AMD changes mind: Ryzen CPUs WON’T be officially supported in Windows 7


#1

We’ve just posted the following news: AMD changes mind: Ryzen CPUs WON’T be officially supported in Windows 7[newsimage]http://www.myce.com/wp-content/images_posts/2017/02/AMD-95x75.jpg[/newsimage]

AMD will not provide support and drivers to run its upcoming Ryzen CPUs under Windows 7. The processors are tested for Windows 7 but official support and drivers will only be provided for Windows 10, according to an official statement from AMD.

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#2

Be aware that supported and compatible are two different terms.

Until someone can actually test it, the Summit Ridge’s CPUs might still work on Windows 7 with some low-level features being unavailable.


#3

That means a LOT less sales for them!


#4

[QUOTE=m-p{3};2788215]Be aware that [I]supported[/I] and [I]compatible[/I] are two different terms.

Until someone can actually test it, the Summit Ridge’s CPUs might still work on Windows 7 with some low-level features being unavailable.[/QUOTE]
Guess iNtel doesn’t have much to worry then… :wink:


#5

In my experience, the main people “stuck” with Windows 7 are enterprise customers that don’t have the time or energy to test, update, and migrate users and applications over to Windows 10 yet. Assuming that to be true, they probably are all Intel shops anyways, not wanting to chance perceived incompatibility or performance issues with AMD just to save a few dollars on a workstation. AMD is pushed heavily into the low end, cheap, prebuilt market sold at big box retailers, and you can no longer buy Windows 7 on any of these new machines.


#6

Actually, it seems that there is no real problem: https://forums.anandtech.com/threads/ryzen-will-support-windows-7.2498512/page-2#post-38719771


#7

That’s got to be disappointing to a lot of AMD users. I’m sure there are plenty of Windows 7 fans who would love to have an awesome new AMD processor on their Windows 7 boxes, especially if this new processor happens to be cheaper than equivalent Intel processors.


#8

It is utterly uncool when chip manufacturers stop supporting an OS three years ahead of official end of support, especially considering how big Windows 7 still is.

It used to be ‘after’ official support ended earlier :rolleyes:


#9

It’s hard to keep supporting an OS that doesn’t have native support for your new hardware.

Windows 7 doesn’t natively support USB3/3.1, nor does it support NVMe, and most likely will not support the chipset natively.

Some users will get around these limitations, and be able to install Windows 7 on the new hardware, but many users won’t have the knowledge to inject drivers at install time (saying that such drivers even exist), or be able to slipstream the drivers into a Windows 7 install media.


#10

The drivers definitely do exist. On this page you can select Windows 7 and will then be able to download the drivers. Most of them are only available for x64 though.


#11

Mostly to do a reply in Discourse, but I think x86 is ready to live as virtualized installs apart from on older hardware. Nothing like a DOS install based on Windows 98 :smile:


#12

The Ryzen 7 1800X 8/16 core looks very interesting at £489.
Reportedly faster than the Intel 6900K 8/16 core, and the Ryzen 7 1800X is less than half the price of the Intel 6900K.

Also the Ryzen has a 95W TDP compared to the Intel 6900K at 130W TDP.