How to choose your GPU for Virtual Reality?The main differences between selecting a professional grade GPU and that of a consumer product are the following:
- Stability: The professional GPU’s are validated for professional usage and stability over time, some gaming cards are over-clocked and not as reliable if operated for extended periods
- Professional level system support is granted on the professional level GPU’s (with the manufacturer addressing bug-fixes and providing phone call support). However consumer grade units being in the commodity realms do not have such levels of attention, especially for niche application needs.
- The texture memory on-board the professional GPU is typically higher than its gaming counterpart.
- The option for gen-locking and hardware synchronisation is offered with professional cards as an accessory but can only be integrated as an aftermarket fit on the consumer cards invalidating their warranty terms.
- Professional cards are developed by one key manufacturer to create the boards themselves, offering a stable driver set and known configurations whereas consumer cards are furnished to the market by 3rd party manufacturers with differing levels of the final specification and performance.
- The gaming focused consumer grade GPU’s are often superseded in quick succession whereas the professional level cards have a more steady release schedule.