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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 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) compare 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 SLI
ArchitectureMaxwell
Pipelines4096 - unified
Core Speed1126 - 1228 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed3500 MHz
Memory Bus Width256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory2x 8192 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12_1
Transistor Count10400 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

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
71.6 pt (80%)
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 422037     avg: 440931     median: 440930 (59%)     max: 459824 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total +
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 +
specvp12 snx-02 +
specvp12 showcase-01 +
specvp12 mediacal-01 +
specvp12 maya-04 +
specvp12 energy-01 +
specvp12 creo-01 +
specvp12 catia-04 +
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit +
- 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
145.4  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
124.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
119.3  fps    + Compare
4K 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
4K 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
4K 3840x2160
70.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
133.4  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
122.4  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
121.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
93.1  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
75.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
84.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
79.7  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
72  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
70.6  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
54.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
226  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
189.9  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
126.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
100.6  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
55.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1280x720
98  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
97  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
86  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
85  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
56  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
XCOM 2

XCOM 2

2016
low 1280x720
129.6  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
109.5  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
108  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
59.9  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
39  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
107.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
95  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
94.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
94.4  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
60.9  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
279.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
232.2  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
150.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
136.4  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
50.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
158  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
147.7  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
92.7  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
79.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.