Tuesday, June 22nd 2021

Ten Years in, AMD to End Support for Radeon HD 7000, R200, R300 and Fury GCN Graphics Cards

AMD is ending support for the Radeon HD 7000 series, R200 series, R300 series, and R9 Fury series graphics cards, based on the oldest versions of the Graphics CoreNext architecture. The HD 7000 series debuted in 2011, R9 200 series in 2013, with the R9 300 series essentially being rebadged. The R9 Fury series joined the ranks in 2015. This would make the Radeon 21.5.2 the final drivers from these graphics cards, giving AMD the opportunity to clean-break its drivers from the RX 400 series "Polaris" and forward. A conclusion of driver support would mean that upcoming driver releases, including the 21.6.1 drivers released today, lack support for GPUs older than the RX 400 series. Should AMD encounter glaring security flaws with its drivers, it can, in the future, release special driver updates.
Sources: AMD, VideoCardz
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99 Comments on Ten Years in, AMD to End Support for Radeon HD 7000, R200, R300 and Fury GCN Graphics Cards

#1
HaLPaX
End of support, but at least I have a graphics card.
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#2
Dammeron
I still have HD 7950. This thing OC's like a beast - 1200/1700 (from standard 800/1200), which raises performance by ~38-40% (tested in games & benchmarks).

As for the drivers, it's been a few years since I installed them - the card is 9yo, there's no benefit from having the freshest drivers anymore, but I'd run a risk of dropping OC capabilities (freq. cap etc.).
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#3
ZoneDymo
DammeronI still have HD 7950. This thing OC's like a beast - 1200/1700 (from standard 800/1200), which raises performance by ~38-40% (tested in games & benchmarks).

As for the drivers, it's been a few years since I installed them - the card is 9yo, there's no benefit from having the freshest drivers anymore, but I'd run a risk of dropping OC capabilities (freq. cap etc.).
my friend JUST replaced her's with an RTX3060ti (managed to get one for 530 euro, not a great price but it was time), still though, what insane value for money she got out of it, truely a trooper of a card.

I myself had an HD6950 for the longest time, but had to replace it due to it also no longer being supported and giving graphical errors in The Division.
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#4
jesdals
AretakIt certainly isn't ten years since the Fury cards were released. It isn't even quite six yet. This is a pretty disgraceful level of driver support from AMD. Nvidia have only just dropped Kepler, yet AMD are now dropping cards that were direct competitors to Maxwell. And Nvidia isn't even fully dropping Kepler, just stopping regular Game Ready updates for it, with more infrequent driver releases promised for another couple of years at least. It's hardly the first time for AMD either. They've dropped cards even quicker in the past. People who bought a HD 6990 only got four years of driver support before AMD pulled the plug and dropped TeraScale entirely.

