NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile vs RTX 2080 Max-Q
Comparison of GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q architecture, market type and release date.
GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q'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 2080 Max-Q's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Texture fill rate
201.5 GTexel / s
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q 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.
PCIe 3.0 x16
Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q: 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.
Maximum RAM amount
2x 8 GB
Memory bus width
2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed
384.0 GB / s
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q.
Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
Adaptive Vertical Sync
APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1)
Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 81.84 +25%
RTX 2080 Max-Q 65.47
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 155238 +31.8%
RTX 2080 Max-Q 117764
3DMark Fire Strike Score
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 18339 +5.6%
RTX 2080 Max-Q 17374
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 25453 +22.9%
RTX 2080 Max-Q 20703
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 33169 +18.6%
RTX 2080 Max-Q 27973
3DMark Vantage Performance
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 47704
RTX 2080 Max-Q 51930 +8.9%
Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.
Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile
25% faster in synthetic tests
More pipelines (4096 vs 2944)
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)
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)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Adaptive Vertical Sync
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
3D Vision Surround
Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
Much newer (6 January 2019 vs 22 September 2015)
Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (90 vs 330 watts)
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)
650 Watt system power recommended
So, GTX 980 SLI Mobile or RTX 2080 Max-Q?
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 2080 Max-Q, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.