NVIDIA Sunsets Fermi GeForce GPU Support In Game-Ready Drivers

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅11.04.2018 12:25:16



Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, and that's the case this week for long-term NVIDIA Fermi-class GeForce GPU driver support. NVIDIA have now announced that Fermi GeForce GPUs, i.e. those from the 400 and 500-series of 2010-2012 vintage, will no longer be included in driver updates going forward.

It's been a long old run for Fermi, an architecture which was launched in 2010 to a decidedly mixed response. As the GTX 480 it garnered a reputation for being hot and power-hungry, but the mid-range entrants (notably the GTX 460) cemented NVIDIA's stranglehold on mainstream PC gaming. Released that same year, the GTX 580 grabbed the performance end of the market by the scruff of the neck and was the fastest single GPU until AMD's Radeon HD 7970 ushered in the 28nm GPU era.

Critical security updates for the GTX 400-series and 500-series will continue until January 2019, at which time all formal consumer support will end.

The announcement comes on the heels of NVIDIA also suspending Game Ready Driver and GeForce Experience support for 32-bit Operating Systems. Critical security updates for the driver's 32-bit version will also continue to be issued until January 2019.

Sunsetting support for legacy hardware lets NVIDIA concentrate their resources on more modern hardware and software configurations, but it's a delicate balance. Hopefully, given the GPUs in question are over eight years old, NVIDIA have struck the right balance between optimal use of developer time and legacy support for consumers.

Affected GPUs

NVIDIA GeForce 410M
NVIDIA GeForce 510
NVIDIA GeForce 605
NVIDIA GeForce 610M
NVIDIA GeForce 620M
NVIDIA GeForce 705A
NVIDIA GeForce 705M
NVIDIA GeForce 710A
NVIDIA GeForce 710M
NVIDIA GeForce 720A
NVIDIA GeForce 720M
NVIDIA GeForce 800M
NVIDIA GeForce 810M
NVIDIA GeForce 820A
NVIDIA GeForce 820M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 415M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 420
NVIDIA GeForce GT 420M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 425M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 430
NVIDIA GeForce GT 435M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 440
NVIDIA GeForce GT 445M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 530
NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 545
NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 610
NVIDIA GeForce GT 620
NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 625 (OEM)
NVIDIA GeForce GT 625M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 640
NVIDIA GeForce GT 645
NVIDIA GeForce GT 705
NVIDIA GeForce GT 710M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720A
NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
NVIDIA GeForce GT 730
NVIDIA GeForce GT 820M
NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 SE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 v2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 465
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 485M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 555
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 SE
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M


SOURCE: Support Plan for Fermi GeForce GPUs, Support Plan for 32-bit and 64-bit Operating Systems


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