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EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition review

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Just how much graphics power do you need to get a great virtual reality experience? Oculus released a series of recommended specs which – by and large – work well on its launch line-up, but the bottom line is that you’ll need more power to really get the job done across the whole range of VR titles. If you want sustained performance in Project Cars, the recommended R9 290 and GTX 970 isn’t really going to cut it. You’re going to need more horsepower, and right now the GTX 980 Ti seems like the best bet.

It’s with that in mind that EVGA has released its own, special VR edition of Nvidia’s top-tier 28nm graphics hardware. It’s actually available in two flavours – the standard Nvidia reference design based on its familiar ‘blower’ cooler, along with a custom version based on EVGA’s own ACX 2.0+ SKU. On the face of it, both cards look very much like existing products in the marketplace, but the reality is that EVGA has customised the board and added in a piece of bespoke hardware designed to add a little more user-friendliness to your VR set-up.

The extra kit comes in the form of a 5.25-inch expansion bay, slotting into your PC in place of an optical drive (remember those?). It’s a really simple design, effectively giving you a front-mounted HDMI output along with an additional brace of USB 3.0 ports. Internal connectivity is intriguing. The USB aspect is handled very simply – there’s a standard hub connection that attaches to an internal USB 3.0 header on your motherboard (obviously, make sure you’ve actually got one first).