NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 980 Ti sales 2 June 2015 at a recommended price of $649. This is high-end Maxwell architecture desktop card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 6 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7.0 GB/s are supplied, and together with 384 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 336.5 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-width card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 10.5" (26.7 cm). 6-pin + 8-pin power connector is required, and power consumption is at 250 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at 53.22 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 980 Ti's architecture, market type and release date.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
2.62
 
Architecture
Maxwell
 
GPU code name
GM200
 
Market segment
Desktop
 
Launch date
2 June 2015 (6 years ago)
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$649
 
Price now
$760 (1.2x MSRP)
 

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 980 Ti's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 980 Ti's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
2816
 
of 10752 (GA102)
CUDA cores
2816
 
Core clock speed
1000 MHz
 
Boost clock speed
1075 MHz
 
Number of transistors
8,000 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
250 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
176 billion/sec
 
Floating-point performance
6,060 gflops
 
of 2918.4 (GRID K340)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980 Ti's 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).

Bus support
PCI Express 3.0
 
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
Length
10.5" (26.7 cm)
 
Height
4.376" (11.1 cm)
 
Recommended system power (PSU)
600 Watt
 
Supplementary power connectors
6-pin + 8-pin
 
SLI options
+
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 980 Ti: 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
 
Maximum RAM amount
6 GB
 
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
336.5 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon VII)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980 Ti. 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
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
Display Connectors
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
 
Multi monitor support
4 displays
 
HDMI
+
 
HDCP
+
 
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
G-SYNC support
+
 
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 Ti. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

GameStream
+
 
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
GPU Boost
2.0
 
GameWorks
+
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 Ti, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
Shader Model
6.4
 
OpenGL
4.5
 
OpenCL
1.2
 
Vulkan
1.1.126
 
CUDA
+
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

53.22

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

98958

3DMark Fire Strike Score

14339

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

16961

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

23057

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

48631

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

443119

SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase

90

SPECviewperf 12 - Maya

This part of SPECviewperf 12 workstation benchmark uses Autodesk Maya 13 engine to render a superhero energy plant static scene consisting of more than 700 thousand polygons, in six different modes.

139

Unigine Heaven 4.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark, a newer version of Unigine 3.0 with relatively small differences. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. The benchmark is still sometimes used, despite its significant age, as it was released back in 2013.

2550

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

13891

Octane Render OctaneBench

This is a special benchmark measuring graphics card performance in OctaneRender, which is a realistic GPU rendering engine by OTOY Inc., available either as a standalone program, or as a plugin for 3DS Max, Cinema 4D and many other apps. It renders four different static scenes, then compares render times with a reference GPU which is currently GeForce GTX 980. This benchmark has nothing to do with gaming and is aimed at professional 3D graphics artists.

126

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
784 Mh/s
 
 
Decred / DCR (Decred)
2.4 Gh/s
 
 
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
21.57 Mh/s
 
 
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.7 kh/s
 
 
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
461 Sol/s
 
 

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980 Ti is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

This video card matches 100% minimum and 99% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
99%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
99%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

1080p
 
101
 
1440p
 
49
 
4K
 
49
 

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 980 Ti from AMD is Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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