NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile vs GTX 980 SLI Mobile

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile

General info

Comparison of GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
54.48
 
n/d
Architecture
Turing
 
Maxwell
Code name
Turing TU106
 
N16E-GXX SLI
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
6 January 2019
 
22 September 2015
Price now
$450
 
n/d

Technical specs

GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI 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 RTX 2070 Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2304
 
4096
Core clock speed
1215 MHz
 
1126 MHz
Boost Clock
1440 MHz
 
1228 MHz
Transistor count
10,800 million
 
10400 Million
Manufacturing process technology
12 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
115 Watt
 
330 Watt

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI 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
n/d
 
large
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
n/d

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI 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
GDDR6
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
8 GB
 
2x 8 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed
14000 MHz
 
3500 MHz
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
n/d
G-SYNC support
+
 
+

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
-
 
+
GPU Boost
n/d
 
+
VR Ready
+
 
n/d
CUDA
-
 
+
SLI
n/d
 
+
GeForce Experience
n/d
 
+
Surround
n/d
 
+
Multi Monitor
+
 
n/d
Adaptive Vertical Sync
n/d
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12_1
 
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1)
OpenGL
4.6
 
n/d
Vulkan
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

RTX 2070 Mobile 73.58
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 78.67 +6.9%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

RTX 2070 Mobile 116011
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 155238 +33.8%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

RTX 2070 Mobile 16676
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 18339 +10%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

RTX 2070 Mobile 19577
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 25453 +30%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

RTX 2070 Mobile 25333
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 33169 +30.9%

3DMark Vantage Performance

RTX 2070 Mobile 64151 +34.5%
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 47704

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile

Much newer (6 January 2019 vs 22 September 2015)
Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (115 vs 330 watts)
DLSS
Raytraycing
VR Ready
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)
Multi Monitor
550 Watt system power recommended

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile

6.9% faster in synthetic tests
More pipelines (4096 vs 2304)
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)
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
Surround
NVIDIA GameStream
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Adaptive Vertical Sync
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
3D Vision Surround

So, RTX 2070 Mobile or GTX 980 SLI Mobile?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile. The differences in performance seem too small.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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