AMD has finally ended support for its GCN GPU architecture which includes the Radeon 7000, 200, 300 & Fury series graphics cards. The aforementioned graphics families have now been moved to legacy status and no additional driver releases are planned for them.
AMD Ends Driver Support For GCN Architecture Based GPUs - Includes Radeon 7000, 200, 300, & Fury Series Graphics Cards
In its official update, AMD confirmed that it has not only ended driver support for GCN GPUs but also moved Radeon software support for Windows 7 64-bit based operating systems to legacy. It looks like AMD has decided that it should now allocate its engineering resources to developing new and enhanced features for graphics products based on their latest architectures such as Polaris, Vega, RDNA 1, and RDNA 2.
The AMD Radeon HD 7000 series was the first graphics card lineup to be based on the GCN GPU architecture. It was launched all the way back in 2011 and competed against NVIDIA's Kepler GPU architecture. The Radeon Fury lineup was the last family to utilize the GCN architecture and was launched back in 2015 and tackled the NVIDIA Maxwell architecture. NVIDIA also recently retired their Kepler GPU architecture (2011-2013) but they still support Maxwell given the large userbase that still runs those GPUs.
|AMD GCN Radeon DESKTOP||MOBILE|
|A-Series APUs with Radeon R4, R5, R6, or R7 Graphics||A-Series PRO processors with Radeon Graphics|
|Pro A-Series APUs with Radeon R5 or R7 Graphics||FX-Series APUs with Radeon R7 Graphics|
|Athlon Series APUs with Radeon R3 Graphics||E-Series APUs with Radeon R2 Graphics|
|Sempron Series APUs with R3 Graphics||R7 M400 Series Graphics|
|AMD Radeon R9 Fury Series, R9 Nano Series Graphics||R9 M300 Series Graphics|
|R9 300 Series Graphics||R7 M300 Series Graphics|
|R9 200 Series Graphics||R5 M300 Series Graphics|
|R7 300 Series Graphics||R9 M200 Series Graphics|
|R7 200 Series Graphics||R7 M200 Series Graphics|
|R5 300 Series Graphics||R5 M200 Series Graphics|
|R5 200 Series Graphics||HD 8500M - HD 8900M Series Graphics|
|HD 8500 - HD 8900 Series Graphics||HD 7700M - HD 7900M Series Graphics|
|HD 7700 - HD 7900 Series Graphics|
Unlike AMD who has just finished the driver support, NVIDIA did inform its userbase about ending the driver support and will also be issuing a final driver release before the Kepler GPUs are moved to legacy status. It may not be convenient for some users as this news came out of nowhere but in the end, GCN has run its life cycle.
The GCN architecture started off really strong but some decision-making by AMD made the architecture fall tremendously in the next few years. AMD has only now been able to get back on its feet and offer serious competition back in the high-end segment & we hope they can continue this in the future against a formidable nemesis such as NVIDIA.