NVIDIA Confirms End of Support for Kepler-Based GeForce GTX and GeForce GT Graphics Cards Later This Year

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NVIDIA has confirmed that it will be dropping support for Kepler-based GeForce GTX and GeForce GT desktop GPUs in October 2021. “Game Ready Driver upgrades, including performance enhancements, new features, and bug fixes” will only be available for Maxwell, Pascal, Turing, and Ampere-based GPUs beyond that date. Critical security updates will continue to be available for Kepler-based GeForce GPUs through September 2024, however. NVIDIA will also be ceasing support for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 in October 2021.

Kepler Desktop GPUs

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Black
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Ti
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (192-bit)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Ti OEM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 740
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 730
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 720
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 710
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 645
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 640
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 635
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 630


Q: Why is NVIDIA dropping support for Kepler desktop GPUs?
A: Kepler-based desktop GPUs initially launched in March of 2012. Since then, gaming technology has evolved dramatically with technologies like DirectX 12 Ultimate and NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling). Moving forward, NVIDIA’s software QA team will be focusing on hardware that supports newer technologies.

Q: When will the final Game Ready Driver that supports Kepler-based desktop GPUs go public?
A: August 31, 2021 (R470 GA5)

Q: When will the first Game Ready Driver that doesn’t support Kepler-based desktop GPUs go public?
A: October 4, 2021 (R495 GA1)

Source: NVIDIA (1, 2)

Tsing Mui
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