Will the next generation of Video Cards still support Windows 7?

Discussion in 'Video Cards' started by ZodaEX, Aug 8, 2018 at 8:29 PM.

  1. ZodaEX

    ZodaEX 2[H]4U

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    What do you guys think? It feels to me like we'll probably at the least get 1-2 more generations of Video cards that support Win7. I say that because I feel that it would be leaving money on the table for Nvidia and AMD not to.
     
  2. TrailRunner

    TrailRunner Limp Gawd

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    Steam hardware survey shows Windows 7 holding 36% of OS marketshare, and Win 7 is supported by Microsoft until 2020. I'd say it's extremely likely that the upcoming generation of cards will be supported on Windows 7.
     
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  3. GotNoRice

    GotNoRice [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Extended support for Win7 does last until 2020, but only until January 14th. You have at least until then, guaranteed. That's less than a year and a half away so really not that long from now, probably only one more generation.

    Would Nvidia & AMD keep supporting Win7 after Microsoft stops supporting it? It's possible, depending on how many keep clinging onto it, and how popular DX12 gets (or doesn't get).
     
  4. Brian_B

    Brian_B [H]ard|Gawd

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    Well didn’t both colors only just recently drop XP from their unified driver stacks?

    I think Kepler was the last XP supported architecture, which was a few years ago from where we stand now, but look at it from the other direction and XP was supported for as long as it held a large user base and long after upgraded versions were available.

    I imagine Win7 will likely follow the same - if people keep using it, it will remain supported until people get drug away kicking and screaming.
     
  5. Algrim

    Algrim [H]ard|Gawd

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    Don't forget that this support is only for maintenance drivers and does not mean Microsoft will support new features/hardware. Just look at Microsoft's non-support for the newest AMD/Intel CPUs in Windows 7. Sure, you can get Windows 7 to work with new chips but Microsoft doesn't officially support them. And it appears that both AMD/Intel tow the line by not officially supporting it either.
     
  6. dexvx

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    Although the marketshare is large, the relevant statistic is how many modern systems use Windows 7. I would imagine that few people will buy a GTX 20xx card if they're running running some Core 2 Duo system (as an example, as I would imagine few people with bleeding edge hardware will want to voluntarily limit themselves). So an interesting infograph would be what is the median hardware level for Windows 10 and Windows 7 systems, which IIRC, is not public.

    There is no unified driver stack. It's altogether a different driver. Windows XP doesn't even use WDDM. It may be packed as one executable setup file, but that doesn't mean the code base is the same.

    Technically, Maxwell was the last generation supported in Windows XP. But not ALL Maxwell's were supported in Windows XP (no GTX 980ti/980/970). I see the latest XP driver is from June 2016. Since XP went EoL in April 2014, one would extrapolate that Windows 7 driver support will maybe end in 2022?