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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB GeForce GTX 965M 2GB
Monster Hunter World 10% 107%
PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds 11% 108%
FIFA 19 18% 54%
Assassins Creed: Odyssey 33% 25%
Battlefield V 14% 115%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 63% 206%
Grand Theft Auto VI 82% 241%
Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 37% 19%
Forza Horizon 4 37% 157%
Doom Eternal 2% 92%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M 2GB.

The GTX 980MX has a 114 MHz higher core clock speed and 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 965M. This results in the GTX 980MX providing 48.9 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 980MX has a 114 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the GTX 965M. This results in the GTX 980MX providing 36.8 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 980MX was released over a year more recently than the GTX 965M, and so the GTX 980MX is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 965M.

The GTX 980MX has 6144 MB more video memory than the GTX 965M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 980MX also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 980MX has 80.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 965M, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980MX is much better than the GTX 965M.

The GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB has 1664 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 965M 2GB has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980MX is 2534 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 965M is 1017. The GTX 980MX having 1517 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980MX delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 965M.

The GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB requires 122 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 965M 2GB requires 70 Watts. The GTX 980MX requires 52 Watts more than the GTX 965M to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980MX may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 965M.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1038 MHzvs924 MHz
Boost Clock1128 MHzvs993 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204Maxwell GM204-N16E
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date01 Jun 2016vs07 Jan 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1920x1080
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3840x2160 - vs green tick
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1253 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth160.4GB/secvs80GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 72% green tick vs 28%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1664vs1024
Actual Shader Performance100%vs49%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units104vs64
Texture Rate108 GTexel/svs59.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate66.4 GPixel/svs29.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs0
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power122 Wattsvs70 Watts
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GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-6920HQ 4-Core 2.9GHzvsIntel Core i7-4710MQ 4-Core 2.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB is a High-End Mobile Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB Features a GPU Codenamed GM204-??? which is a Second Gen Maxwell GPU and is identical to the GM204-200-A1 used on the Desktop GeForce GTX 970.
It has 13 Stream Multiprocessors activated and offers 1664 Shader Processing Units, 104 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at ????MHz and goes up to ????MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 256-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1250MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 8GB.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 122W, it may only be used on Very Large Notebooks.

Performance
Product Not Released Yet.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
GeForce GTX 965M 2GB is a Performance Mobile Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
GeForce GTX 965M 2GB Equips the GPU Codenamed GM204-N16E-GS which is a Second Gen Maxwell GPU and has 8 SM activated. It offers 1024 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 924MHz and goes up to 950MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 128-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1253MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The Frame Buffer was doubled to 2GB. This is adequate for 1080p Gaming in most Games.

Power Consumption
GeForce GTX 965M 2GB has a Rated Board TDP of 50W.

Performance
GeForce GTX 965M 2GB proves to be incredible fast at resolutions up to 1920x1080. In fact, even at 1920x1080 it matches the older GeForce GTX 870M.
Above 1920x1080, GeForce GTX 965M 2GB's performance decreases significantly and becomes further distant from the higher positioned GeForce GTX 970M.
Nevertheless, all modern games should run comfortably at 1080p. It can be said its performance lies somewhere between a desktop GeForce GTX 660 and a Radeon R9 270 which are both powerful Graphics Cards.

System Suggestions
We Recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i5-6440HQ 2.6GHz
Intel Core i7-4702HQ 4-Core 2.2GHz
Intel Core i7-4702MQ 4-Core 2.2GHz
Intel Core i7-2860QM 4-Core 2.5GHz
Intel Core i7-2920XM 4-Core 2.5GHz
Intel Core i7-4800MQ 4-Core 2.7GHz
Intel Core i7-4860HQ 4-Core 2.4GHz
Intel Core i7-4950HQ 4-Core 2.4GHz
Intel Core i7-6700HQ 4-Core 2.6GHz
Intel Core i7-3840QM 4-Core 2.8GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesN/AN/A
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