RX 6000 launch stock not looking good as regions expect RTX 3080 levels of supply

Written by Neil Soutter on Mon, Nov 16, 2020 5:15 PM

Nvidia’s recently released RTX 30 series graphics cards have been plagued by high demand and low supply since launch, so much so that AIB partners are issuing full statements online about when they’ll be in stock again. And even though the RX 6000 series from AMD has been expected to not be a ‘paper launch’, it’s looking like stock levels are going to be a major issue again and has even been compared to the RTX 3080 at launch.

Low stock has always been a big problem for new technologies, but the main issue here is how AMD seemingly prepared for this in advance. It was expected to sell out within minutes, rather than seconds like the RTX 3080. But according to Australian retailers, the supply at launch isn’t looking good for AMD’s new hardware.

Obviously this will differ from retailer to retailer and region to region, so it’s possible that this will only be a problem for those living in sunny Australia when the RX 6000 series launches on November 18th with the RX 6800 XT and RX 6800.

Additionally, it has been reported that the custom AIB variants will be released a week later on November 25th, which has also been expected to launch with limited availability.

So whilst this isn’t exactly breaking news, we thought it worth mentioning in case you were planning on bagging yourself an RX 6000 GPU on launch day and were expecting better chances than Nvidia.

Thankfully, AMD has apparently prepared their partners for potential scalpers who are looking to buy dozens of the new cards and then resell them online at a premium cost. So hopefully we’ll be seeing less graphics cards up for sale for $90,000.

What do you think? Are you looking to grab an RX 6000 GPU at launch? Which one are you thinking of getting? Will you be refreshing the page every second? Let us know!

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14:03 Nov-17-2020

Screw these new GPUs and the greedy bots that lap them up. My GTX 1060 equipped laptop is way better. Why? Because a real GPU is better than a hypothetical one.

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19:45 Nov-17-2020

Ok . . . i mean, im gonna wait as long as i need to get one for a decent price, but these are definitely not hypothetical GPUs as the reviews are going to be out tomorrow, also i saw a few unboxing videos. So either im not getting what you're saying or you're being cranky. Either way everyone has their own use case.

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12:36 Nov-18-2020

You are not getting what I am saying. Also you are taking it literally.

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12:52 Nov-17-2020

Its interesting because usually i can see early gpu listing on my local retailers, like 1-2 ahead of official launch but this time i cant see any new 6000 series gpus on any of the local retailers. Also it was obvious that amd will have stock issues from the start.

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00:10 Nov-17-2020

Hmmm... That's funny after their statement saying RX 6000 won't be a paper launch, strongly and obviously implying that RTX3000 series was a paper launch.

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12:53 Nov-17-2020

When do we imply that its a paper launch?

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15:59 Nov-17-2020

that is paper launch AMD launch new 6000 series to stop people baying nvidia 3000 series and waiting for the new 6000 series that is strategy and is good one

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21:43 Nov-16-2020

Personally I am definitely interested in RDNA2, as alternative to Ampere. So I am looking forward to see reviews and stuff. But as far as buying goes, I usually give new hardware at least a month, so early issues get sorted out, so I will just wait for supply, as initial demand spike slowly settles down. And supply levels never really influenced my decisions,...

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21:46 Nov-16-2020

... unless everything I care about is about equal and I can get one and can't get other, then I will get what I can. But if one is better, then I will wait for better one. It just depends, but supply is pretty low on the list. Yeah, it really shows how high demand went.But I could totally see Australia getting less and having them slowly come in.Though I do hope supply issue won't last for long.

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21:30 Nov-16-2020

Well this goes to show that the supply is indeed low and the demand too damn high. So yeah, no paper launches, just tech hungry people and possibly lower than needed yields.
Just my thoughts though.

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20:23 Nov-16-2020

I'll try to hunt for one right at launch.. I remember trying to grab a 3090 back in september, that thing must've been gone after less than 5 seconds in germany.

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18:08 Nov-16-2020

well when you launch 2 Gpu Sku's, 4 Cpus and are the supplier for two of the three major console makers, who also launched new products at the same time as you, this isnt shocking news at all

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17:47 Nov-16-2020

Also with rtx 30 series cards, why are people planning to buy a card blindfolded? I mean i never buy at launch, i first check ltt, j2c, hw unboxed, gamer nexus, paul's hw, bitwit and every tech channel for their review, compare benchmark, wait at least one or two driver release, only then i buy it. I am planning too a gpu upgrade, but be patient and wait for benchmarks

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19:33 Nov-16-2020

but not everyone is just using it for gaming. right now, a 3090 cuts almost 70% off the time to resolve our programs compared to a 2080ti. that's money in our pockets that waiting wouldn't give us. getting a 6900xt means more work can be done when i am home while still gaming how i want.

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19:37 Nov-16-2020

Nice! I remember when 2080Tis were cutting a good 50%+ time vs 1080Tis when we did rendering tests back in 2018.
How did you guys get a hold of 3090s? I could not check out, even though I had them in cart on multiple devices. Did you luck out at launch or did you end up going the queue/pre-order route?

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19:56 Nov-16-2020

I wish I knew but I came into work today and it was in a box. I think we got it from one of our vendors. This thing is huge and it burns through renders. Our ai resolve went by so fast that I was in the middle of lunch when I got the message it was complete. We are talking about 18 mins compared to about 60 mins before (1 gpu to 1 gpu).

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06:59 Nov-17-2020

I managed to get my hands on 3080 because I ordered in little watercooling shop. Its difficult to get cards from big eshops and chains everybody is going there.

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20:56 Nov-16-2020

Ok, but then again, is everyone in your situation? every people that rushes a day one purchase is in desperate need of that 70% better performance? If that's your case go for it, i'm with you, but the majority of users don't make this crazy rendering stuff all day, and surely can wait reviews/benchmark/stock.

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19:33 Nov-16-2020

Why, for the most part there arguing frames...and confusing it all with thermal charts and then adding in silly things like taking a card apart and complaining about things that no one should ever see in the first place...

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19:38 Nov-16-2020

Hah, hence why I rarely watch GN. Steve can nerd out all he wants, but I really don't care how my card comes apart as I'll never do it xD

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18:37 Nov-18-2020

If you plan on keeping your card for more than lets say 2 or 3 years replacing the thermal paste is very beneficial. So yeah, knowing how to take apart your card can come in handy.

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20:53 Nov-16-2020

well a teardown actually explained what was happening with the 3080s problems with MLCC capacitors array, sometimes it helps. also GN is useful when you are looking for a card that has some OC headroom, i'm not a LN2 guy, but i like adding that 300mhz and keep my card safe and long lasting. also i trust his benchmarks

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19:35 Nov-16-2020

Well, I'm a guy that used to buy GPUs at launch until this year, where I could not checkout with a 3090.
In my defense - top-end GPUs don't need extensive benchmarking and reviews - they will be the best there are, hence why I'd have no problem buying day 1. But if you're on a budget and need something mid-range - I totally agree, rushing isn't always the best idea.

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20:58 Nov-16-2020

top end is top end, so yeah if money isn't an issue and you don't need price adjustment, then buy it as soon as you can that's fine

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