Nvidia officially ends driver support for Kepler GPUs, Windows 7 and 8

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TL; DR: Nvidia announced months ago that it would stop releasing Game Ready drivers for the almost ten-year-old Kepler graphics cards this year, but it looks like today is the day. Keplers are missing from the list of supported GPUs in the latest update.

The main stories of the latest version of the Nvidia driver are support for optimizing the new Back 4 Blood and adding DLSS to 10 other games. However, details of the end of support for Kepler as well as the end of support for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 are buried inside.

This means that Kepler cards will no longer benefit from driver enhancements, performance enhancements, new features, or bug fixes. However, they will still receive critical security updates until September 2024. Nvidia has a list of GPUs covered here, but it includes cards from the GTX 600 and GTX 700 series as well as the early Titans, cards initially released in 2012 and 2013. Here is the complete list of affected cards:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Z
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Black
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX770
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Ti
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 (192 bit)
  • OEM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 Ti
  • 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 GTX650
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 645
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 640
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 635
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 630

The bottom of the latest driver download page lists exceptions for some laptops.

It should be noted that three 700 series GPUs are still supported as they are not Kepler but rather part of the next architecture, Maxwell. These are the GTX 750Ti, GeForce GTX 750 and GeForce GTX 745 (OEM). TechToSee also offers a download page for the latest drivers, with detailed information about the changes and the games they affect. The latest drivers only support Windows 10 and Windows 11 64-bit.

Nvidia first announced that it plans to end Kepler support soon last summer. In the latest Steam survey, the 750Ti still ranks in the middle of the list of most popular graphics cards, especially recent RDNA2 cards from AMD and almost all of the Ampere cards from Nvidia released late last year. Kepler cards like the GTX 660 and 760 are much lower, with less than one percent of overall GPU usage.

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