AMD Finally Addresses Rumors; Won’t Pull Out Reference Design Kit For Radeon RX 5700

AMD Finally Addresses Rumors; Won’t Pull Out Reference Design Kit For Radeon RX 5700
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AMD won’t pull out the reference design for the Radeon RX 5700 even as it continues to support custom designs.

This was confirmed as much by Scott Herkelman, the general manager for AMD Radeon on a Twitter post on Aug. 10. He wrote that the company will continue to offer the reference design for the Radeon RX 5700 series. Selected retailers and OEM will still be able to pull out the kit from the company website.

In the same vein, the company will continue to transition their AIB partners for their own custom designs.

Also, in a statement to Tom’s Hardware, the company said it expects a strong response for the RX 5700 series. The multiple variants have started to roll out from their AIB partners. However, the company has a standard practice of selling out the reference cards first. After which, it will support the custom designs from its partner vendors.

The rumor about the reference card being phased out seems to come from the French website,, according to PCWorld. The website claimed to have received reports that the reference design from AMD is about to be phased out.

Founder’s Edition GPUs still have a market even if most gamers opt for the custom design. The non-reference kit simply offers more overclocking and cooling options compared to the reference design. One basic difference, for instance, is that reference design kits only have one fan while the custom design typically has three.

Nevertheless, PC builders who prefer waterblocks on their GPU will certainly choose the founder’s edition graphics cards. That’s because waterblocks can only be installed on the founder’s edition GPUs.

Here’s a brief explanation regarding reference and custom GPUs.

The RX 5700 series makes use of a new RDNA, as well as the 7nm manufacturing process. It’s also touted to be the first to offer PCIe 4.0 tech. The graphics cards will support 4K and enable 144Hz screens. The memory has been upgraded to GDDR6 while the cooling is even quieter this time around.

NVIDIA knocked the wind out of AMD’s sail when the company released the RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super. But AMD went a notch further by bringing down the price of the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT. Even before it hit the market on July 7, the RX 5700 cost $349 while the RX 5700 XT cost $399. There’s also the RX 5700 XT 50th Anniversary Edition, which was priced at $449.