NVIDIA Ends Game Ready Driver Support for Kepler GeForce 600 & 700 Series GPU Family

By Jason R. Wilson  / 

NVIDIA has officially discontinued specific game-ready driver support for the Kepler Family of GPUs manufactured since 2012. Today, driver support for the GeForce GTX 600 series, as well as a hefty portion of the GeForce 700 series GPUs, has officially been discontinued.

Farewell Kepler GPUs - NVIDIA Discontinues GeForce GTX 600 and 700 Series Game Ready Driver Support

Today, NVIDIA released the first driver from their 495 branch, which dropped support for any Kepler family graphics processors.

NVIDIA Launches The Low-End GeForce GT 710 Graphics Card – Based on Kepler GK208, Aimed at Low Cost PCs

The following list of cards are no longer supported by NVIDIA:

The only GeForce 700 series GPUs that will still maintain support are the GeForce GTX 750 Ti, GeForce GTX 750, and GeForce GTX 745. These series are all based on NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture, and not the previous Kepler architecture.

Kepler is the codename for a GPU microarchitecture developed by NVIDIA, first introduced at retail in April 2012, as the successor to the Fermi microarchitecture. Kepler was Nvidia's first microarchitecture to focus on energy efficiency. Most GeForce 600 series, most GeForce 700 series, and some GeForce 800M series GPUs were based on Kepler, all manufactured in 28 nm. Kepler also found use in the GK20A, the GPU component of the Tegra K1 SoC, as well as in the Quadro Kxxx series, the Quadro NVS 510, and Nvidia Tesla computing modules. Kepler was followed by the Maxwell microarchitecture and used alongside Maxwell in the GeForce 700 series and GeForce 800M series.

The architecture is named after Johannes Kepler, a German mathematician and key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution.

— Wikipedia

NVIDIA Kepler series GPUs will still be offered security updates at this time. However, NVIDIA has chosen to continue offering bug fixes, enhancements to performance, any additional feature support in the future, as well as "day-0 game support" for their Maxwell, Pascal, Turing, and Ampere lines of graphics cards.

Tweet Share
View Comments


Nvidia's GeForce GT 640 GK107 Based GPU Starts Reaching Retailers

Pokémon Go Now Supports 120fps Gameplay on iPhone 13 Pro Models

New World December Patch Includes Winter Event and Endgame Improvements

Will Lucid Group (LCID) Meet Its Year-end Target of Delivering 520 EVs?

Grand Theft Auto V Reaches New Levels of Realism With Ray Tracing, Real Buildings and Realistic Traffic Mods In New 8K Video