AMD Bids Farewell To GCN Architecture, Ends Driver Support For Radeon 7000, 200, 300 & Fury Series Graphics Cards

1 : Anonymous2021/06/24 08:43 ID: o6wvcz
AMD Bids Farewell To GCN Architecture, Ends Driver Support For Radeon 7000, 200, 300 & Fury Series Graphics Cards
2 : Anonymous2021/06/24 12:31 ID: h2vme6l

understandable considering the grand total amount of Radeon 7000, 200, 300 & Fury cards in the latest steamhardware survey is not even at 1%. if more people were still using these cards the way the 750ti and the 900 series from nvidia are still making a dent in steam's survey things may have been different. and if amd still did this despite that i'd call out amd for anti consumer bullshit. but not even 1% combined... kinda hard to fault them for that even if i still have my 270 that i kept around as a spare in case my 1060 ever hits the dirt because my ryzen dont have a fancy igpu as backup.

ID: h2xkaa8

Also, unlike Nvidia, they just stop updating the driver for them. They don't give them a shittier driver.

3 : Anonymous2021/06/24 12:49 ID: h2vo5z4

Gotta look forward, not backwards. GCN 1.0 isn't the future. I just recently upgraded from an R9 290 and even overclocked to ~1175mhz it was just old and not great for much of anything new. I'd much rather them put more resources on new/future GPUs than focus on GPUs from ~8-10 years ago almost now.

4 : Anonymous2021/06/24 11:05 ID: h2vf2vc

I still have a Sapphire 7950 in another build. Such an amazing GPU. Still quite powerful at 1080p. It really, really held up well for me. I'm not too surprised to see this though, it sounds like Nvidia is doing the same for some of it's older GPUs as well.

ID: h2vgumc

My last amd card was a 7970 sapphire toxic. It was such a great card. After what AMD has done with Zen for cpus and now FSR for gpus. I need to support them fully. Here's to hoping I get a 6800xt soon.

ID: h2vkn2a

For sure, I'm really excited for AMD. I've been waiting a while to upgrade my GPU and finally managed to get a regular Sapphire Nitro 6800 for a somewhat decent price which was pretty much pure luck. It's a really great GPU and I'm really happy with it so far. The overclocking on it is insane too, was able to hit 2400MHz in my test. I was actually really considering buying Nvidia over the past few years as they seemed to have a lot of compelling features but now AMD has really ramped things up with RDNA2 and beyond. I'm hopeful the FSR stuff does become a worthwhile feature as it gets developed further.

ID: h2w7npk

Why do you need to support them? Why not get the best card for yourself reguardless of brand?

5 : Anonymous2021/06/24 08:43 ID: h2v610z

I can understand why they did it, but a heads up would've been welcomed I guess.

ID: h2w2m4h

So, I'm just curious, but what would a heads up have done for anyone? The cards will still work, they just won't get new features (and again, they're not recent GPUs by any stretch, the RX-480 is coming up on it's 5 year anniversary for example).

ID: h2wp210

It would have stopped a few people picking up some second hand GPUs that's for sure.

ID: h2wcn3r

What could a heads up do for you?

6 : Anonymous2021/06/24 08:44 ID: h2v630x

For GCN 1 I understand. But for GCN2 and 3 I still do not, at least not yet.

ID: h2vd4nk

Half of the RX 200/300 GPUs were rebranded GCN 1 GPUs. It would be awkward to only officially support half a generation of products like that.

It's an unfortunate side effect of rebranding the same products for years.

ID: h2vnjo5

Looks like AMD dug themselves a hole here.

ID: h2vmtsu

High end GCN 3's is definitely still relevant today, R9 Fury X is around the same GPU power as GTX 980 Ti or GTX 1070ish, and they are still relevant on today's market especially at 1080p gaming.

Them being dropped just like that even when they still got enough breathroom on running todays games is a bit of sour to my taste either.

ID: h2va8ur

i think they removed support for all non-rx cards regardless of architectural sense, it's a move to make people buy new cards, not reduce driver complexity

ID: h2vkh8c

That is not entirely correct as there are non-RX cards like the Radeon 550 that don't have "RX" in their name.

AMD has stopped support every GPU that's based on architecture older than GCN 4.

ID: h2vchh9

More accurately, support for anything older than GCN 4th gen has been discontinued.

ID: h2vadng

I get it. They are a company and they want people to buy.....but don't they think that the timing is a bit off? We're still in a global chip shortage, and an inner problem specifically with's already hard to get new cards, why make the demand even bigger?

7 : Anonymous2021/06/24 13:55 ID: h2vvlye

RIP 7970, best GPU ever made

ID: h2x7zcy

My old 290 begs to differ lol

8 : Anonymous2021/06/24 11:02 ID: h2vev7s

God, has it already been 6 years since the Fury series was released...?

9 : Anonymous2021/06/24 12:32 ID: h2vmgx1

Probably Windows 11 coming very soon that forced AMD to drop the entire GCN architecture here, but it still sucks that AMD just dropped them off like that without any sort of warning, hopefully this GPU market situation eases up by the end of this year, giving old GPU owners time to upgrade before their GPU becomes unsupported on many upcoming games.

10 : Anonymous2021/06/24 13:25 ID: h2vs58z

sweats in HD 7950

11 : Anonymous2021/06/24 13:27 ID: h2vsb0y

It's too early to drop support for 300 series imho.

