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Two of AMD’s new RDNA 2-inspired Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs are set for release in the UK later this week, bringing not only significant performance gains that compete with Nvidia’s RTX 3000 Series but ray-tracing technology too. It seems AMD is finally ready to compete at the high-end of the GPU market after taking the CPU market by storm in recent years.
But despite all the excitement around AMD’s new graphics cards, there are still questions around UK pricing and where you’ll be able to buy them at launch. Don’t worry – we cover all you need to know about buying the AMD Radeon RX 6000 series in the UK right here.
When will the AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series be released in the UK?
Much like the release of Nvidia’s recent GPU range, AMD’s Radeon RX 6000 Series launch is set to be staggered over the course of a couple of weeks. The excitement kicks off with the release of the AMD Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT on 18 November 2020, followed by the high-end RX 9600 XT on 8 December 2020.
But while we know the release date, one thing currently unclear is the launch timing. As we know, Nvidia aimed for a 1pm GMT release for its RTX 3070, and it’s possible that AMD could follow a similar release schedule.
After all, 1pm coincides with lunchtime in the UK, giving even those at work a chance to get in on the Radeon fun as soon as the GPUs are available to buy. On the other hand, there are whispers on Reddit that suggest a 2pm GMT launch, so it’s not set in stone by any means. Rest assured, we’ll update this section as soon as we hear any news.
How much will the RX 6000 Series cost in the UK?
US pricing was announced at the reveal event, starting at $579 for the AMD Radeon RX 6800 and increasing to $649 for the RX 6800 XT and $999 for the RX 6900 XT. That’s fairly standard for a product launch – most tech companies announce US pricing on stage and confirm local pricing via press release. The odd thing is that, weeks after the reveal event and days before the launch of two of the GPUs, AMD has yet to confirm UK pricing for the RX 6000 range.
Whispers on Reddit suggest that retailers are under NDA and can’t disclose either UK pricing or even whether they’ll be selling the GPUs until release day. This could be in an effort to avoid legions of bots snapping up the (allegedly limited) stock available on release – a problem Nvidia had with its GPU launches – but it also makes it tough for fans to prepare for the launch.
Besides, even with that logic in mind, it doesn’t make sense for AMD to hold back on UK pricing unless there’s a potential pricing issue. Will it be more expensive than Nvidia’s options in the UK? It’s impossible to say at this point, but if it is true, AMD will be keen to get reviews out on launch day to avoid putting people off – especially those considering jumping ship from Nvidia.
That could be the company’s strategy here, especially considering we’re yet to see any reviews of the next-gen GPUs go live.
Where can I buy the AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series in the UK?
With a rumoured NDA on UK pricing and availability until the day of launch, it’s impossible to say with certainty where you’ll be able to get your hands on one if you’re in Blighty. But what we can do is provide a list of retailers that we strongly suspect will stock the Radeon RX 6000 Series based on Nvidia’s recent launches and previous AMD stock availability.
With all that in mind, we expect to see the AMD Radeon RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT available at the following retailers at release on Wednesday:
We will update this section with a confirmed list as soon as that information comes to light, so check back frequently for the latest details on UK retailers.
For more information on the next-gen GPUs, take a look at the latest AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series news.