NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Mobile: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Mobile

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 980 Mobile sales 22 September 2014 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 43.40 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

General info

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

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
6.59
 
Architecture
Maxwell
 
GPU code name
N16E-GXX
 
Market segment
Laptop
 
Launch date
22 September 2014 (6 years ago)
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$395.82
 
Price now
$251 (0.6x MSRP)
 

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 980 Mobile'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 Mobile's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
2048
 
of 10752 (GA102)
CUDA cores
2048
 
Boost clock speed
1216 MHz
 
Number of transistors
5,200 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
100-200 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
144 billion/sec
 
Floating-point performance
4,358 gflops
 
of 2918.4 (GRID K340)

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

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
 
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
224 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon VII)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980 Mobile. 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
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.

GameStream
+
 
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
GPU Boost
2.0
 
GameWorks
+
 
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
+
 
Optimus
+
 
BatteryBoost
+
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 Mobile, 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 Mobile. 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.

43.40

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.

76705

3DMark Fire Strike Score

11096

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.

13047

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.

17201

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.

39702

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.

347481

SPECviewperf 12 - Solidworks

49

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03

49

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02

6

SPECviewperf 12 - Siemens NX

6

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01

59

SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase

59

SPECviewperf 12 - Medical

31

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 mediacal-01

31

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.

107

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04

107

SPECviewperf 12 - Energy

7.2

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01

7.2

SPECviewperf 12 - Creo

35

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01

35

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04

54

SPECviewperf 12 - Catia

54

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980 Mobile 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 98% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
98%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
98%

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

1080p
 
99
 
4K
 
45
 

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 980 Mobile from AMD is Radeon RX 580 Mobile, which is slower by 21% and lower by 38 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 980 Mobile:

Similar GPUs

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