AMD DITCHING OLD RADEONS
"AMD is ready to say goodbye to earlier AMD Radeon HD Video Cards such as the Radeon HD 2000, Radeon HD 3000 and Radeon HD 4000 Video Cards because they will be getting moved to Legacy Driver Support in May 2012. Starting with Catalyst 12.5 AMD will be moving the Radeon HD 2000, Radeon HD 3000 and Radeon HD 4000 series from the mainstream to legacy status. These Video Cards will move from receiving monthly driver updates to quarterly driver updates."
HERE ARE THE FACTS FROM AMD
"AMD will be moving AMD Radeon HD 2000, AMD Radeon HD 3000, and AMD Radeon HD 4000 Series of products to a new driver support model. We will continue to support the mentioned products in our Catalyst releases, but we're moving their updates to a quarterly basis, whereas our AMD Radeon HD 5000 and later products will continue to see monthly updates. The Quarterly Catalyst releases will focus on resolving application specific issues and critical updates.
"Our main development and testing efforts will now be focused on AMD Radeon HD 5000 and later products. This is the best use of our resources, as AMD Radeon HD 5000, AMD Radeon HD 6000, AMD Radeon HD 7000, and future products have the greatest potential for further performance and feature enhancements."
"Also with regards to Windows 8 support for AMD Radeon HD 2000, 3000, 4000 Series of products; the In-the-box AMD Graphics driver that ships with Windows 8 will include support for AMD Radeon HD 2000, 3000, and 4000 Series, and it will support the WDDM 1.1 driver level features. AMD Catalyst driver for Windows 8 will only include support for WDDM 1.2 support products (AMD Radeon HD 5000 and later)."