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 36.05 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA TITAN V.

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 (Radeon Pro Duo)
CUDA cores
1536
 
Core clock speed
1038 MHz
 
Boost Clock
1127 MHz
 
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
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 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
2500 MHz
 
of 14000
Memory bandwidth
160 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)
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
12.0 (12_1)
 
OpenGL
4.5
 
of 4.6
OpenCL
1.1
 
Vulkan
1.1.0.1
 

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
35.30
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
327632
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
65241
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
8343
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
9682
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
12517
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
31944
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
111
 
Unigine Heaven 4.0
1417
 
Passmark
5879
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
9400
 
Octane Render OctaneBench
66
 

Mining hashrates

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
0.56
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Far Cry 5 (2018)
low / 720p
96
 
medium / 1080p
58
 
high / 1080p
53
 
ultra / 1080p
50
 
4k / 2160p
16
 
Fortnite (2018)
low / 720p
214
 
medium / 1080p
178
 
high / 1080p
86
 
ultra / 1080p
63
 
4k / 2160p
19
 
Kingdom Come: Deliverance (2018)
low / 720p
97
 
medium / 1080p
62
 
high / 1080p
52
 
ultra / 1080p
38
 
4k / 2160p
12
 
Assassin´s Creed Origins (2017)
low / 720p
69
 
medium / 1080p
55
 
high / 1080p
50
 
ultra / 1080p
42
 
4k / 2160p
16
 
Destiny 2 (2017)
low / 720p
114
 
medium / 1080p
90
 
high / 1080p
80
 
ultra / 1080p
65
 
4k / 2160p
24
 
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017)
low / 720p
108
 
medium / 1080p
57
 
high / 1080p
50
 
ultra / 1080p
28
 
4k / 2160p
19
 
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017)
low / 720p
82
 
medium / 1080p
67
 
high / 1080p
40
 
ultra / 1080p
39
 
4k / 2160p
17
 
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017)
low / 720p
113
 
medium / 1080p
85
 
high / 1080p
79
 
ultra / 1080p
49
 
4k / 2160p
17
 
Resident Evil 7 (2017)
low / 720p
197
 
medium / 1080p
108
 
high / 1080p
81
 
ultra / 1080p
72
 
4k / 2160p
24
 
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017)
low / 720p
148
 
medium / 1080p
90
 
high / 1080p
78
 
ultra / 1080p
53
 
4k / 2160p
8
 
Battlefield 1 (BF1) (2016)
low / 720p
138
 
medium / 768p
124
 
high / 1080p
77
 
ultra / 1080p
70
 
4k / 2160p
29
 
Civilization VI (2016)
low / 768p
77
 
medium / 768p
63
 
high / 1080p
56
 
ultra / 1080p
48
 
4k / 2160p
45
 
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016)
low / 720p
96
 
medium / 768p
74
 
high / 1080p
41
 
ultra / 1080p
23
 
4k / 2160p
13
 
Dishonored 2 (2016)
low / 720p
74
 
medium / 768p
68
 
high / 1080p
46
 
ultra / 1080p
41
 
4k / 2160p
26
 
Doom (2016)
low / 720p
122
 
medium / 768p
101
 
high / 1080p
57
 
ultra / 1080p
56
 
4k / 2160p
23
 
Far Cry Primal (2016)
low / 720p
98
 
medium / 1080p
71
 
high / 1080p
63
 
ultra / 1080p
46
 
4k / 2160p
21
 
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016)
low / 720p
125
 
medium / 768p
112
 
high / 1080p
61
 
ultra / 1080p
54
 
4k / 2160p
21
 
Overwatch (2016)
low / 720p
231
 
medium / 768p
217
 
high / 1080p
140
 
ultra / 1080p
86
 
4k / 2160p
47
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
low / 768p
140
 
medium / 768p
93
 
high / 1080p
58
 
ultra / 1080p
49
 
4k / 2160p
22
 
The Division (2016)
low / 720p
142
 
medium / 768p
107
 
high / 1080p
55
 
ultra / 1080p
42
 
4k / 2160p
21
 
Titanfall 2 (2016)
low / 720p
144
 
medium / 768p
133
 
high / 1080p
73
 
ultra / 1080p
66
 
4k / 2160p
24
 
Watch Dogs 2 (2016)
low / 720p
87
 
medium / 768p
78
 
high / 1080p
46
 
ultra / 1080p
30
 
4k / 2160p
19
 
XCOM 2 (2016)
low / 720p
88
 
medium / 1080p
61
 
high / 1080p
47
 
ultra / 1080p
23
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
low / 720p
131
 
medium / 768p
125
 
high / 1080p
72
 
ultra / 1080p
57
 
4k / 2160p
24
 
GTA V (2015)
low / 768p
135
 
medium / 768p
115
 
high / 1080p
84
 
ultra / 1080p
36
 
4k / 2160p
41
 
Just Cause 3 (2015)
low / 768p
106
 
medium / 768p
100
 
high / 1080p
69
 
ultra / 1080p
60
 
4k / 2160p
24
 
Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
low / 768p
232
 
medium / 768p
186
 
high / 1080p
111
 
ultra / 1080p
93
 
4k / 2160p
36
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
low / 768p
172
 
medium / 768p
102
 
high / 1080p
61
 
ultra / 1080p
33
 
4k / 2160p
22
 
Far Cry 4 (2014)
low / 768p
111
 
medium / 768p
104
 
high / 1080p
73
 
ultra / 1080p
62
 
Sims 4 (2014)
low / 768p
187
 
medium / 768p
138
 
high / 1080p
109
 
ultra / 1080p
104
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
196
 
medium / 768p
194
 
high / 768p
156
 
ultra / 1080p
72
 
4k / 2160p
36
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
138
 
medium / 768p
119
 
high / 768p
95
 
ultra / 1080p
43
 
Dota 2 (2013)
low / 768p
119
 
medium / 768p
116
 
ultra / 1080p
110
 
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013)
high / 768p
127
 
ultra / 1080p
102
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
low / 768p
417
 
medium / 768p
363
 
high / 768p
247
 
ultra / 1080p
105
 
X-Plane 10.25 (2013)
low / 768p
120
 
medium / 768p
59
 
high / 768p
33
 
ultra / 1080p
27
 
Counter-Strike: GO (2012)
ultra / 1080p
230
 
Diablo III (2012)
ultra / 1080p
184
 
StarCraft 2 (2010)
high / 768p
126
 
ultra / 1080p
86
 
World of Warcraft (2005)
ultra / 1080p
89
 

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 faster by 1% and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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