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EVGA launches the GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Editions

by Mark Tyson on 11 February 2016, 10:01


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HEXUS paid a visit to the EVGA booth at CES 2016 just over a month ago. We got to have a good look over lots of great upcoming products such as EVGA's 4K gaming laptop, an EVGA gaming chassis, and a 'Pro Audio' card. However graphics cards aficionados and those looking to step aboard the VR train might have been most interested to read about the GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition, which has now been officially launched in both 'standard' and ACX 2.0+ versions.

The base specification of both the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR GAMING and the EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR GAMING ACX 2.0+ is the same. Both cards deliver the same clock speeds, amount of RAM, connections and so on:

  • Base Clock: 1000 MHZ
  • Boost Clock: 1076 MHz
  • Memory Clock: 7010 MHz Effective
  • CUDA Cores: 2816
  • Bus Type: PCI-E 3.0
  • Memory Detail: 6144MB GDDR5
  • Memory Bit Width: 384 Bit
  • Memory Speed: 0.28ns
  • Memory Bandwidth: 336.5 GB/s
  • HDMI 2.0, dual DisplayPort 1.2 and Dual-link DVI
  • 5.25-inch Drive Bay with Front HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0
  • Dual-slot card, requires 8- and 6-pin power connections
  • LED Logo: Yes

Of course they vary in their cooling solutions, with the ACX 2.0 utilising EVGA's flagship cooler for quieter, more efficient cooling with improved overclocking headroom. EVGA really talks up the added value of ACX 2.0 compared to rival solutions. However it is also marketing a GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition with its standard blower-style cooler.

Looking at these VR Editions' USP - the 5.25-inch drive bay - this is a neat and tidy solution if you are going to buy one of the upcoming VR HMDs. The drive bay video outs is powered by an internal HDMI 2.0 port on the graphics card, and of course, the pair of USB 3.0 ports require a motherboard header. On the backplate you still have access to HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2 and Dual-link DVI ports for your monitor(s).

Though these cards are now launched we don't have pricing or availability details at the time of writing. Both editions are listed as 'Notify Me' in EVGA's online ordering system.

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VR will be better off with Pascal.
…..and people insisted I was some kind of backward Redneck PC Hillbilly for wanting 5.25" bays!! :lol:

I'm sure it's just a cheap gimmicky marketing thing, but I actually like how they include this!
I suppose if I was after said graphics cards if they where the same price I may bite but overall you could just use front USB ports (or add) and use an hdmi extension.

Personally I want my rift plugged int he back of my PC anyway so not too fussed.

VR will be better off with Pascal.

and Polaris…