The rollout of mid-range Radeon RX 6000 series cards is taking longer than expected because AMD is constrained in terms of production. We've written a lot about chip shortages lately and this is one of the primary reasons why we're seeing fewer video card launches. Given that it's already impossible to meet current demand from consumers, it doesn't make a lot of sense to stretch limited resources over even more SKUs. There's nothing more frustrating for consumers than releasing an in-demand product that can't be found anywhere.
French tech site Cowcotland heard from its sources that the Radeon RX 6700 XT will hit the retail market on March 18th. The Radeon RX 6700 on the other hand has been delayed. AMD planned to introduce the Radeon RX 6700 on March 15th -- but this is no longer happening as the company can't produce enough cards.
We have some new information on AMD’s announcement on March 3. Only the RX 6700 XT will be announced. There was indeed an RX 6700 in the red program, for March 15th, but it has been delayed (for the moment) and we will therefore only have the RX 6700 XT which will be commercially available on March 18th.The supply of the Radeon RX 6700 XT is expected to be better than the Radeon RX 6800 series launch volume -- but still very limited. Cowcotland claims the launch volume of Radeon RX 6700 XT reference cards in France will total only 100 cards. This will be supplemented by "hundreds" of custom-design cards from AMD's add-in board partners. AIBs have been stocking cards for a while, yet the numbers are still very low as consumer demand will be a lot higher. Getting your hands on a reasonably priced video card is extremely hard now. And unfortunately, we don't think it's going to get better soon.
Radeon RX 6700 specificationsSo what's the difference between the soon-to-be-out Radeon RX 6700 XT and the future Radeon RX 6700? Both cards use the Navi 22 GPU and feature a 192-bit memory bus. The XT version is expected to feature 2560 streaming processors, the non-XT model is a cut-down version. At the moment, there are no good leaks about the number of cores of the regular RX 6700. We do know that the 6700 is expected to get 6GB GDDR6 memory -- which is half of what the RX 6700 XT will launch with next week.