There is a reason they are not talking about supply. ProShop, which is apparently the only retailer for Denmark, has received 25 6800xt cards. Total.I think there would be less of a problem if there were more transparency about supply. Like if manufacturers actually published how many cards they've shipped or EVGA having a queue so you can at least see where you are.
I was in the exact same situation. I've been with Nvidia for 5+ years now and was looking forward to going with a 6800XT for a change of pace. The extra VRAM, SAM, 1440p performance, and overclocking potential were the main selling points for me. Well after making multiple visits to my local Microcenter and "camping" at my keyboard, I gave up and snagged a 3080 when it became available. I know AMD is cranking out cards as fast as they possibly can but the constant checking of stock got old fast. I'll give DLSS a whirl and then see how things play out in a few months. Worse comes to worse, I trade someone for a 6800XT down the road.My man... a 1080 Ti will run Cyberpunk more or less maxed out. Its an RPG so its not like you need 144fps.
As a side note this is what's unfortunate for AMD.
I badly wanted a 6800XT. So I camped out in the rain all night for over 14 hours and made sure that I was #4 in line at my local Microcenter. AMD did say that embargo and reviews (meaning launch day) would be Nov 25, and of course the general public more or less had good reason to believe AIB stock would be available albeit very limited based on the reference launch and based on guys like Frank Azor from AMD saying AIB stocks would exceed reference. I am not saying we were deceived or misled in anyway. We as consumers do recognize that inventory is limited so we have to plan accordingly, just like any buyer of a product which means camping in long lines. We have to make informed decisions when we plan this stuff. And given what we thought we knew, we guessed completely wrong about AIBs. AMD gave us zero indication to help us.
But just by virtue of necessity AMD lost a buyer this round in me. I was forced to pickup an RTX 3080 as it was either that or the inferior reference 6800. I'm not really saying AMD should be flamed, I'm not saying they even wronged me, I'm just speaking in terms of business. This is THEIR product. They should have attempted to coordinate with AIBs to formalize a launch day, they should have informed us as to what to expect. Because without that leadership, we were left guessing and we guessed wrong. Many people in line took off holiday hours to be able to camp.
Simply cause and effect. AMD didn't offer clear guidance on what to expect, secondary to that, neither did AIBs or retailers, and I was put in a position to either walk away with nothing for the remainder of the holiday season or pickup a 3080 which is probably a slightly better buy versus the 6800xt given that I'll now get to use DLSS and ray tracing (better performance) when I had already justified going without those features.
Yeah why fixate on my choice of words? I had about $700-800 to spend, and I had a performance target in mind, and I had one option. So I was forced into that Geforce 3080 as opposed to my desire. The main point is that I had already sunk 12 hours waiting in line, so I didn't want to walk away empty handed.Forced to buy a 3080. Good one.
Is there something that ranks above first world problems? If so, I think this qualifies.
I would add also these data from one of the rare distributors actually publishing their availability (proshop)After this I dont expect a lot of people to be able to obtain a graphics card in the next 2-3 months.
The demand for Ampere/RDNA2 is unpreceded
Comparison of traffic Launches
I was willing to pay an extra $50 for a 3080 over a 6800 XT because of RT, but I ended up ordering a 3080 yesterday for $50 less than what most of the AIB 6800 XTs are priced at! I wouldn't be surprised if Ampere prices go up now.Looks like AMD (just like NVIDIA) is exploiting the increased demand and limited supply during this pandemic situation to upsell GPUs and VRAM to AIB partners who in turn are getting shafted on profit margins, which in the end results in AIB prices $100-150 above the reference card. GamersNexus said something similar about the NVIDIA situation. Scalping issue notwithstanding, it looks like one can forget about getting a card at a reasonable price this year.
Disgraceful state of affairs.
-Aside from some mark-ups from AMD to their partners as suggested above, I'm sure AMD's board partners have $$$ in their eyes after years of being forced into competing in lower tiers for the most razor thin margins.The pricing isn't that baffling when you consider the supply (or rather the lack thereof) right now. It's just a matter of who gets to absorb the markup, the AIBs or the scalpers. There are plenty of AIB 3080s that tack on $100 or more to the price tag as well.
Can't really blame them if cards are selling for that much. Its way easier to start with a high MSRP and discount them as demand dies down.The pricing isn't that baffling when you consider the supply (or rather the lack thereof) right now. It's just a matter of who gets to absorb the markup, the AIBs or the scalpers. There are plenty of AIB 3080s that tack on $100 or more to the price tag as well.
At that point may as well go for one of the models with liquid cooling built in. TPU got the ASUS Strix they tested to 2743 MHz clock. Remember a few months ago when we were wondering if AMD would be able to reliably hit 2 GHz? A much more innocent time to be sure.Red Devil is a beauty. Can you buy it? HAHA HAHA maybe if you sell your soul.
Amazing results. I wonder if it is really stable like that though.
WOW! I'm a lottery winnerThere is a reason they are not talking about supply. ProShop, which is apparently the only retailer for Denmark, has received 25 6800xt cards. Total.
There is no supply. You have better odds winning the lottery.
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