Bottom line: Despite rumors saying in any other case, AMD and Scott Herkelman have publicly put the matter to relaxation. AMD will transition to assist customized Navi-based AIB graphics playing cards, however reference designs will nonetheless be provided via and any companions that need to hold providing them.

Recent rumors impressed headlines and tales throughout the net insisting that AMD had killed off its reference design Radeon RX 5700-series GPUs. The rumors appear to stem from an unsubstantiated report by French web site Cowcatland, the place the publication claimed AMD was going end-of-life standing with its RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT reference fashions.

However, AMD has confirmed they don’t seem to be pulling its reference designs after solely a month in the marketplace. In statements to each Tom’s Hardware and PCWorld, AMD clarified the matter.

“We expect there will continue to be strong supply of Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards in the market, with multiple designs starting to arrive from our AIB partners. As is standard practice, once the inventory of the AMD reference cards has been sold, AMD will continue to support new partner designs with Radeon RX 5700 series reference design kit.”

So, whereas it’s true that AMD goes to permit AIB accomplice playing cards to saturate the retail channels going ahead — which is regular –AMD’s reference playing cards will nonetheless exist and stay obtainable. That’s additionally a degree that AMD’s Scott Herkelman strengthened on Twitter.

We will proceed to supply the Radeon 5700 sequence reference design on and choose OEM, retail and etailers. However, we’re absolutely transitioning our AIB companions over to their very own customized designs.

— Scott Herkelman (@sherkelman) August 10, 2019

While many fans probably will not miss the reference playing cards with the blower model cooler, these playing cards are necessary to liquid cooling aficionados. Water blocks for GPUs are often primarily based on reference boards, such because the one from EKWB utilized in our Radeon RX 5700 XT overclocking testing.

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