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AMD Will Keep Selling Reference Design Big Navi Cards Indefinitely

Radeon RX 6800 XT
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AMD has officially changed its mind and is promising to keep selling its reference design RX 6000 series cards indefinitely, according to a new tweet from AMD graphics business unit Vice President Scott Herkelman. 

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On November 19th, Herkelman tweeted that AMD’s reference design cards for Big Navi, which is what Team Red calls its in-house Founders Edition equivalents, would only be sold through early 2021. This was in line with the company’s past GPU releases, where AMD de-emphasized its reference design cards once enough custom cards were on the market. But in a December 9th tweet, Herkelman said the company had reversed this decision.

Responding to a fan who cited waterblocks built for the RX 6000 series reference designs and asked why they wouldn’t be sold longer, Herkelman said the reference design cards would now be sold “indefinitely due to popular demand.”

Whether this is due to positive reception for the RX 6800, 6800 XT, and 6900 XT, or due to the current low availability of the reference card designs for these GPUs, we’re not sure. But AMD fans - especially those eyeing parts built specifically for the reference card designs - can rest easy knowing that there’s no longer any rush to get their hands on AMD’s in-house GPUs.    

  • neojack
    this fan openly admited he would watercool his card.

    does that mean that AMD acknowledges use of 3rd party cooling on their reference design cards, and would their honor the warranty ?

    thus far only XFX does that, at the condition of registering the card when you buy it new, and send a message to the support asking for "permission"
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  • MasterMadBones
    neojack said:
    this fan openly admited he would watercool his card.

    does that mean that AMD acknowledges use of 3rd party cooling on their reference design cards, and would their honor the warranty ?
    No. AMD's warranty policy will be the same as it has always been. They do acknowledge that some users may want to overclock or modify their products, as they are the user's property from the moment of purchase. Generally speaking, AMD is very supportive of tweakers.
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  • NightHawkRMX
    "Indefinitely" probably isn't the right word.
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  • King_V
    A.D. 2017 2027...
    Me: "You know, it really grinds my gears that I can't still get an RX 6800 even though AMD promised..." :LOL:
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  • neojack
    You meant 2027 i guess lol
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  • King_V
    neojack said:
    You meant 2027 i guess lol
    I did, but I'm living in the past.
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