So preferably the PEG headers should come directly from the power supply and are not converted from 4-pin Molex peripheral connectors. Don't forget to connect your monitor, you can now turn on your PC, boot into Windows, install the latest compatible NVIDIA GeForce Forceware driver and after a reboot all should be working. No further configuration is required or needed.
Bad news for owners of older Nvidia graphics cards this morning, as the graphics card maker has confirmed they're ending support for all of their desktop Kepler GPUs starting this October. That means no more Game Ready drivers, performance enhancements or bug fixes for people with GTX 600, GTX 700 or GTX Titan cards.
Starting from October 4th 2021, only Nvidia's Maxwell, Pascal, Turing and Ampere families of desktop graphics cards will continue getting Game Ready driver support, leaving Kepler owners out in the cold. Kepler GPUs will still continue to get critical security updates up until September 2024, but their final Game Ready driver will arrive on August 31st 2021.
Some of the eagle-eyed among you will notice that not all GTX 700 cards are actually present in this list. The GTX 750, GTX 750 Ti and GTX 745 are all absent, and that's because these cards technically belong to Nvidia's Maxwell family, despite sharing the same 700-series name. As such, it's likely these three cards will continue to receive Game Ready drivers for a little bit longer, until Nvidia axes support for their Maxwell GPUs as well, that is.
A quick heads up, I've added a new article on the GeForce GTX 1060 / 1070 / 1080 series, the information is still true but a bit dated. I recommend using preinstalling the nVidia web drivers, TonyMacX86 keeps a nice list running of version to OS version. 10.13 High Sierra or 10.12 Sierra
The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustments will be made to the respective control panels during the testing to approximate the performance the end user can expect with a stock driver installation. I will first test the cards at stock speeds, and then overclocked to see the effects of an increase in clock speed. The cards will be placed in order from highest to lowest performance in each graph to show where they fall by comparison. The NVIDIA comparison cards will be using the 320.14 drivers while AMD-based cards will be using the Catalyst 13.5 beta 2 drivers and latest CAP profile. The results generated in my testing reached by utilizing the latest FCAT tools to illustrate the true picture of the gaming experience. To do so will require a second PC setup to capture the data stream generated by the compared video cards.
NVIDIA has officially discontinued specific game-ready driver support for the Kepler Family of GPUs manufactured since 2012. Today, driver support for the GeForce GTX 600 series, as well as a hefty portion of the GeForce 700 series GPUs, has officially been discontinued.
Nvidia is putting owners of Kepler GPUs on notice that effective October of this year, there will be no new 'Game Ready' driver updates, only critical security patches as necessary. This means most GeForce GTX 700 and 600 series cards will not benefit from performance optimizations or gain access to new features, or even receive bug fixes once support comes to an end.
A few GeForce GTX 700 series cards are noticeably absent from the list. Namely, the GeForce GTX 750 Ti, GeForce GTX 750, and GeForce GTX 745 (OEM). Those parts actually utilized a first-generation Maxwell GPU (specifically the GM107), which succeeded Kepler, and will presumably still be eligible for Game Ready driver updates for a bit longer.
While some may find this disappointing, it does not come as a surprise, for a couple of reasons. For one, Kepler is almost a decade old at this point, so it has had a good long run. And secondly, Nvidia a few weeks ago had updated a data center document (opens in new tab) to indicate that the R470 driver would be the end of the road for Kepler.
Now we know Nvidia did not change its mind. Instead, the final Game Ready driver for Kepler (R470 GA5) will arrive on August 31, 2021. The first Game Ready driver that doesn't support Kepler (R495 GA1) will be pushed out a few days later, on October 4.
The R470 GA5 driver will also be the last one for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. In a separate support document (opens in new tab), Nvidia noted that future driver releases would leave those OSes behind, as "the vast majority of our GeForce customers have migrated to Windows 10."
As for the GeForce GTX 760 non-Ti. The card is competing with the AMD Radeon HD 7950 cards, cards because there are two models on the market: the original card with 800 MHz clock and the boost edition with additional 925 MHz boost clock. Both are included in this preview, along with recently announced GeForce GTX 770 and GTX 780 in the last chart. Bear in mind, the data for GTX 770/780 was generated with GeForce 320.18 drivers, whereas the GeForce GTX 760 was tested with yet unannounced GeForce 320.39 drivers.
The newest numbers to share are LuxMark from the Phoronix Test Suite while recording the power data for a range of GeForce and Radeon GPUs. From the Catalyst 14.6 Beta (fglrx 14.20.7 / OpenGL 4.3.12967) and NVIDIA 340.24 Linux x86_64 drivers, the following graphics processors were tested:
Answering the question can be a bit trickier than it seems. Raw performance is a big part of it, but factors like noise, the driver experience, and supplemental software all play a role in determining which graphics card to buy. 2b1af7f3a8