Which motherboards work best with the Oculus Rift?
Some Oculus Rift users have reported inconsistent performance while trying to enjoy VR, usually in the form of spotty USB power or compatibility. The general consensus is that the USB controller on some motherboards is incompatible with the Rift.
Oculus's response is to update drivers or buy a USB expansion card, but having a distinct list of motherboards that will work with your Rift is better! Here are five choices for you, whether you're starting new or upgrading your current PC.
- Gigabyte Z170 ATX Gaming 7
- ASUS Z170 DELUXE
- ASUS Z97 PRO GAMER
- MSI Pro Solution Z170A
- ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA
- Another workaround
Gigabyte Z170 ATX Gaming 7
Looking to build or update a showcase PC to run your Rift? Why not get a motherboard that looks like a Formula One car? This thing is a beauty with its red and white stylings, and it will run your Rift without problems.
It has an LGA1151 socket for the latest Skylake Intel processors, and four slots for up to 64GB of RAM. If you're a fan of a lot of graphics power, this motherboard has quad-GPU support for both AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards.
Beauty and performance do come at a price — this motherboard will set you back about $210.
ASUS Z170 DELUXE
If you're planning to build a new PC with all the latest hardware and don't mind spending a decent amount of change — about $300 — on your motherboard, the ASUS Z170 DELUXE will be right up your alley.
New 6th generation Intel processors will find a home in the LGA1151 socket, and you can add up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM if you like your PC to be blazing fast. With support for quad, dual, and triple GPU setups, your NVIDIA or AMD graphics card(s) will have no problem working together.
This motherboard has six USB 3.0 slots, so your Rift won't have any trouble plugging in.
Starts at about $300.
ASUS Z97 PRO GAMER
Those of you who want to just swap out the motherboard in your PC, but have 4th and 5th generation Intel processors, will need a motherboard with an LGA1150 socket. The ASUS Z97 PRO GAMER delivers!
This motherboard supports up to 32GB of DDR3 RAM and supports both AMD CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI quad-GPU technology. This thing has four USB 3.0 ports that will play nicely with your Rift, and it starts at about $150.
MSI Pro Solution Z170A
Want to upgrade or build a new PC with a current 6th generation Intel processor, but don't want to shell out big bucks? MSI has you covered.
This motherboard has an LGA1151 socket that fits current Intel processors and has four slots for up to 64GB of RAM. With support for eight USB 3.0 ports, your Rift should have no problems. Arguably the best feature of this great motherboard is the price — it starts at only about $110.
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS VIII FORMULA
Some people, when building a PC, just want to have the best. With an Intel Z170 chipset and an LGA1151 socket, you can use the latest Intel processors in your build, and with four slots for RAM, you can have up to 64GB. One of the coolest things about this motherboard is its one-click overclocking function that lets you easily take performance to the next level.
It has a built-in cooling system ready for liquid and air and has beautiful RGB lighting for when you really want to show off. It might look bulky, but it has armor over most of its really sensitive parts to ensure it lasts as long as possible.
Most importantly for the Rift, it has eight USB 3.0 slots that will work without a problem. The best does come at a price — this motherboard starts at about $360.
If you've just built a new PC or can't for any other reason replace your motherboard right now, there is another solution!
Inateck makes a PCI-E to USB 3.0 expansion card that's available on Amazon for only about $30. Rift users have reported that plugging their Rift into this hub fixes their USB issues.
The expansion card comes with all the necessary cables to hook it up, as well as an instruction booklet to walk you through the process.
Rift compatiblity issues
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