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squirrel
25-10-2012, 12:09 PM
The update reminder notified me the presence of Catalyst 12.10, but when I go to the AMD web and search with input criteria, I was directed to Catalyst 12.6, with the term "Legacy" attached to the file name. Is it true that AMD will only update driver for HD4870 or 48XX up to version 12.6?

Danny252
25-10-2012, 05:13 PM
Well, to quote what AMD actually say on that driver page:

"AMD has moved to the AMD Radeon™ HD 4000, AMD Radeon HD 3000, and AMD Radeon HD 2000 Series new driver support model. These updates will focus on resolving application specific issues and critical updates. The reason for the shift in support policy is largely due to the fact that the AMD Radeon HD 4000, AMD Radeon HD 3000, and AMD Radeon HD 2000 Series have been optimized to their maximum potential from a performance and feature perspective."

Sounds like a fork, rather than giving up support completely (the HD 4000 is only 4 years old) - avoiding including shiny new features in the drivers but having to turn them off if the card is too old by only putting new features on the drivers for the new cards.

Battle Programmer Spike
25-10-2012, 09:29 PM
The legacy drivers are updated every once in a while. It's a waaaaaaaaaay lower frequency of updates and months may go in between updates. But they get updated on critical bugs and whatnot.

And do not confuse the 12.6 drivers with the legacy 12.6 ones. they are totally different. the last set of "common" drivers for the 4XXX line are the 12.4

Finicky
25-10-2012, 11:22 PM
Amd style :p
If you have a 4890 (faster than 7750) and a new game has problems you are shit out of luck^^

Battle Programmer Spike
26-10-2012, 03:42 PM
Well... to be fair newer games tend to run better on DX11 than 10(if available) or 9. Which the 4890 doesn't support. So the 7750 ends being the winner barely by a hair :P.

trjp
26-10-2012, 03:52 PM
Amd style :p
If you have a 4890 (faster than 7750) and a new game has problems you are shit out of luck^^

Whilst it's not ideal it's also not disastrous and historically, if a new game has 'issues' with an older card, the legacy drivers ARE updated. It might take a bit longer but it does get done in my experience.

It's just another reason not to buy 'top of the tree' gear tho - it 'dies' sooner than you'd like.

Finicky
30-10-2012, 09:57 PM
Well... to be fair newer games tend to run better on DX11 than 10(if available) or 9. Which the 4890 doesn't support. So the 7750 ends being the winner barely by a hair :P.
The vast majority of games don't even have a direct x 10 or 11 mode :p

Finicky
30-10-2012, 10:04 PM
Whilst it's not ideal it's also not disastrous and historically, if a new game has 'issues' with an older card, the legacy drivers ARE updated. It might take a bit longer but it does get done in my experience.

It's just another reason not to buy 'top of the tree' gear tho - it 'dies' sooner than you'd like.

Mate I had a 9800 pro till 2009 and I promise you they are not.
Updates for the 9800 pro stopped completely all the way back in 2006 (the card was released in 2003), they never even bothered to release a vista driver at all in 2007...
And that was the high end card, support for the 9200 etc was dropped earlier.

Amd just don't give a fuck.