AMD Radeon RX 6800 series facing limited availability

Published: 27th Nov 2020, 19:18 GMT   Comments

Proshop provides Radeon RX 6800 stock information

We have been regularly looking at Proshop (European retailer) updates on the GeForce RTX 30 availability. There are still outstanding orders that were not fulfilled two months after the release of GeForce RTX 3080. At launch, both RTX 3090 and RTX 3080 have seen very limited availability, but the RTX 3070 cards were in the hundreds before the sales even began. Clearly, even that was not enough.

AMD representatives bragged that the Radeon RX 6000 would not be a paper launch. Some cards were sold, so technically they were available, but only for the chosen ones. AMD Red Team Plus members were given a preorder link before the embargo was even lifted. Reviewers and influencers had no issues obtaining the samples for the review, in fact, those were shipped weeks in advance, so it all looked great, till the actual launch happened.

The number of Radeon RX 6800 reference shipped to retailers was not great, but it wasn’t bad either. One thing was clear, it was certainly a lower number of cards at launch than the NVIDIA RTX 30 series. A week later, everyone expected custom cards to be available in greater numbers, but unfortunately, that was not the case.

It appears that more cards were shipped to reviewers than to actual customers. Users reported that not a single store in their country would even receive a custom card at launch. To make things worse, they were unable to confirm when would such shipments even begin.

EUROPE: Proshop

According to Proshop as many as 9 custom cards are on the way to the retailer. So far only 125 cards were ordered and sold to customers, all of the reference design:

Proshop Radeon RX 6800 stock status, Source: Proshop

UK: Scan

At this moment, many retailers do not even list the cards, to avoid unnecessary traffic and never-ending questions from potential customers. Britain’s biggest retailers are currently not taking any preorders. No information on the next shipments is available:

Scan Radeon RX 6000 Series status, Source: Scan

UK: OverclockersUK

Overclockers UK did not take preorders for custom models as none have arrived this week. This retailer has usually one of the largest stock at any GPU launch:

Overclockers UK Radeon RX 6000 Series status, Source: OCUK

AUSTRALIA: Mwave

Australian MWAVE does not expect custom Radeon RX 6800 cards to be available before mid-December. Interestingly, reference cards are allegedly not going to be restocked, but this may only refer to Australia:

US: Newegg

Not a single Radeon RX 6800 card is currently in stock at Newegg. This retailer usually has the closest pricing to NVIDIA/AMD MSRP:

Newegg Radeon RX 6800 Series page, Source: Newegg

CANADA: MemoryExpress

Canadian MemoryExpress is currently not taking any preorders. The retailer has no further information on future stock:

Memory Express Radeon RX 6800 Series page, Source: Memory Express

Custom cards are not cheap

Possibly the most underwhelming part of this launch is how far AMD suggested retail price is off from the actual retail pricing. Custom cards are seeing an increase from 81 to even 251 USD. It is rumored that margins on the new Radeon RX 6000 series are really low, hence only now we are seeing the true cost of Big Navi. Hopefully, the prices will be toned down a little as more shipments arrive:

Custom Radeon RX 6800 Cards at Newegg
VideoCardz.comNewegg PriceIncrease over MSRP
Radeon RX 6800579 USD
ASUS RX 6800 ROG STRIX OC699.99 USD+121 USD
ASUS RX 6800 TUF OC679.99 USD+100 USD
ASROCK RX 6800 Challenger Pro659.99 USD+81 USD
ASROCK RX 6800 Phantom Gaming D679.99 USD+100 USD
Radeon RX 6800 XT649 USD
ASROCK RX 6800 XT Phantom Gaming D799.99 USD+151 USD
ASROCK RX 6800 XT Taichi829.99 USD+171 USD
ASUS RX 6800 XT ROG STRIX LC899.99 USD+251 USD
ASUS RX 6800 XT TUF OC809.99 USD+161 USD
POWERCOLOR RX 6800 XT Red Devil LE799.99 USD+111 USD
SAPPHIRE RX 6800 XT NITRO+ SE829.99 USD+181 USD
SAPPHIRE RX 6800 XT NITRO+769.99 USD+121 USD
XFX RX 6800 XT Speedster MERC319799.99 USD+151 USD

Source: Proshop on GeForce RTX 30, Proshop on Radeon RX 6000 via ComputerBase




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