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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
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  • Interface MXM-B (3.0)
  • Core clock speed 1038 + Boost
  • Max video memory 8 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 2500 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
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  • Interface
  • Core clock speed 720
  • Max video memory 2x 4096 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 3600
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 149$
Games supported 80%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating216241
Value for money6.6219.40
ArchitectureMaxwell (2014−2018)Kepler (2012−2018)
GPU code nameGM204N13E-GTX
Market segmentLaptopLaptop
Release date7 October 2014 (8 years ago)4 June 2012 (10 years ago)
Current price$583 $149
Value for money

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores15362688
CUDA cores1536no data
Core clock speed1038 MHz720 MHz
Boost clock speed1127 MHzno data
Number of transistors5,200 millionno data
Manufacturing process technology28 nm28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)unknownno data
Texture fill rate51.84no data
Floating-point performance3,462 gflopsno data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980M and GeForce GTX 680M SLI 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 sizelargelarge
Bus supportPCI Express 3.0no data
InterfaceMXM-B (3.0)no data
Supplementary power connectorsNoneno data
SLI options++

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount8 GB2x 4 GB
Memory bus width256 Bit2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed2500 MHz3600 MHz
Memory bandwidth160 GB/sno data
Shared memory--

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display ConnectorsNo outputsno data
VGA аnalog display support+no data
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support+no data
HDMI+no data
G-SYNC support+no data

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

GameStream+no data
GeForce ShadowPlay+no data
GPU Boost2.0no data
GameWorks+no data
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder+no data
Optimus++
BatteryBoost+no data
Ansel+no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (12_1)11
Shader Model6.4no data
OpenGL4.5no data
OpenCL1.1no data
Vulkan1.1.126no data
CUDA++

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. 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 18.82
+15.3%
GTX 680M SLI 16.32
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0

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 31944
GTX 680M SLI 32635
+2.2%

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: 17%

GTX 980M 12517
+14.3%
GTX 680M SLI 10952

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 111
+2.9%
GTX 680M SLI 108

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 980M and GeForce GTX 680M SLI. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 383 Mh/s no data

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

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

900p173
+30.1%
133
−30.1%
Full HD72
−36.1%
98
+36.1%
1440p36no data
4K27no data

Popular games

  • Full HD
    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
  • 4K
    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
+14.8%
27−30
−14.8%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 51
+54.5%
30−35
−54.5%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
+14.8%
27−30
−14.8%
Battlefield 5 82
+51.9%
50−55
−51.9%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 45−50
+14.3%
40−45
−14.3%
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
+14.8%
27−30
−14.8%
Far Cry 5 58
+38.1%
40−45
−38.1%
Far Cry New Dawn 60
+36.4%
40−45
−36.4%
Forza Horizon 4 74
+27.6%
55−60
−27.6%
Hitman 3 50−55
+15.6%
45−50
−15.6%
Horizon Zero Dawn 35−40
+15.2%
30−35
−15.2%
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
+14.8%
27−30
−14.8%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 51
+45.7%
35−40
−45.7%
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
+13.8%
27−30
−13.8%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 44
+33.3%
30−35
−33.3%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
+14.8%
27−30
−14.8%
Battlefield 5 68
+25.9%
50−55
−25.9%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 45−50
+14.3%
40−45
−14.3%
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
+14.8%
27−30
−14.8%
Far Cry 5 53
+26.2%
40−45
−26.2%
Far Cry New Dawn 56
+27.3%
40−45
−27.3%
Forza Horizon 4 68
+17.2%
55−60
−17.2%
Hitman 3 50−55
+15.6%
45−50
−15.6%
Horizon Zero Dawn 35−40
+15.2%
30−35
−15.2%
Metro Exodus 31
+24%
24−27
−24%
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
+14.8%
27−30
−14.8%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 42
+20%
35−40
−20%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 61
+74.3%
35−40
−74.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
+13.8%
27−30
−13.8%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 26
−26.9%
30−35
+26.9%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
+14.8%
27−30
−14.8%
Battlefield 5 61
+13%
50−55
−13%
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
+14.8%
27−30
−14.8%
Far Cry 5 50
+19%
40−45
−19%
Far Cry New Dawn 51
+15.9%
40−45
−15.9%
Forza Horizon 4 47
−23.4%
55−60
+23.4%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 33
−6.1%
35−40
+6.1%
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
+13.8%
27−30
−13.8%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 27−30
+11.5%
24−27
−11.5%
Hitman 3 30−33
+15.4%
24−27
−15.4%
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
+13.6%
21−24
−13.6%
Metro Exodus 19
+26.7%
14−16
−26.7%
Red Dead Redemption 2 16−18
+14.3%
14−16
−14.3%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 25
+25%
20−22
−25%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 12−14 no data
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 20
+17.6%
16−18
−17.6%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
+21.4%
14−16
−21.4%
Battlefield 5 45
+25%
35−40
−25%
Cyberpunk 2077 10−12
+22.2%
9−10
−22.2%
Far Cry 5 34
+25.9%
27−30
−25.9%
Far Cry New Dawn 38
+22.6%
30−35
−22.6%
Forza Horizon 4 39
+11.4%
35−40
−11.4%
Watch Dogs: Legion 12−14
+18.2%
10−12
−18.2%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 14−16
+7.7%
12−14
−7.7%
Hitman 3 18−20
+12.5%
16−18
−12.5%
Horizon Zero Dawn 12−14
+8.3%
12−14
−8.3%
Metro Exodus 12
+33.3%
9−10
−33.3%
Red Dead Redemption 2 12−14
+9.1%
10−12
−9.1%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 12
+20%
10−11
−20%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 22
+37.5%
16−18
−37.5%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 12
+20%
10−11
−20%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 9−10
+12.5%
8−9
−12.5%
Battlefield 5 23
+21.1%
18−20
−21.1%
Cyberpunk 2077 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Far Cry 5 16
+23.1%
12−14
−23.1%
Far Cry New Dawn 20
+25%
16−18
−25%
Forza Horizon 4 26
+13%
21−24
−13%
Watch Dogs: Legion 7−8
+0%
7−8
+0%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 18.82 16.32
Recency 7 October 2014 4 June 2012
Pipelines / CUDA cores 1536 2688

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M

since it shows better performance.


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Competitors of GeForce GTX 980M by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 980M from AMD is Radeon RX 6500M, which is slower by 2% and lower by 5 positions in our rating.

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Competitors of GeForce GTX 680M SLI by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 680M SLI from AMD is Radeon RX 470 Mobile, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

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