NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Mobile vs RTX 2070 Max-Q

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
3.92
 
n/d
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Turing
Code name
N16E-GXX
 
Turing TU106
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
22 September 2014
 
6 January 2019
Launch price (MSRP)
$395.82
 
n/d
Price now
$526
 
n/d

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q'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 and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2048
 
2304
CUDA cores
2048
 
n/d
Core clock speed
n/d
 
885-1080 MHz
Boost Clock
1216 MHz
 
1185-1305 MHz
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
10,800 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
12 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
100-200 Watt
 
90 Watt
Texture fill rate
144 billion / sec
 
n/d
Floating-point performance
4,358 gflops
 
n/d

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q 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
 
large
Bus support
PCI Express 3.0
 
n/d
Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
n/d
 
None
SLI options
+
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q: 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
 
GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
8 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
 
12000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
224 GB / s
 
n/d
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs
Display Connectors
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
 
n/d
Multi monitor support
4 displays
 
n/d
VGA аnalog display support
+
 
n/d
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
+
 
n/d
HDMI
+
 
-
HDCP
+
 
-
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
n/d
G-SYNC support
+
 
+
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 
n/d

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
+
 
-
GameStream
+
 
-
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
-
GPU Boost
+
 
n/d
GameWorks
+
 
-
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
+
 
-
Optimus
+
 
-
BatteryBoost
+
 
-
VR Ready
n/d
 
+
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
n/d
GeForce Experience
+
 
n/d
Surround
+
 
n/d
Multi Monitor
n/d
 
+
Adaptive Vertical Sync
+
 
n/d

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1)
 
DirectX 12_1
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.2
 
n/d
Vulkan
-
 
+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 980 Mobile 37.18
RTX 2070 Max-Q 44.33 +19.2%

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 980 Mobile 347481
RTX 2070 Max-Q 401038 +15.4%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 980 Mobile 76705
RTX 2070 Max-Q 106366 +38.7%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 980 Mobile 11096
RTX 2070 Max-Q 15399 +38.8%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 980 Mobile 13047
RTX 2070 Max-Q 16979 +30.1%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 980 Mobile 17201
RTX 2070 Max-Q 21959 +27.7%

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 980 Mobile 39702
RTX 2070 Max-Q 48510 +22.2%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Mobile

CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
Surround
NVIDIA GameStream
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Adaptive Vertical Sync
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
SLIOptions
HDMI
HDCP
3D Vision Surround
NVIDIAGameStreamReady
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
GameWorks
H264VC1MPEG21080pVideoDecoder
Optimus Support
NVIDIA BatteryBoost

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q

19.2% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (6 January 2019 vs 22 September 2014)
More pipelines (2304 vs 2048)
Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (90 vs 100 watts)
DLSS
Raytraycing
VR Ready
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)
Multi Monitor
550 Watt system power recommended

So, GTX 980 Mobile or RTX 2070 Max-Q?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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