Radeon GPUs are still in short supply.
AMD disputed last week that its graphics card division prioritises selling cards to bitcoin miners above consumers who use the cards to play games. The refusal comes in light of the ongoing scarcity of the most recent GPUs, as well as recent sightings of AMD mining cards.
At Deutsche Bank’s 2021 Technology Conference, the company interviewed the CFO of AMD over a range of topics concerning AMD’s revenue growth. Deutsche Bank’s Ross Seymore asked AMD what was driving its growth in graphics—whether it was client-side, data centers, or if crypto mining contributed.
“Crypto, negligible. That’s not a priority for us,” said AMD CFO Devinder Kumar. “We do not prioritize our product or make them for the crypto folks is not for the gamers and that’s a high priority from that standpoint.[sic]”
Kumar pointed out last year’s release of AMD’s latest generation of graphics cards, the Radeon 6000 series, as a driver of the growth.
Some buyers may be wary after photographs from Vietnam surfaced late last month showing what appeared to be a mining card powered by AMD’s Navi 12 GPU. GPUs are still difficult to obtain and sell for considerably above MSRP as of last month. Those purchasing the cards to mine cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum are just one factor, coupled with silicon shortages and logistics issues caused by the global pandemic.
The 6000 series appears to be extremely scarce in gaming right now, with none of its GPUs appearing in Steam’s most recent hardware survey for DirectX systems. Nvidia’s latest rival graphics cards, the RTX 3000 series, are also difficult to obtain but have risen up Steam’s charts.