NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile vs Quadro FX 3800

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Quadro FX 3800 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
8.24
 
0.29
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Tesla 2.0
Code name
N16E-GXX SLI
 
GT200B
Type
Laptop
 
Workstation
Release date
22 September 2015
 
30 March 2009
Launch price (MSRP)
no data
 
$799
Price now
$301
 
$447

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Quadro FX 3800'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 Quadro FX 3800's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
4096
 
192
Core clock speed
1126 MHz
 
600 MHz
Boost Clock
1228 MHz
 
no data
Transistor count
10400 Million
 
1,400 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
55 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
330 Watt
 
108 Watt
Texture fill rate
no data
 
38.40
Floating-point performance
no data
 
462.3 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Quadro FX 3800 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility). 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
 
no data
Interface
no data
 
PCIe 2.0 x16
Length
no data
 
198 mm
Supplementary power connectors
no data
 
1x 6-pin
SLI options
+
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Quadro FX 3800: 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
 
GDDR3
Maximum RAM amount
2x 8 GB
 
1 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
3500 MHz
 
1600 MHz
Memory bandwidth
no data
 
51.2 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
no data

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Quadro FX 3800. 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.
Display Connectors
no data
 
1x DVI, 2x DisplayPort
G-SYNC support
+
 
-

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Quadro FX 3800, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12_1
 
11.1 (10_0)
Shader Model
no data
 
4.0
OpenGL
no data
 
3.3
OpenCL
no data
 
1.1
Vulkan
-
 
N/A
CUDA
+
 
1.3

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Quadro FX 3800 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile

1806.7% faster (about 19 times) in synthetic tests
Much newer (22 September 2015 vs 30 March 2009)
More pipelines (4096 vs 192)
Finer manufacturing process technology (28 vs 55 nm)
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)
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)

Advantages of NVIDIA Quadro FX 3800

Less power hungry (108 vs 330 watts)

So, GTX 980 SLI Mobile or Quadro FX 3800?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile.
Be aware that GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile is a notebook card while Quadro FX 3800 is a workstation one.
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