12 : Anonymous2021/06/24 14:21 ID: h2vywxo

Polaris is still GCN

ID: h2wbbml

Yes, but it, along with Vega, are AMD's favorites. The rest are bastard children.

13 : Anonymous2021/06/24 10:49 ID: h2vdza7

They still could support FSR on those GPUs as a last gift to extend their performance on legacy games.

ID: h2vf0ok

FSR should have no problem running on those old GPUs

ID: h2vl0e2

It already does with modded drivers.

ID: h2vfk3h

Then AMD would have to test those configurations, which is pretty much the reason why AMD wants to drop those GPUs in the first place.

ID: h2vmyjj

Problem would be upcoming games if they ever encounter any bugs that renders them useless, they won't be supported by AMD anymore through patch fixing, and i think that is potentially bad for the current owners of these GPUs.

14 : Anonymous2021/06/24 12:10 ID: h2vkgik

Rip 🙁

15 : Anonymous2021/06/24 18:54 ID: h2wzs2k

does that mean GCN users have to play their games using 21.5.2 ??? what an imposition...

16 : Anonymous2021/06/24 13:31 ID: h2vssuw

Fury should have remained supported for at least a year, since it is just 6 years old. We get it, it didn’t sell much but the optics are very bad.

ID: h2vt33n

6 years is a long time.

People probably replaced their phones 3 times already

ID: h2wa7qi

my phone is 5 years old and working fine. Will probably still be using it in a year. Still gets updates too. (original iphone se)

ID: h2vt83y

That’s a bad analogy because there are several smartphones from before 2015 and they receive updates.

17 : Anonymous2021/06/24 11:49 ID: h2vim9m

A few months heads up would've been nice. Didn't think I would wake up to AMD telling me "F U go buy one of our new and impossible to obtain at MSRP GPUs NAOW."

ID: h2w7bfp

Did your card suddenly stop working with the announcement?

ID: h2w9u18

That's not remotely the point. This announcement comes right after a large amount of future game announcements, many which would usually still run fine on some of these older cards with proper driver support (albeit with lower settings), but will now likely suffer glitches and bugs that may only be fixed with driver updates. And they're doing this at a time when there's a severe shortage of affordable, still-supported GPUs with outlook on the market still looking bleak for months or even years to come.

ID: h2w6ria

Does it matter? Them giving you a few month's notice that you wouldn't get new drivers wouldn't do anything for you. It's not like they are just going to stop working from now on.

ID: h2w7a9o

Didn't think I would wake up to AMD telling me "F U go buy one of our new and impossible to obtain at MSRP GPUs NAOW."

what gives you that impression? the cards still function

18 : Anonymous2021/06/24 11:10 ID: h2vfgwu

AMD really dont know how to treat customers or how to retire support you cant just wake up one day and say this is the last driver for x cards

you need to be saying x cards will go end of life with regards to drivers 1 year from today and then will get security patches for say 3 years

I have multiple cards that are still active R9 280, R9 390X TRIX, Vega 64 Nitro+, RTX 3090 FE (Also had a RX 480 Nitro+ but it died)

I guess the Vega 64 was my last AMD Card

ID: h2vg9nv

This, even quarterly updates would at least show some respect for the people who bought their 2018 and 2019 GCN1 rebrands/laptop GPUs and GCN3 APUs.

I wonder if they will port the last driver to work on the final version of Windows 11, like they did for HD 2000-4000 series on Windows 10.

ID: h2vglyb

You can hardly blame AMD for that.

OEMs can still sell leftover Llano if they want to and AMD can't do anything about that.

19 : Anonymous2021/06/24 09:47 ID: h2v9vyh

I still have a Sapphire R9 Fury Nitro.

20 : Anonymous2021/06/24 11:31 ID: h2vh1zg

They are old as fuck and its a miracle any of them still work lmao. I’m not surprised

ID: h2vnz51

R9 Furys and R9 390s still can run games at decent graphics settings at 1080p today.

22 : Anonymous2021/06/24 17:15 ID: h2wmbys

r9 390 can do 1080p medium-high just fine. It's plain ridiculous when you think about it. We are talking about AMD's answer to cards like the 980ti. Can you imagine Nvidia not supporting the 980ti? People would freak out yet we see almost no reaction on this amd's move. They only now stopped supporting Kepler and it was 2 years older than that. I have to give nvidia props for their long and consistent driver support, which in my opinion is so often overlooked.

23 : Anonymous2021/06/24 18:14 ID: h2wuhoa

"I'm not dead yet".

24 : Anonymous2021/06/24 19:02 ID: h2x0xd7

sheds a tear for his beloved HD 7970 and R9 290

25 : Anonymous2021/06/24 19:15 ID: h2x2k6n

Change to Linux then i'm sure You still getting support from Amdgpu and mesa

26 : Anonymous2021/06/24 19:48 ID: h2x6wwz

Fury ?? R9 Fury no longer supported ??

27 : Anonymous2021/06/24 19:55 ID: h2x7wd5

My old fury nitro was such a good deal

28 : Anonymous2021/06/24 19:55 ID: h2x7yrz

Hopefully the Linux open source drivers continue to be maintained for those cards. I still have a 7770 and a 7870 in a couple old machines.


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