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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 8GB

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980M 8GB run games
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 8GB
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

The GeForce GTX 980M 8GB is a very low performing piece of gaming hardware and can probably only run indie system requirements.

This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

How well will the GeForce GTX 980M 8GB run 2021 games? We will take a look at the biggest releases and frames per second analysis on Ultra graphics settings. The GeForce GTX 980M 8GB can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 265 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

Running at 1080p this card is predicted to get a weak frame rate from Battlefield 2042 with 0 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Forza Horizon 5 which is predicted to return a weak 8 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Dying Light 2 which we predict will get a weak 1 FPS.

We move on to 1440p, and predict that Battlefield 2042 will deliver weak FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 0 FPS, Medium: 0 FPS, High: 0 FPS and Ultra: 0 FPS. Next we have Forza Horizon 5 running on GeForce GTX 980M 8GB which is predicted to get L: 16FPS, M: 13FPS, H: 9FPS, U: 6FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Dying Light 2 is predicted to get L: 1FPS, M: 1FPS, H: 1FPS, U: 0FPS at 1440p. In summary we feel the GeForce GTX 980M 8GB running at 1440p is not a viable PC gaming choice.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 980M 8GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980M 8GB in your PC? This GeForce GTX 980M 8GB card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 980M 8GB? Are you looking to upgrade a GeForce GTX 980M 8GB? Then we would suggest getting a 20 Series GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, as it can run 824 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 85% increased graphics performance.
FPS System Benchmark
41 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 980M 8GB was released on 07 Oct 2014
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980M 8GB
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-N16E-GX-A2
Process
28nm
TMUs
96
Texture Rate
108 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
72 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
(CUDA Cores)
1536
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.4
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
8192MB
Memory Speed
1253MHz
Memory Bus
256bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
160.4GB/sec
L2 Cache
2048
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1038 MHz
Boost Clock
1127 MHz
Power
Max Power
100 Watts
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
GD Official
GD RATING
2.6
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GeForce GTX 980M 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 980M 8GB is a high-end Mobile Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds the VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) Technology which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA Technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM204-N16E-GX-A2 which has 12 SM activated and thus offers 1536 Shader Processing Units, 96 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1038MHz and goes up to 1127MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The memory clock operates at 1253MHz. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way adds extra performance.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.2 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 100W, it will only be equipped in very large notebooks.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate its performance is over 30% faster than GeForce GTX 880M. Therefore, it should even surpass GeForce GTX 770 and be around as fast as desktop GeForce GTX 780.
GeForce GTX 980M is therefore the fastest mobile Graphics Card as of October 2014 and AMD's Radeon R9 M290X is beaten in over 40%.

System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i7 Mobile Quad Core) and 8GB of RAM for a notebook with GeForce GTX 980M 8GB.

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