If you want to get the GoPro Fusion or you want to get a desktop VR headset, you need a VR-ready graphics card. One problem is that the cost of graphics cards has risen tremendously in the past year due to bitcoin mining. But now you can get a deal on one of the most affordable VR-ready cards, the GTX 1050 Ti 4GB.
The GTX 1050 Ti 4GB is available for $169.99 (normally around $199), for either the Mini version and the Low-Profile version. Both versions of the GTX 1050Ti DON’T require external power so you probably won’t have to upgrade your PSU.
This graphics card is the real deal. I’ve used the low profile version to build a $400 VR-ready PC, with an Intel i5-4590 and 8GB RAM (now it would cost around $450). Here is a demo of what it can do with the Oculus Rift:
And here are some more demo videos with more graphics-intensive games:
Apparently, it works with the HTC Vive too, although the frame rate might drop to 88 fps instead of 90 fps according to one user.
Also works for GoPro Fusion 360 video stitching and editing
The GTX 1050Ti also works great for stitching GoPro Fusion videos. The Fusion (reviewed here) is the best consumer/prosumer 360 camera right now but it requires a dedicated graphics card to stitch its 5.2K videos. With the 1050Ti 4GB, your PC will be able to stitch Fusion videos (assuming it meets the processor, RAM, OS, and other requirements). In my tests with the same $400 PC above.
Nice offer, but GPU does not used by Adobe After Effects at all. It use CPU power. That is why you had not see any significal speed improvements.
Thanks Dmitry. For 360 cameras, graphics card is required for stitching GoPro Fusion and some other 360 cameras such as Kandao Obsidian. I also found that it is faster to render the videos.
Thanks a lot!
My dilemma… I use a 2017 Macbook Pro touchbar (2.9Ghz, 16GB Ram, 512GB SSD, Radeon 560m 4GB, etc) and it currently renders my GoPro Fusion footage at about 15:1 (15min per 1min video). I have an older i7 PC with 16GB RAM and a NVidia 6000 series GPU (I think…LOL)… Gotta wonder if putting a 1050i in there would make a significant difference over my MBP? I sure am considering it…
Hi Andrew. What generation i7 is it? I think there’s a good chance it will render at a better ratio, hopefully 7:1 or 8:1. You may want to buy from Amazon so that you can return it if it doesn’t 🙂