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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      • ltcommander.data
      • 11 years ago

      Even though I still own some very useable computers with those cards, I’m not going to complain about them being moved to legacy status. I’m happy that they are still going to be receiving quarterly updates for the forseeable future instead of outright dropping them. Although I’ll admit I was hoping that the X1xxx series would receive OpenCL support seeing that they were the original GPU Folding@home clients. I guess that’s highly unlikely now.

      Personally, I always thought that ATI should standardize on bimonthly driver updates. One a month is just too short a time to do sufficient testing, which is why quite a few drivers seem to break under certain configurations like AGP, Crossfire, or multiprocessor systems, requiring follow-on hotfixes. ATI typically takes 2 months to incorporate hotfixes back into drivers anyways (like I believe the 8.12 hotfix was just included in 9.2), so a bimonthly schedule makes sense. They can always release a beta driver or a hotfix in the interim if a must have game is released in between.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 11 years ago

      Looks like they separated things with unified shader as the line. Makes sense to me…

      • kenclopz
      • 11 years ago

      This sounds like a move to support only cards that can play Grand Theft Auto 4 and similar heavy requirement titles. I know that an x1950 xt can only play the game on low settings which is unacceptable. A 2400 or higher probably is the status quo for acceptable gaming over the next couple of years.

      • desertfox84
      • 11 years ago

      I assume this covers the x1950 series also, even though it isn’t listed?

        • loophole
        • 11 years ago

        Yes, all GPUs older than R600 (Radeon HD 2000 series) are now legacy.

      • matic
      • 11 years ago

      Yes, it sounds reasonable. As an ATI 690V and Linux user I think I will cease my AMD/ATI products support for my next shopping season. Hotter and power hungry Green Team, I’m coming! 🙂

        • GTVic
        • 11 years ago

        Lame and predictable.

        Every time someone announces they are changing a warranty or something like this we get a bunch of yahoos telling us how they are never going to buy another product from company xyz.

        Your card works, the graphics drivers are fine, there is no way you are expecting new drivers to give you 6 fps instead of 5 fps while playing Far Cry II on your ancient video card.

          • Kurotetsu
          • 11 years ago

          Well said.

          • asdsa
          • 11 years ago

          Indeed. The guy probably has had nvidia card all along.

        • The Dark One
        • 11 years ago

        Why would you do that? Nvidia’s driver support for Linux and its ilk is even worse than ATI’s.

      • swaaye
      • 11 years ago

      Oh dear. Well I suppose that their drivers are probably rather tweaked to the max anyway. My X850 is my preferred card for old games though, cuz it still does 16-bit color dithering unlike any of the DX10 cards. The ‘ol X850 still runs most modern stuff pretty well too.

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 11 years ago

      What is the Radeon X2100 series??

        • swaaye
        • 11 years ago

        740G. Kinda funky cuz 690G is basically identical and is called X12x0.

      • juampa_valve_rde
      • 11 years ago

      r3xx and r4xx cards probably run better with older drivers. i have a working 9700pro on catalyst 7, why? after installing catalyst 8 drivers, performance on old games fall badly on wxp. dont know on vista.

        • swaaye
        • 11 years ago

        Because they fix problems with newer games. If you don’t have problems though, then yea there’s probably little reason to bother. The new drivers do have a habit of breaking things too, such as OpenGL Vsync as I’ve found. I doubt there are any optimizations happening anymore.

          • indeego
          • 11 years ago

          Lot of fixes in 2d. It is definitely worth running latest if you don’t game muchg{<.<}g

      • dustyjamessutton
      • 11 years ago

      I wonder if NVIDIA still supports my GeForce 2 MX 200. Probably not. I least I don’t have my VooDoo 3d card anymore. I do still have my Paradise ISA card out of my 386. Still works too.

      • Krogoth
      • 11 years ago

      A very sensible plan.

      IIRC, there are not many issues left with R3xx-R5xx parts under Windows. I cannot say the same for *nix front.

      • asdsa
      • 11 years ago

      Very sensible move. And nothing keeps people from running old cards many months after cat 9.3.

      • not@home
      • 11 years ago

      I just got my hands on a 9600 and a 9800 pro to put with some old parts laying around to give to friends that do not have computers yet. I was trying to figure out why the latest drivers would not work. I had to use the 8.12 drivers because they were the latest that would work. This must be why.

      P.S. The 9800 pro has these weird specks all over the desktop background image. They appear where there is a gradient of light across something of similar color. Anyone seen that before? Bad shaders or something?

