AMD drops Windows 7 and 8.1 and older GPUs to Polaris

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AMD has just released the Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.6.1 driver, with a series of new features including support for new GPUs and technologies such as FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) upscaling technology. There is also bad news like the end of support for Windows 7-8.1 as well as GPUs older than Polaris. 

AMD has just released a new version of its driver for graphics cards Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.6.1. The new software brings a host of improvements and optimizations along with a handful of new features, and support for new GPUs.



AMD is notably launching the FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) upscaling technology as the founder had promised. FSR technology is first coming to a limited number of games, including Godfall and six other titles. Eventually, AMD is not opposed to making the device compatible with Nvidia cards.

AMD says goodbye to Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 with its latest driver for Radeon graphics cards

AMD has optimized the execution of Dungeons and Dragons: Dark Alliance, and added support for the RX 6800M laptop GPU. The list of changes is particularly extensive in this iteration, but what we especially remember is that AMD has decided to end support for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1.

Older pre-Polaris GPUs are also no longer supported. Here is the full list of release notes:

Now supported

  • AMD Radeon™ RX 6800M Laptop Graphics Cards
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance™
  • AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) upscaling technology in select titles.

Resolved issues

  • Radeon FreeSync™ may intermittently lock up on the desktop after performing a task switch between extended and primary displays when exiting a game, resulting in poor performance or stuttering.
  • Anno 1800™ may crash on launch when running DirectX®12.
  • The AMD cleanup utility can clean folders/registers related to system chipset/RAID installer.
  • Certain Radeon Graphics products may exhibit lower than expected performance in Destiny 2™ compared to previous versions of Radeon software.
  • By joining the AMD User Experience Program, the core AMD User Experience Program service may experience higher than expected CPU usage.
  • Enabling Ray Tracing in Ring of Elysium™ with DirectX®12 may cause the game to crash.

Known issues

  • Resident Evil Village™ may experience intermittent application crash or TDR on AMD Radeon VII graphics products in the first mission of the game.
  • Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to appear when enabled on some games and system configurations. Any users who may experience issues with enabling Enhanced Sync should disable it as a temporary workaround.
  • Connecting two displays with large resolution/refresh rate differences may cause flickering on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products.
  • An Oculus Service Error may be received on Radeon RX 5000 & 6000 Series Graphics Products which prevent the Oculus Link configuration software from running.
  • Radeon performance metrics and logging features may intermittently report extremely high and incorrect memory clock values.
  • If Ryzen Master is not detected in Adrenalin software after installation, a system restart may be required.
  • If a blue or black screen is observed on mobile systems, temporarily disable enhanced connection
  • A driver mismatch error may appear when two versions of Radeon software (Windows Store and AMD Support versions) are installed on your system. As a temporary workaround, launch the Windows Store version of Radeon Software.
  • AMD is investigating an issue that may have a small impact on the battery life of AMD Ryzen 5000 laptops.
  • A blue or black screen may be observed after updating to the latest version of Radeon software. A workaround is to disable Core Isolation.
  • AMD is investigating a D3 error code that may occur with certain motherboards after updating to the latest version of Radeon software.
  • Lower than expected performance may be observed on some AMD Athlon™ mobile systems.

Known issues with AMD Link on Windows

  • Intermittent gray frame corruption may be observed when streaming with HEVC on some setups over an internet connection. A workaround is to use the AVC encoding setting instead.



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