Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 8GB

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980M 8GB run games
4 Jul 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

This graphics card offers upper mid level gaming performance. The GeForce GTX 980M 8GB GPU could struggle if it was to try and run the most demanding games available today, but it meets a lot of game system requirements found in today’s games. This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

We take a look at game performance achieved on this graphics card when running 2020 popular games. This short GeForce GTX 980M 8GB game hardware review looks at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 104 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

The GeForce GTX 980M 8GB graphics card is predicted to return a weak performance on Assassins Creed: Valhalla at 1080p of 5 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Cyberpunk 2077 which we predict will get weak frame rates of 8 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Call of Duty Warzone, which was getting 25 FPS under tests.

We move on to 1440p, and predict that Assassins Creed: Valhalla will deliver weak FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 8 FPS, Medium: 7 FPS, High: 6 FPS and Ultra: 4 FPS. Next we have Cyberpunk 2077 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 Call of Duty Warzone gets L: 49FPS, M: 39FPS, H: 26FPS, U: 19FPS at 1440p. 1440p GeForce GTX 980M 8GB PC gaming is not going to be able to maintain a playable game at this resolution.

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? Its time to start researching your next graphics card upgrade as the GeForce GTX 980M 8GB is failing to meet modern day gaming system requirements. A gpu AAA lifespan of around 6-12 months.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 980M 8GB? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 20 Series GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 64% better and can meet 833 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
41 FPS
The GeForce GTX 980M 8GB was released on 07 Oct 2014

GeForce GTX 980M 8GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980M 8GB
Maxwell GM204-N16E-GX-A2
Texture Rate
108 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
72 GPixel/s
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
Driver Support
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Direct X
DX 12.1
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
8192 MB
Memory Speed
1253 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1038 MHz
Boost Clock
1127 MHz
Max Power
100 Watts
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
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GeForce GTX 980M 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

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

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.

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.

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.

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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GeForce GTX 980M 8GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 9% 84%
Hyper Scape 39% 25%
Call of Duty Warzone 28% 34%
Valorant 95% 87%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 9% 34%
Death Stranding 19% 41%
Grand Theft Auto VI 25% 104%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 18% 84%
Doom Eternal 36% 36%
TrackMania Nations Remake 85% 79%
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