AMD’s new graphics cards, the Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT, go on sale tomorrow, November 18, but a US electronics retailer says supplies will be “extremely limited.”
The information comes from Micro Center, which has physical stores across the country. On Tuesday, an administrator at the online dealer forum posted frequently asked questions about the upcoming launch of the RX 6800. LandShark.
Asked how many units Micro Center received for tomorrow’s edition, LandShark replied: “We haven’t received the exact number, but from what I’ve been told, I guess it will be very similar to Nvidia̵
This does not bode well for anyone trying to secure new Radeon cards on the first day. When Nvidia released its next-generation RTX 3000 series graphics, the products sold out immediately after launch, leaving many consumers disappointed.
“For the launch of Nvidia, some of our stores did not receive more than 10 cards, if I remember correctly,” added LandShark.
For the release of the Radeon RX 6800 Micro Center refused to offer online reservations for graphics cards, citing high demand. As a result, impatient customers are already camping in front of retailers’ stores, hoping to catch a card early Wednesday morning.
Sales of the RX 6800 and 6800 XT are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. EST, according to a statement from the official AMD Radeon RX account. In addition to the big retailers, AMD plans to sell the cards in its own online store. But don’t be surprised if the site crashes due to a flow of buyers.
Third-party manufacturers, including Asus, Gigabyte and MSI, are also preparing to sell their own RX 6800 and 6800 XT models sometime this month. But it is not clear when exactly, as online rumors suggest that the date may be November 25.