GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 980M vs 960 among all GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.4

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M  based on its gaming and compute performance.

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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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Significantly more memory 8,192 MB vs 2,048 MB 4x more memory
Higher pixel rate 66.4 GPixel/s vs 36.1 GPixel/s Around 85% higher pixel rate
Significantly more render output processors 64 vs 32 Twice as many render output processors
Higher memory bandwidth 160.4 GB/s vs 112.2 GB/s Around 45% higher memory bandwidth
Better 3DMark06 score 12,562 vs 10,767.5 More than 15% better 3DMark06 score
Better floating-point performance 3,189 GFLOPS vs 2,308.1 GFLOPS Around 40% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 99.6 GTexel/s vs 72.1 GTexel/s Around 40% higher texture rate
Better fire strike factor score 70.8 vs 57.4 Around 25% better fire strike factor score
More shading units 1,536 vs 1,024 512 more shading units
More texture mapping units 96 vs 64 32 more texture mapping units
Better particle simulation score 866.36 mInteraction/s vs 710.39 mInteraction/s More than 20% better particle simulation score
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 90.9 fps vs 75.8 fps Around 20% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Higher crysis 3 framerate 43.25 fps vs 36.1 fps Around 20% higher crysis 3 framerate
Higher metro: last light framerate 67.35 vs 56.8 Around 20% higher metro: last light framerate
Slightly better PassMark direct compute score 3,460 vs 3,046 Around 15% better PassMark direct compute score
Front view of GeForce GTX 960

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 960

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Better 3DMark 11 graphics score 32,987 vs 26,811 Around 25% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 5,012 MHz Around 40% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 1,038 MHz Around 10% higher clock speed
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,253 MHz Around 40% higher memory clock speed

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 980M vs 960

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980M
384.62 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960
111.95 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980M
92.63 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960
69.13 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980M
1,146.53 frames/s
GeForce GTX 960
780.9 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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Comments

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That is bull
Lol my 960 is better than the 980m hilarious.
Nope you can get a 980 Ti instead of a notebook with 980M
the 980M is fractionally better when considering the amount of money you'd pay for a laptop sporting the 980M in comparison to a bisic 960 build
Dayyyum. Its about time laptops are catching up.
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