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

Nvidia announced months ago that it would stop releasing Game Ready drivers for the almost decade-old Kepler graphics cards this year, but it seems today is the day. The Keplers are absent from the list of GPUs supported in the latest update.

The main stories in the latest Nvidia driver release are the optimization support for the newly released Back 4 Blood and the addition of DLSS to 10 more games. Buried within, however, are the details of the end of Kepler support as well as the end of support for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1.

This means Kepler cards will no longer get driver improvements, performance improvements, new features, or bug fixes. Though, they will still get critical security updates through September 2024. Nvidia has a list of which GPUs this covers here, but it includes GTX 600 and GTX 700 series cards along with the early Titans, cards that originally came out in 2012 and 2013. This is the full list of affected cards:

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 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 bottom of the download page for the latest driver does mentions exceptions for certain notebooks.

It should be noted that three 700 series GPUs are still getting support because they aren’t Kepler but rather part of the following architecture, Maxwell. They are the GTX 750Ti, GeForce GTX 750, and GeForce GTX 745 (OEM). TechSpot also has a download page for the latest drivers, with detailed information on the changes and which games they affect. The latest drivers only support 64-bit Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Nvidia first announced it was planning to soon end Kepler support this past summer. In the latest Steam survey, the 750Ti still ranks in the middle of the list of most popular graphics cards, above all of AMD’s recent RDNA2 cards and almost all of Nvidia’s own Ampere cards which released late last year. Kepler cards like the GTX 660 and 760 are much further down, with less than one percent share of overall GPU usage.