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AMD starts retiring pre-RDNA GPUs: Radeon RX 580's reign is ending

Sapphire Nitro RX 580Image: Brad Chacos / IDG

If you’re still running an AMD graphics card that predates the Radeon RX 5000 series, you’re not going to get any more performance-boosting driver updated from the manufacturer. The company says that while it will still provide “critical” security and bug fix updates to Polaris and Vega series cards, it won’t be fine-tuning them like newer GPU products. Those are primarily the Radeon RX 400 and RX 500 series, respectively, as well as the Vega family of graphics cards.

Anandtech published a statement quoting AMD directly, saying that while these products haven’t quite reached “legacy” status (no support at all), there’s very little practical reason to continue with the standard month-to-month upgrades to optimize performance in games new and old.

Polaris-based GPUs appeared on the market starting in June of 2016 with the Radeon RX 480, while the latest member of the Vega family was technically the Radeon VII, debuting not quite five years ago in February of 2019. Most of the Vega cards had wrapped up in 2017, with the RX Vega 64 being the biggest and baddest of its time. That’s not including dozens of mobile GPUs and APU designed based on some of the same architecture.

Michael is a former graphic designer who’s been building and tweaking desktop computers for longer than he cares to admit. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

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