Latest Nvidia drivers cull support for Kepler and Windows 7/8

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Nvidia warns that this day is coming, but it has finally arrived. Here we are in the most terrifying month of the year, witnessing the most terrifying fear of all: abandoned technology.

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While the latest Game Ready driver (Version 496.13) brings optimized support for Back 4 Blood, Crysis Remastered Trilogy, and Baldur’s Gate 3 in one fell swoop, it not only excludes Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, but Also support for Kepler GPU.

After some tinkering on the subject, it was confirmed that GPUs touting the Kepler architecture – launched about 12 years ago – will soon lose driver support. Kepler is also found powering Nvidia’s 600-series cards as well as a good portion of its 700-series offerings. you can find a list of Now-unsupported card here.

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Those packing a GeForce GTX 750 Ti or GTX 750 will be pleased to know that their GPUs have been safe for the time being, however, as these cards are not built around Kepler, but the same Maxwell architecture as the GTX 900-series.

Going forward, Kepler cards will still work fine, and they’ll still get security updates until September 2024, but optimal support for the latest game simply won’t be available.

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To be fair, performance in the latest titles won’t be stellar on hardware like this anyway—it’s just a shame that Nvidia is doing this now when it’s so difficult to actually buy an up-to-date graphics card. If you’re still running older hardware, your options for upgrading right now are pretty limited.

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It is also worth noting that this new driver release is only for Windows 10 and Windows 11. Nvidia no longer supports Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. According to latest steam survey Most users have moved on to Windows 10 anyway, with Windows 7 coming in at just under 5% of the market, and poor Windows 8.1 sitting at less than 1%.

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The news of support dropping is surprising, what with the recent launch of Windows 11 and the peak of GeForce RXT 30-series cards. It only feels right that we lay these ancient operating systems and video cards to rest.

That way Nvidia can focus on ushering in Zen-Sun’s utopian vision of the future. you can grab 496.13 Nvidia Game Ready Driver Now, so that you are not left behind.

The new driver also brings with it improved DLSS support for several games, including Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Chivalry 2. As such, it looks like Nvidia is increasing support for its AI-powered upscaling, perhaps as a response to the healthy uptick achieved by AMD’s FSR technology.

Or maybe the RTX 2060 is being re-released in preparation for this? Either way, it’s good to see more games that support DLSS.

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