Best GPUs for HP Reverb G2

hp reverb g2 vr headset with three graphics guards sitting next to it

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HP Reverb G2 is one of the best VR headset for flight simulators and sim racing games on the market. This second generation headset comes with high resolution, good sound quality, and competitive price, making it a desirable VR solution for many gamers.

However, high resolution and high FPS, especially with VR games, requires a powerful GPU. To address these requirements we give you our top pick GPU.

For 100% resolution, smooth 90 FPS gaming performance, and high settings, the best GPU for HP Reverb G2 is the RTX 3080. This GPU has the necessary power to run demanding titles with almost maxed out settings and smooth FPS.

RTX 3080 vs RTX 3090 (Ultra settings) in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020

By Almost we mean, you’ll probably have to tweak some settings to make the most of your system. However, the overall experience will be immersive. All the 3080 perks come at a reasonable price compared to other models in the high-end segment.

Keep in mind that this article will focus only on GPUs that have the ability to run the Reverb G2 at full resolution. There are models, like the GTX 1660, RX 580, and RTX 2060, that  will offer decent performance but at half resolution.

Let’s dive in and give you some GPU suggestions.

High-end video cards for Reverb G2

Typically the GPUs in this category have the power to run the G2 at its native resolution, high settings, and high supersampling. These high end graphics cards will eliminate the stutter visible with low tier models.

RTX 3090

Game Resolution SS Settings FPS
Skyrim VR 100% 100% High
89.0 FPS
MS Flight Sim 100% 100% Ultra
27.6 FPS
HL Alyx 100% 200% Ultra
89.0 FPS
iRacing 100% 100% High
90.0 FPS

A powerful GPU that will run almost anything at 100% render scale and ultra settings. Almost  all of the games we played with this RTX model run at a steady 90 FPS and feel super smooth. This GPU can handle lots of supersampling and in the same time not lose any performance. Don’t hesitate to experiment with this setting if you get the card.

However, at the moment, it is hard to justify an RTX 3090 purchase because of the crazy market we have. OK, maybe if you have a use case for high VRAM usage (12+ GB), then buy it. The amount of VRAM is where 3090 pulls slightly ahead. You might not need it at the moment, but as gaming requirements increase, RTX 3090 may become a viable choice.

RTX 3080 Ti

Game Resolution SS Settings FPS
Skyrim VR 100% 100% High
89.0 FPS
MS Flight Sim 100% 100% Ultra
25.6 FPS
HL Alyx 100% 200% Ultra
89.0 FPS
iRacing 100% 100% High
89.0 FPS

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti sits closer to the 3090 than to the 3080. This is not surprising, since this graphics card is based on the same chip. The notable difference between the two models is the size of the VRAM which is lowered in half from 24 GB to 12 GB.

rtx 3080 ti running hl  alyx vr at 90 fps with 300 % supersampling 300

Half-Life Alyx on RTX 3080 Ti with Supersampling at 300%

When tested with VR, the RTX 3080 Ti is only two percent slower then the RTX 3090. In most games RTX 3080 Ti is really on par with RTX 3090 when it comes to gaming performance.

RTX 3080

Game Resolution SS Settings FPS
Skyrim VR 100% 100% High
80.0 FPS
MS Flight Sim 100% 100% Ultra
23.6 FPS
HL Alyx 100% 100% Ultra
86.0 FPS
iRacing 100% 100% High
90.0 FPS

In VR games, RTX 3080 will outperform its predecessors RTX 2080 and 2080 SUPER by 50% and 40%, and the RTX 2080 Ti with around 20%. So, it is absolutely worthed to upgrade any of these cards to a new RTX 3080 GPU.

If you happen to have games that have stuttering when played with an RTX 2000 series card, now with the newer model the gaming experience will be much more smoother.

rtx 3080 running hl  alyx  vr at 88 fps

RTX 3080 running Half-Life Alyx at 88 fps on Ultra settings

This is our choice, because of the good performance to price ratio, compared to the 3080 Ti and 3090.

