back to article AMD's latest top-end RX 6900 XT GPUs vacuumed up in minutes... maybe even by some actual gamers

Geeks hoping to grab AMD’s latest and most powerful gaming graphics card, the RX 6900 XT, were left in the dust after available stocks were sucked dry from online stores minutes after the gear was launched on Tuesday. AMD CEO Lisa Su touted the RX 6000 family in October, presenting gamers with a cheaper alternative to Nvidia’s …

  1. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    vented about scalpers and bots

    Stop paying over the odds from non-manufacturer-approved retailers, and scalpers and bots suddenly have no market.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: vented about scalpers and bots


      I've been after a new GPU since September.

      I refuse to buckle. I could pay an extra 200 - if I'm lucky - but I'd literally rather give to organised crime.

    2. FeepingCreature Bronze badge

      Re: vented about scalpers and bots

      Alternately, AMD can jack up their prices to scalper levels. At least that way the money will go to the right people.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Gamers will put up with a lot

    Gamers seem willing to put up with an awful lot. AAA titles which are broken on release. Micro-transactions and pay-to-win loot boxes. Constant multi-GB patches. Endless reskins of the same title. Paying over the odds for brand-new state-of-the-art hardware is just another burden to bear.

    1. juice

      Re: Gamers will put up with a lot

      > Gamers seem willing to put up with an awful lot

      You could say the same about sports cars, motorbikes, designer fashion, mobile phones, penthouse apartments...

      Humans like shiny things, and a significant percentage like to have brand new shiny which they can wave at the Jones next door, even if it means accepting compromises and/or vastly inflated prices.

      Thankfully, I've (mostly) worked that particular little foible out of my system - these days, I generally buy stuff that's either used or mid-tier. Either way, the prices tend to be less than half of the top-end new shiny, and that gives me more money for going to the pub...

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "after available stocks were sucked dry from online stores minutes after the gear was launched on Tuesday."

    Stolen by bots for scalpers. This needs sorting out.

    Trying to build a gaming PC currently - with a RTX 3060Ti - and no stock and no date on when that stock will come back in stock (and even if it did - it would probably be grabbed straight away)

    1. TeraTelnet

      I eventually gave up and went with a last-gen Radeon 5600XT instead. It'll do me for 2-3 years, considering I was upgrading from a 7850!

  4. Horridbloke


    I really miss being able to order a nice graphics card for a reasonable or semi-reasonable price and have it delivered a couple of days later.

    (Still using a 780GTX)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Nostalgia

      If you only want a nice card as an upgrade for a 780GTX, you can get one in a few days.

      It's people who want the absolute latest only-released-in-the-last-few-weeks cards who are out of luck. If you're using a 780, I reckon the "official" retail prices for these are unlikely to meet your "reasonable or semi-reasonable price" criterion (never mind the scalpers' prices).

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Nostalgia

        I've been after a card that came out in September.

        I get your point, but exaggeration is not helpful.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Nostalgia

          Fair point. It was an honest mistake on my part about the latest Nvidia cards. I can only say that what with... <waves at outside world> ...September feels like only a few weeks ago.

          I'm also not the target market for these. Any gaming I do is on linux via Steam (and Proton), and I'm not interested in most of the recent titles which benefit most from this generation of cards. Everything I play seems to run just fine on my four-year-old card, possibly with a few settings turned down.

          When the budget versions come out next year? Maybe, but I'm not desperate for one.

          1. seven of five

            Re: Nostalgia

            Proton (since a few hours ago) supports CP2077[1]. So you effectively are "a target market".

            [1] on AMD cards only. Unfortunetaly, everything quicker than a RX5700XT is sold out.

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Nostalgia

              I'm not a target for two reasons. Firstly, I've got an NVidia card (AMD's range 4 years ago was not as good). Quite why NVidia's not supported I've no idea, and I suspect that it will shortly be fixed. Secondly, and more importantly, I'm firmly in the "50 quid for a sodding game?! It'll be half that in 3 months!" camp. Steam's sales (and Proton) mean that, like most of their users, I've got a bit of a backlog. No sense in buying it on launch day when I won't get round to playing it for months.

  5. MrMerrymaker

    Unsurprising lack of action

    I've reported a few scalpers to Amazon - I am not alone in doing so, as these sellers get many comments calling them all sorts.

    None of them taken down. See also Ebay

    And what tech hardware shops have put up anti bot measures?

    The sad truth is filthy lucre. They don't care how the money comes in or who, or what, it is for.

    1. Wade Burchette

      Re: Unsurprising lack of action

      "feeBay" makes a percentage of the final sale price. I am sure Amazon does as well. The higher the price, the more profit to eBay and Amazon. What is their motivation to remove scalpers?

  6. juice

    They've all been bought by gamers...

    Just those with pockets deep enough to pay the scalpers.

    This sort of scenario has been a problem for a long long time when it comes to things like music festivals and gigs.

    Sadly, it's been difficult to get any traction on resolving the issue, not least because at least some of the ticket agencies also have their fingers in the resellers market.

    And similarly when it comes to game consoles - Sony's PS5 may be scarce atm (and the Xbox Series X is nearly as bad), but the Nintendo Wii/Wii Fit were like hens teeth when they first came out.

    You can also bet that there'll be some MBA types twitching at the thought of Sony/Nintendo/Nvidia/etc selling their wares at a price point below what the market is clearly willing to bear. And/or to rise up in protest at any attempts to implement anti-scalper mechanisms...

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