AMD has nearly run out of Radeon RX 6000 GPUs entirely

Goodbye, RDNA 2.

AMD RDNA 2 GPUs - Image: AMD
AMD RDNA 2 GPUs - Image: AMD

AMD Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards are quietly disappearing from major retailers as Team Red is quickly running out of inventory. RDNA 2 hardware is now becoming harder to find at discounted or even full retail prices in the wake of the upcoming RDNA 4 GPU generation, rumoured to launch at the end of this year.

As spotted by Toms Hardware, the RDNA 2 stock impacted the most are the high-end RX 6950 XT, 6900 XT, and 6800 XT. Each is almost entirely out of stock in the US through major retailers such as Newegg and Amazon in new condition. It’s not entirely unexpected, given these graphics cards are well over three years old and have since been replaced by the newer RX 7000 line, which debuted in 2022.

In particular, stock has almost completely vanished for the 6950 XT (a late-generation refresh) and the 6900 XT. While the prices were steadily decreasing throughout 2023 and into the early months of 2024, it’s now gotten to a point where you’re expected to pay over the odds for older GPU hardware, which isn’t worth splashing out extra above MSRP.

Team Red is usually smart in lowering the prices of its hardware to shift more units, especially if it has had a troubled launch. AMD even went as far as to delay the initial launch of mid-range and mainstream RDNA 3 cards to May (RX 7600) and September (RX 7700 XT and RX 7800 XT) 2023 to flush out the remaining RX 6000 RDNA 2 flagships at heavily discounted rates. Now, however, that’s all over, as RDNA 2 availability is in the twilight of its life.

If you were thinking of buying a cheap RX 6000 GPU then this is your absolute last chance, provided you can find them heavily under MSRP. They aren’t as powerful as their RX 7000 counterparts, but you could score an RDNA 2 flagship for the price of an RDNA 3 mainstream model if you shop around. We recommend only buying from trusted retailers and avoiding buying used as these cards could have been used for crypto mining, which can seriously impact their condition and performance – even if the heatsink doesn’t necessarily show it.

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