
 
80
 
72
 
60
 
40
TBC
Cores
 
5120
 
4608
 
3840
 
2560
TBC
Boost Clock
 
2250MHz
 
2250 MHz
 
2105 MHz
TBCTBC
Memory
 
16GB G6
 
16GB G6
 
16GB G6
 
12GB G6
 
12GB G6
Memory Bus
 
256-bit
 
256-bit
 
256-bit
 
192-bit
 
192-bit
Memory Speed
 
16 Gbps
 
16 Gbps
 
16 Gbps
TBCTBC
TGP
 
300W
 
300W
 
250W
 
211-186W
 
156-146W
Launch DateDecember 2020November 2020November 2020March 2021TBC

Source: BabelTechReviews




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