I remember the Polaris / Pascal times. I had just gotten myself a reference RX480/8Gb, a few weeks after it had come out. I was getting laughed at for not waiting for the OEM ones...All these articles about the 6000 series cards are just hot air. So many mainstream users are unable to get their hands on them. Unless you plan to pay double or more their retail price from a scalper. This would be laughable if it wasn't so preventable.
I'm really hoping at some point all these retail websites institute captcha requirements, in some fashion, prior to checkout. Not on all products, but certainly NEW products that are certain to draw significant interest from scalper markets. Bots can't scoop up thousands of market ready cards on a whim (or at least it's a bit harder), only to hold them hostage for double their value. Maybe place order limits.... who knows... common sense things. But at the end of the day, manufacturers and retailers don't care who buys their product..... they sold their product, and that's all that matters to them, right?
4 months into launch for some of these products and I am no closer to having a new CPU/GPU. But all these units have been shipped.... sure. What a joke the 6000 series Radeon, 3000 series NVidia, and 5000 series Ryzen launches have been. Color me a touch frustrated at this point.
I remember those times. Thankfully I was between builds. I'd finished out one in 2012 and my next build wasn't until 2016. Now I'm in my next replacement cycle, trying to build a new rig. My 1800x cpu and RX580 GPU are getting older, GPU especially. I've been waiting anxiously since the 6000 series GPU's were announced. The 1800x processor still does okay, but I can tell it's lugging a little during multi-app sessions. Either way... I won't be spending scalper prices to replace them. Meanwhile, I have a case/power supply/RAM/motherboard/etc sitting off in the corner just waiting for the CPU/GPU.I remember the Polaris / Pascal times. I had just gotten myself a reference RX480/8Gb, a few weeks after it had come out. I was getting laughed at for not waiting for the OEM ones...
Then Mining started.
I actually hesitated to sell my card for a hundred bucks MORE than I had paid for it.
I still have it. I'd like to replace it, but I won't spend more than 300 euros on a GPU. You can expect me to preorder a 6700 as soon as it's announced, as long as it's at MSRP.
The 5500 was a way for AMD to stop making 14/12nm chips and focus on a single architecture instead of keeping up support for any variant of GCN. The main problem with AMD cards is that they stay relevant for a frustratingly long length of time - some times longer than the card itself could bear it.This looks like we'll finally get a proper replacement for the RX 480\580\590 (barring the 5500xt, which i guess was more of a compliment than replacement). Problem is, im sure its going to be priced much higher, displacing the RX 5700's, and it wont matter since they wont be in stock until the latter half of the year anyway. Still, something to look forward to in Q3 \ Q4 2021 and 2022?