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(OPINION) AMD shot themselves in the foot by releasing an official mining optimized driver for Radeons.

https://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/Radeon-Software-Crimson-ReLive-Edition-Beta-for-Blockchain-Compute-Release-Notes.aspx
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This driver is provided as a beta level support driver which should be considered "as is" and will not be supported with further updates, upgrades or bug fixes.
This driver is not intended for graphics or gaming workloads.

My first thought was "WHAT ARE YOU THINKING, AMD?"

They ought to be locking the mining driver behind Radeon Instinct , Radeon Pro WX9100 GPUs , or even VEGA frontier edition cards that have the option for workstation drivers. Instead they released it for Radeon GPUs (and not just mining editions).

I'm not sure why they would do that.

They gain zero out of this , it cannibalizes the market for gaming GPUs and doesn't allow them to sell more of their workstation cards that have a cost premium built in for driver support. It doesn't allow for graphical improvements and is "not designed for graphics".

The only thing I think will come out of this is RX 570 / RX 580 / RX VEGA 56 (with a hefty undervolt) being predominantly used for mining only.

Comments (5)

The driver is named "blockchain" . Why do you think that is?
How is it detrimental to AMD? If they sell five GPUs to one miner or to five gamers, they've still sold five GPUs. People with a need for workstation GPUs will get workstation GPUs. Miners won't because there's no way they'll pay themselves off.

The best argument against it as far as I'm concerned is that AMD will lose presence as a brand among gamers. But as far as sales go it doesn't matter who buys what.
The only issue with selling gpus to miners is that games wont be developed with amd in mind if people arent using amd gpus for gaming, which is one of the large reasons why amd is so behind nvidia.
It's also in the professional market: if AMD GPUs aren't used in the professional space then there's not going to be as widespread OpenCL use over CUDA
I'd also be curious to know what AMD's partners think about this. Pushing the cards 100% 24/7 seems to already have increased RMA rates significantly enough for some partners (at least Inno3D) to threaten to void the warranty for miners.
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