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 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 48.26 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA TITAN V.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 980 Mobile's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
43.23
 
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Code name
GM204
 
Type
Laptop
 
Release date
21 September 2015
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$395.82
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price
$323.81
 
of 4095.95 (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
 
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 14000
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.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
Display Connectors
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
 
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
 
of 4.6
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
48.24
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
347481
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
76705
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
11096
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
13047
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
17201
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
39702
 

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
0.25
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Doom (2016)
low / 720p
196
 
medium / 768p
194
 
high / 1080p
123
 
ultra / 1080p
100
 
4k / 2160p
41
 
Far Cry Primal (2016)
low / 720p
153
 
medium / 1080p
107
 
high / 1080p
94
 
ultra / 1080p
68
 
4k / 2160p
32
 
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016)
low / 720p
197
 
medium / 768p
166
 
high / 1080p
90
 
ultra / 1080p
82
 
4k / 2160p
31
 
Overwatch (2016)
low / 720p
300
 
medium / 768p
300
 
high / 1080p
212
 
ultra / 1080p
122
 
4k / 2160p
69
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
low / 768p
226
 
medium / 768p
144
 
high / 1080p
88
 
ultra / 1080p
69
 
4k / 2160p
34
 
The Division (2016)
low / 720p
228
 
medium / 768p
156
 
high / 1080p
83
 
ultra / 1080p
65
 
4k / 2160p
33
 
XCOM 2 (2016)
low / 720p
136
 
medium / 1080p
95
 
high / 1080p
71
 
ultra / 1080p
33
 
4k / 2160p
20
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
low / 720p
185
 
medium / 768p
171
 
high / 1080p
98
 
ultra / 1080p
79
 
4k / 2160p
34
 
GTA V (2015)
low / 768p
168
 
medium / 768p
160
 
high / 1080p
117
 
ultra / 1080p
51
 
4k / 2160p
60
 
Just Cause 3 (2015)
low / 768p
168
 
medium / 768p
157
 
high / 1080p
101
 
ultra / 1080p
87
 
4k / 2160p
38
 
Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
low / 768p
328
 
medium / 768p
248
 
high / 1080p
149
 
ultra / 1080p
114
 
4k / 2160p
50
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
low / 768p
221
 
medium / 768p
147
 
high / 1080p
84
 
ultra / 1080p
44
 
4k / 2160p
30
 
Far Cry 4 (2014)
low / 768p
119
 
medium / 768p
117
 
high / 1080p
96
 
ultra / 1080p
81
 
Sims 4 (2014)
low / 768p
180
 
medium / 768p
150
 
high / 1080p
130
 
ultra / 1080p
121
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
200
 
medium / 768p
200
 
high / 768p
200
 
ultra / 1080p
99
 
4k / 2160p
53
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
150
 
medium / 768p
137
 
high / 768p
107
 
ultra / 1080p
61
 
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013)
ultra / 1080p
175
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
low / 768p
498
 
medium / 768p
468
 
high / 768p
338
 
ultra / 1080p
159
 

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 13% and lower by 19 positions in our rating.

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