NVIDIA 510.06 WSL driver released: Kepler GPU support dropped

NVIDIA's new 510.06 WSL driver drops Kepler GPU support, but has next-gen compiler for the next-gen Ada Lovelace GPU architecture.

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NVIDIA has officially killed support for its Kepler GPU architecture with its 500 series drivers, after confirming the news a few months ago -- it's now official with the new NVIDIA 510.06 WSL driver.

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The new NVIDIA 510.06 WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) driver has been released to Windows 11 users through the Microsoft Insiders Program, with the 894MB download having no changes to both the installer, or the control center.

Maxwell and Pascal GPUs are still supported with the GeForce GTX 900 series and GeForce GTX 10 series GPUs, but the Kepler GPUs under the GeForce GTX 700 series are gone. VideoCardz notes that there are no changes to the control panel, which is really disappointing -- but I'm hoping things change between now, and the final release of the 500 series driver.

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Maybe NVIDIA is waiting for Ada Lovelace to do a full revamp of their installer, but more so the control panel. Seriously, NVIDIA needs to leap generations ahead to keep up with AMD and their far superior feature set in the Radeon Adrenalin drivers and control panel.

Inside of the new drivers are runtime compilers named nvcompilernext64.dll / nvcompilernext32.dll. We don't know what this is for, but it could be used for the next-gen Ada Lovelace GPU architecture. I'm sure we'll see more, hear more, and read more on NVIDIA's next-gen Ada Lovelace GPU in the coming months.

According to the latest rumors, the new GeForce RTX 4090 would pack a huge 18432 CUDA cores, consume upwards of 450W of power, and be twice as fast as the GA102 -- making it twice as fast as the GeForce RTX 3090.

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The bigger note here is that NVIDIA will be using Micron's new GDDR6X memory that is clocked at a huge 24Gbps, up from the 19.5Gbps on the RTX 3090. The new AD102 GPU would have a 384-bit memory bus, so we should expect 1152GB/sec of memory bandwidth -- an increase of 23% over the 19.5Gbps on the GDDR6X memory used on the RTX 3090 (and its 936GB/sec of memory bandwidth).

NVIDIA has finished the Ada Lovelace GPU project, which is why we're hearing so much about it right now -- with the next phase in Ada Lovelace being the final design and tape out. We won't see it in our hands until the end of 2022 -- with estimates of Q4 2022, while performance-wise we can expect a 100%+ improvement over the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti and GeForce RTX 3090.

This should ensure 4K 120FPS+ gaming in the very next-gen games with ray tracing, and I'm sure we're going to be introduced to next-gen black magik DLSS 3.0 technology with Ada Lovelace which will only make things better again.

A year away from now is a long time, so we should expect refreshed Ampere GPUs in the form of the GeForce RTX 30 SUPER series graphics cards in between now and Q4 2022.

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As for Micron's much-faster GDDR6X memory clocked at 24Gbps, that's something I reported on a year ago now, with Micron announcing that it would have 16Gb GDDR6X memory in 2021 that would be reaching 24Gbps. Micron explained in August 2020: "Micron's roadmap also highlights the potential for a 16Gb GDDR6X in 2021 with the ability to reach up to 24Gb/s. GDDR6X is powered by a revolutionary new PAM4 modulation technology for Ultra-Bandwidth Solutions. PAM4 has the potential to drive even more improvements in data rate".

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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