NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Mobile vs AMD Radeon RX 580 Mobile

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Mobile
AMD Radeon RX 580 Mobile

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and Radeon RX 580 Mobile architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
32.34
 
100.00
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
GCN 4.0
Code name
GM204
 
Polaris 20
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
21 September 2015
 
18 April 2017
Launch price (MSRP)
$395.82
 
$301.69
Price now
$600
 
$170

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and Radeon RX 580 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 and Radeon RX 580 Mobile'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
 
1000 MHz
Boost Clock
1216 MHz
 
1077 MHz
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
5,700 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
14 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
100-200 Watt
 
100 Watt
Texture fill rate
144 billion / sec
 
155.1 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
4,358 gflops
 
4,963 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and Radeon RX 580 Mobile 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)
 
MXM-B (3.0)
SLI options
+
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and Radeon RX 580 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
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
8 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
n/d
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
 
8000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
224 GB / s
 
256.0 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and Radeon RX 580 Mobile.
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 Radeon RX 580 Mobile. 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
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
n/d
GeForce Experience
+
 
n/d
Surround
+
 
n/d
Adaptive Vertical Sync
+
 
n/d

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and Radeon RX 580 Mobile, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12.0 (12_1)
 
12.0 (12_0)
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.2
 
n/d

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and Radeon RX 580 Mobile. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 980 Mobile 50.10 +14.1%
RX 580 Mobile 43.89

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 980 Mobile 347481 +19.8%
RX 580 Mobile 290090

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 980 Mobile 76705 +10.6%
RX 580 Mobile 69325

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 980 Mobile 11096 +13.8%
RX 580 Mobile 9754

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 980 Mobile 13047 +15.9%
RX 580 Mobile 11261

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 980 Mobile 17201 +13%
RX 580 Mobile 15223

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and Radeon RX 580 Mobile are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Mobile

14.1% faster in synthetic tests
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
GameStream (streams data between the PC and NVIDIA SHIELD device attached to a TV. Basically allows using the PC as a gaming console)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Adaptive Vertical Sync
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
SLI options
HDMI
HDCP
G-SYNC support
GeForce ShadowPlay
GameWorks
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
BatteryBoost

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 580 Mobile

Much newer (18 April 2017 vs 21 September 2015)
Cheaper ($301.69 vs $395.82)
More pipelines (2304 vs 2048)
Higher memory bandwidth (256 vs 224 GB/s)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)

So, GTX 980 Mobile or RX 580 Mobile?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Mobile.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 980 Mobile and Radeon RX 580 Mobile, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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