Mid-range video cards for Reverb G2

GPUs in this category have the power to run the G2 at its native resolution, although you have to lower the settings to gain the desired FPS.

RTX 3070

Game Resolution SS Settings FPS
Skyrim VR 100% 100% Medium/High
85.0 FPS
MS Flight Sim 100% 100% Medium
35.6 FPS
HL Alyx 100% 100% High
86.0 FPS
iRacing 100% 100% Medium/High
80.0 FPS

RTX 3070 is fast enough to run most games with G2 at 100% resolution in SteamVR. With medium to high settings you’ll be able to get a steady 90fps even in more demanding games.

In general RTX 3070 will deliver a better VR experience than the RTX 2080 Ti. However, if you are looking for an upgrade from RTX 2080 Ti this is not your card – the difference is not substantial enough to justify this change.

RX 6700 XT

Game Resolution SS Settings FPS
Skyrim VR 100% 100% Medium
83.0 FPS
MS Flight Sim 100% 100% Medium
30.0 FPS
HL Alyx 100% 100% High
84.0 FPS
iRacing 100% 100% Medium
80.0 FPS

RX 6700 XT wil run VR games well. It is a significant improvement from an entry level model like the GTX 1080, however, on max settings games may have some stuttering. So if you really  want to get everything out of your G2 you may have to go one tier up.

Entry-level video cards for Reverb G2:

GPUs in this category will run the G2 at its native resolution, although you have to go even lower with the settings to gain the desired FPS.

RTX 2070

Game Resolution SS Settings FPS
Skyrim VR 100% 100% Medium
70.0 FPS
MS Flight Sim 100% 100% Low
30.6 FPS
HL Alyx 100% 100% Medium
80.0 FPS
iRacing 100% 100% Medium
60.0 FPS

Expect good performance in multiple games using the Reverb G2 and the RTX 2070. Frame dipps will be much more prominent than the cards in the upper tier. You’ll need some settings optimization to hit better performance and visual quality. However, the experience will be immersive with a lot of games.

rtx 2070 running half life alyx

RTX 2070 running Half-Life Alyx with medium settings at 70 FPS

RTX 1080

Game Resolution SS Settings FPS
Skyrim VR 100% 100% Medium
50.0 FPS
MS Flight Sim 100% 100% Low
25.4 FPS
HL Alyx 100% 100% Medium
80.0 FPS
iRacing 100% 100% Low
60.0 FPS

RTX 1080 will run at full resolution with less demanding games. Some of them will need some setting optimization to reforme with better FPS. Less optimized games will require much lower settings or drop down to half resolution to keep up the frame rate high.

What is HP Reverb G2

The Reverb G2 is a VR headset made by HP.  It was launched in July 2020.

The LCD panels have a resolution of 2160x2160 pixels per eye and offers a field of view of 114 degrees. For comparison Valve Index offers a total resolution of 2880x3200 pixels but comes with a field of view of 130 degrees.

The refresh rate is 90Hz compared  to the 144Hz of the Valve Index.

What is the resolution of the HP Reverb G2?

The Reverb G2 lenses, developed in collaboration with Valve, have resolution of 2160 x 2160 pixels per eye, making them much sharper than the Oculus Rift S VR headset. Popular PC VR headsets like the HTC Vive Cosmos and the Valve Index are also smaller than the G2.

inside view of the reverb g2 lenses

Inside view of Reverb G2 and its lenses.

What content platforms does the Reverb G2 support?

In addition to the high screen resolution, the G2 headset supports both Windows Mixed Reality and the SteamVR. This makes a large amount of content available to you with a click of a  button.

What is Reverb G2 audio?

Reverb G2 supports spatial audio. This means that the sound will follow the movements of your head, so that the sound quality remains optimal. Similar to the lens, the sound system is another collaboration between Valve and HP.

How much does the HP Reverb G2 cost?

Currently in 2022 the HP Reverb G2 costs around $650. In combination with the high quality, this makes the Reverb G2 an extremely interesting product.

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