NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1000
  • Max video memory 6 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 7.0 Gbps
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2015
Performance 46.60

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 980 Ti sales 2 June 2015 at a recommended price of $649. This is 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

46.60%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

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

Place in performance rating85
Value for money36.32
ArchitectureMaxwell (2014−2018)
GPU code nameGM200
Market segmentDesktop
Release date2 June 2015 (7 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$649
Price now$430 (0.7x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
Value for money

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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 cores2816of 18432 (AD102)
CUDA cores2816
Core clock speed1000 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1075 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors8,000 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)250 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate176 billion/secof 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance6,060 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

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 supportPCI Express 3.0
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length10.5" (26.7 cm)
Height4.376" (11.1 cm)
Width2-slot
Recommended system power (PSU)600 Watt
Supplementary power connectors6-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 typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount6 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width384 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed7.0 GB/sof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth336.5 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
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 ConnectorsDual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
Multi monitor support4 displays
HDMI+
HDCP+
Maximum VGA resolution2048x1536
G-SYNC support+
Audio input for HDMIInternal

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 Boost2.0
GameWorks+

API support

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

DirectX12 (12_1)
Shader Model6.4
OpenGL4.5of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan1.1.126
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.

GTX 980 Ti 46.60
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • GeekBench 5 Vulkan
  • GeekBench 5 CUDA
  • Octane Render OctaneBench
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Maya
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0

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.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

GTX 980 Ti 13863

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 980 Ti 48631

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.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTX 980 Ti 23057

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 980 Ti 14339

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.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 980 Ti 98958

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.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 980 Ti 16961

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 9%

GTX 980 Ti 40025

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.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

GTX 980 Ti 443119

GeekBench 5 Vulkan

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses Vulkan API by AMD & Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 980 Ti 52856

GeekBench 5 CUDA

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses CUDA API by NVIDIA.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 980 Ti 35714

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.

Benchmark coverage: 4%

GTX 980 Ti 126

SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980 Ti 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.

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980 Ti 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.

Benchmark coverage: 1%

GTX 980 Ti 2550

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.

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

Full HD101
1440p49
4K49

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 45−50

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
Battlefield 5 45−50
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 45−50
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
Far Cry 5 45−50
Far Cry New Dawn 45−50
Forza Horizon 4 45−50
Hitman 3 45−50
Horizon Zero Dawn 45−50
Red Dead Redemption 2 45−50
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 45−50
Watch Dogs: Legion 45−50

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
Battlefield 5 45−50
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 38
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
Far Cry 5 45−50
Far Cry New Dawn 45−50
Forza Horizon 4 45−50
Hitman 3 45−50
Horizon Zero Dawn 45−50
Metro Exodus 45−50
Red Dead Redemption 2 45−50
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 33
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 45−50
Watch Dogs: Legion 45−50

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 46
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
Battlefield 5 94
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
Far Cry 5 77
Far Cry New Dawn 45−50
Forza Horizon 4 72
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 59
Watch Dogs: Legion 45−50

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 54
Hitman 3 45−50
Horizon Zero Dawn 45−50
Metro Exodus 45−50
Red Dead Redemption 2 45−50
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 45−50

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
Battlefield 5 45−50
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
Far Cry 5 45−50
Far Cry New Dawn 45−50
Forza Horizon 4 45−50
Watch Dogs: Legion 45−50

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 32
Hitman 3 45−50
Horizon Zero Dawn 45−50
Metro Exodus 45−50
Red Dead Redemption 2 45−50
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 23
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 44

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 18
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
Battlefield 5 40
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
Far Cry 5 30
Far Cry New Dawn 45−50
Forza Horizon 4 42
Watch Dogs: Legion 45−50

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 980 Ti performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 980 Ti from AMD is Radeon RX 5600 XT, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 1 position in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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Recommended processors

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