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 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 48.47 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA TITAN V.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 980's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
43.44
 
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
Code name
GM204
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
19 September 2014
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$549
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price
$323.81
 
of 4095.95 (Quadro P6000)

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
 
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Power consumption (TDP)
165 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
144 billion / sec
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
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 specs

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
 
of 32
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
 
OpenGL
4.5
 
of 4.6
OpenCL
1.2
 

Video card benchmarks 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
48.17
 
 
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
9599
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
14000
 
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 (in FPS)

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
0.64
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Far Cry 5 (2018)
low / 720p
126
 
medium / 1080p
80
 
high / 1080p
73
 
ultra / 1080p
69
 
4k / 2160p
24
 
Fortnite (2018)
low / 720p
316
 
medium / 1080p
242
 
high / 1080p
116
 
ultra / 1080p
91
 
4k / 2160p
25
 
Forza Horizon 4 (2018)
low / 720p
145
 
medium / 1080p
90
 
high / 1080p
83
 
ultra / 1080p
59
 
4k / 2160p
34
 
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018)
low / 720p
145
 
medium / 1080p
84
 
high / 1080p
69
 
ultra / 1080p
50
 
4k / 2160p
16
 
Monster Hunter World (2018)
low / 720p
104
 
medium / 1080p
69
 
high / 1080p
60
 
ultra / 1080p
50
 
4k / 2160p
16
 
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)
low / 720p
132
 
medium / 1080p
66
 
high / 1080p
59
 
ultra / 1080p
51
 
4k / 2160p
17
 
Ark Survival Evolved (2017)
low / 720p
118
 
medium / 1080p
57
 
high / 1080p
40
 
ultra / 1080p
27
 
4k / 2160p
9
 
Assassin´s Creed Origins (2017)
low / 720p
103
 
medium / 1080p
70
 
high / 1080p
64
 
ultra / 1080p
54
 
4k / 2160p
19
 
Destiny 2 (2017)
low / 720p
166
 
medium / 1080p
122
 
high / 1080p
109
 
ultra / 1080p
88
 
4k / 2160p
23
 
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017)
low / 720p
144
 
medium / 1080p
76
 
high / 1080p
70
 
ultra / 1080p
39
 
4k / 2160p
26
 
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017)
low / 720p
160
 
medium / 1080p
94
 
high / 1080p
63
 
ultra / 1080p
56
 
4k / 2160p
24
 
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017)
low / 720p
129
 
medium / 1080p
93
 
high / 1080p
79
 
ultra / 1080p
56
 
4k / 2160p
20
 
Resident Evil 7 (2017)
low / 720p
395
 
medium / 1080p
201
 
high / 1080p
126
 
ultra / 1080p
104
 
4k / 2160p
34
 
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017)
low / 720p
212
 
medium / 1080p
96
 
high / 1080p
84
 
ultra / 1080p
70
 
4k / 2160p
9
 
Battlefield 1 (BF1) (2016)
low / 720p
199
 
medium / 768p
194
 
high / 1080p
105
 
ultra / 1080p
97
 
4k / 2160p
39
 
Civilization VI (2016)
low / 768p
90
 
medium / 768p
74
 
high / 1080p
66
 
ultra / 1080p
64
 
4k / 2160p
61
 
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016)
low / 720p
129
 
medium / 768p
100
 
high / 1080p
57
 
ultra / 1080p
32
 
4k / 2160p
18
 
Dishonored 2 (2016)
low / 720p
104
 
medium / 768p
98
 
high / 1080p
68
 
ultra / 1080p
62
 
4k / 2160p
32
 
Doom (2016)
low / 720p
177
 
medium / 768p
172
 
high / 1080p
104
 
ultra / 1080p
98
 
4k / 2160p
34
 
Far Cry Primal (2016)
low / 720p
135
 
medium / 1080p
99
 
high / 1080p
88
 
ultra / 1080p
63
 
4k / 2160p
29
 
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016)
low / 720p
198
 
medium / 768p
156
 
high / 1080p
83
 
ultra / 1080p
76
 
4k / 2160p
28
 
Overwatch (2016)
low / 720p
299
 
medium / 768p
298
 
high / 1080p
197
 
ultra / 1080p
117
 
4k / 2160p
62
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
low / 768p
205
 
medium / 768p
135
 
high / 1080p
81
 
ultra / 1080p
73
 
4k / 2160p
28
 
The Division (2016)
low / 720p
185
 
medium / 768p
143
 
high / 1080p
73
 
ultra / 1080p
58
 
4k / 2160p
28
 
Titanfall 2 (2016)
low / 720p
144
 
medium / 768p
144
 
high / 1080p
101
 
ultra / 1080p
91
 
4k / 2160p
34
 
Watch Dogs 2 (2016)
low / 720p
143
 
medium / 768p
127
 
high / 1080p
72
 
ultra / 1080p
45
 
4k / 2160p
26
 
XCOM 2 (2016)
low / 720p
124
 
medium / 1080p
87
 
high / 1080p
65
 
ultra / 1080p
31
 
4k / 2160p
19
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
low / 720p
149
 
medium / 768p
141
 
high / 1080p
96
 
ultra / 1080p
80
 
4k / 2160p
34
 
GTA V (2015)
low / 768p
140
 
medium / 768p
132
 
high / 1080p
99
 
ultra / 1080p
45
 
4k / 2160p
59
 
Just Cause 3 (2015)
low / 768p
147
 
medium / 768p
136
 
high / 1080p
95
 
ultra / 1080p
84
 
4k / 2160p
37
 
Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
low / 768p
347
 
medium / 768p
256
 
high / 1080p
150
 
ultra / 1080p
108
 
4k / 2160p
50
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
low / 768p
214
 
medium / 768p
147
 
high / 1080p
85
 
ultra / 1080p
46
 
4k / 2160p
29
 
Far Cry 4 (2014)
low / 768p
102
 
medium / 768p
101
 
high / 1080p
69
 
ultra / 1080p
62
 
Sims 4 (2014)
low / 768p
199
 
medium / 768p
150
 
high / 1080p
114
 
ultra / 1080p
106
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
180
 
medium / 768p
163
 
high / 768p
157
 
ultra / 1080p
93
 
4k / 2160p
51
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
147
 
medium / 768p
135
 
high / 768p
106
 
ultra / 1080p
58
 
Dota 2 (2013)
low / 768p
120
 
medium / 768p
119
 
ultra / 1080p
118
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
low / 768p
491
 
medium / 768p
402
 
high / 768p
324
 
ultra / 1080p
151
 

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 Nano, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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