Nvidia has officially announced plans to end support for its DirectX 10 graphics card families, instead concentrating its future driver efforts on optimising the performance and stability of its DirectX 11 compatible Fermi, Kepler and Maxwell ranges.
In a support update
posted this week, Nvidia has warned that all driver package releases following Release 340, starting with Release 343, will drop support for the company's DirectX 10-exclusive GPU families in both the consumer and professional product lines. As a result, owners of said cards will be stuck on an outdated driver branch until such a time as they see fit to splash out on a hardware upgrade.
Cards affected by the move include the GeForce 8 and 9 desktop GPU families, the GeForce 100, 200, 300 and 400 desktop GPU families, the GeForce 7, 8 and 9 laptop families and the GeForce 100, 200 and 300 laptop families. Professional users will also find a range of Quadro FX, Quadro CX, Quadro Plex and a single Tesla board on the end-of-life list.
Nvidia isn't forcing users into an immediate upgrade, however: the Release 340 branch of the company's driver bundle will continue to be updated for reported issues until the 1st of April 2016, after which it will be formally abandoned. Non-bugfix enhancements found in the Release 343 branch and newer, however, won't be backported to the older driver branch - including enhancements and performance optimisations.
Nvidia's support page
offers a full list of the affected graphics card products for both desktop and laptop users.