NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q vs 980M SLI

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 980M SLI architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Pascal
 
Maxwell
Code name
GP104
 
n/d
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
27 June 2017
 
7 October 2014

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 980M SLI's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 980M SLI's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2560
 
3072
Core clock speed
1101 - 1290 MHz
 
1038 MHz
Boost Clock
1468 MHz
 
1127 MHz
Transistor count
7,200 million
 
2x 5200 Million
Manufacturing process technology
16 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
150 Watt
 
200 Watt
Texture fill rate
234.9 GTexel / s
 
n/d
Floating-point performance
7,516 gflops
 
n/d

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 980M SLI compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.
Laptop size
large
 
large
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
n/d
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
n/d

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 980M SLI: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5X
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
8 GB
 
2x 8 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed
10008 MHz
 
5000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
320.3 GB / s
 
n/d
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 980M SLI.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
n/d
G-SYNC support
+
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 980M SLI. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
GeForce ShadowPlay
-
 
+
GPU Boost
n/d
 
+
Optimus
-
 
+
BatteryBoost
-
 
+
VR Ready
+
 
n/d
CUDA
-
 
+
SLI
n/d
 
+
GeForce Experience
n/d
 
+
Multi-Projection
+
 
n/d
Multi Monitor
+
 
n/d

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 980M SLI, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12.0 (12_1)
 
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1), Shader 5.0
OpenGL
4.6
 
n/d
Vulkan
+
 
+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 980M SLI. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 1080 Max-Q 54.13
GTX 980M SLI 58.22 +7.6%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 1080 Max-Q 114542
GTX 980M SLI 124076 +8.3%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 1080 Max-Q 14274 +6%
GTX 980M SLI 13467

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 1080 Max-Q 18192
GTX 980M SLI 18632 +2.4%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 1080 Max-Q 23540 +7%
GTX 980M SLI 22006

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 1080 Max-Q 39562
GTX 980M SLI 47841 +20.9%

Unigine Heaven 3.0

GTX 1080 Max-Q 197
GTX 980M SLI 210 +6.6%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 980M SLI are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q

Much newer (27 June 2017 vs 7 October 2014)
Finer manufacturing process technology (16 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (150 vs 200 watts)
Multi-Projection
VR Ready
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
Multi Monitor

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI

7.6% faster in synthetic tests
More pipelines (3072 vs 2560)
Battery Boost (saves energy while gaming by lowering FPS to a still acceptable level. Can make a laptop working on battery twice as long, depending on the particular game)
NVIDIA GameStream
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
Optimus Support
NVIDIA BatteryBoost

So, GTX 1080 Max-Q or 980M SLI?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI. The differences in performance seem too small.
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