Nvidia has announced driver support for Kepler notebook GPUs will be ending in April 2019. This includes the entirety of the GeForce 600M series and the majority of GeForce 700 Mobile series laptop graphics. Kepler was also used for some GeForce 800 and even 900 series GPUs.
The full list of affected Kepler series GeForce notebook GPUs can be seen here.
As a result of this change, Nvidia will no longer continue to release performance improvements, bug fixes and any other additional features for notebook Kepler GPUs starting next month. Critical security updates for mobile Kepler-series GPUs will be maintained until April 2020.
For now, it appears as if desktop Kepler GPUs are unaffected, although we wouldn’t be surprised if they’re not far behind. If you’re running anything from the GeForce 600 Series then it’s probably going to be about time you start thinking about that upgrade.
In a secondary end-of-life update, Nvidia has also confirmed it’s finally taking support for 3DVision out back and putting a bullet in its head. It’s about time, I think it’s fair to say. Nvidia 3D Vision has been supported regularly since 2008 so it’s managed to stick around a whole lot longer than most ever expected it to.
Nvidia 3D Vision offered stereoscopic 3D for this with specially designed 120Hz monitors, offering a basic form of 3D vision in games that’s been well and truly superseded by what’s possible in VR.
“Following the posting of the final driver from Release 418 in April 2019, GeForce Game Ready Drivers will no longer support NVIDIA 3D Vision,” reads the update from Nvidia. “The NVIDIA support team will continue to address critical driver issues for 3D Vision in Release 418 through April, 2020. Those looking to utilize 3D Vision can remain on a Release 418 driver.”
Game over for Nvidia 3D Vision then, and the beginning of the end for Kepler. Is this the push you finally need to upgrade your graphics card?