AMD’s new updated RDNA 2 GPUs – a trio of slightly faster revs on existing Big Navi models – are in plentiful stock in the US (and seeing decent levels in other regions), with graphics cards being firmly fixed at the recommended price of the Team Red.
That’s the observation of one of the regular hardware leakers taking to Twitter, Greymon55, who tweeted in reference to these new 6×50 XT models (i.e. the flagship 6950 XT in addition to the 6750 XT and 6650 XT).
Watched for some time and found that 6x50XT is in good stock and sold strictly according to the MSRP. This is a good trend.May 17, 2022
The availability and pricing of these RDNA 2 deals appears to be pitching as Greymon55 claims, or at least that’s what we found after a quick look at the price tags – and clearly that’s a good trend.
For example, at Newegg (at the time of this writing) there are two 6950 XT models available at MSRP in the US ($1,099) and a few 6750 XT products at the recommended price ($549) with a few others just a smidgen on top of that. (With third-party cards, we can always expect the more sophisticated ones to command a prize, of course).
In the case of the low-end 6650 XT, so do a couple of models at MSRP ($399 in this case), and again, there are other products that aren’t much more ($20 or $30 above, an extra outlay you won’t lose much sleep).
In the UK, we found an RX 6950 XT (on eBuyer) launched with just a tap on the MSRP and one on Scan just a smidgen above (which is a today-only deal, so grab that fast GPU if you want), along with a few others elsewhere that are a little more expensive (again, you’ll obviously pay more for a faster liquid-cooled 6950 XT).
There are several 6750 XT models floating around in the UK for just over MSRP (for around £20 or so, not a lot in other words), and on OCUK we find a 6650 XT launched at just ten dollars above the MSRP, with other variants on offer. elsewhere, giving it a more premium touch at £30 or so – but many are in the right stadium.
Other regions are expected to see a similar state of affairs, but of course that’s not guaranteed (following one of Greymon’s tweet replies, Australia isn’t doing this easily with the new RDNA 2 GPUs).
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All of this is more welcome news following the general trend of recent times where graphics card prices have already started to drop and normalize towards MSRP levels. We can expect to have seen the last of the extremely inflated GPU prices as stock availability is expected to improve further as we head into the second half of 2022.
AMD appears to be on the offensive to regain some GPU territory, trying to move forward with these new releases of RDNA 2. As we saw yesterday, Frank Azor, the company’s chief game solutions and marketing architect, is busy telling us what how much better the Big Navi is compared to the RTX 3000 in terms of performance per dollar (and per Watt).
It’s perhaps not surprising that AMD feels the need to push for more traction in the race against Nvidia, considering a recent report that pointed out just how much Team Green dominates the best-selling GPU graphics at Newegg in the US.
So did the new RDNA 2 cards have any impact on these Newegg graphics? The answer is no, not yet, as it remains the case that Nvidia completely dominates, with no less than 48 of the top 50 GPUs. Yes, that’s right: AMD only has two graphics cards in this entire top 50, placed at numbers 18 (an RX 6600 product) and 46 (an RX 6700 XT).
Still, we have to give things time, but AMD is also apparently slipping in the battle waged through rumor in terms of high-end GPUs, with one leaker saying he’s quite ‘disappointed’ with how the RDNA 3 is faring. shaping compared to the RTX 4000 (which will supposedly not consume as much power as previously thought).
Either way, it’s good to see Team Red feeling compelled to be more competitive and hitting the MSRP with their new products, with more price drops perhaps in the pipeline (it might still be worth the wait to see what happens with long-term pricing, unless you absolutely need to get a new GPU now).