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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop)

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 for notebooks (not the GTX 980M, sometimes also referred to as GeForce GTX 990M) is an overclockable high-end graphics card for laptops. It is an desktop Geforce GTX 980 chip with the same specifications (2048 shaders, 1126 MHz base clock, 7 Gbps memory) based on selected GM204 chips (for lower power consumption).

The performance is also on a level with the desktop GTX 980. Due to the different cooling solutions, the long term performance may be slightly lower compared to a well cooled desktop, but Nvidia assures only small degrades in performance. Furthermore, the mobile GTX 980 supports overclocking out of the box and all laptop manufacturers plan to provide an easy to use tool to overclock the card on the fly.

The core features are also the same, so expect support for DirectX 12 (FL 12_1). There will be no support for the new H.265 video engine as found on the desktop GTX 950.

The power consumption of the card is a lot higher than other mobile graphics card like the GeForce GTX 980M (100 Watt TDP). According to Nvidia, the TDP of the reference design is still 165 Watt like in the desktop version. Including overclocking headroom, the power consumption may reach up to 200 Watt. Therefore, only big laptops with efficient cooling methods can house the GeForce GTX980 for laptops.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GTX 900 Series
GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop) 4096 @ 1126 - 1228 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 980 Ti 2816 @ 1000 - 1200 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980 2048 @ 1126 - 1216 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop) 2048 @ 1126 - 1228 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 970 1664 @ 1050 - 1178 (Boost) MHz224 + 32 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 960 1024 @ 1127 - 1178 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 950 768 @ 1024 - 1188 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 3300 MHz
CodenameN16E-GXX
ArchitectureMaxwell
Pipelines2048 - unified
Core Speed *1126 - 1228 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed *3500 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 12_1)
Power Consumption100-200 Watt
Transistors5200 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesCUDA, 3D Vision, PhysX, GeForce Experience, Surround, GameStream, GPU Boost 2.0, Adaptive Vertical Sync, G-SYNC, SLI
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement22.09.2014
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
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min: 383.9     avg: 384.9 (71%)     median: 384.9 (71%)     max: 385.9 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
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min: 58.4     avg: 59.1 (26%)     median: 59.1 (26%)     max: 59.8 fps
Cinebench R15
Ref. Match 64Bit +
OpenGL 64Bit +
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
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min: 12691     avg: 13111.2 (33%)     median: 13047 (33%)     max: 13388 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
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min: 10734     avg: 11112.1 (48%)     median: 11096 (47%)     max: 11440 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
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min: 70557     avg: 78468.1 (48%)     median: 76705 (47%)     max: 87753 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
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min: 24329     avg: 27597.3 (56%)     median: 27629 (56%)     max: 30430 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
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min: 347169     avg: 371398 (82%)     median: 347481 (76%)     max: 419543 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
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min: 188950     avg: 224070 (58%)     median: 214438 (56%)     max: 268822 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
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min: 225220     avg: 296748 (40%)     median: 300534 (40%)     max: 396408 Points
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
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min: 9200     avg: 9491.4 (43%)     median: 9468 (43%)     max: 9921 Points
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
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min: 1893     avg: 1956 (37%)     median: 1938 (37%)     max: 2020 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
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min: 3038     avg: 3139.6 (30%)     median: 3098 (30%)     max: 3286 Samples/s
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
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min: 15013     avg: 17027.8 (33%)     median: 17200.5 (34%)     max: 17864 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
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min: 12645     avg: 14597.8 (51%)     median: 14925 (52%)     max: 15462 points
3DMark Vantage
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
P Result 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 +
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 +
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 +
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 +
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 +
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 +
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 +
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Mirror's Edge Catalyst
low 1280x720
197.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
165.5  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
90  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
81.9  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
31  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
low 1280x720
299.9  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
299.9  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
212.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
118.2 125.9 ~ 122 fps    + Compare
3840x2160
69.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Doom

Doom

2016
low 1280x720
196.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
193.6  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
123.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
84.3 116 ~ 100 fps    + Compare
3840x2160
41.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Need for Speed 2016
low 1280x720
136.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
130.3  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
104.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
77.3  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
40.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Hitman 2016
low 1280x720
100.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
93.7