VR Video Cards

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The lat­est range of video cards from both NVIDIA and AMD are de­signed with per­for­mance op­ti­mi­sa­tions for VR, so if you’re look­ing at get­ting a Vive or Rift, you’ll need to make sure you have the power to run it.


The cards that NVIDIA clas­si­fies as VR-Ready stretch from the last gen­er­a­tion GTX 980 and 980 Ti, to the en­tire 10-se­ries, giv­ing a full range of bud­get to en­thu­si­ast op­tions for up­grades.

THE HYPE: The op­ti­mi­sa­tions that have taken place within the halls of NVIDIA essen­tially mean that the lat­est cards have twice the per­for­mance of the pre­vi­ous cards in VR ap­pli­ca­tions, so the last-gen high-end stuff is still ca­pa­ble, just not op­ti­mal.

THE GRIPE: It’s pretty ir­ri­tat­ing that we need to con­sider up­grades for VR, but hey, wel­come to PC Hard­ware Cy­cles 101. The adop­tion of VR is still in its in­fancy, and as with ev­ery new tech, the early adopters pay more.


So you’ve re­viewed the head­sets, checked out the sys­tem re­quire­ments, and un­for­tu­nately a video card up­date won’t cut it – you’re go­ing to need to up­grade the whole PC. You could go through the painful de­con­struct/sal­vage/ pur­chase/re­build process, or you could give your cur­rent PC to a fam­ily mem­ber in need and get a whole new one. We won’t list in­di­vid­ual PCs though – there are too many. If you Google VR Ready PC you’ll get a bunch of re­sults from ded­i­cated gam­ing PC providers like www.maingear.com, www.alien­ware.com.au, and www.orig­inpc.com.au. Or con­sider buy­ing lo­cal and chat to the lovely peo­ple at www.pc­casegear.com and www.scorptec.com.au.


As with NVIDIA, AMD has a line of VR-Ready video cards which in­clude the RX 480, and the R9 se­ries: 290/290X, 390/390X, Fury/Fury X, as well as the Nano.

THE HYPE: For a very brief win­dow, AMD has a hold on the bud­get end of the VR Mar­ket with the RX480.

THE GRIPE: Then NVIDIA dropped their 10 se­ries, with the bud­get 1060, and AMD lost out a bit once again. Poor AMD. That said, the amount of “loss” seen in bench­marks is dis­tinct, but not nec­es­sar­ily huge, so if some­one gave you the RX480 you shouldn’t be too sad about it.

PRICE $350+ DIS­TRIB­U­TOR NVIDIA www.nvidia.com PRICE $OUCH DIS­TRIB­U­TOR See be­low!

PRICE $350+ DIS­TRIB­U­TOR AMD www.amd.com

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