Nvidia is retiring the Geforce GTX 600 and GTX 700 series

At the end of May, it appeared in Nvidia’s document “Updated Software Support Matrix tables for datacenter GPUs” that the company planned to end the driver support for graphics cards based on the nine-year-old architecture Kepler. This affects the entire Geforce GTX 600 series and large parts of the GTX 700 series.

► Nvidia confirms: “The last Kepler driver will be released in August”

Now Nvidia has launched the driver Game Ready version 496.13, which means a transition to the Geforce R495 driver series. The graphics cards that are not allowed to accompany that series will instead be transferred to a so-called “Long Term Support Branch”, which in this case is the Geforce R470.

Grafikserie

Architecture

CUDA functions

Last driver with support

Geforce GTX 400
Geforce GTX 500

Fermi

2.0

R390

Geforce GTX 600
Geforce GTX 700 *

Kepler

3.0 / 3.2
3.5 / 3.7

R470

Geforce GTX 900

Maxwell

5.0 / 5.2 / 5.3

Currently

Geforce GTX 1000

Pascal

6.0 / 6.1

Currently

Geforce RTX 2000

Turing

7.5

Currently

Geforce RTX 3000

Ampere

8.0 / 8.6

Currently

* Nvidia Geforce GTX 750 Ti and GTX 750 are based on the Maxwell architecture

The Kepler generation graphics card has almost a decade on its neck and since its debut in 2012, the technology has advanced rapidly. Nvidia has previously stated that they would rather prioritize their resources on software support for modern hardware.

However, users who still rely on any of the approximately 30 different models affected do not have to worry. The graphics cards do not become unusable and continue to receive the necessary security updates for another three years.

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