We’ve heard rumors claiming the cancelation of the Radeon RX 7900 series (reference) launch in China. Some reports cited supply shortages, while the rest were too vague to make sense of. There have also been whispers mentioning some problems involving Taiwan, but nothing concrete…until now. It turns out that the reason behind the cancelation is rather silly and has more to do with marketing than anything else.
The reference Radeon RX 7900 series has been marked as “made in Taiwan” because it is. And this didn’t sit right with the PRC government authorities, forcing AMD to scrape the launch and prepone the AIB release instead. Team Red still plans to release the reference models in China with specially designed packaging for the subcontinent.
Unfortunately, several major board partners, including Sapphire, ASUS, and Gigabyte, won’t have sufficient stock at launch, and it’ll be an early Christmas for scalpers. Inventory is expected to stabilize by New Year’s, right before the GeForce RTX 4070 Ti launch.