Currently released drivers Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.5.2 WHQL will be the latest version of AMD drivers, which supports the Windows 7 operating system and Radeons of the first three generations of GCN. The following series of drivers (Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.6.1 WHQL), which is already available in a non-certified version, will support Windows from version 10 and Radeon fourth generation GCN (Polaris) and later.
The end of support for the first generation of GCN introduced at the end of 2011, which brought the Radeon HD 7970/7950, 7870/7850 and 7770/7750, ends. Furthermore, the second generation GCN launched in 2013 by Radeon HD 7790 and the R9 290, R7 260 series. The same applies to the third generation GCN released in 2014 in the form of Radeon R9 285 and in June 2015 followed by Radeon Fury with core Fiji.
Models from GCN4 / will continue to be supported Polaris including, ie Radeon RX 400/500, Radeon Vega including integrated, Vega 2, RDNA / Navi and of course RDNA 2 / 2x ships.
It is understandable that AMD is ending support for the first generation of GCN almost ten years after its release, and it is also understandable that the end of support for the second and third generations, which are also quite old, will be understood. Somewhat less pleasant may be the end of support for the still relatively widespread Windows 7; especially for users running one of the newer products with RDNA or RDNA 2 architecture on this OS. The user has the option to either stay on the existing drivers (without optimizations for new games) or switch to a newer OS. Termination of Windows 7 support could be solved by AMD more elegantly – either at least announce it in advance, for example with the release of RDNA 2 / Radeons RX 6000, or first reduce the number of driver versions to 3-4 per year, as before, and only then definitively terminate support.
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