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Nvidia drops performance optimisation, bug fix, and new feature support for Fermi series GPUs

Nvidia GeForce GTX 480, flagship Fermi launch card. (Source: Nvidia)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 480, flagship Fermi launch card. (Source: Nvidia)
The Fermi microarchitecture was first released 8 years ago, and was used in the 400, 500, 600 series on desktop and mobile, as well as the 700 and 800 series mobile cards. Nvidia has now stopped support for these GPUs, with a full list of affected cards in the article.

Nvidia has made it known that as of now (April 2018) they are dropping driver and BIOS support for performance tweaks, feature upgrades, and bug fixes on all Fermi-based graphics cards. This is standard practice as a GPU design ages and the install base drops, and the time is better spent focusing on the newer microarchitectures. Critical security updates will still be provided for Fermi series cards until January 2018. Full support continues for Kepler, Maxwell, and Pascal series GPUs.

Fermi was initially released in 2010 as the primary architecture of the 400 series and was later used as the primary architecture of the 500 series too. Due to the GPU industry trend of reusing older designs to produce entry-level cards, Fermi continued alongside Kepler in the 600 series on desktop and mobile, as well as the 700 and 800 mobile series on notebooks.

Fermi series cards will continue to work as usual, but there won’t be any new game-specific driver tweaks for performance, or fixes for visual bugs unless that bug also affects a later microarchitecture.

A full list of Fermi-based GeForce graphics cards:

400 Series500 Series600 Series700 Series800 Series900 Series
410M510605705A800M910M #1
GT 415MGT 520610M705M810M
GT 420GT 520M620M710A820A
GT 420MGT 520MXGT 610710M820M
GT 425MGT 525MGT 620720AGT 820M
GT 430GT 530GT 620M720M
GT 435MGT 540MGT 625GT 705
GT 440GT 545GT 625MGT 710M
GT 445MGT 550MGT 630GT 720A
GTS 450GT 555MGT 630MGT 720M
GTX 460GTX 550 TiGT 635MGT 730
GTX 460 SEGTX 555GT 640
GTX 460 v2GTX 560GT 645
GTX 460MGTX 560 SEGTX 670M
GTX 465GTX 560 TiGTX 675M
GTX 470GTX 560M
GTX 470MGTX 570
GTX 480GTX 570M
GTX 480MGTX 580
GTX 485MGTX 580M
GTX 590

#1 Thanks to Sukhoi for pointing out that we had missed the GeForce 910M from this list, a rebranded GeForce 820M using the Fermi microarchitecture.

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Thanks to an anonymous reader for bringing this to our attention.

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Craig Ward, 2018-04- 9 (Update: 2018-04-10)
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I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.