Oculus has revised the minimum requirements for running the Rift to a more affordable video card, the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti.
If you’ve found the previous recommended video card to be outside of your budgetary considerations, then this should be welcome news, since the 1050 Ti is set to retail for around $139, compared to the more 1060’s more forbidding $260 – $270. Combined with the Rift’s revised pricing of $598, potential buyers are now greeted with a reduction of $300 for acquiring a minimum level of equipment for VR.
Of course, getting into PC-based VR is still an expensive proposition – even with this reduction, total outlay when the host PC is taken into consideration will probably reach $1000, if an affordable VR-ready PC like this Cyberpower model is used.
Price reduction and increase in quality is constant however – a good sign indicating better mainstream availability in the future. For the price, and its specifications, the buyer is getting a great deal. Specifications follows:
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Specs
|Graphics Processing Clusters||2|
|CUDA Cores (single precision)||768|
|Base Clock||1290 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1392 MHz|
|Memory Clock||3504 Mhz|
|Memory Data Rate||7 Gbps|
|L2 Cahce Size||1024K|
|Total Video Memory||4096 MB GDDR5|
|Total Memory Bandwidth||112 GB/s|
|Texture Rate (Bilinear)||61.9 GigaTexels/sec|
|Fabrication Process||14 nm|
|Transistor Count||3.3 billion|
|Connectors||1x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, 1x Dual-link DVI|
|Form Factor||Dual Slot|
|Recommended Power Supply||300 Watts|
|Thermal Design Power (TDP)||75 Watts|
|Thermal Threshold||97 degrees C|