Radeon Rx 7900 China Launch Delayed Reportedly Due to Tensions With Taiwan: If the most recent speculations turn out to be true, AMD’s introduction of the Radeon RX 7900 series could not go as smoothly as planned. According to the claims of a number of different sources, AMD’s next-generation products, which will compete with one another for a spot on the list of best graphics cards, may be experiencing supply concerns as well as packaging problems that are unique to the Chinese market. We have attempted to contact AMD for a comment on this matter.
Chinese hardware leakers ECSM Official and MEGAsizeGPU think that reference Radeon RX 7900-series graphics cards will not be accessible initially in mainland China due to import laws. Both of these websites open in new tabs. The reason for this is that the product packaging claims that it was “Made in Taiwan,” which allegedly violates a labelling regulation that China has for imported goods from Taiwan. As a consequence of this, one leaker claims that AMD will likely be required to produce unique packaging for reference Radeon RX 7900-series SKUs just for the Chinese market.
It is not the first time that China has taken a stringent stance against the incorrect labelling of the country manufacturing computer hardware. Corsair had earlier this year confessed that some of the brand’s items that were sold in China contained a printing error on the packaging.
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Igor’s Lab, a German newspaper, claims to have learnt that roughly 10,000 reference Radeon RX 7900-series graphics cards would be available for the EMEA region, with approximately 3,000 units earmarked for Germany. This information may be found in a new tab. According to the outlet’s sources, driver and BIOS issues have been plaguing AMD’s future graphics cards. The article claims that one of the “major exclusive partners” won’t ship its products until after the official launch, which means that they won’t be available for purchase until one week after the event. Another unnamed retailer is supposedly claiming that their graphics cards won’t be available for purchase until January 2023 at the earliest.
On the other hand, there is a debate taking place on Board Channel (opens in a new tab) regarding the fact that new coronavirus outbreaks have caused certain manufacturers to shut down their operations. However, reports indicate that some of the affected facilities have just resumed shipment of products related to the Radeon RX 7900 series.
Even if a great number of manufacturers have announced their unique RDNA 3 graphics cards, it’s possible that only a few of them will actually be available on December 13. AMD intends to compete with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 4080 with its own Radeon RX 7900-series graphics cards. The Ada Lovelace graphics card has a suggested retail price of $1,199, while the Radeon RX 7900 XT and RX 7900 XTX will be available for purchase at prices of $899 and $999, respectively. Assuming that RDNA 3 will be competitive and that AMD will have sufficient stock, it looks like Nvidia could be in trouble.
A recent report, which is said to have come from the Board Channel discussion, suggests that Nvidia might reduce the price of the GeForce RTX 4080 sometime around the middle of December. Instead of being concerned about the introduction of RDNA 3, the company is reportedly doing this to increase the price-to-performance ratio of the GeForce RTX 4080 and to encourage sales. A price reduction for the GeForce RTX 4080 would surely help improve sales throughout the holiday season and fend off RDNA 3, as the product has not been doing particularly well in recent months.