NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 980M sales 7 October 2014. This is Maxwell 2.0 architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 8 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 2.5 GHz are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 160 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via MXM-B (3.0) interface. Power consumption is at 100 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at 33.25 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon R9 390 X2.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 980M's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
Code name
GM204
 
Type
Laptop
 
Release date
7 October 2014
 

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 980M'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 980M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1536
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
CUDA cores
1536
 
Core clock speed
1038 MHz
 
Boost Clock
1127 MHz
 
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
of 12
Power consumption (TDP)
100 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
51.84
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Floating-point performance
1,659 gflops
 
of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980M'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)
 
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
SLI options
+
 

Memory specs

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 980M: 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
8 GB
 
of 32
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Memory clock speed
2500 MHz
 
Memory bandwidth
160 GB/s
 
of 1024 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980M.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
VGA аnalog display support
+
 
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
+
 
HDMI
+
 
G-SYNC support
+
 

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980M. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
GameStream
+
 
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
GPU Boost
+
 
GameWorks
+
 
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
+
 
Optimus
+
 
BatteryBoost
+
 
CUDA
+
 
SLI
+
 
GeForce Experience
+
 
Ansel
+
 
DSR
+
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980M, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1), Shader 5.0
 
OpenGL
4.5
 
OpenCL
1.1
 

Video card benchmarks performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 980M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
33.25
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
327632.00
 
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
65241.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
8343.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
9682.00
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
12517.00
 
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
31944.00
 
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
110.60
 
 
Unigine Heaven 4.0
1417
 
 
Passmark
5830
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
9400
 
 
Octane Render OctaneBench
66
 
 

Mining hashrate

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 980M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
383 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks (in FPS)

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980M 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
23.72
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Far Cry 5 (2018)
low / 720p
96.00
 
