Nvidia Details Legacy Support Plans for DirectX 10 Generation Graphics Cards

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yammerpickle2

It was a good long run, but it is time to move on. I can't wait to see what next gen Maxwell based Titans can do.

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Ale

AMD did end up support for DirectX 10/10.1 like 2 years ago, All Drivers since are just for HD 5000 and up cards, I have another PC with an ATI HD 3870 video card still working.

Nowdays there is not a single reason to still make games DirectX 9c compatibles, not a single gamer will still be able to play games today if still have a DX9c PC, But many still have DX10 pcs that can still play games today. That's something Nvidia knows and AMD don't.

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vrmlbasic

With the new consoles being DX11 capable I truly hope that games for them quickly go DX11 only. I'll be a bit saddened that my ancient DX10 hardware won't be able to play them but I'll enjoy finally playing modern games on my DX11 PC.

DX10 was essentially still-born thanks to Microsoft. Its time is long past anyhow. It is nigh time that our DX11 hardware be used to its fullest by modern games.

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LatiosXT

I suspect the real reason why DX9.0c support is going the wayside is because the last OS to support it as its last DX version is Windows XP, which is officially dead in a month.

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azuza001

The sad part is the fact that these cards are still great performers. I still use a gtx8800 in a clevo laptop and it's able to play every thing I ask it to on medium-high settings at 1080p. Sure they may be power hogs compared to today's cards that performe the same but they can still hang 8 years+ later, that's a damn good value if you bought one back when they came out.

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maleficarus™

I call BS on this post! "everything you ask it to"? Sure if all you ask it to play is Half-life2 and BF3 then yes you would be right. But ask it to play BF4 or any game released in the last 12 months. Then come back here and tell how much of a great performer your card still is...

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vrmlbasic

It's called the directx 10 generation but it seemed to be dominated by DirectX 9 software. Thanks for that, Microsoft.

I have an old Macbook that I use from time to time that has an affected GPU. I'm OK with it losing support. After all these years, what more could Nvidia offer for such dated hardware than some minor per-title driver upgrades?

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Jeffredo

Nvidia doesn't hang you out to dry nearly as quickly as AMD does. I don't use it anymore (and haven't since late 2010), but my 8800 GTX basically gets 9-10 years of driver support. That's more than reasonable.

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bobee

I vote with my money, I switched to buy Nvidia cards because of driver support years ago. AMD driver support for older OSes are terrible.

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JCGPZ9

I'm still running a Geforce GTX 260 216 since it's still a good card for almost all of the games I threw at it for my resolution.

That said, I guess this is okay as I should move up to a new card in a year or so and I can't expect them to continuously support a card I bought several years ago. nVidia is nowhere near as bad as Creative and their driver support.

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Jaeger_CDN

I'm just wondering if my old 8800gtx I use as a physx card will still work (have a 770gtx as my main card)?

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andrewskaterrr

A 8800gtx will bottleneck a 770 hard. When I bought my first 670 i wanted to use my GTS250 as a Physx card. I looked up benchmarks and the 250 made it run worse then just running the 670. I also benched it myself and saw the same results. I had big frame drops in borderlands compared to without the 250 doing the same things. Linus did a review and showed that you need a card strong enough to keep up with the main card, basically like a 470 or higher. Just pull that 8800 out and get better performance.

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LatiosXT

I don't see why not. This is just announcing that they won't make any more improvements to drivers aside from bug fixes until 2016. It doesn't mean your card won't work anymore.

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AFDozerman

Why does it have to end? If your card still works, it still works.

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Gikero

But I still have a 9800 GTX OC BFG, 9800M GS and a 9800M GTS in regular use. xD Lol. Oh well, it was going to happen eventually.