So much for "FineWine" eh, guys? Another reason to add the growing pile of why you should buy Nvidia (or maybe Intel) instead.
Ahm SLI support...
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#5
windwhirl
One more thing. Windows 7 support has been dropped too.
Another thing: a bunch of Athlon and A-series APUs IGPs are also dropped
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#6
Kovoet
I still have a 5870 in my spares cupboard.
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#7
Mesatla
Still crossfire on 7850, too bad :(
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#8
napata
ZoneDymoidk, personally I find "not supporting Nvidia's selfish practices" enough reason to not buy Nvidia, but you go ahead and create that monopoly you so seem to desire.
This is silly. Both companies will try to screw you over as much as they can if they get richer from it. This move from AMD is basically an example of "selfish practices".
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#9
xkm1948
Dropping Fury already? Cant say I am surprised. Worst $650 i ever spent on a GPU for the FuryX. Tons of software bugs, lackluster performance, pump died out of warranty. And now early forced retirement by AMD. I dont feel like giving them money for GPUs any time soon.
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#10
ZoneDymo
xkm1948Dropping Fury already? Cant say I am surprised. Worst $650 i ever spent on a GPU for the FuryX. Tons of software bugs, lackluster performance, pump died out of warranty. And now early forced retirement by AMD. I dont feel like giving them money for GPUs any time soon.
too bad, I always thought it was one the coolest gpu's ever made
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#11
ExcuseMeWtf
They had a good run.
They've dropped cards even quicker in the past. People who bought a HD 6990 only got four years of driver support before AMD pulled the plug and dropped TeraScale entirely.
Can't blame them tbh, pre-GCN they didn't have hardware scheduler, so assigning instructions to execution units was done in a compiler. It was a serious human workload to keep development going, especially iffy for an architecture that was EOL from that point.
Still crossfire on 7850, too bad
Pretty sure CF was dead in general already.
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#12
Zyll Goliat
xkm1948Dropping Fury already? Cant say I am surprised. Worst $650 i ever spent on a GPU for the FuryX. Tons of software bugs, lackluster performance, pump died out of warranty. And now early forced retirement by AMD. I dont feel like giving them money for GPUs any time soon.
I have Fury Sapphire Nitro I didn't pay much for that card but I totally get you man....Dropping driver support for cards that are 5+ years old and been top of the line seems just ludicrous to me...I mean what's next AMD 3 years of driver support???
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#13
xkm1948
Zyll GoliathI have Fury Sapphire Nitro I didn't pay much for that card but I totally get you man....Dropping driver support for cards that are 5+ years old and been top of the line seems just ludicrous to me...I mean what's next AMD 3 years of driver support???
vega as last gen GCN might be on the chopping block soon
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#14
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
10 years already... wow.

I like the cooler design of those cards, too.

