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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 980M

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M

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GPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the 980M Retail vs the 1070 Max-Q.

Front view of GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q

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Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 8,008 MHz vs 5,012 MHz Around 60% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher clock speed 1,215 MHz vs 1,038 MHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Higher memory bandwidth 256.3 GB/s vs 160.4 GB/s Around 60% higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 4,977 GFLOPS vs 3,189 GFLOPS More than 55% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 155.5 GTexel/s vs 99.6 GTexel/s More than 55% higher texture rate
Significantly higher memory clock speed 2,002 MHz vs 1,253 MHz Around 60% higher memory clock speed
Higher turbo clock speed 1,379 MHz vs 1,127 MHz More than 20% higher turbo clock speed
Higher pixel rate 77.8 GPixel/s vs 66.4 GPixel/s More than 15% higher pixel rate
More shading units 2,048 vs 1,536 512 more shading units
More texture mapping units 128 vs 96 32 more texture mapping units

Features Key features of the GeForce GTX 980M  vs 1070 Max-Q 

memory bandwidth Rate at which data can be read from or stored in onboard memory

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

GeForce GTX 980M
66.4 GPixel/s
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
77.8 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

GeForce GTX 980M
99.6 GTexel/s
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
155.5 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce GTX 980M
3,189 GFLOPS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
4,977 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GeForce GTX 980M  vs
1070 Max-Q 
GPU brand Nvidia Nvidia
GPU name GM204 GP104
Clock speed 1,038 MHz 1,215 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,127 MHz 1,379 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 540 MHz 8 GB None

raw performance

Shading units 1,536 2,048
Texture mapping units 96 128
Render output processors 64 64
Pixel rate 66.4 GPixel/s 77.8 GPixel/s
Texture rate 99.6 GTexel/s 155.5 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 3,189 GFLOPS 4,977 GFLOPS

memory

GeForce GTX 980M  vs
1070 Max-Q 
Memory clock speed 1,253 MHz 2,002 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 5,012 MHz 8,008 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit 256 bit
Memory 8,192 MB 8,192 MB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 160.4 GB/s 256.3 GB/s

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