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Nvidia Dropping Driver Support for Older Graphics Cards

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A whole heap of older Nvidia graphics cards are going to lose driver support.

Nvidia has announced that it is going to be dropping driver support for a large number of its old graphics cards, including essentially the entire 8-series, 9-series, 100-series, 200-series, 300-series, and one card (the GeForce 405) from its 400-series. This includes mobile and desktop products. Support for a number of professional workstation products is also being terminated.

Up to and including the release of the GeForce 340, driver users will still be getting driver and game optimizations; however, after this, the party is over. Up until the GeForce 343 driver in 2016, the company will still be fixing minor driver issues as needed, but these are likely to affect only a small group of people.

Don't be scared if you're still sporting one of those graphics cards, though. You'll still be able to keep using it long after the driver support stops; you just won't be getting any new drivers.

The entire list of products can be found here on Nvidia's website. Are you still using a card among them?

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    HoboBob24 , March 14, 2014 1:56 PM
    And so was the tale of the 8800.
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    Deuce65 , March 14, 2014 2:14 PM
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    Not happy about this. I work in a small computer shop, and there's still plenty of folks out there with some of these cards (including myself).


    You make it sound like the cards will suddenly stop working.
    Given how quickly things change in this industry I think it is a little unrealistic to expect driver support for what, going on almost a decade now? Given what a drain it can be to maintain backwards compatibility I'm surprised they did it for as long as they did. Off the top of my head, I can't think of very many other hardware components you can get from 10 years ago where the manufacturer is still putting out driver updates.

    And of course, looking at it strictly from a business standpoint, anyone still running a 8800GT in their main rig isn't their target consumer anyway. I mean yea I guess they could say "I'll never buy from them again!!!", but these people weren't buying from them (or anyone) anyway.
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    Hupiscratch , March 14, 2014 1:51 PM
    When your board stop being supported by the manufacturer, it's that time you look at the stars and say "I think it's time for an upgrade". My 9600GT SLI arrange served me good...
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    Hupiscratch , March 14, 2014 1:51 PM
    When your board stop being supported by the manufacturer, it's that time you look at the stars and say "I think it's time for an upgrade". My 9600GT SLI arrange served me good...
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    bigshootr8 , March 14, 2014 1:51 PM
    Natural course of things. I believe things get to a point where worrying about drivers for older cards hinders things going forward. Their is more then ample driver support for current OS's and programs that can use them.
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    HoboBob24 , March 14, 2014 1:56 PM
    And so was the tale of the 8800.
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    Spectre694 , March 14, 2014 2:03 PM
    Honestly I was surprised I was still getting updates on my 280 and 8800 builds. (been pulling HTPC duty)
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    Deuce65 , March 14, 2014 2:14 PM
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    Not happy about this. I work in a small computer shop, and there's still plenty of folks out there with some of these cards (including myself).


    You make it sound like the cards will suddenly stop working.
    Given how quickly things change in this industry I think it is a little unrealistic to expect driver support for what, going on almost a decade now? Given what a drain it can be to maintain backwards compatibility I'm surprised they did it for as long as they did. Off the top of my head, I can't think of very many other hardware components you can get from 10 years ago where the manufacturer is still putting out driver updates.

