NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Mobile vs RTX 2070 Max-Q
Comparison of GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q architecture, market type and release date.
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.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Texture fill rate
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.
PCI Express 3.0
PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
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.
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q. 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.
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
Multi monitor support
VGA аnalog display support
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
Maximum VGA resolution
Audio input for HDMI
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.
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
Adaptive Vertical Sync
APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, sometimes including their particular versions.
12 Ultimate (12_1)
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 50.75
RTX 2070 Max-Q 57.29 +12.9%
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 106563 +38.9%
3DMark Fire Strike Score
GTX 980 Mobile 11096
RTX 2070 Max-Q 15428 +39%
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
GTX 980 Mobile 13047
RTX 2070 Max-Q 17293 +32.5%
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
GTX 980 Mobile 17201
RTX 2070 Max-Q 21982 +27.8%
3DMark Vantage Performance
GTX 980 Mobile 39702
RTX 2070 Max-Q 48510 +22.2%
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)
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)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Adaptive Vertical Sync
3D Vision Surround
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
12.9% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (29 January 2019 vs 21 September 2015)
More pipelines (2304 vs 2048)
Higher memory bandwidth (384 vs 224 GB/s)
Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (80 vs 100 watts)
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)
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.
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