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Sorry if this question has been asked but search results didn't show it. I just bought a Nvidia C1060 Tesla card with 4GB memory, it's a fairly old card. I was hoping to use it with Blender but after install and driver install I do not see it listed as a choice in Blender. I did check device manager and it's there and installed correctly. Am I missing something here? I've also installed the Cuda drivers. This is a Noob question for sure but I thought Blender would automatically see it and give me the choice to use it.

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  • $\begingroup$ That's a pretty exotic card, it may not be supported under Cycles. In theory every CUDA capable card should be supported, in practice every hardware a Blender developer doesn't have access to, is untested and therefore may not work, or work but suffer from sub-optimal performance. $\endgroup$ Nov 19 '16 at 1:08
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    $\begingroup$ @DuarteFarrajotaRamos Just to clarify, only CUDA cards with compute capability of 2.0 or higher will work on cycles. The card in question has a lower compute capability. Please check en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CUDA and blender.org/manual/render/cycles/gpu_rendering.html $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Nov 19 '16 at 6:29
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    $\begingroup$ Also related: blender.stackexchange.com/questions/1448/… $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Nov 19 '16 at 6:33
  • $\begingroup$ Hum forgot about that detail, since the poster mentioned he just bought it, I just assumed it was a recent card with higher CUDA compute version. Good point $\endgroup$ Nov 19 '16 at 7:29
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Your card is not supported. It has a CUDA compute capability 1.3. Support for cards with compute capability less than 2.0 was dropped a few versions ago.

Quoting from the Blender manual:

CUDA

Nvidia CUDA is supported for GPU rendering with Nvidia graphics cards. We support graphics cards starting from GTX 4xx (computing capability 2.0).

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks guys, I appreciate the input. Do you know what the last Blender version that supported this card would be? $\endgroup$
    – jweldy2
    Nov 22 '16 at 12:24

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