    And of course, looking at it strictly from a business standpoint, anyone still running a 8800GT in their main rig isn't their target consumer anyway. I mean yea I guess they could say "I'll never buy from them again!!!", but these people weren't buying from them (or anyone) anyway.
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    Christopher Shaffer , March 14, 2014 2:36 PM
    I've never owned a PC component that was still in serious use when the manufacturer stopped support, and I've owned a LOT of PC hardware.If your hardware is at this age, it's probably time to either accept it's current state as the best it's going to get or upgrade. It's not like new drivers suddenly double a card's speed or something.People that get burnt up about this are probably the same ones complaining that there's no standard PCI slots on MBs anymore, lol.Look at this way: now you have an excuse to overclock it until it starts on fire so you can buy a new one.
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    jhansonxi , March 14, 2014 2:37 PM
    Open source drivers would solve the legacy support problem but I haven't seen that attempted with Windows drivers since the 3dfx days.
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    falchard , March 14, 2014 3:07 PM
    I was at a staples and they still sell that 8600 for around $160.
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    skit75 , March 14, 2014 3:22 PM
    My 560Ti dodges another bullet! If only it was on the list, I could convince the ole' lady it's time for the 760 I been eyeballing.Ohh and everything at Staples is marked up at least 30% over its competitors. I don't know how they still exist.
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    IQ11110002 , March 14, 2014 4:42 PM
    I don't see what the problem is honestly, Even if you are hard up on money the new budget cards are not that hard to save for, Especially a second hand one or even a previous years model, Hell It's only like a few Mc Donalds meals worth seriously. If you are running cards over 5 years old then it's time to upgrade if you want continued driver support, Otherwise just keep using it till it breaks or upgrade!
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    intelliclint , March 14, 2014 5:20 PM
    This is just smart on the part of Nvidia because it will reduce the amount of regression testing for all those cards. If you look at a driver update you will notice that they haven't really been supporting the older cards except for validation. All off the updates seem to be updates that effect these older card are mostly SLI issues when you look at the release notes.
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    alextheblue , March 14, 2014 5:35 PM
    I don't see this as a big deal myself. But I can't help but notice most of the comments are midly positive... when AMD put some of their older cards on legacy support? They were pretty heavily derided for it. Just comical, that's all.
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    TheBigSmooth , March 14, 2014 5:56 PM
    Honestly this is a good thing! Its nice they can stop worrying about compatibility with really old hardware and start really focusing on the current hardware. Drivers will only get better. As much as i loved my 8800GTX and my 260GTX ive moved on and still look back on those cards with happiness and love. I currently am running a 560Ti and it does what it needs to but im also running an OC q6600 @3.0 and my computer is really showing its age. Its time i just build a new machine.
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    knowom , March 14, 2014 6:13 PM
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    I don't see this as a big deal myself. But I can't help but notice most of the comments are midly positive... when AMD put some of their older cards on legacy support? They were pretty heavily derided for it. Just comical, that's all.
    I don't know how that situation compared personally, but perhaps some of the legacy support was premature in AMD's case IDK no idea. In Nvidia's case I honestly can't say I'm surprised by this news at all though virtually all these cards are quiet old now anyway I'm more surprised that it didn't happen a little sooner truth be told.This really has little effect on my 8800GT and 260GTX either plenty of drivers around for it and they wouldn't really be running most newer higher end game to begin with at this point and mid range games they should still function properly with in general.The cards are so dated now anyway that I'm at the point where a GTX 750Ti upgrade is very enticing for all the advantages and new features it would provide though I'll likely hold off a bit longer for a die shrink or tier or two in the performance model lineup for this new generation of Nvidia GPU's.
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    antilycus , March 14, 2014 6:22 PM
    stop being such a cheap ass, go buy something newer. Problem solved, stop crying. Technology moves faster than your wallet, if you don't like it, get a new hobby.
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    knowom , March 14, 2014 6:24 PM
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    Honestly this is a good thing! Its nice they can stop worrying about compatibility with really old hardware and start really focusing on the current hardware. Drivers will only get better. As much as i loved my 8800GTX and my 260GTX ive moved on and still look back on those cards with happiness and love. I currently am running a 560Ti and it does what it needs to but im also running an OC q6600 @3.0 and my computer is really showing its age. Its time i just build a new machine.
    That or you could simply upgrade the Q6600 to a higher end C2D/C2Q chip instead they can be had a lot cheaper than a whole motherboard/ram/cpu upgrade would cost and still generally be on par with a i5 in terms of performance. You could get a E8400 for like $20's on ebay and it would probably for gaming be better than a Q6600 despite only being dual core because it had better cash and will clock a bit higher than 3GHz with ease.A Q9550 would cost you about $70-$90 and be a fair bit better more performance with less power and heat. Depends of course on if your current board will support either of those chips or not, but it's not too unlikely they do.A i5 is fairly debatable in comparison to a Q9550 in terms of performance. On top of that I have yet to see benchmarks of a i5 compared to a Q9550 with a DDR3 1600 to DDR3 2200 motherboard with both utilizing the same speed and latency memory.DDR3 was fairly uncommon and or expensive toward the end of LGA775 life cycle, but their were some boards with support for DDR3 1600 and a few even for DDR3 2200. Latencies on DDR3 weren't as a great back though however because it wasn't as mature as it is now.
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    razzb3d , March 14, 2014 6:40 PM
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    Quote:
    Honestly this is a good thing! Its nice they can stop worrying about compatibility with really old hardware and start really focusing on the current hardware. Drivers will only get better. As much as i loved my 8800GTX and my 260GTX ive moved on and still look back on those cards with happiness and love. I currently am running a 560Ti and it does what it needs to but im also running an OC q6600 @3.0 and my computer is really showing its age. Its time i just build a new machine.
    That or you could simply upgrade the Q6600 to a higher end C2D/C2Q chip instead they can be had a lot cheaper than a whole motherboard/ram/cpu upgrade would cost and still generally be on par with a i5 in terms of performance. You could get a E8400 for like $20's on ebay and it would probably for gaming be better than a Q6600 despite only being dual core because it had better cash and will clock a bit higher than 3GHz with ease.A Q9550 would cost you about $70-$90 and be a fair bit better more performance with less power and heat. Depends of course on if your current board will support either of those chips or not, but it's not too unlikely they do.A i5 is fairly debatable in comparison to a Q9550 in terms of performance. On top of that I have yet to see benchmarks of a i5 compared to a Q9550 with a DDR3 1600 to DDR3 2200 motherboard with both utilizing the same speed and latency memory.DDR3 was fairly uncommon and or expensive toward the end of LGA775 life cycle, but their were some boards with support for DDR3 1600 and a few even for DDR3 2200. Latencies on DDR3 weren't as a great back though however because it wasn't as mature as it is now.
    Don't compare an Q9550 to an I5, especially a Sany or Ivy Bridge model. Just in CPU Queen, the Q9550 gets about 25k (score) ate 3,4 GHz, while a 3,3GHz I5 2500k does over 34k. Also, on the newer platform, you get cool stuff like USB 3.0, UEFI BIOS and SATA 3, that make 2-5 second boot times a reality.
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    esco_sid , March 14, 2014 6:44 PM
    And here i thought i might upgrade my GTx670 lol
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    eodeo , March 14, 2014 10:06 PM
    Ati has long since discontinued their dx10 cards. I think nvidia had something like 5 years of driver updates more then ati.
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