Personally i think it is a bad move on AMD's part to drop support for HD 4000 series. It was introduced 3-1/2 years old - some of the cards are barely out of warranty now.
So that means that the HD 7970 you bought in December will likely not be supported by AMD in the 2014-2015 time frame. What are they thinking?
I honestly think its not a big deal.Its not like that that your cards are not going run without 12.7 catalyst driver.Feature wise i'm not sure what the new drivers will bring in for AMD so the future may not be as bleak as it is portrayed
At the same time i hope that they deliver hot fixes whenever necessary.
This is the second time that AMD has done this. The updates will last less than a year if they follow the pattern (i think it was x800 series owners that got screwed).
It's a bad precedent and the only reason that AMD does it is to save money for themselves - they are not thinking of their customers. It appears that they can justify anything
Your HD 7970 may have support dropped for it in 3 years.
I understand your point.But we gamers typically upgrade in 12-15months so its not such a big deal.But for other customers it can create problems and as u pointed out some of us use older cards in different systems making this a deal breaker for many.