NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile vs AMD Radeon R7 250X

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon R7 250X architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
7.61
 
1.40
Architecture
Maxwell
 
GCN 1.0
Code name
N16E-GXX SLI
 
Cape Verde
Type
Laptop
 
Desktop
Design
no data
 
reference
Release date
22 September 2015
 
13 February 2014
Launch price (MSRP)
no data
 
$99
Price now
$301
 
$229

Technical specs

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.
Pipelines
4096
 
640
Core clock speed
1126 MHz
 
no data
Boost Clock
1228 MHz
 
1000 MHz
Transistor count
10400 Million
 
1,500 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
330 Watt
 
80 Watt
Texture fill rate
no data
 
38.00
Floating-point performance
no data
 
1,216 gflops

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.
Laptop size
large
 
no data
Bus support
no data
 
PCIe 3.0
Interface
no data
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
no data
 
210 mm
Supplementary power connectors
no data
 
1 x 6-pin
SLI options
+
 
-

Memory

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.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
2x 8 GB
 
2 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
3500 MHz
 
1625 MHz
Memory bandwidth
no data
 
96 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
no data

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.
Display Connectors
no data
 
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Eyefinity
-
 
+
HDMI
-
 
+
G-SYNC support
+
 
-

Technologies

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.
CrossFire
-
 
+
FreeSync
-
 
+
DDMA audio
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon R7 250X, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12_1
 
DirectX® 12
Shader Model
no data
 
5.1
OpenGL
no data
 
4.6
OpenCL
no data
 
1.2
CUDA
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

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

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon R7 250X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
no data
 
152 Mh/s

Gaming performance

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.

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