It will take at least 4-8 weeks for the inventory and prices of new AMD graphics cards to return to normal. In other words, we will have to wait until 2021.
With its new Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards, AMD can finally compete with Nvidia in terms of performance, while integrating some of the latest technologies such as ray tracing or Variable Rate Shading. Unfortunately, and like Nvidia, the brand is facing a shortage of all its products. It must be said that the video game sector has experienced enormous growth with containment, and that AMD must supply its chips to new game consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
The prices are soaring
The most immediate result of these inventory issues, whether at AMD or Nvidia, is a sharp rise in the price of graphics cards in stores. Where an AMD Radeon RX 6800 card is advertised by the brand at the recommended price of 589.99 euros, it is in fact found from 719.95 euros on sites like LDLC, and up to 879.95 euros for the most expensive models, nearly 300 euros above the recommended price.
This price increase was noted by the Videocardz site all over the world and for all brands of graphics cards.
Return of stocks to partners in 2021
The Hardware Unboxed channel was able to obtain information from AMD directly on inventory.
We had a private conversation with AMD. They assured us that in 4 to 8 weeks, partner graphics cards would be available at the recommended price. They say they allowed partners to offer a price of $ 649 [pour la Radeon 6800 XT] and expect it to happen within 8 weeks.
As we can read, card price management is very naturally strongly linked to AMD’s inventory management. According to the brand, a return of stocks can be expected within 8 weeks, which brings us around February 2021 all the same.
If we liked the visibility of stocks to be better, we must remember that many products have been released at the end of the year and suffer from limited availability. Manufacturers’ production capacity is not endless, and brands like Apple, AMD, Nvidia and others share the cutting edge factories that make the processors and graphics chips coming out at the end of the year.