Latest Crimson Driver Causing Fan Profiles To Overheat AMD GPUs
I guess when they released their Crimson Edition driver, the Crimson actually meant how hot your AMD GPU would get. The driver software has a bug which apparently locked GPU fan speeds to 20%. According to some people, this meant overheating and actual death of their graphics cards, although so far we only have a Reddit post in which a user describes how their GPU got “burned” by the new driver and lost their GPU to it.
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Now although the genuineness of the post is up in the air, since a GPUs should have shutdown safety procedures in place(i.e system crash) when temperatures reach a certain point, what is undeniable that some people’s GPU fan settings are stuck at 20%. In some cases your PC will crash and reboot, although in other the stress of high temperatures can degrade and kill a GPU. AMD themselves have acknowledged the issue and are committed to release a hotfix (appropriately named) to address the fan bug. It does seem to be a bug not affecting everyone, since my GPU has a proper functioning fan curve, so if you have upgraded to Crimson, monitor your fan speed and make sure you apply the update as soon as AMD release it. If you are not content to wait for AMD, a user has posted a quickfix, although the workaround is needed everytime you reboot your PC.