NVIDIA TENDS TO CRANK OUT software tools and extras for its graphics cards, but in a flip of fate it's decided to kill off support for 3D Vision and its mobile Kepler products.
With GeForce Game Ready drivers from version 418 onwards, Nvidia will no longer be throwing in 3D Vision support. In case you're wondering, it was Team Green's software for running 3D monitors with its rather chunky 3D specs, which took off as well as a penguin made of lead.
Nvidia will continue to support its 3D Vision Video Player until the end of 2019, but after that, it's game over man. Critical updates for 3D Vision will continue until April 2020, but after that Nvidia will abandon the software.
So pretty soon if you have a 3D monitor with a pair of 3D specs and use an Nvidia graphics card, you'll be out of luck... unless you stop updating your drivers, which isn't too smart a move.
Nvidia's Kepler mobile GPUs are also winging their way to the end-of-life silicon bone orchard; come version 418, support for products using Kepler-based graphics cards will go the way of the dodo.
Again, critical updates will be supported through the maintenance of the 418 driver until April 2020. But after that point, Kepler will be consigned to the knacker's yard, with no bug fixes or performance updates pushed out for the mobile GPU architecture.
That might be a kick in the teeth for people with gaming laptops that use Kepler-based graphics cards. Though such machines are getting pretty long in the tooth by now, Kepler GPUs can still run some decent older games.
Still, we guess that's just the march of time and the change of tech, especially as Nvidia now has its GeForce RTX cards out in the wild along with affordable takes on the latest Turing architecture in the form of the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. µ
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