Radeon X1000 series and earlier move to legacy support status

AMD has decided to switch some of its older Radeons, from the 9000 series through the X1000 series, into what is calls "legacy" support status. The move means those GPUs will no longer be included in the monthly Catalyst graphics driver drops. Instead, for the time being, they'll receive driver updates (mainly centered on bug fixes) on a quarterly basis. 

Here's a list of the older GPUs (both discrete and integrated) that will be affected by the change:

  • ATI Radeon 9500 Series
  • ATI Radeon 9550 Series
  • ATI Radeon 9600 Series
  • ATI Radeon 9700 Series
  • ATI Radeon 9800 Series
  • ATI Radeon X300 Series
  • ATI Radeon X550 Series
  • ATI Radeon X600 Series
  • ATI Radeon X700 Series
  • ATI Radeon X800 Series
  • ATI Radeon X850 Series
  • ATI Radeon X1050 Series
  • ATI Radeon X1300 Series
  • ATI Radeon X1550 Series
  • ATI Radeon X1600 Series
  • ATI Radeon X1650 Series
  • ATI Radeon X1800 Series
  • ATI Radeon X1900 Series
  • ATI Radeon Xpress Series
  • ATI Radeon X1200
  • ATI Radeon X1250
  • ATI Radeon X2100 Series
  • On the workstation front, AMD will also move to quarterly releases for X-series, Z-series, V3100-V3400, V5000-V5200, and V7100-V7350 FireGLs, as well as the FireMV 2200 and 2250.

    AMD justifies the change by saying that the drivers for older GPUs should already be quite refined, and it argues that more recent monthly Catalyst updates have offered minimal returns for those products, either in the form of bug fixes or performance improvements. The firm expects this move to free up resources so it can concentrate on development of new drivers for current and future products for current and future operating systems.

    If you're curious about how the competition handles things, Nvidia continues to support circa-2004 GeForce 6-series graphics cards in its regular driver releases. However, Nvidia doesn't officially stick to a monthly release schedule, so updates can be comparatively more sporadic.

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