The past couple of months have been a whirlwind of events for AMD; not only did the company announce and launch its new Ryzen 5000 series CPU lineup, the brand is also all prepped to launch its “Big Navi” Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards this month. However, one of its AiB partners, ASUS, recently sounded the alarm on a potential supply issue with the RX 6800XT.
The alleged 6800XT shortage problem was first mentioned on the Sweclockers Forum, where a representative for ASUS said that, while the brand will have supply of cards at the ready, it expects all available stock of the 6800XT to be snatched up in just a few minutes. Upon availability.
Clearly, this statement runs contrary to what AMD had initially promised before the announcement; it said that it would not have a supply issue with its RDNA2 cards, just like NVIDIA and its ongoing supply issue with its GeForce RTX 3080 cards.
On the plus side, the same rep also says that there will seemingly be more RX 6800 cards in stock, although the fear that unscrupulous resellers and bots may attempt to snatch up its inventory – an issue that is still rampant, despite the best efforts of partner brands to curb such sales – due mainly to its lower price as well.
On a somewhat related note, the ASUS rep says that its third-party cards will ship out between one and two weeks after the launch of AMD’s first party cards. In any case, we’ll just have to see how this plays out come 18 November.