NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile vs RTX 2060 Mobile

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
n/d
 
70.40
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Turing
Code name
N16E-GXX SLI
 
TU106B
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
n/d
 
29 January 2019
Price now
n/d
 
$335

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile'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 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
4096
 
1920
Core clock speed
1126 MHz
 
960 MHz
Boost Clock
1228 MHz
 
1200 MHz
Transistor count
10400 Million
 
10,800 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
12 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
330 Watt
 
80 Watt

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile 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
 
n/d
Interface
n/d
 
PCIe 3.0 x16

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2060 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
 
GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount
2x 8 GB
 
n/d
Memory bus width
2x 256 Bit
 
192 Bit
Memory clock speed
3500 MHz
 
14000 MHz
Shared memory
-
 
n/d

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile.
Display Connectors
n/d
 
No outputs
G-SYNC support
+
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
+
 
-
GPU Boost
+
 
n/d
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
n/d
GeForce Experience
+
 
n/d
Surround
+
 
n/d
Adaptive Vertical Sync
+
 
n/d

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 (FL 12_1)
 
12.0 (12_1)
OpenGL
n/d
 
4.6

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 78.67 +15.9%
RTX 2060 Mobile 67.86

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 155238 +60.9%
RTX 2060 Mobile 96511

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 18339 +32.5%
RTX 2060 Mobile 13843

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 25453 +64.7%
RTX 2060 Mobile 15458

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 33169 +62.6%
RTX 2060 Mobile 20393

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 47704
RTX 2060 Mobile 57644 +20.8%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile

15.9% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)
More pipelines (4096 vs 1920)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
Surround
GameStream (streams data between the PC and NVIDIA SHIELD device attached to a TV. Basically allows using the PC as a gaming console)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Adaptive Vertical Sync
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
G-SYNC support

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile

Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (80 vs 330 watts)

So, GTX 980 SLI Mobile or RTX 2060 Mobile?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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