AMD’s Senior Director Riche Corpus during an interview with BabelTechReviews said that more reference RX 6000 cards will be available in the first quarter. Riche also confirmed that board partners have their full support concerning the development of custom designs.
The GM and CVP at Radeon, Scott Herkelman, confirmed last year that AMD will be manufacturing reference RX6000 cards through early 2021 which confirms that reference cards will be available in the market soon.
Boradpartnes have also approached the press, confirming that AMD has halted the shipment of additional MBA (reference) cards.
Based on the response to our AMD Radeon RX 6800 Series and Radeon RX 6900 XT reference design graphics cards, we are extending production to make them available to as many gamers as possible on AMD.com at SEP. Additional reference cards are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2021. We will also continue supporting our partners in the development of their custom AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 Series graphics card designs.
— AMD’s Ritchie Corpus – Sr. Director, ISV SW Alliances, Radeon Technologies Group
AMD changed its plan to manufacture reference cards indefinitely after it dropped its reference design. AMD had decided on the traditional method with a one-off release of their graphic cards and then focus on the GPU delivery to their board partners. Since the situation is different this time due to increased overheads, AMD has sold its reference design through its official website.