AMD Won’t Support Non-GCN Legacy GPUs Anymore
If you own one of the non-GCN (Graphics Core Next) GPUs from AMD, you are probably not going to like this announcement. the company has announced that they are no longer going to support your GPU.
The reason why this step has been taken is that they believe that the AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series (HD 8400 and below), Radeon HD 7000 Series (HD 7600 and below), Radeon HD 6000 Series, and Radeon HD 5000 Series Graphics products have touched maximum performance optimization now which means they no longer need support.
Of course this also means that the latest update you got on these GPUs was actually the last, as AMD states:
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.
Their support for the non-GCN GPUs will leave them in the state that these products were in on November 24, 2015.
Last but not the least, AMD has announced that they will be releasing an “as is” beta version of the new Radeon Software Crimson Edition for these GPUs as a “courtesy call,” but that is going to be it.
You can read up on the entire announcement by going to their official website here.