EVGA Presents GTX 980ti Specialized for VR

The oh-so-talked-about upcoming VR headsets coming to the market requires more than just a video output. EVGA takes this on by releasing a special version of the Geforce GTX 980 Ti, which comes with an extra front panel.

CES 2016 revealed a whole lot of new and highly interesting VR-related products, from surprisingly many companies. EVGA was there to show off their upcoming GeForce GTX 980 Ti – VR Edition, which like the name suggests, is intended VR purposes. The card features 2816 CUDA cores and 6 GB or GDDR5 video memory with the GPU stock frequency set at 1000 MHz base / 1075 MHz boost and the stock video memory frequency at 7012 MHz. These are the same frequencies as the NVIDIA reference cards but It is expected to launch with EVGA’s ACX 2.0 cooler, which probably makes some overclocking possible, and a second blower-type custom design as well.

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In addition to the graphics card, the package includes a single 5.25-inch panel which is mounted in the front of the computer. The panel features a single HDMI 2.0 port which is connected directly to the graphics card and two USB 3.1 ports which are connected to the motherboard. Why EVGA chose to only put two USB ports on the panel is a mystery to us. The Oculus Rift will require at least three USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port and more even more USB ports if the user chooses to use their own USB headset instead of the built-in audio or add another sensor. The only explanation as to why they would cheap out on the USB ports we could come up with is that many cases has two or more USB ports built-in at the top or front.

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As of now, there is no information regarding price or availability, though we would guess that EVGA will be planning to release the card around the time or before the VR-headsets from Oculus and HTC start shipping.

 

Sources: Sweclockers.com, computerbase.de

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