When the AMD RX 6700 XT is a few days away, we find history repeating itself. Once again, we are dealing with a graphics card of limited distribution that will prevent many who need it from renewing their PC’s graphics card.
There will be virtually no stock of the AMD RX 6700 XT
AMD will only be able to supply a few thousand Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics cards for the whole of Europe, this information comes to us from the prestigious German media Igor’s Lab. bring us back to the same situation as with the other models recently launched by AMD itself and its rival NVIDIA.
The lack of stock in the European market indicates that the level of production of said graphics card is limited for everyone. Something that surprises us is that NVIDIA suffers from the same shortage in the mid-range, and this was the opportunity for AMD to absorb some of the demand from people who need to renew their graphics card and therefore to increase their market share.
Another thing that would also explain this lack of availability is that we have yet to see the other two graphics cards based on the Navi 22 GPU like the RX 6700 and RX 6600 XT. As usual, the models with the highest specs in each range are launched first in order to attract the most enthusiastic of all and better capitalize. That at the moment we do not have an official date for the RX 6700 or the 6600 XT should have already informed us of problems with the stock of the Navi 22 GPU.
TSMC capacity is in full swing
Keep in mind that AMD uses TSMC’s 7nm process for its entire product line, which ended up saturating the production lines. Not surprisingly, AMD uses TSMC’s 7nm node to manufacture the following products:
- AMD Ryzen 3000 and Ryzen 4000 processors. As well as the Ryzen 4000 and Ryzen 5000 SoCs.
- The SoCs of the next generation consoles: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S.
- The GPUs of the RDNA 1 architecture: Navi 10, Navi 12 and Navi 14. As well as those based on RDNA 2: Navi 21 and Navi 22 for the moment.
What does this situation mean for AMD compared to TSMC? Well, that a 7nm wafer which in TSMC is used for making the PlayStation 5 SoC for example means that it won’t be used for making the RX 6700 XT because the wafer production is limited. AMD is therefore going to choose where production goes and we have to keep in mind that there are volume production contracts, especially with console makers, as well as with several OEMs and assemblers who have a number of chips allocated in advance.
This situation is what drove AMD to move forward to derive some products to TSMC’s “6nm” process, which allows the transfer of designs for 7nm nodes. Of course, do not be surprised that due to the saturation of products we see the most veterans disappear and therefore reach the end of their life cycle. Mostly RDNA based GPUs, Ryzen 4000 SoCs, and Ryzen 3000 processors.