AMD users see Crimson after new driver burns their cards

AMD logoAMD’s new Crimson drivers, which killed off the Catalyst name and software, have a serious problem – they make cards overheat.

There are widespread reports of cards overheating and dying. The new driver is setting the video card fans to 20 percent and then leaving them there.

Fan speed should increase as the GPU temperature goes up, but Crimson sticks them there at 20 percent, even during games and intensive workloads.

This means that GPU temperatures  climb to more than 90° C which causes high temperatures, thermal throttling, graphical glitches and crashes.

Some users are reporting permanent hardware damage. Although the GPU itself throttles when it overheats, there’s speculation that other components on the cards, such as the VRMs, can still be damaged.

AMD has acknowledged the fan speed problem and says that a “hot fix” should be rolled out from today.

It seems AMD did not learn from Nvidia which had a similar problem in 2010 and 2013.