Nvidia could be preparing to stop supporting the driver for most of its GeForce GTX 600 and 700 series graphics cards thanks to its legacy Kepler GPU architecture. If so, the timing would not be ideal, as it is almost impossible to buy a graphics card right now anywhere near MSRP.
Termination of support is not a mandatory conclusion. Despite this, TechPowerUp the weekend saw an interesting entry into one data center document sketching the Nvidia driver assistance roadmap. At the time, it showed that Kelper was interrupted with Nvidia's impending stack of R470 drivers (it's currently at R460).
While the document is related to Nvidia's data center products, if driver support ends up on that side of the equation, the same would probably happen with its consumer offerings.
Here’s the real baffling part. The document shows that it was last updated in April last year, but there has been at least one recent change. Looking at the document now, it no longer shows the completion of support for Kepler with the R470 driver stack, and instead lists the support as "in progress". However, a visit to the Wayback Machine shows that R470 appeared at the end of the line as recently as this past Saturday.
Nvidia may have changed its mind given the current GPU landscape. Or since it's supposedly been more than a year since the document was updated (which is clearly not true), it's possible that Nvidia changed course some time ago and just forgot to log in and the correction so far.
We'll find out soon enough. Starting with the latest version of the driver (466.47 WHQL), Kepler is still supported, which means that graphics card owners like the GeForce GTX 780 Ti receive new features (as supported) and performance adjustments. , just like the latest GPU owners.
Don’t be surprised if Nvidia ends support soon, though, either with the R470 battery or at some point not too terribly afterwards. Kepler has been around for almost a decade now and was replaced by Maxwell starting with some later revised GTX 700 models. It should also be noted that Nvidia ceased to be compatible with its Fermi GPUs (GeForce GTX 400 and 500) with its R390 controllers.