NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile vs 980M SLI

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile and GeForce GTX 980M SLI architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
34.69
 
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Architecture
Pascal
 
Maxwell
Code name
Pascal GP104 SLI
 
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Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
16 August 2016
 
7 October 2014
Price now
$767
 
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile 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 SLI Mobile and GeForce GTX 980M SLI's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
5120
 
3072
Core clock speed
1556 MHz
 
1038 MHz
Boost Clock
1733 MHz
 
1127 MHz
Transistor count
14400 Million
 
2x 5200 Million
Manufacturing process technology
16 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
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200 Watt

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile 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

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile 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
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
2x 8 GB
 
2x 8 GB
Memory bus width
2x 256 Bit
 
2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed
10000 MHz
 
5000 MHz
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile and GeForce GTX 980M SLI.
G-SYNC support
+
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile and GeForce GTX 980M SLI. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
+
 
-
GeForce ShadowPlay
-
 
+
GPU Boost
+
 
+
Optimus
-
 
+
BatteryBoost
-
 
+
VR Ready
+
 
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CUDA
+
 
+
SLI
+
 
+
GeForce Experience
+
 
+
Surround
+
 
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Multi-Projection
+
 
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Multi Monitor
+
 
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Adaptive Vertical Sync
+
 
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API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile and GeForce GTX 980M SLI, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1)
 
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1), Shader 5.0
Vulkan
+
 
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Benchmark performance

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

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 1080 SLI Mobile 99.01 +55%
GTX 980M SLI 63.88

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 1080 SLI Mobile 172848 +39.3%
GTX 980M SLI 124076

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 1080 SLI Mobile 22106 +64.1%
GTX 980M SLI 13467

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 1080 SLI Mobile 39902 +114.2%
GTX 980M SLI 18632

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 1080 SLI Mobile 49645 +125.6%
GTX 980M SLI 22006

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 1080 SLI Mobile 55056 +15.1%
GTX 980M SLI 47841

Gaming performance

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

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile

55% faster (about 1.5 times) in synthetic tests
Much newer (16 August 2016 vs 7 October 2014)
More pipelines (5120 vs 3072)
Finer manufacturing process technology (16 vs 28 nm)
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
3D Vision
Surround
Adaptive Vertical Sync
3D Vision Surround

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI

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)
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
Optimus Support
NVIDIA BatteryBoost

So, GTX 1080 SLI Mobile or 980M SLI?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile and GeForce GTX 980M SLI, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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