medium / 1080p
58.00
 
high / 1080p
53.00
 
ultra / 1080p
50.00
 
4k / 2160p
16.00
 
Fortnite (2018)
low / 720p
214.00
 
medium / 1080p
178.00
 
high / 1080p
85.90
 
ultra / 1080p
62.80
 
4k / 2160p
18.80
 
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018)
low / 720p
97.30
 
medium / 1080p
62.00
 
high / 1080p
51.80
 
ultra / 1080p
38.40
 
4k / 2160p
12.00
 
Assassin´s Creed Origins (2017)
low / 720p
69.00
 
medium / 1080p
55.00
 
high / 1080p
50.00
 
ultra / 1080p
42.00
 
4k / 2160p
16.00
 
Destiny 2 (2017)
low / 720p
114.00
 
medium / 1080p
89.80
 
high / 1080p
80.00
 
ultra / 1080p
64.90
 
4k / 2160p
23.50
 
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017)
low / 720p
108.00
 
medium / 1080p
56.60
 
high / 1080p
50.40
 
ultra / 1080p
28.30
 
4k / 2160p
18.80
 
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017)
low / 720p
81.60
 
medium / 1080p
67.10
 
high / 1080p
40.30
 
ultra / 1080p
38.80
 
4k / 2160p
17.10
 
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017)
low / 720p
113.00
 
medium / 1080p
85.40
 
high / 1080p
78.70
 
ultra / 1080p
49.40
 
4k / 2160p
17.40
 
Resident Evil 7 (2017)
low / 720p
197.00
 
medium / 1080p
108.00
 
high / 1080p
81.00
 
ultra / 1080p
72.00
 
4k / 2160p
24.30
 
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017)
low / 720p
148.00
 
medium / 1080p
89.90
 
high / 1080p
77.70
 
ultra / 1080p
53.10
 
4k / 2160p
7.90
 
Battlefield 1 (BF1) (2016)
low / 720p
138.00
 
medium / 768p
124.00
 
high / 1080p
77.40
 
ultra / 1080p
69.80
 
4k / 2160p
29.10
 
Civilization VI (2016)
low / 768p
77.20
 
medium / 768p
63.20
 
high / 1080p
56.40
 
ultra / 1080p
47.60
 
4k / 2160p
44.70
 
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016)
low / 720p
95.80
 
medium / 768p
73.70
 
high / 1080p
40.80
 
ultra / 1080p
22.50
 
4k / 2160p
13.30
 
Dishonored 2 (2016)
low / 720p
74.20
 
medium / 768p
68.00
 
high / 1080p
46.10
 
ultra / 1080p
41.30
 
4k / 2160p
26.40
 
Doom (2016)
low / 720p
121.70
 
medium / 768p
101.40
 
high / 1080p
57.00
 
ultra / 1080p
56.00
 
4k / 2160p
22.60
 
Far Cry Primal (2016)
low / 720p
98.00
 
medium / 1080p
71.00
 
high / 1080p
63.00
 
ultra / 1080p
46.00
 
4k / 2160p
20.50
 
Overwatch (2016)
low / 720p
231.00
 
medium / 768p
217.00
 
high / 1080p
139.70
 
ultra / 1080p
85.70
 
4k / 2160p
47.30
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
low / 768p
139.50
 
medium / 768p
93.45
 
high / 1080p
57.60
 
ultra / 1080p
49.00
 
4k / 2160p
21.70
 
The Division (2016)
low / 720p
141.80
 
medium / 768p
106.70
 
high / 1080p
55.00
 
ultra / 1080p
42.30
 
4k / 2160p
20.60
 
Titanfall 2 (2016)
low / 720p
144.00
 
medium / 768p
133.00
 
high / 1080p
72.90
 
ultra / 1080p
65.70
 
4k / 2160p
24.40
 
Watch Dogs 2 (2016)
low / 720p
86.50
 
medium / 768p
77.60
 
high / 1080p
45.50
 
ultra / 1080p
30.00
 
4k / 2160p
18.90
 
XCOM 2 (2016)
low / 720p
87.90
 
medium / 1080p
61.40
 
high / 1080p
46.90
 
ultra / 1080p
22.90
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
low / 720p
131.00
 
medium / 768p
124.70
 
high / 1080p
71.80
 
ultra / 1080p
56.70
 
4k / 2160p
23.50
 
GTA V (2015)
low / 768p
135.00
 
medium / 768p
115.40
 
high / 1080p
84.35
 
ultra / 1080p
36.45
 
4k / 2160p
41.40
 
Just Cause 3 (2015)
low / 768p
106.00
 
medium / 768p
100.40
 
high / 1080p
68.70
 
ultra / 1080p
59.70
 
4k / 2160p
23.60
 
Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
low / 768p
232.40
 
medium / 768p
186.20
 
high / 1080p
110.90
 
ultra / 1080p
93.10
 
4k / 2160p
35.90
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
low / 768p
172.40
 
medium / 768p
101.80
 
high / 1080p
61.30
 
ultra / 1080p
33.20
 
4k / 2160p
22.05
 
Far Cry 4 (2014)
low / 768p
110.55
 
medium / 768p
104.15
 
high / 1080p
72.65
 
ultra / 1080p
61.55
 
Sims 4 (2014)
low / 768p
187.15
 
medium / 768p
138.15
 
high / 1080p
109.40
 
ultra / 1080p
104.10
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
196.20
 
medium / 768p
193.70
 
high / 768p
156.25
 
ultra / 1080p
71.70
 
4k / 2160p
36.05
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
137.75
 
medium / 768p
118.50
 
high / 768p
94.95
 
ultra / 1080p
43.25
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
low / 768p
417.05
 
medium / 768p
363.00
 
high / 768p
246.90
 
ultra / 1080p
104.50
 
X-Plane 10.25 (2013)
low / 768p
120.00
 
medium / 768p
58.70
 
high / 768p
32.60
 
ultra / 1080p
27.30
 
Counter-Strike: GO (2012)
ultra / 1080p
230.00
 
Diablo III (2012)
ultra / 1080p
184.00
 
World of Warcraft (2005)
ultra / 1080p
89.00
 

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 980M performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 980M from AMD is Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 10 positions in our rating.

Choose a GPU

Compare GPUs

Compare GeForce GTX 980M with others

Other GPUs

Advices and comments

Here you can ask a question about GeForce GTX 980M, agree or disagree with our judgements, or report an error or mismatch.