EVGA has today announced two new versions of their Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti graphics cards that are specifically designed for people building VR-ready gaming systems.
Known as the GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition, these new cards come with a breakout box that put two USB 3.0 ports and a HDMI 2.0 port on the front of your case through a 5.25″ drive bay. These three ports are basically all you need to drive a consumer VR headset like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, and make it easier to connect said headsets without needing to run cables to the back of your case.
EVGA’s VR Edition graphics cards come in two variants: one with a reference cooler, known as the “EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition Gaming”, and another with a custom dual-fan cooling solution, known as the “EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti VR Edition Gaming ACX 2.0+”. There is no price difference between the cards, and both come with Nvidia’s reference (not overclocked) clock speeds.
On the graphics card side, the only real difference between these cards and regular EVGA GTX 980 Tis is the inclusion of an internal HDMI port that allows the breakout box’s cable to easily connect. This HDMI port is in addition to the two DisplayPorts, one HDMI port, and one DVI port found on the card’s I/O shield.
EVGA’s VR Edition GeForce GTX 980 Tis will set you back $699.99, which is a $50 premium on the company’s standard GTX 980 Tis. If a handy breakout box for VR headsets is worth $50 to you, both variants of the card are available now.