Are AMD Dropping 32-Bit GPU Driver support?

Are AMD Dropping 32-Bit GPU Driver support?

Are AMD Dropping 32-Bit GPU Driver support?

Are AMD Dropping 32-Bit GPU Driver support?


When AMD released their new 16.3.2 Radeon Software Crimson drivers many people noted that AMD's new Radeon Pro Duo did not have a 32-Bit version, hinting that AMD is moving to only release 64-bit drivers for future product launches.

When you click on the link to find a 32-bit driver for AMD's existing R9 Fury, R9 300 and R7 300 series GPUs you are also greeted by an article which states that these products are designed to "provide the highest levels of performance, visual accuracy and stability on 64 bit platforms", with no link to a 32-bit driver download on the page. 

Below is a quote from AMD regarding their 32-bit driver support. 


?    The Radeon R9 Fury, R9 300 and R7 300 series products, introduced in 2015, are designed to provide the highest levels of performance, visual accuracy and stability on 64 bit platforms.

A system running Microsoft Windows 10 64 Bit can take full advantage of the advanced visual and performance features of these graphics cards. However, AMD also provides 64 Bit drivers for Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Windows 7 to accomodate those users who choose to use an older Microsoft Operating System. 


  Are AMD Dropping 32-Bit GPU Driver support?


This move makes a lot of sense for AMD, as most modern PCs are available with 4GB or more RAM, making 32-bit drivers less and less relevant moving into the future. One other thing to note is that the Radeon Pro Duo GPU has 2x4GB of VRAM, making it highly unlikely that this GPU is paired with a 32-Bit OS and 4GB or less of system memory.   

If AMD plans to abandon their 32-bit drivers in the future it will help AMD to better focus the resources of their driver team on a strong 64-bit driver, as they will no longer need to spend time creating and validating a 32-bit version of their drivers.   

There is a 32-bit version of AMD's 16.3.2 drivers available, but these drivers are only validated for AMD R9 and R7 200 series GPUs and not RX 300 series or Fury series GPUs. It seems very likely that moving forward AMD will not be creating 32-bit versions of their GPU drivers. 

Over the past number of years, the number of PCs being sold with 32-bit operating systems has been decreasing rapidly, making the need for a 32-bit GPU driver decrease steadily over time. At the time of writing, I cannot find DDR4 memory DIMMs that are under 4GB in size, making it seem likely that no DDR4 or future systems will be created that will not use a 64-bit OS. 


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Most Recent Comments

29-03-2016, 12:33:55

I'm surprised 32bit had lasted this long. It needs to go, 64bit is backwards compatible so really companies just need to get with the times.Quote

29-03-2016, 17:29:38

Just saying. Anyone buying that graphic card is 100% guaranteed to have a 64-bit system anyway, so why even care? Quote

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