Nvidia pulls out the red pencil and discontinues support for 26 graphics cards – and very soon. Do PC gamers who still have these GPUs installed now have to look for an alternative?
Nvidia graphics cards are sorted out: These models are affected
Support for a number of old Nvidia graphics cards will be discontinued. Like Nvidia in one official blog post mentioned, one is from October 2021, no more “Game Ready Driver Upgrades” for GPUs with Kepler architecture will be offered. This change affects no less than 26 graphics cards, which from this point on will not receive any performance improvements, new functions or bug fixes via driver updates.
After all, Nvidia admits that critical security gaps that could arise in the future will be closed by September 2024. But in which models does Nvidia even pull out the red pencil? We have the complete overview for you:
- 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 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
The cards are models that meanwhile are around 7 years or older. Many PC gamers are likely to have switched to a more up-to-date model by now, a look at the Steam Hardware Survey however shows that Even today, thousands and thousands of gamers rely on Kepler graphics cards.
And what else happened in the last week? In the GIGA headlines we summarize the most important messages for you:
Nvidia ends GPU support: do I need a new graphics card now?
Even if Nvidia will no longer supply the old graphics cards with new drivers from October 2021, that does not mean that the GPUs will suddenly stop working. They can still be used – also for gaming! Only compatibility problems with newer games may arise in the future.
Even now, the performance in current, graphically more complex games with graphics cards can suffer due to the low video memory. But you can still play indie games and slightly older games with the old graphics accelerators without any problems. And if you can live with lowering the resolution and graphics settings of new games, you can still play games like Warzone and Co. with a GTX 770.
What do you think about the fact that Nvidia is discontinuing support for the old graphics cards? Are you directly affected by the update-off? Or did you switch to a new model in good time before the hardware crisis? Let us know in the comments.