AMD inexplicably threw a bone to scalpers with the limited edition GPU ‘Midnight Black’

Since the world desperately needs another GPU that people can’t actually buy, AMD decided to release a limited edition version of its “Midnight Black” its Radeon RX 6800 XT early Wednesday morning, where it sold out before most people even saw it. card there.

You may be thinking, “Why would you release a limited version of something that’s practically a collector’s item even without a new coat of paint?” (AMD’s recent GPUs are even rarer than Nvidia’s, although both currently have two to three times the retail price on eBay.)

Or maybe you’re thinking, “When exactly did AMD announce the new GPU?” I don’t remember that. “That’s because the company didn’t formally publish it: according to VideoCardz, AMD quietly emailed its AMD Red Team community fan by email around midnight that they should look for the card at 6 a.m. PT, an announcement that, to put it mildly, was not kept secret.

Personally, I’m just wondering: if AMD really wanted to put video cards in the hands of its fans, why not check their email or email unique, non-transferable passwords or reward them or do basically anything other than put them on the same website a site where bots, scalpers, and everyone else already know they’re looking for it – a site that some browsers set up to refresh all day?

There seemed to be a special “Red Team link”, but a bunch of potential customers reported it didn’t work – while several others claimed they could buy one on the store’s main page by hitting the refresh button or using a Javascript shortcut to cheat the site .

There are potential solutions to these problems, but the gaming industry doesn’t seem too interested in finding them. Still, AMD should be acknowledged for selling it at the original retail price of $ 649, instead of charging more.

It is not clear how many Midnight Black cards were produced; at the time of printing, two customers were trying to check their confirmed orders on eBay, while a third withdrew their listing due to an unspecified error.

AMD speaks The Verge “Continues to focus on delivering the latest Radeon graphics cards to as many players as possible at SEP,” and as part of that counts the brief appearance of the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Midnight Black.

“We continue to make reference cards available on and will continue to replenish inventory in the foreseeable future,” says the company, something it failed to do the last time I wrote about a similar claim. However, since then AMD has (very briefly) shipped GPU supplies at least three times as far as I know.