NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI
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  • Core clock speed 1038
  • Max video memory 2x 8192 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 5000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2014
Performance 35.41

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 980M SLI sales 7 October 2014. This is Maxwell architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2x 8 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5 GHz are supplied.

Power consumption is at 200 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at

35.41%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 980M SLI's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating124
Value for money18.38
ArchitectureMaxwell (2014−2018)
Market segmentLaptop
Release date7 October 2014 (7 years ago)
Price now$499 of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 980M SLI's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 980M SLI's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores3072of 18432 (AD102)
Core clock speed1038 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1127 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors2x 5200 Millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)200 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980M SLI'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 sizelarge
SLI options+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 980M SLI: 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 typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2x 8 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width2x 256 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed5000 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Shared memory-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980M SLI. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

Optimus+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980M SLI, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12_1
Vulkan+
CUDA+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 980M SLI. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 980M SLI 35.41
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 medical-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Maya
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Catia
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Solidworks
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Siemens NX
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Creo
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Medical
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Energy

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 980M SLI 47841

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTX 980M SLI 22006

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 980M SLI 13467

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 980M SLI 124076

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 980M SLI 18632

Unigine Heaven 3.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 980M SLI 210

SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980M SLI 45

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980M SLI 81

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980M SLI 42

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980M SLI 5

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 medical-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980M SLI 22

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980M SLI 40

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980M SLI 28

SPECviewperf 12 - Maya

This part of SPECviewperf 12 workstation benchmark uses Autodesk Maya 13 engine to render a superhero energy plant static scene consisting of more than 700 thousand polygons, in six different modes.

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980M SLI 81

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980M SLI 2.1

SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980M SLI 45

SPECviewperf 12 - Catia

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980M SLI 40

SPECviewperf 12 - Solidworks

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980M SLI 42

SPECviewperf 12 - Siemens NX

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980M SLI 5

SPECviewperf 12 - Creo

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980M SLI 28

SPECviewperf 12 - Medical

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980M SLI 22

SPECviewperf 12 - Energy

Benchmark coverage: 2%

GTX 980M SLI 2.1

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980M SLI is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

900p135
Full HD110

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 35−40

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 35−40
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 35−40
Battlefield 5 35−40
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 35−40
Cyberpunk 2077 35−40
Far Cry 5 35−40
Far Cry New Dawn 35−40
Forza Horizon 4 35−40
Hitman 3 35−40
Horizon Zero Dawn 35−40
Red Dead Redemption 2 35−40
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 35−40
Watch Dogs: Legion 35−40

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 35−40
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 35−40
Battlefield 5 35−40
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 35−40
Cyberpunk 2077 35−40
Far Cry 5 35−40
Far Cry New Dawn 35−40
Forza Horizon 4 35−40
Hitman 3 35−40
Horizon Zero Dawn 35−40
Metro Exodus 35−40
Red Dead Redemption 2 35−40
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 35−40
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 35−40
Watch Dogs: Legion 35−40

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 35−40
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 35−40
Battlefield 5 35−40
Cyberpunk 2077 35−40
Far Cry 5 35−40
Far Cry New Dawn 35−40
Forza Horizon 4 35−40
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 35−40
Watch Dogs: Legion 35−40

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 35−40
Hitman 3 35−40
Horizon Zero Dawn 35−40
Metro Exodus 35−40
Red Dead Redemption 2 35−40
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 35−40

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 35−40
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 35−40
Battlefield 5 35−40
Cyberpunk 2077 35−40
Far Cry 5 35−40
Far Cry New Dawn 35−40
Forza Horizon 4 35−40
Watch Dogs: Legion 35−40

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 35−40
Hitman 3 35−40
Horizon Zero Dawn 35−40
Metro Exodus 35−40
Red Dead Redemption 2 35−40
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 35−40
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 35−40

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 35−40
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 35−40
Battlefield 5 35−40
Cyberpunk 2077 35−40
Far Cry 5 35−40
Far Cry New Dawn 35−40
Forza Horizon 4 35−40
Watch Dogs: Legion 35−40

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 980M SLI performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 980M SLI from AMD is Radeon RX 6600M, which is slower by 3% and lower by 6 positions in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

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Recommended processors

These processors are most commonly used with GeForce GTX 980M SLI according to our statistics.

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