Those of you hoping to buy a Big Navi graphics card this holiday season will be sorely disappointed. It turns out that the AIB partner supply for the Radeon RX 6800 series has been even worse than Ampere:
The Danish retailer ProShop has received only 25 units of the RX 6800 XT to date in the form of the PowerColor RX 6800 XT (reference). Overall, nearly 2,000 units were ordered from various manufacturers but none of them have arrived. The 25 reference cards from PowerColor that actually made it to the store were never actually ordered by the retailer. Moreover, only 9 parts are on the way out of the 2,000 ordered.
The Radeon RX 6800 (non-XT) has fared better, but even here none of the actual board party models made their way to the retailer. The 100 units received by ProShop are actually reference models (being sold by PowerColor), and again, were never ordered. The total number of units ordered from all the OEMs comes up to 2,200 (approximately), but just 13 are incoming. Overall, the situation is the same as that of the RX 6800 XT.
The AIB card shortage is so widespread that it’s even affecting the reviewer samples. I recently had a word with AMD and turns out that they aren’t even handling the sampling for AIB cards with Big Navi. Traditionally, it has been AMD that supplied the third-party Radeon cards to reviewers in our region. They said that they will try to source it from one of their partners, but there’s a low chance that it’ll actually work.