AMD’s Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled is not supposed to be available to general audience, but only to PC builders. Yet, some retailers in India are offering this product unconnectedly from a system. The price dramatically exceeds that of AMD’s MSRP for an air-cooled Radeon RX 6900 XT, one of the best graphics cards in its own right..
AMD officially said that its Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled was a limited edition product set to be available only to select system integrators (SIs). The part about SIs is important because it indeed means relatively low volume PC builders as opposed to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), which are high-volume PC suppliers. Apparently, it is not that limited.
Apparently, three retail stores in India have Sapphire’s Radeon RX 6900 XT Liquid Cooled, as VideoCardz reports. The price is about $3,000 (which includes India’s VAT). While the price looks like extremely high even by today’s high price standards for graphics cards, it is indeed a very high-end product that has a number of advantages, such as 16 GBs of 18 GT/s GDDR6 memory (a regular version carries 16 GT/s GDDR6 SGRAM).
Sapphire, which is at least partly owned by Chinese contract maker PC Partner, is a historical manufacturing partner of ATI Technologies (now owned by AMD). The fact that AMD’s reference cards are built by PC Partner is well known, yet not discussed widely. To that end, it is surprising to see a Sapphire-branded Radeon RX 6900 XT LC card.
Will this product be available widely for a long time? Only time will tell.