NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Mobile: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Mobile

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 980 Mobile sales 21 September 2015 at a recommended price of $395.82. This is high-end Maxwell architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 4 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7.0 GB/s are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 224 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via MXM-B (3.0) interface. Two 6-pins power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 100-200 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at 50.40 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon R9 390 X2.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 980 Mobile's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
29.13
 
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Code name
GM204
 
Type
Laptop
 
Release date
21 September 2015
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$395.82
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price
$512.39
 
of 4200 (Quadro P6000)

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 980 Mobile'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 Mobile's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2048
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
CUDA cores
2048
 
Boost Clock
1216 MHz
 
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
of 12
Power consumption (TDP)
100-200 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
144 billion/sec
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Floating-point performance
4,358 gflops
 
of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980 Mobile's 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
large
 
Bus support
PCI Express 3.0
 
Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
SLI options
+
 

Memory specs

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 980 Mobile: 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
4 GB
 
of 32
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
 
of 11408 (TITAN Xp)
Memory bandwidth
224 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980 Mobile.
Multi monitor support
4 displays
 
VGA аnalog display support
+
 
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
+
 
HDMI
+
 
HDCP
+
 
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
G-SYNC support
+
 
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 Mobile. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
+
 
GameStream
+
 
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
GPU Boost
+
 
GameWorks
+
 
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
+
 
Optimus
+
 
BatteryBoost
+
 
CUDA
+
 
SLI
+
 
GeForce Experience
+
 
Surround
+
 
Adaptive Vertical Sync
+
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 Mobile, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 (FL 12_1)
 
OpenGL
4.5
 
OpenCL
1.2
 

Video card benchmarks performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 980 Mobile. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
49.24
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
347481.00
 
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
76705.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
11096.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
13047.00
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
17200.50
 
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
39702.00
 
 

Game benchmarks (in FPS)

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980 Mobile is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
0.29
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Doom (2016)
low / 720p
196.40
 
medium / 768p
193.60
 
high / 1080p
123.40
 
ultra / 1080p
100.15
 
4k / 2160p
41.40
 
Far Cry Primal (2016)
low / 720p
153.00
 
medium / 1080p
107.00
 
high / 1080p
94.00
 
ultra / 1080p
68.00
 
4k / 2160p
32.00
 
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016)
low / 720p
197.40
 
medium / 768p
165.50
 
high / 1080p
90.00
 
ultra / 1080p
81.90
 
4k / 2160p
31.00
 
Overwatch (2016)
low / 720p
299.90
 
medium / 768p
299.90
 
high / 1080p
212.40
 
ultra / 1080p
122.05
 
4k / 2160p
69.40
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
low / 768p
225.90
 
medium / 768p
144.40
 
high / 1080p
88.40
 
ultra / 1080p
68.75
 
4k / 2160p
33.70
 
The Division (2016)
low / 720p
227.70
 
medium / 768p
156.20
 
high / 1080p
83.00
 
ultra / 1080p
64.60
 
4k / 2160p
33.30
 
XCOM 2 (2016)
low / 720p
136.10
 
medium / 1080p
95.00
 
high / 1080p
70.90
 
ultra / 1080p
33.40
 
4k / 2160p
20.10
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
low / 720p
185.20
 
medium / 768p
171.10
 
high / 1080p
98.20
 
ultra / 1080p
79.30
 
4k / 2160p
34.05
 
GTA V (2015)
low / 768p
167.75
 
medium / 768p
159.65
 
high / 1080p
116.75
 
ultra / 1080p
51.05
 
4k / 2160p
60.35
 
Just Cause 3 (2015)
low / 768p
168.10
 
medium / 768p
157.40
 
high / 1080p
100.60
 
ultra / 1080p
87.00
 
4k / 2160p
38.20
 
Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
low / 768p
327.50
 
medium / 768p
247.70
 
high / 1080p
149.40
 
ultra / 1080p
114.10
 
4k / 2160p
50.40
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
low / 768p
221.45
 
medium / 768p
147.40
 
high / 1080p
83.50
 
ultra / 1080p
44.05
 
4k / 2160p
30.10
 
Far Cry 4 (2014)
low / 768p
119.25
 
medium / 768p
116.60
 
high / 1080p
96.10
 
ultra / 1080p
80.60
 
Sims 4 (2014)
low / 768p
180.15
 
medium / 768p
150.25
 
high / 1080p
129.85
 
ultra / 1080p
120.95
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
200.00
 
medium / 768p
200.00
 
high / 768p
199.95
 
ultra / 1080p
99.00
 
4k / 2160p
52.70
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
150.40
 
medium / 768p
137.05
 
high / 768p
106.70
 
ultra / 1080p
60.55
 
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013)
ultra / 1080p
175.40
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
low / 768p
497.90
 
medium / 768p
467.90
 
high / 768p
338.10
 
ultra / 1080p
159.00
 

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 980 Mobile performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 980 Mobile from AMD is Radeon RX 470 Mobile, which is slower by 10% and lower by 12 positions in our rating.

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