Monday, June 8th 2020

Another Nail on Intel Kaby Lake-G Coffin as AMD Pulls Graphics Driver Support

Kaby Lake-G was the result of one of the strangest collaborations in the industry - though that may not be a just way of looking at it. It made total sense at the time - a product that combined the world's best CPU design with one of the foremost graphics architectures seems a recipe for success. However, the Intel-AMD collaboration was an unexpected one, as these two rivals were never expected to look eye to eye in any sort of meaningful way. Kaby Lake-G was revolutionary in how it combined both AMD and Intel IP in an EMIB-capable design, but it wasn't one built to last.

Now, after Intel has announced a stop to product manufacturing and order capacity, it's come the time for AMD to pull driver support. The company's latest Windows 10 version 2004 update-compatible drivers don't install on Kaby Lake-G powered systems, citing an unsupported hardware configuration. Tom's Hardware contacted Intel, who said they're working with AMD to bring back "Radeon graphics driver support to Intel NUC 8 Extreme Mini PCs (previously codenamed "Hades Canyon")." AMD, however, still hasn't commented on the story.
Source: Tom's Hardware
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19 Comments on Another Nail on Intel Kaby Lake-G Coffin as AMD Pulls Graphics Driver Support

#1
cucker tarlson
they pulled suppoert for vega on KL but are planning Vega based apus themselves ?
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Tom Yum
cucker tarlsonthey pulled suppoert for vega on KL but are planning Vega based apus themselves ?
The original arrangement established for Vega-M was that Intel would provide the drivers (3 years of support apparently). Intel basically immediately reneged on that after launch, and then after 12 months of nil support AMD offered driver support. Now that Intel is bailing on the product, it doesn't surprise me AMD is dropping support for something they never were intended to support themselves. Supporting a product is much more complex than just the basic architecture it uses, Vega M is quite specialised with its single stack of HBM2 memory. It is an orphan product with little shared with other products they support.
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#3
TheinsanegamerN
That FineWine in action baby! Yeah removing support only a few short years later! WOOOO!
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#4
john_
TheinsanegamerNThat FineWine in action baby! Yeah removing support only a few short years later! WOOOO!
Well, Intel is advertising it's strength in capital. Right?
Maybe they would like to spend a little of that capital to support their own customers, instead of expecting AMD to produce drivers for free? Just a thought.

Who would have thought that one of the strongest financially companies in the world will show CheapWine in action baby!
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#5
hat
Enthusiast
Sounds a little early to kill this thing. Sad.
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#6
cucker tarlson
john_Well, Intel is advertising it's strength in capital. Right?
Maybe they would like to spend a little of that capital to support their own customers, instead of expecting AMD to produce drivers for free? Just a thought.

Who would have thought that one of the strongest financially companies in the world will show CheapWine in action baby!
well I guess if those vegas were just free to take that'd make sense.
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#7
SRB151
No surprises here, but I'd be curious as to how these things work. I bought one of the first all AMD laptops a little over a year ago. Acer has NEVER released a driver after introduction, and the AMD drivers started causing problems 6 months later. Never had a statement from anyone officially on it, but mods on Acer's website don't understand why users would want to upgrade graphics drivers on a $2400 freesync gaming laptop. Buyer beware, I guess.
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#8
lexluthermiester
This is kind of a shame as this combo was actually a very good one. So much for Blue and Red playing nice...
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#9
cucker tarlson
lexluthermiesterThis is kind of a shame as this combo was actually a very good one. So much for Blue and Red playing nice...
that nuc was nice
hades canyon,rad name
useless now tho with 7700 class cpu and 1530 vega shaders this thing could still run new games comfortably
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#10
lexluthermiester
cucker tarlsonthat nuc was nice
hades canyon,rad name
useless now tho with 7700 class cpu and 1530 vega shaders this thing could still run new games comfortably
My guess is that AMD will make a few more revisions for existing users to fix and optimize. That would be a the wise move and AMD's not fools.
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#11
cucker tarlson
lexluthermiesterMy guess is that AMD will make a few more revisions for existing users to fix and optimize. That would be a the wise move and AMD's not fools.
it's had shit support form amd since the early days.
shame it's all they can do.
it is a niche product,but quite powerful.
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#12
IceShroom
It is a semicustom design. It supports depends on the Semicustom partner.
And no supprise about Intel's support.
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#13
Vayra86
hatSounds a little early to kill this thing. Sad.
5775C all over again.

I'm not holding my breath over Xe, for this very reason. Its like MS and gaming. Match made in hell
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#14
ZoneDymo
really hate driver (support) ending for anything.
there really should be laws for/against this sorta thing, maybe giving the reigns to some 3rd party company that can update the device from that point on.

Like on the Wii for example you cant go online anymore, youtube app does not work anymore etc etc, that imo is just bs, the device is suddenly worth a lot less just because big N wants you to get the latest thing.
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#15
evernessince
TheinsanegamerNThat FineWine in action baby! Yeah removing support only a few short years later! WOOOO!
This is a mobile chip. Intel typically only supports laptops for a single generation so apples to apples, this is still better then what Intel has provided.
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#16
candle_86
SRB151No surprises here, but I'd be curious as to how these things work. I bought one of the first all AMD laptops a little over a year ago. Acer has NEVER released a driver after introduction, and the AMD drivers started causing problems 6 months later. Never had a statement from anyone officially on it, but mods on Acer's website don't understand why users would want to upgrade graphics drivers on a $2400 freesync gaming laptop. Buyer beware, I guess.
Your first mistake was buying Acer
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#17
Darmok N Jalad
I guess this is what happens when 2 bitter rivals partner for one random product launch. The offspring of a drunken technological one night stand.
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#18
watzupken
I feel people are quick to push the blame on AMD when this is clearly an Intel product which Intel abandoned in the first place. Why then would a competitor want to help in the long run, if the original product owner can't care less about it anymore?
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