Top 10 Graphics Cards for Virtual Reality

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Virtual Reality is now becoming more prominent these days, whether its gaming in VR or watching movies in a VR environment. Virtual Reality is best experienced by connecting a VR headset and/or other VR devices such as sensors and controllers to your PC. Virtual Reality Kits tend to require a lot of processing power, especially in the graphics section.
Top virtual Reality headsets such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have high system requirements and requires a powerful graphics card, fast processor, and lots of RAM. However, a good graphics card capable of supporting Virtual Reality is at the top most of these requirements. Below are the top 10 graphics cards for virtual reality gaming and viewing available today.

1. EVGA Geforce GTX 1080ti Founders Edition

Pros:

  • Features the new Pascal Architecture from NVIDIA
  • One of the fastest graphics card available today with a boost clock of 1582 MHz
  • Fully supports 4K gaming at ultra settings
  • Virtual Reality Ready
  • Contains 11GB of GDDR5X VRAM at 352-bit
  • Each purchase comes with an extended warranty

Cons:

  • Does not come with a free game
  • Needs a high-end processor as well to match its power and prevent any bottleneck

2. NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080 Founders Edition

Pros:

  • Features the new 16nm Pascal Architecture from Nvidia
  • DirectX 12 and Virtual Reality Ready
  • 2,560 Cuda Cores with 8GB GDDR5X of VRAM
  • Features heating dissipation technology that sucks internal air from your case and sends it outside

Cons:

  • A few users have reported that it tends to overheat on full load
  • Currently getting out phased by the recently released 1080ti

3. Zotac Geforce GTX 1080 Amp Extreme

Pros:

  • Comes highly overclocked without requiring tweaks or even third party applications
  • Runs cool and quiet
  • Among the fastest GTX cards available today
  • Supports 4K gaming at max resolution
  • Comes with 8GB GDDRX5 VRAM
  • DirectX 12 and Virtual Reality Ready

Cons:

  • Has a polarizing card design
  • Not good for SLI

4. MSI Geforce GTX 1080 Gaming X 8G

Pros:

  • Has a slightly better performance than the GTX 1080 Founders Edition
  • Comes with innovative software
  • Features snappy looking RGB lighting
  • Runs cool and quiet
  • DirectX 12 and Virtual Reality Ready

Cons:

  • One of it’s LED is locked on red
  • Not quite as fast as the previously looked at ZOTAC GTX 1080

5. Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1070 Founders Edition

Pros:

  • Very effective and manages most current AAA titles very well at ultra settings
  • Top of its class by a huge margin
  • Maintains good temperatures even on a full load
  • Runs very cool and quiet
  • DirectX 12 and Virtual Reality Ready

Cons:

  • Cannot be overclocked as much as the GTX 1080
  • Limited availability

6. MSI Geforce GTX 1070 Gaming Z 8G

Pros:

  • Comes with an attractive design that includes RGB LEDs for PC builds that have windowed cases
  • Priced very reasonably compared to other GTX 1070 cards available today
  • Has a performance that tops most cards it competes with
  • Extremely quiet
  • DirectX 12 and Virtual Reality Ready

Cons:

  • One of the LED colors cannot be tweaked
  • Very heavy compared to most previous GTX card versions

7. Asus ROG STRIX Radeon RX 480 8GB

Pros:

  • Sells at a much lower price than the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 NVIDIA cards
  • DirectX 12 and Virtual Reality Ready
  • Operates very quietly at stock speeds
  • Can now be upgraded to RX580 with a simple BIOS flash
  • Features 4 pin GPU controlled headers connected to system fans so as to provide optimal performance

Cons:

  • Not as compact as the R9 Nano
  • Does not compete well with NVIDIA’s new high-end cards in performance

8. Asus STRIX R9 Radeon Fury 4GB

Pros:

  • Great performance for 4K gaming at maximum or near maximum settings given its price
  • It features traditional air cooling which allows it to be installed easily
  • Unlike the Radeon Fury X, the ASUS STRIX R9 Fury comes with a DVI port
  • Features innovative software that allows you to tweak and stream your gameplay instantly
  • DirectX 12 and Virtual Reality Ready

Cons:

  • The card is nearly a foot long and might not be suitable for those with a compact board
  • Lacks an HDMI 2.0 port making it a poor choice for those looking to game on a 4K HDTV

9. EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW GAMING

Pros:

  • Has very good performance for a mid-range graphics card
  • Can be easily overclocked
  • Very attractive physical and software design
  • Can support up to 4 display monitors
  • DirectX 12 and Virtual Reality Ready

Cons:

  • Relatively expensive compared to other GTX 1060 graphic cards
  • Does not support SLI like other GTX 1060 models
  • It is much bigger than the founder’s edition

10. EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW2 GAMING

Pros:

  • DirectX 12 and Virtual Reality Ready
  • Has a highly compact design that allows it to fit perfectly into small form factor builds
  • Runs extremely quiet given its performance and size
  • Very reasonable price considering its performance

Cons:

  • Tends to run a bit hotter than other GTX 1060 cards
  • Cannot be overclocked as far as the MSI GTX 1060 or the founder’s edition runs

One response to “Top 10 Graphics Cards for Virtual Reality”

  1. It’s a great list of graphics cards!

    I used it before but after some time the fan bearings went out which makes this card very noisy and terrible.

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