In an official statement published recently, AMD, one of the most famous chip and graphic card manufacturer in the world, announced the launch of a new driver update that solves some problems related with the mining of cryptocurrencies with the GPUs produced by the company.
The announcements provides details about the update called Adrenalin Edition 18.3.4. The new update solves a series of problems and bugs related to certain video games.
The graphics processing units (GPUs) were created with the goal to be used primarily for computer video games. Nevertheless, graphic cards are widely used for the mining of cryptocurrencies as well. This is why the new update also addresses certain problems and improves the performance of the mining activities related with cryptocurrencies. Among the fixes issued, AMD highlights this one: “Some blockchain workloads may experience lower performance than expected when compared to previous Radeon Software releases.”
The new drives is compatible with the following AMD products: Radeon RX Vega Series Graphics, Radeon™ RX 500 Series Graphics, Radeon™ RX 400 Series Graphics, AMD Radeon™ Pro Duo, AMD Radeon™ R7 300 Series Graphics, AMD Radeon™ R7 200 Series Graphics, AMD Radeon™ R9 Fury Series Graphics, AMD Radeon™ R5 300 Series Graphics, AMD Radeon™ R9 Nano Series Graphics, AMD Radeon™ R5 200 Series Graphics, AMD Radeon™ R9 300 Series Graphics, AMD Radeon™ HD 8500 – HD 8900 Series Graphics, AMD Radeon™ R9 200 Series Graphics, y AMD Radeon™ HD 7700 – HD 7900 Series Graphics.
Even though the mining of cryptocurrencies is not the main activity the graphic cards are used for, AMD launched drivers in the past with the specific goal of improving the efficiency of the mining activities. This was the case with Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Beta for Blockchain Compute launched in August last year.
On the other hand, according to recent statements from Susquehanna, a financial rating company from California, the arrival of new types of ASIC chips for the mining of cryptocurrencies could significantly decrease the demand for the graphic cards used to perform the mining activities, which would present a considerable money loss for the GPU manufacturers, such as AMD or NVIDIA.