Nvidia puts graphics drivers for the GPUs of the GTX 600 and 700 series on the chopping block.
Nvidia will soon be claiming driver support for some of its older GPUs, such as: B. for the graphics cards of the GeForce GTX 600 and 700 series, which are based on the Kepler architecture.
Nvidia GTX 600 and 700 are on their way out
According to Phoronix, who looked at Nvidia's data center CUDA documentation, the upcoming R470 graphics drivers will be the last to support the GTX 600 and 700 series.
This development affects graphics cards with the above GPUs, which are based on Nvidia's Kepler architecture. The graphics cards with Maxwell and Pascal technology are not affected. This also applies to the Maxwell-based GTX 750 and its Ti variant.
Drives released after 470 only support Maxwell-based GPUs and newer ones.
Should players be concerned?
The development will have no impact on the legions of gamers who use current Nvidia graphics cards. However, those with old PCs running on one of the GPUs mentioned above should consider upgrading their rusty old computer. No matter how you look at it, Nvidia will indeed end support for the Kepler GPUs with the next R470 driver.
Each Nvidia driver branch is typically available for a few months, and the upcoming R470 graphics drivers will be the last to support the Kepler-based GTX 600 and 700 series GPUs. The latest driver version from Nvidia is the R465 driver series version 466.47.
In summary, if the new R470 drivers arrive in a few weeks, your Kepler-based GeForce, Quadro or Tesla graphics cards will continue to work as usual.
The next family of drivers from Nvidia is in the works
However, if Nvidia moves to the next family of drivers in a few months, these GPUs will be serviced with fewer updates – the GTX 600 and 700 series GPUs will continue to work, but no new features and performance gains are expected from that point on.
In terms of stability and bug fixes, customers can rest assured that Nvidia will release emergency fixes for the GTX 600 and 700 series GPUs in the event that major security vulnerabilities are discovered in the future.
However, as of 2025, Nvidia will no longer release security updates for the above GPUs.
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