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Don’t even bother. AMD’s latest graphics card, the Radeon RX 6700 XT, was impossible to buy during today’s launch. And to add insult to injury, the retail prices for the 6700 XT—which is supposed to start at $479—soared as high as $829.
Our first attempt to buy the product focused on AMD’s official online store, which was supposed to sell the card starting at 6 a.m. PST. However, the company’s website kept displaying a “503 Service Temporarily Unavailable” error, likely due to a surge in user traffic.
It wasn’t until 6:58 a.m. when AMD’s online store finally showed the 6700 XT. But by then, the product was listed as out of stock.
We also tried to buy the graphics card from Best Buy. But it sold out in minutes, if not seconds. At 6:15 a.m., we noticed the retailer was opening sales for several 6700 XT models. But each time we clicked on “add to cart,” Best Buy told us to wait before telling us the products were sold out.
Newegg, on the other hand, is avoiding the first-come, first-served approach. This morning, the retailer is selling 17 different 6700 XT models through a raffle system, dubbed Newegg Shuffle, which will remain open to interested buyers until 11 a.m. PST. You can enter a raffle for all 17 models if you want. Newegg will then draw winners in the afternoon, and notify them by email, allowing eligible customers to purchase the products online.
But don’t get your hopes up. We’ve tried the raffle at least six times, and have never been chosen as a winner.
Another alternative is to try a Micro Center store, if you have one nearby. The retailer plans on having about 70 units of the 6700 XT at each Micro Center location. But don’t be surprised to see a large line of interested customers waiting outside before the store opens.
The other bad news is that the cost for some 6700 XT models far exceeds the $479 starting price for the graphics card, likely due to Trump-era tariffs and rising manufacturing costs. Asus, for example, priced an overclocked version at $829. Six other models are going for $700 and up.
Not everyone came up empty during today’s launch. On eBay, you can find the 6700 XT on sale from scalpers. However, the prices range from $1,100 to $1,600 per card.
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