Sat. Feb 4th, 2023
AMD's new Crimson drivers accused of burning video cards

AMD earlier this month to much fanfare announced its new Crimson drivers, replacing the Catalyst name and software. The first Crimson drivers are out now and seem to have a serious problem. There are widespread reports of cards overheating and perhaps even going out permanently.

It seems that the new driver sets the video card fans to 20 percent and then leaves them there. Normally, the fan speed should increase as the GPU temperature rises, but that doesn’t happen with Crimson. Even during games and intensive workloads, the fans stall at 20 percent, pushing GPU temperatures to over 90°C. These high temperatures cause poor performance due to thermal throttling, graphics glitches and crashes, and some users report permanent hardware damage. While the GPU itself throttles when it overheats, it’s speculated that other components on the cards, such as the VRMs, could still be damaged.

AMD has recognized the fan speed issue and says a hotfix will be released today. This probably won’t be much comfort to those whose cards have bitten the dust, and it makes for an unfavorable debut for AMD’s new driver. However, this isn’t a problem unique to AMD; in 2010 Nvidia published a driver update with a similar problem with the fan controller that caused cards to overheat and in some cases to completely fail. Another release from Nvidia in 2013 also brought complaints about overheating and destruction of the video card.

By akfire1

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