NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile vs AMD Radeon R7 250X
Comparison of GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon R7 250X architecture, market type and release date.
GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon R7 250X'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 Radeon R7 250X'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
Compatibility, dimensions and requirements
Information on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon R7 250X 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.
PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
1 x 6-pin
Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon R7 250X: 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
Memory clock speed
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon R7 250X. 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.
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon R7 250X. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon R7 250X, sometimes including their particular versions.
Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon R7 250X. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 63.08 +615.2%
R7 250X 8.82
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 25453 +790%
R7 250X 2860
Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon R7 250X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon R7 250X are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.
Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile
615.2% faster (about 7 times) in synthetic tests
Much newer (22 September 2015 vs 13 February 2014)
Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (4096 vs 640)
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 AMD Radeon R7 250X
Cheaper ($229.00 USD vs $301.00 USD)
Less power hungry (80 vs 330 watts)
Mantle (an API developed by AMD for 3D graphics acceleration. Discontinued and later superceded by Vulkan)
So, GTX 980 SLI Mobile or R7 250X?
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 Radeon R7 250X is a desktop one.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon R7 250X, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.