Monday, April 9th 2018

NVIDIA Waves Goodbye to Their Fermi Graphics Cards

As poet and playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay once wrote: Life must go on, And the dead be forgotten. Effective as of this month, NVIDIA will no longer release Game Ready Driver upgrades for their Fermi-based graphics cards. Unlucky users who are still rocking a GeForce GTX 400 or GTX 500 series graphics card in their systems will cease to receive future performance enhancements, new features, and bug fixes. However, NVIDIA is kind enough to continue providing critical security updates for the aforementioned models through January 2019. It has been a great run, Fermi. We will miss you!
List of Fermi series GeForce GPUs
GeForce GPUs based on Fermi architecture include:
  • 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: NVIDIA
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74 Comments on NVIDIA Waves Goodbye to Their Fermi Graphics Cards

#1
_JP_
Oh hell, I registered in this website by the time Fermi was released. :eek:
Direct X was 9 and LEDs were either red or blue...
Dual-chip cards were awesome and 1GHz core clock wasn't even a thing...

I guess these only needed the compatibility factor for Windows 10, since improvements mustn't have been released for a few years now.
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#2
Midland Dog
rip thermi, you kept us warm in winter and reminded us to be grateful for air conditioning
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#3
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
they have meme'd their last and will forever go down in history books as the only graphics card with a license to grill.

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#4
Fluffmeister
They have done well, the competing cards went legacy years ago.
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#5
chaosmassive
still remember that ATI (AMD?) took a jab on Nvidia by their commercial depicted by some SWAT dude breaking into gamer house
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#6
Fluffmeister
chaosmassive said:
still remember that ATI (AMD?) took a jab on Nvidia by their commercial depicted by some SWAT dude breaking into gamer house
Here:


"Fermi again, it's the third time this week" presumably confirming it sold well. :P
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#7
ssdpro
I had a 570, good reliable card.
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#8
GoldenX
No more drivers for Fermi, and with them goes the promised support for Vulkan.
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#9
Assimilator
GoldenX said:
No more drivers for Fermi, and with them goes the promised support for Vulkan.
Oh ze noes, however will you play all those Vulkan-only titles now???!!!!!

Oh.

Wait.
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#10
GoldenX
Persona 5 could play nicely on a low end Fermi in Vulkan, instead of saturating a single thread in OpenGL.

They added the even more useless DirectX12, so go figure.
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#11
Sasqui
This made me laugh.... notice the top perf per watt cards are all AMD. Wow have times changed.

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#12
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Sasqui said:
This made me laugh.... notice the top perf per watt cards are all AMD. Wow have times changed.


A (sobering?) reminder of how quickly things can change in this industry.
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#13
xorbe
Wait, so GTX 650 was Kepler, while GT 640 was Fermi? Oh I think I see, there were 5 (!) GT 640 cards, and one of them was Fermi.
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#15
Sasqui
The Terrible Puddle said:
Well, my pair of 580 both died last week anyway...
They must have seen a news leak ;)
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#16
dj-electric
8 Years from release, very respectable. You really can't ask for more in the GPU industry at this point
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#17
neatfeatguy
Had a couple GTX 570s I used for about 4.5 years. Repasted them and handed one off to my younger brother and he used for about 3 years now. Card works well still and overclocked very well. Any game out there on his 1680x1050 screen he can run around medium settings or better - depending on the game.

Here's hoping my 980Ti cards last me another 1-2 years for me before I look into upgrading.
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#18
Fleurious
No complaints with my 570. It got replaced by a 780Ti but still lives in a hand-me-down computer. Hard to believe it’s been over 7 years.
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#20
jmcslob
Nvidia got Partial DX12 support for these cards a month or two ago... That's awesome they did that prior to putting them to legacy...
I use a GTX 470 on one of my pc's.... It's still faster than a 1030 but slower than a 1050...
That imo is incredible.
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#21
Kursah
I'd have to say all of these GPU's had a good run, I have a GTX570 that I had to bake at one point, still running like a champ to this day. Ready to cook dinner, heat the house and play Crysis. :D
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#22
Readlight
At least i was not so stupid to buy these slow expensive Nvidia cars back then. they are now worthless.
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#23
Xaled
the greedy nvidia should stop using scientists names in their overrated, overpriced products
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#24
AlienIsGOD
Xaled said:
overrated, overpriced products
lol, i guess actual benchmarks means overrated :P overpriced maybe but thats retailers fault, not Nvidia
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#25
erocker
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So many good memes. Thanks Fermi. :)
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