NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile vs GTX 980 SLI Mobile

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile

General info

Comparison of GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
46.59
 
n/d
Architecture
Turing
 
Maxwell
Code name
TU104
 
N16E-GXX SLI
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
29 January 2019
 
n/d
Price now
$680
 
n/d

Technical specs

GeForce RTX 2080 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 2080 Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2944
 
4096
Core clock speed
1380 MHz
 
1126 MHz
Boost Clock
1590 MHz
 
1228 MHz
Transistor count
13,600 million
 
10400 Million
Manufacturing process technology
12 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
150 Watt
 
330 Watt

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce RTX 2080 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 2080 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
n/d
 
2x 8 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed
12000 MHz
 
3500 MHz
Shared memory
n/d
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce RTX 2080 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 2080 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
 
+
CUDA
-
 
+
SLI
n/d
 
+
GeForce Experience
n/d
 
+
Surround
n/d
 
+
Adaptive Vertical Sync
n/d
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12.0 (12_1)
 
12 (FL 12_1)
OpenGL
4.6
 
n/d

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

RTX 2080 Mobile 81.80 +6.6%
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 76.77

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

RTX 2080 Mobile 134430
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 155238 +15.5%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

RTX 2080 Mobile 20754 +13.2%
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 18339

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

RTX 2080 Mobile 25440
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 25453 +0.1%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

RTX 2080 Mobile 35851 +8.1%
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 33169

3DMark Vantage Performance

RTX 2080 Mobile 68525 +43.6%
GTX 980 SLI Mobile 47704

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile and GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile

6.6% faster in synthetic tests
Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (150 vs 330 watts)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile

More pipelines (4096 vs 2944)
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
GameStream (streams data between the PC and NVIDIA SHIELD device attached to a TV. Basically allows using the PC as a gaming console)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Adaptive Vertical Sync
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
G-SYNC support

So, RTX 2080 Mobile or GTX 980 SLI Mobile?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI Mobile. The differences in performance seem too small.
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