        • eitje
        • 11 years ago

        sounds like the memory.

        • Krogoth
        • 11 years ago

        Failing or overheating memory. You could either try to underclock the memory or throw some heatspreaders on the RAMs to see if it helps. Otherwise, I would strongly recommend on getting a newer GPU.

      • Ricardo Dawkins
      • 11 years ago

      so long Sapphire Radeon 9600 Pro

        • Sargent Duck
        • 11 years ago

        My 9600Pro was still running great on my Epox board with an overclocked Tulatin in it… till the power supply blew and that wonderful smell was in the air.

        I could still turn the computer on, but it kept crashing about 2/3 minutes after being turned on.

        • grantmeaname
        • 11 years ago

        they didn’t announce that it will stop working…

          • Scrotos
          • 11 years ago

          No no! The next driver update will disable the cards… FOREVER!

        • willyolio
        • 11 years ago

        i only said “so long” to mine about two months ago.

      • fyo
      • 11 years ago

      Some group of customers (or random posters) are probably going to go apeshit over this, but as a person who’s actually in the “old graphics card” camp, I have absolutely no problem with this.

      • zamb
      • 11 years ago

      Thank God!

      My…

      o[<*[

        • axeman
        • 11 years ago

        That’s because it’s already “legacy” status, doofus.

        • loophole
        • 11 years ago

        Your Radeon 8500LE has 8GB/s of memory bandwidth (assuming your RAM is running at 250 MHz)…

          • zamb
          • 11 years ago

          Nope…

          The main difference between normal 8500 and 8500*[

      • Meadows
      • 11 years ago

      Finally, Krogoth’s card is officially “old”.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 11 years ago

        Heh, I was thinking that too but you beat me to it. I think he missed your comment though 🙁

          • Meadows
          • 11 years ago

          Yes, very sad. The last time I owned a Radeon was at the time of the 9600, so I was waiting for this to happen. For some reason, nVidia was quicker to dismiss their FX series.

          Figured I’d bump this to get Kroggie’s attention too.

        • Krogoth
        • 11 years ago

        Yet it still works and does the job. XD

          • MadManOriginal
          • 11 years ago

          +1 troll avoidance. No fun though :p

      • bthylafh
      • 11 years ago

      Well, that’s reasonable.

      • eitje
      • 11 years ago

      MEMORIES….

      I remember the 9500 Pro that I’d flashed up to a 9700 Pro. That card worked great, until a resistor fell off of the back (!!).

      • TurtlePerson2
      • 11 years ago

      I would imagine that someone with an x1600 would go from 20 FPS to 21 FPS in recent games with driver improvements. I think that ATI has the right idea to focus on the newer cards. After 5 years it’s just not sensible to focus on performance improvements on cards that can be slower than integrated graphics.

      I’m not sure about the x1900 series. I have a friend who just bought one of those two years ago, but he’s still on AGP, so I guess he’s a bit of a strange case.

        • ludi
        • 11 years ago

        X1950 Pro was a great card. I only just replaced mine a year ago, and a friend is still using it.

        • PrincipalSkinner
        • 11 years ago

        How could he have just bought it 2 years ago? :))

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 11 years ago

        I agree with you there, the x1900 is still sorta new.
        Someone with a pair of these in crossfire should still be able to play most modern games.

        The people who are going to be affected the most are laptop owners though.
        A lot of ati’s laptop graphic cards are based off the older dx9 models.

      • Farting Bob
      • 11 years ago

      Oh no, people with 4 year old cards wont be getting monthly driver updates!

      If the card still needs driver updates this long after release, its likely that your card is just broken.

        • A_Pickle
        • 11 years ago

        Wow. Even the X1000’s, eh? Man. I feel kinda old. 😀

      • ssnseawolf
      • 11 years ago

      I suppose the Radeon 9800 had to be officially obsolete some day.

      Classic card.

        • burntham77
        • 11 years ago

        Half-Life 2 sold a lot of those cards. It was a fine product.

        • PetMiceRnice
        • 11 years ago

        The 9800 Pro was a fantastic card, I ran it longer than any other card I’ve owned in my 20 years as a PC user. I bought it when it was the fastest thing out there, and had it as my primary video card for a total of 42 months. Even towards the end, I didn’t consider it to be that bad performance-wise.

          • TheBob!
          • 11 years ago

          Yeah I still have mine sitting around. Was a beast in its day.

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