AMD Radeon RX 7900 launch could face supply issues, no reference cards for mainland China

Published: Dec 6th 2022, 08:37 GMT   Comments

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AMD Radeon RX 7900 launching next week

Multiple reports claim that AMD Radeon RX 7900 launch may face supply issues.

Igor’sLAB published an article about Radeon 7900 series based on information collected from multiple sources, including big board partners making Radeon GPUs. It is said that 10,000 MBA (Made by AMD) graphics cards will be distributed within the EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) region. The Germany alone is to receive 3000 units, which does seem sufficient for such an expensive GPU, but that would imply that only 7K cards will be available for the rest of the region.

Other sources of Igor claim that the launch is still affected by BIOS issues (memory leaks resulting in graphics card freezes) and also delays of deliveries. It is reported that some custom cards will not see the light until at least January.

Meanwhile, Chinese media outlets have come forward to affirm that no MBA cards will be sold in the country. This is reportedly a result of a tense situation with Taiwan. That said, only custom cards will be available at launch, which will almost certainly guarantee higher prices and lower supply.  Unfortunately for AMD, the Chinese GPU market is heavily saturated by NVIDIA GPUs, meaning the status of Radeon 7900 availability in China will almost certainly not improve it.

Chiphell editor nApoleon, Source: Chiphell

ECSM, Source: Bilibili

Sources from BoardChannels claim that the production of Radeon 7900 cards is also impacted by current COVID-19 outbreaks and closure of some factories. Some have only just been reopened, which will affect initial shipments and deliveries.

Source: Igor’sLAB, Chiphell, ECMS_Official, BoardChannels

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