AMD responds to Radeon VII supply rumors, says it expects stock to meet demand

Polycount

TS Evangelist
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Rumors surfaced this week that suggested AMD's upcoming RTX 2080 competitor, the 7nm Radeon VII, would face supply problems on launch. Specifically, TweakTown claimed "industry contacts" told them that there would be less than 5,000 Radeon VIIs in stock.

Given AMD's relative absence in the GPU market lately, the rumors probably seemed pretty credible to many; and for those who are actively looking for a way out of Nvidia's GPU ecosystem without compromising on performance, the information probably came as a major disappointment.

While AMD has not outright denied the rumors, it has issued a statement claiming that it "will have products available" via its partners and its official website at launch, adding that it fully expects the Radeon VII's supply to meet demand.

As you can probably tell, the wording of the statement is pretty vague, and it's effectively a non-response. For all we know, AMD could be confirming TweakTown's report, and simply saying that it doesn't expect much demand to begin with. Alternatively, the exact opposite could be the case.

Either way, we won't know the truth until the GPU officially hits the market on February 7 for $699.

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Foobario

TS Rookie
AMD has no idea as to what demand will be for this card. They can only produce the card in large quantities if the MI60 is requiring the wafers to be produced.

As a shareholder, I prefer that they not push wafers through just for this low margin card to just let MI60 cards sit in inventory all year. That just uses up cashflow that is much needed elsewhere.

The only people that will buy this, at this price, will be AMD loyalists that want to move up to 4K gaming. The question is how many of those people exist. Is it 5,000 or 40,000? We will never know as GPU unit sales per card are never made public. So discussing it is a waste of time and just an attempt to stir up a news cycle.

If there are reports of tight inventory for this card at the end of February I will be happy as it means AMD is limiting the production of this card as they should. Unless, of course, there is a material drop in the price of HBM2 that allows this card to move up closer to the corporate average gross margin levels.
 

Namtrooper

TS Enthusiast
With stock levels this low it will probably never even reach our African shores. Oh well. Guess we will wait for Navi. Gives me time to save up for a ryzen 3000 to replace my aging 2600K.
 

Bubbajim

TechSpot Staff
Staff member
AMD has no idea as to what demand will be for this card.
So first AMD has no idea of demand,
The only people that will buy this, at this price, will be
But then you have some idea of who's buying it,

The question is how many of those people exist. Is it 5,000 or 40,000? We will never know as GPU unit sales per card are never made public.
Then you have no idea, but AMD might because they have data that isn't public,

I will be happy as it means AMD is limiting the production of this card as they should.
Then BOTH you and AMD have some idea.

I am confused.
 
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redgarl

TS Enthusiast
If I was not already an owner of a 1080 TI, I would jump on it.

For content creators, it is hand down the best deal available for 16 GB of HBM2.

The more I think about it, the more I think this card is looking better and better.

If AMD can manage to have similar power draw in the area of a 2080 RTX, it could become a serious options.
 

hahahanoobs

TS Evangelist
$699 Vega VII for the first 30 days then a drop to $599 a la the Pro Duo, FX 9590 and others. AMD can never compete with equal pricing. People that know AMD wait for price drops, because they are expected and AMD always delivers. AMD can't survive forever like that. RTG should go to Intel. AMD can't do CPU and GPU and stay competitive.

AMD is known to have low stock at launch. When they do finally launch a high end product that is. This is no different.