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Adept I
Adept I

HD 5970 - Crossfire only with CCC 13.12

Hello,
I have got a HD 5970 and im currently running it with CCC 13.12
I wanted to update my drivers to play newer games and fix some slutter issues.
But after upgrading to 15.7.1 or 16.2.1 the CrossFire option is gone and GPU-Z

shows me that Crossfire is not enabled.
I already took a look into google and i found many people with the same issue.
I tried to re-install Windows 10 as well, but it still dont work with new drivers.

I want to play, good damned we payed around 570€ for something that is not working

correctly. I thought about buying a new CrossFire setup, but i saw that many people

have the same issue with 7990 or Dual R9 290X  as well!
In all the threads about that issue i found some "fixes" but nothing worked for me,

so now i beg for help - please AMD support this!

Addition:

Does this issue come from the standart Windows 10 AMD Graphics driver?

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Community Manager
Community Manager

Re: HD 5970 - Crossfire only with CCC 13.12

It could be an issue with Windows 10 and your GPU. The HD 5970 has reached legacy status so there will not be any driver updates to fix existing issues. I would recommend rolling back your OS.

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Adept I
Adept I

Re: HD 5970 - Crossfire only with CCC 13.12

I had the same issue on Windows 8.1 as well! And i just fresh installed Windows 10, so why you tell me i should rolle back?
A friend of me got the same graphics card and the same issue on windows 8.1!
And why is there no more support? I mean the crossfire option is now buggy for more than 1 year and not only for the 5970.

When this is your way to help, then i will never buy AMD products again. I where a big fan and i NEVER bought intel and nvidia.
Back in the old days i already had some problems with your drivers, but i always could fix it. I bought many processor and gpu's

from AMD and i always told friends that AMD is much better because of price/perfomance and that the AMD guys are not greedy.
Dafuq, i bought AMD server processor as well, do you know how much they cost?

So because of the repeatly bad drivers and support ill never buy or recommand AMD stuff again, sorry guys. You fu.. it up!
Its not the first time i bought a 600€ gpu that is not running probably. My friends always told me that they never had problems

on nvidia!

When i where the CEO of your company of would fire all your driver programmer for releasing drivers that are not working!

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Re: HD 5970 - Crossfire only with CCC 13.12

Okay. The reason for suggesting trying your previous OS was that the HD 5970 lacks the necessary hardware support for DX12 and Windows 10. In addition, we are focusing our engineering resources on supporting customers using our latest GPUs as the HD5970 is now 7 years old. More information on that decision can be found here.

Have you tried moving the 5970 to a different PCI-E slot, and then trying a clean installation of our last Catalyst 15.11.1 Beta driver?

I am using 2x 7990's and a R9 295x2 but i have been unable to reproduce the issue you have described on Windows 10.

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Adept I
Adept I

Re: HD 5970 - Crossfire only with CCC 13.12

Ill try the 15.11.1 driver later.

But im wondering because i have this issue on Windows 7, Windows 8 & Windows 10.
And i already tried the card on a friends pc with windows 8.1 and it only worked with 13.12 as well.

So 13.12 is the only driver that worked on my AMD system and on the intel System of a friend. Why only this one?

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Re: HD 5970 - Crossfire only with CCC 13.12

I don't know, unfortunately i do not have that hardware to test.

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Adept I
Adept I

Re: HD 5970 - Crossfire only with CCC 13.12

I'v got a new Motherboard now.
I also installed Windows 7 and AMD-Catalyst-15.7.1-With-DOTNet45-Win7-64bit

But there is still no crossfire.

Men this card can still run all new games with dual gpu, how to use it with new driver?

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Adept I
Adept I

Re: HD 5970 - Crossfire only with CCC 13.12

Is there no fix or workaround?
Is there no way to force the memory of crimson to show crossfire?

Please help, i want to keep using this card. But i cant even put it through virtualization... only 1 gpu

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Adept I
Adept I

Re: HD 5970 - Crossfire only with CCC 13.12

- Update to Dual-GPU 5970 -

I have tried 2 CPUs, 3 Mainboards & 6 operating systems now.


- AMD Phenom II 965

- Intel I3-6100

- AsRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming.-ITX/ac
- AsRock 980DE3/U3S3
- Asus M5A 78L-M USB3

Ubuntu 14 <- WORKS
Ubuntu 16 <- DOESNT WORK


Windows 7 <- WORKS UNTIL 13.12

Windows 8 <- WORKS UNTIL 13.12

Windows 8.1 <- WORKS UNTIL 13.12

Windows 10 <- WORKS UNTIL 13.12

14.4 came out ~ April 2014

HD 5970 came out ~ April 2009


The support time for the cards is 5 years? For me it seems like some kind of fraud/cheating here.
You guys ruined it and you didnt cared about your customers happiness all the time. So after many

months of frustration about dual gpus not working, i have decided to lets everyone here know what i

think about this situation.
I so i wont buy the AMD 480X or 580X CF for my lab rig, ill simply go for Nvidia GTX 1080 SLI. Just

two weeks ago i bought i3-6100 instead of your Ryzen and i will never ever buy AMD stuff again.
Thanks AMD, i never bought Intel or Nvidia before because i loved your stuff in the old days.But you people

made me so mad. So i have to change over...

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Adept I
Adept I

Re: HD 5970 - Crossfire only with CCC 13.12

amdmatt wrote down @ 24.02.2016 11:01 "We are aware of this issue and we hope to have a fix for it soon, stay tuned."

But its still not working, whats going on here!? Im feeling betrayed!

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