AMD RDNA 3 graphics cards are coming next month, but they can be hard to find online or in brick-and-mortar stores if the vine is correct with a fresh claim.
As reported by @harukaze5719 on Twitter, Quasarzone (QSZ) gave some information regarding the stock of RX 7900 models, which of course we have to take with a few handfuls of spices.
They also shared information about the stock of the RX 7900 series. According to QSZ, early stocks are very low. And we see the end of the AIB model with Q4.3/nDecember 2, 2022
Worryingly, Quasarzone predicts that initial stock levels of the RX 7900 XT and 7900 XTX will be “extremely low”, the use of the word being obviously worrying.
It looks like at least initially there will be very few units on the shelves when the new RDNA 3 GPUs launch on December 13.
There’s a twist here, though, because as @harukaze5719 explains, this likely applies to reference boards – built to AMD’s core spec – while more powerful custom boards from third-party card makers won’t arrive until late December. However, these (more powerful) models may arrive with more stock, but that’s just educated guesswork from the Twitter leaker.
Of course, this whole bunch of rumors should be treated very carefully, as we have already noted.
Part of the reason we need to be cautious about this new rumor is that we’ve heard more positive noises in the recent past that AMD will have a solid RDNA 3 graphics card lineup right away.
So, to directly deny it, and Team Red is theoretically now looking unusually low stock levels seem far-fetched. However, as we mentioned above, limited stock could be seen in the first few days or maybe a week of availability of the RX 7900 XT and 7900 XTX GPUs (and scalpers no doubt had a day in the field and making things worse) – but by the end In 2019, stock volumes could increase significantly (perhaps thanks to third-party custom RDNA 3 boards, as mentioned).
This ties in with other recent speculation we’ve seen that custom RDNA 3 cards probably won’t be released until a few weeks after reference boards (mostly anyway).
However, if there are many more non-standard non-reference models out there, this presents another possibility for concern in itself. Namely that custom efforts will be costly graphics cards and “significantly more expensive” than reference boards, according to another recent rumor.
If true, it could mean we’re seeing a lot of stock at much more expensive levels than AMD’s MSRP, and this will be another blow to gamers looking for a new, cutting-edge graphics card – what about Nvidia’s RTX 4090 and 4080, GPUs that are already out there are exorbitantly expensive. It’s not like the 7900 XT and XTX are affordable, even with Team Red’s recommended prices ($899 and $999 US).
This is a case where we have to hope the gossips are wrong, but as always, only time will tell. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed that we don’t get our hopes up that the rumored RTX 4070 Ti will have to come to the rescue on the price front, as we’re not convinced that will happen either.