NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile vs 980 SLI Mobile

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
26.36
 
53.46
Architecture
Pascal
 
Maxwell
Code name
Pascal GP104 SLI
 
N16E-GXX SLI
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
16 August 2016
 
22 September 2015
Price now
$767
 
$357

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile'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 SLI Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
5120
 
4096
Core clock speed
1556 MHz
 
1126 MHz
Boost Clock
1733 MHz
 
1228 MHz
Transistor count
14400 Million
 
10400 Million
Manufacturing process technology
16 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
no data
 
330 Watt

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile 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
SLI options
+
 
+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile: 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
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
2x 8 GB
 
2x 8 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
10000 MHz
 
3500 MHz
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
G-SYNC support
+
 
+

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
+
 
+
GPU Boost
+
 
+
VR Ready
+
 
no data
CUDA
+
 
+
GeForce Experience
+
 
+
Surround
+
 
+
Multi-Projection
+
 
no data
Multi Monitor
+
 
no data
Adaptive Vertical Sync
+
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12_1
 
DirectX 12_1
Vulkan
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

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

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 1080 SLI Mobile 85.90 +5.9%
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 81.08

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 1080 SLI Mobile 172848 +11.3%
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 155238

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 1080 SLI Mobile 22106 +20.5%
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 18339

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 1080 SLI Mobile 39902 +56.8%
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 25453

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 1080 SLI Mobile 49645 +49.7%
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 33169

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 1080 SLI Mobile 55056 +15.4%
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 47704

Gaming performance

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

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile

5.9% faster in synthetic tests
Somewhat newer (16 August 2016 vs 22 September 2015)
More pipelines (5120 vs 4096)
Finer manufacturing process technology (16 vs 28 nm)
Multi-Projection
VR Ready
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)
Multi Monitor

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile

We are unaware of any advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile over NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile.

So, GTX 1080 SLI Mobile or 980 SLI Mobile?

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