NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile vs AMD Radeon RX 5500M

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon RX 5500M architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
Value for money (0-100)
Navi / RDNA
Code name
Navi 14 / R19M-E85
Release date
22 September 2015
29 September 2019
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon RX 5500M'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 RX 5500M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Core clock speed
1126 MHz
1327 MHz
Boost Clock
1228 MHz
1645 MHz
Transistor count
10400 Million
6,400 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
7 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
330 Watt
85 Watt
Texture fill rate
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Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon RX 5500M 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
medium sized
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PCIe 4.0 x8
Supplementary power connectors
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SLI options


Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon RX 5500M: 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
Maximum RAM amount
2x 8 GB
4 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
3500 MHz
14000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
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224.0 GB/s
Shared memory

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon RX 5500M. 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
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No outputs
G-SYNC support

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon RX 5500M, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX 12_1
12 (12_1)
Shader Model
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Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon RX 5500M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 63.08 +307.2%
RX 5500M 15.49

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 155238 +216.5%
RX 5500M 49056

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 18339 +68.4%
RX 5500M 10890

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 25453 +107.3%
RX 5500M 12276

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 980 SLI Mobile 33169 +99.7%
RX 5500M 16613

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile and Radeon RX 5500M are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile

307.2% faster (about 4 times) in synthetic tests
Cheaper ($301.00 USD vs $998.00 USD)
Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (4096 vs 1408)
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 RX 5500M

Much newer (29 September 2019 vs 22 September 2015)
Finer manufacturing process technology (7 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (85 vs 330 watts)

So, GTX 980 SLI Mobile or RX 5500M?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile.
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