This news corrects the rumours circulating for a short while. AMD says its Radeon Technologies group won’t discontinue RX 5700 series’ PCB reference design. The company made this clear via Scott Herkelman, its VP and general manager of the AMD RTG group via Twitter.
Comment from Scott Herkelmann…
We will continue to offer the Radeon 5700 series reference design on https://t.co/5ixAVwSJf6 and select OEM, retail and etailers. However, we are fully transitioning our AIB partners over to their own custom designs.
— Scott Herkelman (@sherkelman) August 10, 2019
This rumour stems from a French-based Cowcotland. It claims that AMD will be tag its reference PCB design for all the RX 5700 series graphics cards as End-of-Life as soon as its partners launch its custom models. This also included AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition.
Any good non-reference GPUs with custom cooling and PCB designs are appreciated and encouraged. But most of the waterblocks sold separately are made usually for reference PCBs. Therefore, its continued existence is required for certain consumer-base. For its reference spec cooling, not many people will take a liking towards blower-style design unless people want to be the ‘first’ to buy it. NVIDIA did the same with its Founders Edition graphics cards.
The only exception being the pre-installed options. As of now, none of AMD’s AIC partners has shown any indication of its existence. Despite its axe over the Radeon VII, killing off reference designs of AMD Radeon’s latest only cards does not make any sense for now.
Official statement via AMD…
However, AMD’s response is very cryptic. Via Toms’ Hardware, the RTG said the following:
“We expect there will continue to be a strong supply of Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards in the market, with multiple designs starting to arrive from our AIB partners. As is standard practice, once the inventory of the AMD reference cards has been sold, AMD will continue to support new partner designs with Radeon RX 5700 series reference design kit.”
This official statement implies that AMD will keep continuing selling its reference design PCB as long as its stocks exist. But it will continue its AIC partners if they choose to stick with its PCB design. So the question is: How much of its stocks remain- both with AMD and its AIC partners??
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) August 11, 2019