Nvidia has announced it will be dropping support for a range of legacy cards with Release 343 of its GeForce graphics drivers.
Nvidia’s latest release of its graphic card drivers will be the last for its DirectX 10-based cards.
The Release 340 drivers will be the last ones to bring optimization and new features to all of Nvidia’s DirectX 10 GPUs, including the majority of the GeForce 8, 9, 100, 200 and 300 series, and also for various Quadro and Telsa cards.Over one hundred products, including the GeForce 8800 GTX and GeForce 405, will be relegated to legacy status and will not be supported in the upcoming Release 343 drivers. Nvidia will be supporting the products until April 1, 2016, but only in the form of bug fixes that may be necessary down the line (the drivers should be available for download from the company’s archives well beyond April 2016.)
It’s a move that will dismay quite a good percentage of Nvidia’s users, though with mainstream support of almost 8 years, the D3D10 cards have had quite a good support run, longer than Nvidia’s D3D9 GPUs. Nvidia’s mainstream support for D3D10 cards also lasted longer than AMD’s, which moved its D3D10 GPUs to legacy status back in 2012.
A full list of devices that will cease to receive support has been published over at Nvidia’s website.