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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop)

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 SLI is a high-end DirectX 12-compatible graphics solution for laptops, consisting of two GeForce GTX 980 cards. Each card has a 28 nm GM204 GPU based on the Maxwell architecture with similar specifications as the desktop GeForce GTX 980. The clocks for the SLI-setup are usually identical to a single GTX 980.

With SLI, each card renders a single frame (AFR mode). Therefore, it may suffer from micro-stuttering in low fps ranges of 30 fps. This happens because of different time-spans between two frames (e.g., irregular delays between sequential frames).

The performance is on a level with the two desktop GTX 980 cards in SLI. Due to the different cooling solutions, the long-term performance may be slightly lower compared to a well cooled desktop, but Nvidia assures there will only be small degrades in performance. As with all SLI combinations, the performance depends on the driver support for the used benchmark and game. In our tests with an MSI GT80S, the 980 SLI was the fastest graphics solution for laptops. The 980M SLI was 17% slower, a single 980 26% slower. Therefore, the 980 SLI for laptops offers enough performance for all demanding games from 2015 in high details and 4K resolution.

The core features are also the same as the desktop 980, 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 a single card is a lot higher than other mobile graphics cards 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. So, the TDP of the SLI combination may be as high as 330 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 SLI
ArchitectureMaxwell
Pipelines4096 - unified
Core Speed *1126 - 1228 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed *3500 MHz
Memory Bus Width2x 256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory2x 8192 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 12_1)
Power Consumption330 Watt
Transistors10400 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 Announcement22.09.2015
* 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: 381.7     avg: 381.7 (70%)     median: 381.7 (70%)     max: 381.7 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
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min: 59.7     avg: 59.7 (26%)     median: 59.7 (26%)     max: 59.7 fps
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit +
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
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min: 23351     avg: 25453 (65%)     median: 25453 (65%)     max: 27555 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
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min: 17165     avg: 18339 (78%)     median: 18339 (78%)     max: 19513 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
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min: 147015     avg: 155238 (95%)     median: 155238 (95%)     max: 163462 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
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min: 32522     avg: 33811 (68%)     median: 33811 (68%)     max: 35100 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
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min: 422037     avg: 440930 (59%)     median: 440930 (59%)     max: 459824 Points
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
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min: 8892     avg: 8892 (40%)     median: 8892 (40%)     max: 8892 Points
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
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min: 3660     avg: 3660 (69%)     median: 3660 (69%)     max: 3660 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
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min: 5814     avg: 5814 (56%)     median: 5814 (56%)     max: 5814 Samples/s
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
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min: 30045     avg: 33169 (65%)     median: 33169 (65%)     max: 36293 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
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min: 20055     avg: 21341 (74%)     median: 21341 (74%)     max: 22627 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 +
- 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
145.4  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
124.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
119.3  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
48.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
low 1280x720
299.9  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
299.8  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
299.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
297.4  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
143  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Doom

Doom

2016
low 1280x720
192.7  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
189.8  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
168.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
160.3  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
70.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Need for Speed 2016
low 1280x720
133.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
122.4  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
121.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
93.1  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
75.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Hitman 2016
low 1280x720
84.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
79.7  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
72  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
70.6  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
54.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
The Division
low 1280x720
226  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
189.9  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
126.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
100.6  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
55.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Far Cry Primal
low 1280x720
98  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
97  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
86  fps    + Compare