NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile
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  • Interface
  • Core clock speed 1126
  • Max video memory 2x 8192 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 3500
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2015
Performance 54.02

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile sales 22 September 2015. This is high-end Maxwell architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2x 8 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 3.5 GHz are supplied.

Power consumption is at 330 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at

54.02%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating57
Value for money61.56
ArchitectureMaxwell (2014−2018)
GPU code nameN16E-GXX SLI
Market segmentLaptop
Release date22 September 2015 (6 years ago)
Price now$301 of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores4096of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed1126 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1228 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors10400 Millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)330 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile's 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 sizelarge
SLI options+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on 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 typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2x 8 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed3500 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on 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+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12_1
CUDA+

Benchmark performance

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


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 54.02
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 47704

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 33169

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 155238

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 18339

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 25453

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

Full HD136
4K64

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 50−55

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 50−55
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 50−55
Battlefield 5 50−55
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 50−55
Far Cry 5 50−55
Far Cry New Dawn 50−55
Forza Horizon 4 50−55
Hitman 3 50−55
Horizon Zero Dawn 50−55
Red Dead Redemption 2 50−55
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 50−55
Watch Dogs: Legion 50−55

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 50−55
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 50−55
Battlefield 5 50−55
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 50−55
Far Cry 5 50−55
Far Cry New Dawn 50−55
Forza Horizon 4 50−55
Hitman 3 50−55
Horizon Zero Dawn 50−55
Metro Exodus 50−55
Red Dead Redemption 2 50−55
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 50−55
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 132
Watch Dogs: Legion 50−55

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 50−55
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 50−55
Battlefield 5 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 50−55
Far Cry 5 50−55
Far Cry New Dawn 50−55
Forza Horizon 4 50−55
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 74
Watch Dogs: Legion 50−55

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50−55
Hitman 3 50−55
Horizon Zero Dawn 50−55
Metro Exodus 50−55
Red Dead Redemption 2 50−55
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 50−55

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 50−55
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 50−55
Battlefield 5 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 50−55
Far Cry 5 50−55
Far Cry New Dawn 50−55
Forza Horizon 4 50−55
Watch Dogs: Legion 50−55

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50−55
Hitman 3 50−55
Horizon Zero Dawn 50−55
Metro Exodus 50−55
Red Dead Redemption 2 50−55
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 50−55
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 51

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 50−55
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 50−55
Battlefield 5 50−55
Cyberpunk 2077 50−55
Far Cry 5 50−55
Far Cry New Dawn 50−55
Forza Horizon 4 50−55
Watch Dogs: Legion 50−55

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile from AMD is Radeon RX 6800S, which is slower by 13% and lower by 26 positions in our rating.

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Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile:

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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Recommended processors

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