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 47.53 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon R9 390 X2.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 980's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
27.47
 
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
Code name
GM204
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
19 September 2014
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$549
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price
$512.39
 
of 4200 (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
 
of 12
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 11408 (TITAN Xp)
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 (FL 12_1)
 
OpenGL
4.5
 
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
45.70
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
323076.00
 
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
85374.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
10397.50
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
12938.00
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
17604.50
 
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
37997.00
 
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
129.65
 
 
Unigine Heaven 4.0
1889
 
 
Passmark
9595
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
14000
 
 
Octane Render OctaneBench
96
 
 

Mining hashrate

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
0.56
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Far Cry 5 (2018)
low / 720p
126.00
 
medium / 1080p
80.00
 
high / 1080p
73.00
 
ultra / 1080p
69.00
 
4k / 2160p
24.00
 
Fortnite (2018)
low / 720p
316.00
 
medium / 1080p
242.00
 
high / 1080p
116.00
 
ultra / 1080p
91.40
 
4k / 2160p
25.30
 
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018)
low / 720p
145.00
 
medium / 1080p
84.10
 
high / 1080p
69.40
 
ultra / 1080p
50.10
 
4k / 2160p
16.10
 
Ark Survival Evolved (2017)
low / 720p
118.00
 
medium / 1080p
57.20
 
high / 1080p
39.70
 
ultra / 1080p
26.70
 
4k / 2160p
9.40
 
Assassin´s Creed Origins (2017)
low / 720p
103.00
 
medium / 1080p
70.00
 
high / 1080p
64.00
 
ultra / 1080p
54.00
 
4k / 2160p
19.00
 
Destiny 2 (2017)
low / 720p
166.00
 
medium / 1080p
122.00
 
high / 1080p
109.00
 
ultra / 1080p
88.10
 
4k / 2160p
22.60
 
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017)
low / 720p
144.00
 
medium / 1080p
76.40
 
high / 1080p
70.40
 
ultra / 1080p
38.80
 
4k / 2160p
25.70
 
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017)
low / 720p
160.00
 
medium / 1080p
93.90
 
high / 1080p
63.30
 
ultra / 1080p
55.80
 
4k / 2160p
24.20
 
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017)
low / 720p
129.00
 
medium / 1080p
92.90
 
high / 1080p
79.40
 
ultra / 1080p
55.80
 
4k / 2160p
19.80
 
Resident Evil 7 (2017)
low / 720p
395.00
 
medium / 1080p
201.00
 
high / 1080p
126.00
 
ultra / 1080p
104.00
 
4k / 2160p
34.40
 
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017)
low / 720p
212.00
 
medium / 1080p
95.70
 
high / 1080p
84.20
 
ultra / 1080p
69.80
 
4k / 2160p
8.60
 
Battlefield 1 (BF1) (2016)
low / 720p
199.00
 
medium / 768p
194.00
 
high / 1080p
105.00
 
ultra / 1080p
96.90
 
4k / 2160p
39.20
 
Civilization VI (2016)
low / 768p
89.90
 
medium / 768p
73.50
 
high / 1080p
66.20
 
ultra / 1080p
64.10
 
4k / 2160p
61.30
 
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016)
low / 720p
129.00
 
medium / 768p
99.80
 
high / 1080p
57.00
 
ultra / 1080p
32.40
 
4k / 2160p
18.00
 
Dishonored 2 (2016)
low / 720p
104.00
 
medium / 768p
98.20
 
high / 1080p
67.80
 
ultra / 1080p
61.80
 
4k / 2160p
32.10
 
Doom (2016)
low / 720p
177.00
 
medium / 768p
172.00
 
high / 1080p
104.00
 
ultra / 1080p
97.50
 
4k / 2160p
34.40
 
Far Cry Primal (2016)
low / 720p
135.00
 
medium / 1080p
99.00
 
high / 1080p
88.00
 
ultra / 1080p
63.00
 
4k / 2160p
29.00
 
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016)
low / 720p
198.00
 
medium / 768p
156.00
 
high / 1080p
83.40
 
ultra / 1080p
76.40
 
4k / 2160p
28.30
 
Overwatch (2016)
low / 720p
299.00
 
medium / 768p
298.00
 
high / 1080p
197.00
 
ultra / 1080p
116.50
 
4k / 2160p
62.30
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
low / 768p
205.00
 
medium / 768p
135.00
 
high / 1080p
80.50
 
ultra / 1080p
72.70
 
4k / 2160p
27.90
 
The Division (2016)
low / 720p
185.00
 
medium / 768p
143.00
 
high / 1080p
72.70
 
ultra / 1080p
57.70
 
4k / 2160p
27.70
 
Titanfall 2 (2016)
low / 720p
144.00
 
medium / 768p
144.00
 
high / 1080p
101.00
 
ultra / 1080p
90.90
 
4k / 2160p
34.30
 
Watch Dogs 2 (2016)
low / 720p
143.00
 
medium / 768p
127.00
 
high / 1080p
72.10
 
ultra / 1080p
45.20
 
4k / 2160p
26.40
 
XCOM 2 (2016)
low / 720p
124.00
 
medium / 1080p
87.30
 
high / 1080p
65.40
 
ultra / 1080p
31.30
 
4k / 2160p
18.70
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
low / 720p
148.90
 
medium / 768p
140.80
 
high / 1080p
95.60
 
ultra / 1080p
79.70
 
4k / 2160p
33.80
 
GTA V (2015)
low / 768p
139.70
 
medium / 768p
131.80
 
high / 1080p
99.30
 
ultra / 1080p
45.40
 
4k / 2160p
59.40
 
Just Cause 3 (2015)
low / 768p
147.10
 
medium / 768p
135.90
 
high / 1080p
94.90
 
ultra / 1080p
84.20
 
4k / 2160p
36.60
 
Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
low / 768p
347.20
 
medium / 768p
256.40
 
high / 1080p
149.60
 
ultra / 1080p
107.60
 
4k / 2160p
50.10
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
low / 768p
213.55
 
medium / 768p
146.90
 
high / 1080p
84.90
 
ultra / 1080p
45.60
 
4k / 2160p
28.65
 
Far Cry 4 (2014)
low / 768p
102.40
 
medium / 768p
101.40
 
high / 1080p
68.50
 
ultra / 1080p
62.30
 
Sims 4 (2014)
low / 768p
199.30
 
medium / 768p
150.40
 
high / 1080p
113.50
 
ultra / 1080p
105.60
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
179.70
 
medium / 768p
162.70
 
high / 768p
157.40
 
ultra / 1080p
93.40
 
4k / 2160p
51.00
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
147.40
 
medium / 768p
134.50
 
high / 768p
105.70
 
ultra / 1080p
58.30
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
low / 768p
491.40
 
medium / 768p
402.40
 
high / 768p
323.60
 
ultra / 1080p
151.20
 

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 390X, which is faster by 2% and higher by 5 positions in our rating.

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