AMD Crimson Drivers Issue

AMD's new reference drivers are presumably not named "Crimson" because they make cards red hot, but there are lots of users reporting overheating problems using them. There are even some saying this has killed their GPUs outright, as shown in this reddit thread, which says the drivers are locking fan speeds on some systems at 20% of maximum. A tweet from AMD acknowledges the issue, saying a hotfix is coming today: "We are aware of low fan speed reports on select GPUs with Radeon Software Crimson Edition. We intend to publish a hotfix on Monday." In the meantime, this reddit post (thanks Softpedia) offers a workaround on how to perk up your fans. Thanks HARDOCP.
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CJ_Parker wrote on Nov 30, 2015, 23:19:
Didn't that nVidia fan control issue almost only affect mobile GPUs because nVidia was throttling them too much under load and the GPUs overheated in the tiny confines of the laptop cases? I really don't remember it being a big deal at all.

The only nVidia card I have personally ever lost in those 15+ years was a Ti-4400 way back when and I've had a lot of cards in all those years.
I've had a flawless track record ever since that Ti-4400 in all regards with the exception of nVidia Surround and SLI on my second computer. That has required a little more maintenance than usual but my main single GPU computer has never given me any trouble from the GPU side of things.

Nope, it effected desktop and mobile GPU's in both instances. There were quite a few people complaining about their desktop GPU's being cooked, it happened to my cousin who had a SLI setup and it baked both of his cards.

In the end it's kind of like this. If you have a ATI card and don't use anything like MSI's OC utility or Sapphires, you're perefectly fine. If you use it, you need to flip on overdrive and disable automatic fan control and then you're fine. In nvidia's case, the drivers locked the fan speed profile to 20% and overrode all external control of it.
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