AMD announced, via an official blog post, that its driver Radeon Adrenaline 21.5.2 will be thelatest to support all pre-RX 400 series GPUs and pre-Ryzen 2200G and 2400G APUs. All these models are now considered “legacy” and for some time now they are no longer among the best cards on the market. The same goes for Windows 7, since AMD has also eliminated support for the old operating system from Microsoft.
The announcement was made after the release of the Adrenalin driver 21.6.1, the first not to support these legacy devices and Windows 7. For users who still own an HD 7970, R9 290, R9 390X or R9 Fury, this is undoubtedly bad news. However, it was rather predictable, given that NVIDIA will soon eliminate support for Windows 7 and the Kepler family GPUs.
If you’re still using these GPUs, especially at a time when video card shortages are still a big deal, you shouldn’t worry about buying a new one immediately just because AMD has decided to discontinue support. Your product will continue to work properly, but no bugs or optimizations will be offered to run the latest titles.
Once graphics card prices return to normal, you can consider purchasing a new model. Recall that the lack of driver updates can potentially leave you exposed to security vulnerabilities that will not be fixed on legacy cards, and Windows 11 is expected to arrive in the not too distant future and may only have limited driver support on older GPUs.
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