NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 980 sales 19 September 2014 at a recommended price of $549. This is high-end Maxwell 2.0 architecture desktop card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 4 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7.0 GB/s are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 224 GB / s.

Compatibility-wise, this is 2-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 10.5" (26.7 cm). Two 6-pins power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 165 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at 50.08 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 980's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
24.55
 
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
Code name
GM204
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
19 September 2014
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$549
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price now
$651.46
 
of 6300 (Quadro RTX 6000)

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 980'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 980's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2048
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
CUDA cores
2048
 
Boost Clock
1216 MHz
 
of 1815 (Quadro RTX 5000)
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
of 7
Power consumption (TDP)
165 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
144 billion / sec
 
Floating-point performance
4,981 gflops
 
of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Bus support
PCI Express 3.0
 
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
Length
10.5" (26.7 cm)
 
Height
4.376" (11.1 cm)
 
Recommended system power (PSU)
500 Watt
 
Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pins
 
SLI options
+
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 980: 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
 
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
 
of 14000
Memory bandwidth
224 GB / s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980.
Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
Display Connectors
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
 
Multi monitor support
4 displays
 
VGA аnalog display support
+
 
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
+
 
HDMI
+
 
HDCP
+
 
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
G-SYNC support
+
 
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
+
 
GameStream
+
 
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
GPU Boost
+
 
GameWorks
+
 
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
+
 
Optimus
+
 
BatteryBoost
+
 
CUDA
+
 
SLI
+
 
GeForce Experience
+
 
Surround
+
 
Adaptive Vertical Sync
+
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12.0 (12_1)
 
OpenGL
4.5
 
of 4.6
OpenCL
1.2
 

Benchmark performance

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

Overall benchmark performance

50.08

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

323076

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

85374

3DMark Fire Strike Score

10398

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

12938

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

17605

3DMark Vantage Performance

37997

Unigine Heaven 3.0

130

Unigine Heaven 4.0

1889

Passmark

9636

Octane Render OctaneBench

96

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 980. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
579 Mh/s
 
 
Decred / DCR (Decred)
1.74 Gh/s
 
 
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
20.28 Mh/s
 
 
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.54 kh/s
 
 
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
312.12 Sol/s
 
 

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS. Comparisons with system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 980 performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 980 from AMD is Radeon R9 FURY X, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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