NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI vs RTX 2060 Mobile

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 980M SLI and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
n/d
 
6.93
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Turing
Code name
n/d
 
Turing TU106
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
7 October 2014
 
6 January 2019
Price now
n/d
 
$340

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 980M SLI and GeForce RTX 2060 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 980M SLI and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
3072
 
1920
Core clock speed
1038 MHz
 
960 MHz
Boost Clock
1127 MHz
 
1200 MHz
Transistor count
2x 5200 Million
 
10,800 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
12 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
200 Watt
 
80 Watt

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980M SLI and GeForce RTX 2060 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
Interface
n/d
 
PCIe 3.0 x16

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 980M SLI and GeForce RTX 2060 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
 
GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount
2x 8 GB
 
6 GB
Memory bus width
2x 256 Bit
 
192 Bit
Memory clock speed
5000 MHz
 
14000 MHz
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980M SLI and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile.
Display Connectors
n/d
 
No outputs
G-SYNC support
-
 
+

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980M SLI and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
-
GPU Boost
+
 
n/d
Optimus
+
 
-
BatteryBoost
+
 
-
VR Ready
n/d
 
+
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
n/d
GeForce Experience
+
 
n/d
Multi Monitor
n/d
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980M SLI and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1), Shader 5.0
 
DirectX 12_1
OpenGL
n/d
 
4.6
Vulkan
+
 
+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 980M SLI and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 980M SLI 46.07 +8.5%
RTX 2060 Mobile 42.46

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 980M SLI 124076 +24.1%
RTX 2060 Mobile 100012

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 980M SLI 13467
RTX 2060 Mobile 14253 +5.8%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 980M SLI 18632 +18.6%
RTX 2060 Mobile 15713

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 980M SLI 22006 +6.6%
RTX 2060 Mobile 20649

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 980M SLI 47841
RTX 2060 Mobile 57644 +20.5%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980M SLI and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI

8.5% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)
More pipelines (3072 vs 1920)
Battery Boost (saves energy while gaming by lowering FPS to a still acceptable level. Can make a laptop working on battery twice as long, depending on the particular game)
NVIDIA GameStream
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
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)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
Optimus Support
NVIDIA BatteryBoost

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile

Much newer (6 January 2019 vs 7 October 2014)
Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (80 vs 200 watts)
DLSS
Raytraycing
VR Ready
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
Multi Monitor

So, GTX 980M SLI or RTX 2060 Mobile?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile. The differences in performance seem too small.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 980M SLI and GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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