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AMD Radeon users, your new driver set may fry your video card

AMD Radeon Crimson driver set destroying video cards

A bug in the driver runs the GPU fan too low, causing overheating.


AMD has just issued a fix to its graphics driver that was causing GPU fans to lock at 20% max speed, which in turn caused the GPU to overheat and, in some cases, kill the card. Even though it's listed as a beta, if you are using the Crimson graphics driver, you want to upgrade now

Earlier this month AMD launched a whole new driver and video card application called Crimson, designed as a replacement for the old Catalyst driver and app. Crimson was intended to offer an updated interface and improved performance for DirectX 12. 

As is so often the case, the issue first came to light on a Reddit community forum, where Radeon users found that the Crimson drivers were locking their fans at a low speed, thus the card overheated and died. At 20%, the fan is still pretty quiet, so the user has no idea there is a problem until their video card dies.

The community came up with a fix, illustrated in an image that shows the Crimson app and what steps to take. The only caveat is that you have to redo the steps every time you reboot.

The bad driver version is 15.201.1151.1010, while the beta is 15.30.1025.

AMD acknowledged the problem on Sunday and promised a fix within a day or two. The new drive is now available for download.

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