AMD changes its mind about killing off reference design RX 6000 GPUs

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Just a few days ago we reported that AMD could already be discontinuing its Radeon RX 6800 and 6900 series reference cards. But it now appears it’s had a change of heart, with Scott Herkelman, the CVP and GM of AMD Radeon, confirming that “we've just officially extended the reference design builds indefinitely due to popular demand”.

Herkelman was responding to a question on twitter (you can see the exchange below), and it will now continue to sell its own reference design of its Big Navi graphics cards beyond 2021.

This is a welcome bit of news, as many of us were concerned by AMD’s original decision to stop selling its reference design RX 6000 GPUs in early 2021, with AMD confirming to our sister site PC Gamer that it would stop producing its triple-fan 'Big Navi' cooler.

A welcome move

It’s clear that AMD has been persuaded by the popularity of its new cards and the negative reaction to news that the reference designs were being so quickly discontinued – and this is a good move in our view.

The new AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards, like the RX 6900 XT, have proved to be incredibly popular, and sold out moments after launching. The fact that AMD will continue to make its own reference cards, alongside third party makers such as Asus and MSI, means there will hopefully be more stock, and more choice, for consumers who want to get these new cards.

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Core Tech

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Core Tech, looking after computing and mobile technology. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made.