AMD will stop support for GPUs from the GCN architecture




AMD has stopped supporting all video cards that are not on the Graphics Core Next architecture are based. These include to the Radeon HD 5000 and 6000 series. According to AMD, they have reached their peak of its ability.

XFX Radeon HD 5850 1024 MB DDR5 DisplayPort In practice involves the graphics cards based on the VLIW architecture, or the HD 5000 and 6000 series cards and the model number in the HD 7600- and 8400-series HD or lower. In addition, AMD discontinues support of APUs with VLIW GPUs. These APUs in the Llano-, Trinity- and Richland series.

For the respective video cards and APUs are no new drivers available. According to AMD, this is ‘precious engineering resources’ available to develop new functionality for GPUs and APUs based on the GCN architecture.

Owners of older cards can still use the beta of AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver, which the company Tuesday released. Who wants a WHQL-certified driver but he must comply with Catalyst version 15.7.1 that came out last summer. AMD announced the GCN architecture in 2011.

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