A few hours after the official debut on the market, the Radeon RX 6800 XT does not wait and marks the first record in the 3DMark benchmark, confirming among other things the excellent propensity to overclock of the RDNA2 GPUs. User Lucky_n00b uploaded to the HWBot platform the result of his Radeon RX 6800 XT overclocked at the stratospheric 2650 MHz frequency with standard air cooling, all flanked by a Ryzen 9 5950X pushed to 5.4 GHz and aided by a good dose of liquid nitrogen.
The result was not validated on the 3DMark database as the user disabled the Tesselation option (action not allowed on the 3DMark Hall of Fame), thus managing to overcome the record belonging to the GeForce RTX 3090 in the 3DMark Fire Strike; result and validation aside, the remarkable thing is certainly the frequency reached by the GPU which, with unconventional dissipation systems, will probably give further satisfactions to the overclockers.
Waiting to see how the Radeon RX 6900 XT, the true flagship model of the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series, behaves, the discussion now inevitably moves on the actual availability of the cards which, as feared by many, unfortunately, are unobtainable especially in Italy.
We have conducted some tests on the main Italian search engines and on the most well-stocked online shops but, like many of you, without any success. Curious to note how on one of the most popular and reliable online stores, trying to look for some traces of the Radeon RX 6800 we immediately received this message:
Sympathies for brands aside, the situation for the Radeon RX 6000 unfortunately does not seem to be different from the disastrous one seen for the GeForce RTX 30, even if AMD is not there and tries to counter the accusations of a paper launch, as it happened recently for the Ryzen 5000.
To respond to the accusations of a paper launch is at the forefront Frank Azor, Chief Architect of Gaming Solutions at AMD, who already before the launch had reassured users that the availability for the Radeon RX 6000 would be good. The web obviously does not forgive and on twitter the posts addressed to the head of the AMD GPUs were different, followed however by a clear post from Azor:
AMD therefore did not expect such a high demand and claims to want nothing more than to sell the cards to gamers, however, given the unsuccessful launch of the GeForce RTX 30, it was foreseeable that buyers scattered around the world would practically dive in. on the new Radeon RX 6000.
Not happy, Azor posted another tweet where he showed he bought a Radeon RX 6800 directly from the AMD website; the reaction of users unfortunately was not happy and someone posted additional screenshots that testify instead that some stores (even important ones) have practically not received any Radeon RX 6000. This is the situation at the moment, we hope that both NVIDIA and AMD can guarantee, in a not too distant future, better availability of their products; In our opinion, there will be no turnaround before the first quarter of 2021