AMD Aware of Radeon Software Causing GPUs to Overheat, Fix on Monday

By Published November 29, 2015 at 6:05 pm

AMD issued a statement moments ago pertaining to the Radeon Software (see also: Radeon Settings, Crimson, former Catalyst) fan speed configuration causing GPU overheating issues. Some users have reported GPU death resultant of excessive thermals, which correlate with inadequately low fan speeds for the current heat generation.

The issue exists with AMD's new Radeon Software (for which we provided an overview) and seems to have a connection with specific cards and third-party software. The best work-around right now is to avoid Radeon Settings fan speed controls and “OverDrive,” instead opting for more traditional tools – Afterburner, for instance.

In its brief statement, AMD said:

“Hi Steve,

I wanted to let you know that AMD is aware of isolated reports of low fan states following the installation of Radeon Software ‘Crimson Edition’ on select Radeon GPUs. Its engineering teams have identified and addressed this issue, and AMD intends to release a hotfix on this coming Monday, November 30th.”

We will remain in contact with AMD as the hotfix is created and released.

- Steve “Lelldorianx” Burke.

Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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