AMD has announced that its latest driver update, which supports some sort of support for FidelityFX Super Resolution, among other things, will see support for some old cards changed to an "inherited media model." Just a few of the cards in question aren’t too old and include the Radeon R9 Fury and Nano series, as well as the 300 series graphics cards (including the Radeon R9 390, for which we have a bit of a point).
It may not look so bad on first reading either, as an inherited support model still gets some support, right? What it actually means is "No additional driver versions are planned to support these graphics products." Basically, this means that these older cards won’t get the optimizations needed to make new games run smoothly, or in some cases, and serious problems won’t basically be solved.
I get it, there’s a point where throwing time and resources into cards that fewer and fewer people use makes no sense. You have to draw the line somewhere. I just don’t think half a global silicon shortage is the right time, especially when it comes to GPUs that there are still a lot of people.
- Radeon R9 Fury
- Radeon R9 Nano
- Radeon R9, R7 and R5 300 series
- Radeon R9, R7 and R5 200 series
- Radeon HD8500 – HD 8900 Series
It’s also not just about desktop graphics cards, as there are also many mobile-friendly offerings that support the end, including some APUs, as well as the M400 and M300 series offerings.
This list also highlights the clutter in AMD's naming conventions: don't worry, the recently released RX 6000 series has nothing to do with the HD 6000 series being withdrawn.
Below is this entry at the bottom of the document in question:
"For gaming enthusiasts, we recommend that you want to upgrade to a modern GPU and benefit from exciting new features, improved performance, lower power consumption, and broader compatibility with the latest PC games. For information on current graphics products and where to buy, please visit: AMD Radeon ™ RX Graphics Cards "
To be fair to AMD, it looks like it’s a permanent copy that’s at the end of this document from 2019, but it could probably do so with an update a bit in light of the current hardware situation.
AMD isn’t the only one in this either, as Nvidia also recently announced that it will do the same with its Kepler line, with the latest driver update scheduled for August 31, 2021.