GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 980M vs 960M among Laptop 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

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

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

8.1

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M  based on its gaming, benchmarks 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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Much better PassMark score 5,711 vs 2,043 More than 2.8x better PassMark score
Much better 3DMark06 score 12,562 vs 5,277 Around 2.5x better 3DMark06 score
Much more memory 8,192 MB vs 2,048 MB 4x more memory
Significantly higher pixel rate 66.4 GPixel/s vs 17.55 GPixel/s More than 3.8x higher pixel rate
Higher memory bandwidth 160.4 GB/s vs 80.2 GB/s 2x higher memory bandwidth
Much higher crysis 3 framerate 43.25 fps vs 20.75 fps More than 2x higher crysis 3 framerate
Better floating-point performance 3,189 GFLOPS vs 1,404.2 GFLOPS More than 2.2x better floating-point performance
Many more render output processors 64 vs 16 48 more render output processors
Better 3DMark 11 graphics score 26,811 vs 23,777.5 Around 15% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Higher texture rate 99.6 GTexel/s vs 43.9 GTexel/s More than 2.2x higher texture rate
Much better PassMark direct compute score 3,460 vs 1,479 More than 2.2x better PassMark direct compute score
Much higher bioshock infinite framerate 89.9 vs 45.05 Around 2x higher bioshock infinite framerate
Much higher BioShock infinite framerate 90.9 fps vs 45.3 fps More than 2x higher BioShock infinite framerate
Significantly more shading units 1,536 vs 640 896 more shading units
Significantly more texture mapping units 96 vs 40 56 more texture mapping units
Significantly wider memory bus 256 bit vs 128 bit 2x wider memory bus
Better fire strike factor score 70.8 vs 32.14 Around 2.2x better fire strike factor score
Better ocean surface simulation score 1,146.53 frames/s vs 795.24 frames/s Around 45% better ocean surface simulation score
Front view of GeForce GTX 960M

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M

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Slightly higher clock speed 1,097 MHz vs 1,038 MHz More than 5% higher clock speed

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 980M vs 960M

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980M
384.55 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960M
174.57 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

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

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Battlefield 4

Comments

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Twice more powerful. 960m - I would recommend Asus GL552VW It is so beautiful the laptop! Really! 2.6Kg, Silver color, DDR4 RAM and BluRay option. Around 1200$ 980m - Clevo P750DM 15,6 Intel i7 6700K Desktop CPU, thick with a great cooling system, 3.4Kg, DDR4 RAM, 4 slots to put HDD and SSD (PCEi). I ended up buying the Clevo in amazon and I recommend it. Price is a hit, 2500$
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