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Not all GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 are VR Ready

When Nvidia launched the Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080, the company touted Virtual Reality as one of key pillars of the “Power of 10” line-up. As the time moves on, we’re starting to see more custom models that offer its potential buyers more bang for buck. Sadly, according to reports from Nvidia’s official forums, Reddit and our colleagues at Tom’s Hardware – it looks like prospective owners of GeForce GTX 1070/1080 might experience issues when connecting the card to HTC Vive.

The GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 both come with identical display configuration – three DisplayPort 1.4, single HDMI 2.0b and DVI ports. If you use HDMI for let’s say your TV, connecting a HTC Vive will require you to use the DisplayPort and this is where the problem ensues.:

“Last week, a friend of mine contacted me looking for help getting his Vive working. He was trying to hook the Vive up to a GTX 1080 using the optional Display Port on the HMD’s link box because the HDMI port on his graphics card was being used to display to a TV. I knew for a fact that this configuration works with a GTX 980 Ti because I’ve tested it already. We were both disappointed to find out that it doesn’t work with the 10-series cards.”

While Nvidia remained silent on the issue, you can circumvent the problem by purchasing a DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter, such as the one pictured below:

The issue can be resolved using DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter such as BestBuy's Insignia

Given that Best Buy is solely located in North America, international customers of GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 graphics cards have two options – look for dual HDMI-enabled products such as ASUS STRIX line-up, or purchase an adapter using international versions of Amazon, Alternate and similar e-tail stores.

Still, after reading about the overheating issues (clock throttling) on the Founders Edition cards, and AMD’s recent PCIe over-current issues, we’re left surprised at the QA (quality assurance) teams for both companies. As always, the solution is quite simple – support their partners directly and purchase performance-optimized products from their ecosystem. EVGA, GigaByte, ASUS, GALAX, MSI – all produce custom boards based on these processors and offer more silent operation paired with higher clocks.

  • FlyingFree333

    The issue is not 10xx series cards, the issue is the mini-displayport port on the Vive breakout box, it’s glitchy and poorly supported; users all over are reporting hit or miss results using it. I’m using a GTX 960 and am unable to get the mini-displayport to work. I use an HDMI to displayport adapter with one of the displayports on my video card and it works fine.

  • Badelhas

    I am very mad about this since I already spent 18 euros on a minidisplaypor to displayport cable (I need the HDMI and Dual Link DVI connections for other stuff) and now I discover it wont work.

  • sirlance

    My 980 ti works fine with the vive….I’ll try my son’s 1080 to if there is s problem. ..the asus stryx 1080 had 2 hdmi ports so it should be fine

  • gamer

    who cares vr options…maybe few,but its still so little percent.
    i just wonder that some gpu makers commercial and sell it that has run vr games…
    its just enouhg to run it,and still commercial them gpu’s vr ready. it is not,not for reality..maybe paper..gr

    its clear that gpu must have good working value that it can run vr games smoothly.

    i smell cheat and bad attitude from amd.they dont care.. just ‘buy it’..dunno..
    and,i took amd rx 480

    also i dont buy it,my frend did and he return it back,bcoz its so noisy and make heat too much for it performance what i low average..

    shame amd!
    drivers support not help that,just card getting little slow.but temp drop 6c.
    bah

    • David Garcia

      Jesus Christ, is this a toddler trying to communicate or something?

  • Badelhas

    This issue was finally fixed with the last Nvidia drivers.

  • Toby Zuijdveld

    Why are companies favouring DisplayPort so much? I presume it’s just cheaper to produce?

    • Bryan_S

      The question is why are more not pushing it. The three year old version had more bandwidth than hdmi 2.0 has… and the latest version can push 8k at 120hz… Locking connector, royalty free vesa standard.

      HDMI is simply more well known but by far the weaker standard.
      I hope for a future that finally puts Displayport on TVs and home theater receivers.

  • Eddie Tupy

    they should just add DP to monitors and TVs.

  • Miguel Queiroz

    My pc has one HDMI that connects to the graphic card, and the mother board has a HDMI that says “VR ready” … is the performance the same what are the differences? Is the normal hdmi of the graphic card, performing better since its directly connected to it, or the mother board one is the same?