AMD ends support for almost all graphics cards released before 2013

A large number of AMD’s existing graphics cards will no longer be supported by the company.

Accompanying the launch of its new Crimson driver, AMD has confirmed that it has dropped support for all non-GCN based cards, which includes the Radeon HD 5000 and Radeon HD 6000 series, as well as other models including the Radeon HD 7000 to 7600.

AMD says the reason is that these older cards have reached peak performance optimisation”.

Added the company: These products have been moved to a legacy support model and no additional driver releases are planned. This change enables us to dedicate valuable engineering resources to developing new features and enhancements for graphics products based on the GCN Architecture.

For users passionate about gaming, you may wish to consider upgrading to a modern GPU and benefit from exciting new features, improved performance, lower power consumption and broader compatibility with the latest PC games.”

The final software release for these products comes in the form of the most recent Catalyst 15.7.1 driver, which arrived back in July. A final one-off as-is” beta Crimson 15.11 release is also available.

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