GeForce GTX 980 

Released September, 2015
  • 1.1 GHz
  • 8 GB GDDR5
8.5 Out of 10

In gaming, the card, which is overclocked out of the box, uses around 20% more power, which makes it less energy efficient than the reference design when performance is taken into account.
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The 256-bit wide memory interface holds a standardized 4 GB of memory, with the bus clocked at 7.00 GHz on both the GTX 980 and GTX 970, which works out to a memory bandwidth of 224 GB/s..
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GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of the GeForce GTX 980 among Laptop GPUs over 35W TDP

Gaming

GeForce GTX 980
10.0
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

GeForce GTX 980
8.8
T-Rex, Manhattan, Sky Diver Factor and Fire Strike Factor

Computing

GeForce GTX 980
10.0
Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

GeForce GTX 980
7.9
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Value

GeForce GTX 980
5.1
Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Noise and Power

GeForce GTX 980
7.0
TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

8.5

Overall Score

GeForce GTX 980
8.5

Benchmarks Real world tests of the GeForce GTX 980

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980
575.74 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
512.38 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980
163.47 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
155.85 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980
3,353.1

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980
3,710.56

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

GeForce GTX 980
76.25

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

GeForce GTX 980
437.79

Thief

GeForce GTX 980
81.15

Battlefield 4

GeForce GTX 980
93.4

Reviews Word on the street for the GeForce GTX 980


9.7
I'm also reviewing the ASUS GTX 980 STRIX right now, and with 0 dBA in idle and 30 dBA while gaming, it is just as quiet as the MSI Gaming.

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Performance

NVIDIA does give you some controls in their driver to improve overclocking performance—namely, the ability to increase the power limit by 25% and up the thermal limit to 94°C. I definitely expect additional performance improvements with custom boards once board partners figure out all the magical performance dials.
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A new GPU architecture is introduced every two or so years, facilitated by a new silicon fab process, which allows designers to cram in more transistors, to up performance.
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NVIDIA's new GM204 graphics processor brings the Maxwell architecture to the high-end.
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Applications

After the tremendous success of Far Cry, German game studio Crytek released their shooter Crysis in 2007.
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I've never seen such a quiet flagship card; it's the perfect choice if you value low-noise in addition to gaming performance.
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Idle and non-gaming power draw is a good deal higher than the reference design's baseline value.
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Gaming

You can find the MSI GTX 980 Gaming online for $580, which is a fantastic price.
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The MSI GTX 980 Gaming will also turn its fans off in idle or a light load, providing a perfect, noiseless experience.
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Gaming temperatures are excellent, but no better than for other GTX 980 cards that are also much quieter.
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Overclocking

We are seeing awesome overclocking potential from the ASUS GTX 980 STRIX, considerably better than the NVIDIA reference board and slightly higher than the MSI GTX 980 Gaming.
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Their iGame GTX 980 Ti comes overclocked out of the box with a medium-sized overclock that results in a 10% performance increase over the reference design at 4K resolution.
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The card comes overclocked out of the box with a large overclock, resulting in around an 8-9% performance increase over the GTX 980 reference design.
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Power

Such is NVIDIA's confidence in the superiority of its "Maxwell" architecture, that it thinks a 28 nm chip with 165W TDP can outperform "Kepler" based chips on the same 28 nm process with a 50 percent higher TDP.
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This configuration is specified for up to 225 W of power draw.
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The only big increase is in Furmark Maximum Power where the card consumes nearly twice as much power as the reference design.
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Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GPU brand Nvidia
GPU name GM204
Market Laptop
Clock speed 1,064 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,216 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 1.1 GHz 4 GB

raw performance

Shading units 2,048
Texture mapping units 128
Render output processors 64
Pixel rate 68.1 GPixel/s
Texture rate 136.2 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 4,358 GFLOPS

memory

Memory clock speed 1,753 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit
Memory 8,192 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 224.4 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 165W
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