I've also got the legendary GTX 8800 and GTX 8800 Ultra. Epic cards.
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#15
Colddecked
Zyll GoliathI have Fury Sapphire Nitro I didn't pay much for that card but I totally get you man....Dropping driver support for cards that are 5+ years old and been top of the line seems just ludicrous to me...I mean what's next AMD 3 years of driver support???
TBF they should have kept support for Fury's and 290/390s..
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#16
ratirt
I think some of you miss the point by dropping support. Support drops means no further development for an older GCN cards and no optimizations but the driver (and the card) will still work though.
At least that's how I take it.
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#17
Zyll Goliat
xkm1948vega as last gen GCN might be on the chopping block soon
Well if this pass as an "OK"move in the eyes of the consumers...I mean why the hell not maybe they can even stop supporting 5700 series in a year or so......
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#18
iO
xkm1948vega as last gen GCN might be on the chopping block soon
Yeah, they'll totally axe Vega when they launched Cezanne just a couple months ago... /s
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#19
Zyll Goliat
ratirtI think some of you miss the point by dropping support. Support drops means no further development for an older GCN cards and no optimizations but the driver (and the card) will still work though.
At least that's how I take it.
No seems like maybe you missing the point the new drivers are NOT Working and they are not going to work in the Future on those cards.....Period....Me and many other people already tried installing the latest driver from today 21.6.1 and you can't install this driver on those cards at all even If you try to force them via installing just the inf file from device manager it's just not feasible to do this anymore....
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#20
ratirt
Zyll GoliathNo the new drivers are NOT Working and are not going to work in the Future.....Period....Me and many other people already tried installing the latest drivers and you can't install them on those cards at all even If you try to force them via installing just the inf file from device manager it's just not feasible to do this anymore
I think that is understood but you can still install the older driver and it will work. Why would AMD or NV focus on cards that don't support any of the new technologies, features they have created?
What's the point? You can use an older driver if you want to use the card.
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#21
Zyll Goliat
ratirtI think that is understood but you can still install the older driver and it will work. Why would AMD or NV focus on cards that don't support any of the new technologies, features they have created?
What's the point? You can use an older driver if you want to use the card.
Well If you think this is a good move by AMD it's OK then......Don't be surprised if they stop driver support for yours 6900XT in a few years......Me personally see that this move as nothing but BAD for US as consumers and after this I am sure that I am done with the AMD GPU's..........
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#22
ratirt
Zyll GoliathWell If you think this is a good move by AMD it's OK then......Don't be surprised if they stop driver support for yours 6900XT in a few years......Me personally see that this move is nothing but BAD for US as consumers..........
I think you are missing the point really here now. What's the point to include, lets say HD 7970 when it runs 50% slower than an RX 470? Has way less Vram which makes it simpossible to run a lot of games at 1080p even and yet you still want AMD to support this for the new drivers and new game releases? You won't be able to play those games anyway even if they keep the support going.
You people are unbelievable. You want new technologies, features, new fast cards that can run those with a decent FPS (144hz monitors 144FPS and up) and yet you want the driver to support a 6 year old cards that would run all those features and new games (freakin' shit load of games have new engines with so many features and improvements).
I'm not worried that my card will be EoL in 3 year time. I'm really not worried about it. But, if a company wants to push boundaries for new tech and new features with new games which are getting more demanding, you can't cling to an old card's architecture expecting miracles for them to handle these new games and technologies.
You have RT now. You think within a 2 years time a 2060 (even with DLSS 2.0 on) will run a newest game at 1080p with RT on with it's 6GB of Vram? If it does how many FPS you think you will get?
So what's the point for supporting a 2060 4 years from now, if that card won't be able to run any modern game with a decent 60 FPS at least? It costs the company a lot of time and money to support something that wont be able to run the newest games anyway so why bother?
You don't have to agree but that's the way progress and pushing boundaries for new graphics technologies in games is going to be either you like it or not. You can't rely on an old architectures and support for those to make them run faster because that's not what progress and/or advancement is.
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#23
TheoneandonlyMrK
Zyll GoliathWell If you think this is a good move by AMD it's OK then......Don't be surprised if they stop driver support for yours 6900XT in a few years......Me personally see that this move as nothing but BAD for US as consumers and after this I am sure that I am done with the AMD GPU's..........
Both GPu brands tend to offer 10 years of active driver support.
Beyond that is untenable, no support for new tech, no enhanced features etc, beyond a point your wasting power unnecessarily by using outdated old tech.
And if you think any company is going to miss people who buy every decade going to the competition, you are confused.
Calm the butt hurt, this is the way, and it has been the way a long time.
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#24
Zyll Goliat
ratirtI think you are missing the point really here now. What's the point to include, lets say HD 7970 when it runs 50% slower than an RX 470? Has way less Vram which makes it simpossible to run a lot of games at 1080p even and yet you still want AMD to support this for the new drivers and new game releases? You won't be able to play those games anyway even if they keep the support going.
You people are unbelievable. You want new technologies, features, new fast cards that can run those with a decent FPS (144hz monitors 144FPS and up) and yet you want the driver to support a 6 year old cards that would run all those features and new games (freakin' shit load of games have new engines with so many features and improvements).
I'm not worried that my card will be EoL in 3 year time. I'm really not worried about it. But, if a company wants to push boundaries for new tech and new features with new games which are getting more demanding, you can't cling to an old card's architecture expecting miracles for them to handle these new games and technologies.
You have RT now. You think within a 2 years time a 2060 (even with DLSS 2.0 on) will run a newest game at 1080p with RT on with it's 6GB of Vram? If it does how many FPS you think you will get?
So what's the point for supporting a 2060 4 years from now, if that card won't be able to run any modern game with a decent 60 FPS at least? It costs the company a lot of time and money to support something that wont be able to run the newest games anyway so why bother?
You don't have to agree but that's the way progress and pushing boundaries for new graphics technologies in games is going to be either you like it or not. You can't rely on an old architectures and support for those to make them run faster because that's not what progress and/or advancement is.
No one is talking about the 7970 or all 7000 series......The point here is on R9 Fury and possibly R9 390/290 Cards that are still very capable cards this days in fact R9 Fury performs in between GTX 980 and GTX 980TI/GTX 1070 and those cards are "just" 5 years or so old + Exactly those cards could benefit a lot from the FSR...but hey who cares when you already decided to dress team-red-shirt....GL
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#25
ZoneDymo
ok ok all calm down, yeah obviously you can still use the cards just fine but on older drivers.
It just means that in the future some game might have some poor communication with the card and while a driver could fix it, it wont happen as support for it is dropped.

again in my first post, hence I had to replace my HD6950.
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