NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile

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 59.48 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

General info

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

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
7.45
 
Architecture
Maxwell
 
GPU code name
N16E-GXX SLI
 
Market segment
Laptop
 
Launch date
22 September 2015 (5 years ago)
 
Price now
$301
 

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 cores
4096
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
1126 MHz
 
Boost clock speed
1228 MHz
 
Number of transistors
10400 Million
 
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
330 Watt
 
of 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 size
large
 
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 type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
2x 8 GB
 
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
3500 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
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.

DirectX
DirectX 12_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.

59.48

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.

155238

3DMark Fire Strike Score

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.

25453

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.

33169

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.

47704

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.

This video card matches 100% minimum and 100% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
100%

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

1080p
 
136
 
4K
 
64
 

AMD equivalent

The nearest GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile's AMD equivalent is Radeon RX 6800M, which is faster by 23% and higher by 30 positions in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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