A few days ago, the French portal Cowcotland, which has proven to be a reliable source of leaks, revealed that AMD would have already discontinued its Radeon RX 5700 XT and Radeon RX 5700 with reference design.
This information is not surprising to us, since, unlike Nvidia, AMD reference refrigeration systems they are inefficient and very noisy when maximum performance is demanded from the graph, so that with the arrival of custom models next week, it is logical to think that AMD will see how the reference models will stay on the shelves accumulating dust waiting for a buyer or a future price reduction to finish liquidating their stock (perhaps Sapphire may be liquidating already your Radeon RX 5700 XT for those attractive 399 euros –€ 15 more expensive than the RX 5700-).
Now, PCWorld says that this information is not true, and for that it says statements obtained from AMD, which they don't make the matter clear, because they indicate that once all the stock of graphics with reference design has been sold, these graphics will only continue to be manufactured in case any of your partners (GPU assemblers) request the reference cooling system, so really the information that CowCotland would be right that AMD has ceased to manufacture its reference models.
"We hope that there will continue to be a wide range of Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards in the market, with multiple designs that will begin to arrive from our partners.
As usual, once the inventory of AMD reference cards has been sold, AMD will continue to support new partner designs with the Radeon RX 5700 series reference design kit. "
Obviously, a company will always deny any rumor (like that of Lisa Su that time will tell), and we have a clear example in the AMD Radeon VII, the company's top-end graphics card which was discontinued 5 months after its launch.