The rumored gaming performance of the upcoming Radeon RX 6700XT fluctuates back and forth between a GeForce RTX 3060 Ti and an RTX 3070, depending on the leak and benchmark, so it still remains a thick question mark. The same goes for the presence on the shelves, because although AMD promised a much higher availability at launch, it could (once again) be really tight. If you condense the information of various board partners and distributors to a trend, then there are, depending on the manufacturer and model, only a few pieces (for Germany) to a few thousand for the EU as a whole.
If you now consider the possible offer with the known demand, then it should be clear to everyone that this offer will also only be a drop in the ocean. Apart from the horrendous freight costs for the launch packages, which are mainly delivered by cargo plane, it is also the lack of capacity of the carriers that plays a role here. However, the containers are also becoming very expensive, as the average price per container is now up to 13,000 euros, depending on the port and the provider.
Even if Navi22 turns out smaller and thus nominally more chips per wafer, it remains a drop in the bucket if not enough wafers are available and other components for the boards are also in short supply. Smaller power classes also allow the use of cheaper and simpler components, but here too there are the usual bottlenecks. Controllers, power MOSFETs, and even capacitors are not infinitely available.
So we can be curious how quickly the Radeon RX 6700XT will be sold out after the launch. Better get ready for the usual F5 game, maybe it will work this time for you. Good luck! 😉