AMD phased out support for Polaris and Vega graphics cards in drivers - at least for Linux

AMD phased out support for Polaris and Vega graphics cards in drivers - at least for Linux

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AMD phased out support for Polaris and Vega graphics cards in drivers - at least for Linux

AMD has officially ended support for the Vega (GFX8) and Polaris (GFX9) graphics architectures on Linux, the company announced in a note to the latest version of the open-source AMDVLK driver for this OS. The development and support for this driver is handled by AMD's GPU Open team.


 

In September, AMD split the Windows drivers into two branches. One is for graphics cards released before the RDNA architecture - the same Radeon RX Vega and Radeon RX 500 are included in it. The other branch of the driver is for more modern graphics gas pedals with RDNA architecture and newer.


Support for the Radeon RX Vega and Radeon RX 500 is now reportedly gone from Linux. The change log for the Q4.1 driver release confirms that the GFX8 and GFX9 architectures, which include Vega and Polaris, are no longer supported. However, gamers can still find these architectures in AMDGPU cores and community-supported Mesa RADV drivers, Phoronix notes.

While AMD hasn't announced the end of support for these graphics cards in the Windows environment, updates for Vega and Polaris haven't been released in over a month.

Whether support for the Vega (introduced in 2017) and Polaris (introduced in 2018) architectures is generally relevant is a question. The flagship models of this series of graphics cards are no longer able to compete even with the middle segment of gaming gas pedals of the more modern series. On the other hand, AMD mentioned the Radeon RX 590 as a supported and recommended card for FidelityFX Super Resolution 3.0 scaling technology, but without the Frame Generation frame generator.

 

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