NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile vs RTX 2080 Max-Q

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
61.56
 
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Architecture
Maxwell
 
Turing
Code name
N16E-GXX SLI
 
Turing TU104
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
22 September 2015
 
6 January 2019
Price now
$357
 
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Technical specs

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.
Pipelines
4096
 
2944
Core clock speed
1126 MHz
 
735-990 MHz
Boost Clock
1228 MHz
 
1095-1230 MHz
Transistor count
10400 Million
 
13,600 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
12 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
330 Watt
 
90 Watt
Texture fill rate
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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.
Laptop size
large
 
large
Interface
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PCIe 3.0 x16

Memory

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.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount
2x 8 GB
 
8 GB
Memory bus width
2x 256 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
3500 MHz
 
12000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
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384.0 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q.
Display Connectors
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No outputs
G-SYNC support
+
 
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Technologies

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.
3D Vision
+
 
-
GPU Boost
+
 
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VR Ready
no data
 
+
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
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GeForce Experience
+
 
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Surround
+
 
no data
Multi Monitor
no data
 
+
Adaptive Vertical Sync
+
 
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API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1)
 
DirectX 12_1
OpenGL
no data
 
4.6
Vulkan
-
 
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Benchmark performance

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%

Gaming performance

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)
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
NVIDIA GameStream
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)
NVLink
DLSS
Raytraycing
VR Ready
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)
Multi Monitor
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.

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