NVIDIA released its GeForce Game Ready 496.13 WHQL driver today, and it’s somewhat of a significant one in that it marks the end of mainline support for green team’s arguably ancient Kepler-based GPUs. Being the first driver from the 495 branch, the 496.13 driver lacks support for numerous Kepler graphics cards that include old favorites such as the GeForce GTX 780 Ti and GeForce GTX 690. They also include a number of TITAN models.
Kepler products no longer support by NVIDIA:
- TITAN Series: GeForce GTX TITAN, GeForce GTX TITAN Black, GeForce GTX TITAN Z
- GeForce 700 Series: GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GeForce GTX 780, GeForce GTX 770, GeForce GTX 760, GeForce GTX 760 Ti (OEM), GeForce GT 740, GeForce GT 730, GeForce GT 720, GeForce GT 710
- GeForce 600 Series: GeForce GTX 690, GeForce GTX 680, GeForce GTX 670, GeForce GTX 660 Ti, GeForce GTX 660, GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST, GeForce GTX 650 Ti, GeForce GTX 650, GeForce GTX 645, GeForce GT 640, GeForce GT 635, GeForce GT 630
From NVIDIA’s original support article:
Effective October 2021, Game Ready Driver upgrades, including performance enhancements, new features, and bug fixes, will be available for systems utilizing Maxwell, Pascal, Turing, and Ampere-series GPUs. Critical security updates will be available on systems utilizing desktop Kepler-series GPUs through September 2024. A complete list of desktop Kepler-series GeForce GPUs can be found here.
Kepler users can still expect security fixes, but the older series will no longer include traditional updates such as new features, performance enhancements, and support for the latest games. NVIDIA released its Kepler architecture in April 2012.