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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) compare 4096 @ 1126 - 1228 MHz256 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 980 Ti compare 2816 @ 1000 - 1200 MHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980 compare 2048 @ 1126 - 1216 MHz256 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop) 2048 @ 1126 - 1228 MHz256 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 970 compare 1664 @ 1050 - 1178 MHz224 + 32 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 960 compare 1024 @ 1127 - 1178 MHz128 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 950 compare 768 @ 1024 - 1188 MHz128 Bit @ 3300 MHz
CodenameN16E-GXX
ArchitectureMaxwell
Pipelines2048 - unified
Core Speed1126 - 1228 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed3500 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12_1
Transistor Count5200 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

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
45.1 pt (46%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 347169     avg: 371397.7     median: 347481 (80%)     max: 419543 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 188950     avg: 224070     median: 214438 (59%)     max: 268822 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 24329     avg: 27597.3     median: 27629 (70%)     max: 30430 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 70557     avg: 78468.1     median: 76705 (89%)     max: 86193 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 10734     avg: 11112.1     median: 11096 (93%)     max: 11440 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 12691     avg: 13111.3     median: 13047 (94%)     max: 13388 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 225220     avg: 296747.7     median: 300533.5 (40%)     max: 396408 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 12645     avg: 14597.8     median: 14925 (86%)     max: 15462 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 15013     avg: 17027.8     median: 17200.5 (91%)     max: 17864 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 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 R10 Shading 32Bit +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit +
Ref. Match 64Bit +
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
min: 383.9     avg: 384.9     median: 384.9 (94%)     max: 385.9 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
min: 58.4     avg: 59.1     median: 59.1 (21%)     max: 59.8 fps
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
min: 1893     avg: 1956     median: 1938 (20%)     max: 2020 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
min: 3038     avg: 3139.6     median: 3098 (29%)     max: 3286 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
min: 9200     avg: 9491.4     median: 9468 (98%)     max: 9659 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

low 1280x720
197.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
165.5  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
90  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
81.9  fps    + Compare
4K 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
4K 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
4K 3840x2160
41.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
136.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
130.3  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
104.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
77.3  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
40.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
100.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
93.7  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
64.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
61.3  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
28.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
227.7  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
156.2  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
83  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
64.6  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
33.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
153  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
107  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
94  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
68  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
32  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
XCOM 2

XCOM 2

2016
low 1280x720
136.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
95  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
70.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
33.4  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
20.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
225.9  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
144.4  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
88.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
60.4 77.1 ~ 69 fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
33.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
327.5  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
247.7  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
149.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
114.1  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
50.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
168.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
157.4  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
100.6  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
87  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
38.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
200 200 ~ 200 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
199.2 199.4 ~ 199 fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
118.6 123.6 ~ 121 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
102.1 103.9 ~ 103 fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
39.6 40.7 ~ 40 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
96.1 96.3 ~ 96 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
94.6 95.4 ~ 95 fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
78.4 78.4 ~ 78 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
32.3 32.3 ~ 32 fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
28.2 28.6 ~ 28 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Fallout 4

Fallout 4

2015
low 1280x720
175.2 195.2 ~ 185 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
168.8 173.4 ~ 171 fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
96.6 99.8 ~ 98 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
78 79.3 80.8 ~ 79 fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
33.7 34.4 ~ 34 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
151.7 184.1 ~ 168 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
148.8 179.7 ~ 164 fps    + Compare