Nvidia Ceases Support For 32-Bit Operating Systems and Fermi
Graphics card manufacturer Nvidia has now completely ceased support for 32-bit operating systems and will also no longer support their Fermi line of graphics cards. Users with a 32-bit OS or Fermi GPU won’t receive any future Game Ready Drivers.
The lack of 32-bit support is valid for most operating systems including Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. Alternative operating systems such as Linux and FreeBSD are also no longer supported. 32-bit, in general, is being phased out, as Ubuntu will only release 64-bit versions from now on, and Windows 10 generally only gets shipped with the 64-bit version. Even though Nvidia GPU’s aren’t compatible with MacOS, that operating system has fully made the switch years ago.
Even though Nvidia graphics cards will continue to work on these platforms, there won’t be any additional driver-updates for 32-bit devices starting this April, including bugfixes.
The company has also announced that they will stop with the support of Fermi-based GPU’s altogether. The GeForce GTX 400 was based on Fermi, as well as the GTX 500 rebrands. The changes affect both the desktop GPU’s and their mobile counterparts, although the nomenclature can get a little tricky with Nvidia’s rebrands of mobile GPU’s. A full list of Fermi-based GPU’s can be found here.
The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise, as Nvidia has warned both 32-bit operating system and Fermi owners back in December of last year.