People believed that once the cryptocurrency mining boom ended, gamers would rejoice and cheap GPUs would rain a lot. It’s been happening for a few months. And then we got the RTX 4080 at $1,200 MSRP, second-hand prices went up, and now what looks like AMD’s upcoming Radeon RX 7900 GPU is hard to come by at launch. Guys can’t catch a break, huh?
Radeon RX 7900 GPU might be one of the toughest graphics cards you can get your hands on, no China supplier
Multiple sources (Igor’s Lab, ChipHell, ECSM_Official, BoardChannels via Videocardz) indicate that the Radeon RX 7900 GPU series will far exceed display at launch. Before we go any further, AMD has not commented on this and we have no independent verification, so this post is strictly flagged as a rumor. If rumors aren’t your cup of tea – here’s your chance to get down. All that said, Igor has proven to be a very reliable source when it comes to aggregating information from industry insiders and has a very long track record of accurate leaks – which makes this something worth covering.
According to Igor, who compiled information from multiple sources, Radeon RX 7900 GPUs are undergoing final BIOS upgrades which will result in delivery delays. According to the report, variants intended for the RX 7900 will not hit the shelves until at least January. At the same time, mainland China will not get any design reference cards likely due to the current tension between Taiwan and the United States (and the sale of sensitive and advanced semiconductor technologies to China).
AMD made a fan-favorite move and priced the flagship at $999 MSRP and according to some sources inside Chiphell – they’re allegedly selling some cards at a loss. We have no way of confirming this, so please take this claim with a grain of salt. But the fact that AMD’s flagship GPU is undercutting NVIDIA’s flagship performance means that demand is going to be through the roof. Low supply combined with exceptional demand likely means that customers will have a very hard time finding a GPU at launch.
It gets even crazier. According to Igor, the supply of the initial shipment of AMD RX 7900 GPUs to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) will be around 10,000 units. To put this into context, the initial charge for the RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 was around 100K and 30K, respectively. The 10,000 units will almost certainly be sold very quickly and then priced in for profit by the ‘investors’. Unfortunately 10,000 units in EMEA still doesn’t tell us how many units are booked for the NA market (could be 20k, could be 100k) so adding more to this would just be coming down to speculation.