They haven't been allowing that. For any high ticket items they always have in store only. People been lining up since yesterday for the cards. So yea would be a dick move for them to hold cards for people who ordered from the comfort of their home.Waiting eagerly. While I'm really tempted to grab a 6800XT now (I wonder if my local Microcenter will let me essentially buy online and go pick it up from the local stock?), I' m curious to see the full report on performance now that embargos on such data are over. I wonder if that is also the case for the 6900XT, as it would be nice to see some comparison data both to the 6800XT / 6800 and to the AMD 3070/3080/3090. Or is there a separate date for the reviews/info on the 6900XT to be made available?
Also, in reference to FrgMstr's post, its great to hear there will be AIB versions of the 6900XT; earlier reports seemed to suggest not only would there only be reference designs, they would only be available in a limited fashion. Is there a public confirmation or reporting of this or is it still exclusively off-the-record from industry sources? it would be great if, at least prior to the holidays, all the info would be available for both 6800XT and 6900XT series, with both reference and AIB versions of the cards available for purchase.