EVGA came to CES this year armed with a new GTX 980TI to show off. This time, EVGA is gearing up to launch a ‘VR Edition’ GPU, featuring the tried and true ACX cooler along with some extras aimed specifically at those looking to upgrade their rig for virtual reality headsets launching this year.
So what is different about the ‘VR Edition’ 980Ti? Well, it comes with a dedicated mini HDMI port that hooks up to a 5.25″ drive bay attachment, which features an HDMI output along with two USB 3.0 ports for hooking up a virtual reality headset. Though the Oculus Rift will actually require an additional USB 3.0 port as well as a USB 2.0 port to set up properly.
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At the moment, the GTX 980TI VR Edition is expected to launch with EVGA’s ACX 2.0 cooler but there will be a second reference design version as well. Right now, there is no information on pricing or availability, though we would guess that EVGA will be planning to push this out around the time the new virtual reality headsets from Oculus and HTC start shipping, if not a bit before.
KitGuru Says: While the Oculus Rift is more expensive than many anticipated, there are still likely quite a few people looking to upgrade in time for VR. Are any of you planning on adopting virtual reality this year? Will you be grabbing a new GPU for the occasion?