The launch of a range of VR headsets is coming this spring and hardware manufacturers are promoting their own components to help you, the gamers and builders, get into VR as easily as possible. One such Vr-ready graphics card is the GTX 980Ti ‘VR EDITION’ which has now been launched by EVGA.
In essence the ‘VR EDITION’ is a rebadged GTX 980 Ti ACX 2.0 +. It features the same ACX 2.0+ cooling solution, the same base and boost clock speeds (1000MHz / 1076MHz), the same memory clock speed, the same number of CUDA cores and the same amount of GDDR5 video memory.
What it features that its older cousin lacks is a 5.25” drive bay handily fitted with two USB3.0 ports and a HDMI 2.0 port allowing for the easy connection of VR inputs.
The HDMI port connects via an internal HDMI connector directly to the card in your case, eliminating messy trailing cables and helping to keep your battlestation and gaming area looking as tidy as possible.
Here’s a pre-made build that uses EVGA’s GTX 980 Ti VR Edition GPU and gets you gaming for $1500
(Note prices are subject to daily fluctuations)
This also removes the need to constantly reach around the back of your PC’s case looking for connectors. The two USB 3.0 connectors connect to USB headers on your motherboard.
Those of you who are wondering if the 5.25” drive bay will be sold separately for use with other cards will be disappointed to learn EVGA currently has no plans to do this, which given the bay connects to an internal HDMI port on the card itself is not too surprising.
It remains to be seen if EVGA (and others) will start to add this type of internal HDMI port to their cards as standard to make it easier for to get set up for VR gaming.
The addition of the front bay adds a $50 premium to the price of the card which when you consider what it is – a well designed piece of plastic with some connectors attached – is a bit steep, especially given the price of a standard GTX 980 Ti.
Before purchase ask yourself if you can live with having a few extra wires adding to the cable chaos at the back of your rig. If you can’t then take a look at this card.
If you want to get into virtual reality gaming at high resolutions this card takes some beating.
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