AMD is said to be in talks with its AIB partners about allowing Radeon RX 6900 XT custom graphics cards. In addition to the Radeon RX 6900 XT, rumors are starting to emerge indicating that AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 series would start with limited stock volumes, which will make it a little difficult for consumers to get one early.
AMD and AIB are partners in talks to allow Radeon RX 6900 XT custom graphics cards
The first report comes from HardwareLuxx, which has stated that AMD is in an early conversation with its AIBs to allow custom Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics cards for the consumer segment. The RX 6900 XT is the flagship “Big Navi” GPU offering and will be the fastest of the three graphics cards based on the Navi 21 GPU. At the time of the announcement, however, AMD only announced availability model availability for Radeon RX 6800 and Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics cards.
The Radeon RX 6900 XT was excluded in terms of custom model availability by AMD during the unveiling, but that may change as AIBs and AMD are in negotiations for non-reference models for flagship graphics cards. The AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT launches on December 8, a few weeks after the Radeon RX 6800 and Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics cards. This is mostly to allow sufficient amounts for the Big Navi “Navi 21 XTX” GPU to be made to supply a handful of gaming enthusiasts at launch.
AMD is in talks with partners about custom models of Radeon RX 6900 XT. So far, only one MBA (made by AMD) is planned, but of course partners are interested in offering their own designs with custom coolers. pic.twitter.com/LTrWySzua4
– Andreas Schilling (@aschilling) October 30, 2020
It will be interesting if AIBs can get AMD to allow Radeon RX 6900 XT custom models. Little or no effort is required to produce a custom Radeon RX 6900 XT variant, as it has specifications and power numbers similar to the Radeon RX 6800 XT, as reported by Videocardz. We’ve also seen some impressive custom designs so far from ASUS and MSI for the Radeon RX 6800 series, and we hope we get even better looking designs for the Radeon RX 6900 XT when AMD allows them.
That said, water cooling enthusiasts will be offered water coverage with full coverage from top brands like EKWB. EKWB has already announced its next generation of cooling solutions for AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series graphics cards and Ryzen 5000 Desktop CPUs.
In the press, EKWB stated that they are ready for the Big Launch and will have the following products ready for the Radeon RX 6900 XT, Radeon RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 reference models:
- EK-Quantum Vector RX 6800/6900 D-RGB – AMD Radeon Edition
- EK-Quantum Power Kit RX 6800/6900 D-RGB P360 – AMD Radeon Edition
- EK-Quantum Reaction AIO RX 6800/6900 D-RGB P240 – AMD Radeon Edition
- EK-Quantum Vector RX 6800/6900 – AMD Radeon Edition
AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series “RDNA 2” Graphics Card Setup:
|Graphics card||AMD Radeon RX 6700||AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT||AMD Radeon RX 6800||AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT||AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT|
|GPU||Ships 22 (XL?)||Ships 22 (XT?)||Ships 21 XL||Ships 21 XT||Navi 21 XTX|
|Process node||7 nm||7 nm||7 nm||7 nm||7 nm|
|Transistors||TBA||TBA||26.8 billion||26.8 billion||26.8 billion|
|TMUs / ROPs||TBA||TBA||240/96||288/128||320/128|
|Plays||TBA||TBA||1815 MHz||2015 MHz||2015 MHz|
|Boost Clock||TBA||TBA||2105 MHz||2250 MHz||2250 MHz|
|FP32 TFLOPs||TBA||TBA||16.17 TFLOPs||20.74 TFLOPs||23.04 TFLOPs|
|Memory size||12 GB GDDR6||12 GB GDDR6||16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache||16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity Cache||16 GB GDDR6 +128 MB Infinity cache|
|Memory clock||14 Gbps?||16 Gbps?||16 Gbps||16 Gbps||16 Gbps|
|Bandwidth||320 GB / s||384 GB / s||512 GB / s||512 GB / s||512 GB / s|
|Price||TBA||TBA||$ 579 US||$ 649 US||$ 999 US|
AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card is rumored to have limited stock at launch?
The second report is more of a rumor at this point, but comes from some credible sources. The first is based on a comment from AMD’s subreddit. The user says that Morele.net confirmed that AMD will allow pre-orders, but they do not know exactly when. The same store also stated that a low stock issue similar to NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics card may occur with the RX 6000 Series at launch.
“Yesterday I asked Polish store Morele.net about pre-orders and they confirmed that there will be an option but they do not know yet when. They also said that they expect stock issues as it was with Nvidia gpus.”
via AMD Subreddit
“It should be quite difficult to get a new card to be cool. To be honest, it’s quite unexpected that Lisa Su dares to bet on this release date. I think it should only start rising in December.
In fact, the production capacity has always been sufficient, but how much of these production capacities at Navi may depend on Sony’s and Microsoft’s next generation consoles. “
(Google Translate) PTT Forums
The second rumor comes from AquariusZi (via @ davideneco25320) over to Chinese PTT forums. The leaks say it will be difficult to get an AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics card when they are released, and most users will have to wait until December, when AMD will have a better stock of the cards at hand. This is mainly due to the fact that TSMC’s 7nm capacity is fully packed as it is used to produce chips for next generation GPUs and also AMD’s Ryzen CPUs and APUs. We saw the same thing with AMD’s Ryzen 4000 “Renoir” APU, which had massive demand from OEMs, but AMD could only meet a short delivery even months after launch.
It remains to be seen how the launch goes. AMD is soon approaching the launch of its Ryzen 5000 Desktop CPUs, which will take place on November 5, followed by the Radeon RX 6800 XT and the RX 6800 launch on December 18 and finally the Radeon RX 6900 XT on December 8.