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 2022 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 247 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

Running at 1080p this card gets a weak frame rate from Battlefield 2042 with 0 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Forza Horizon 5 which returns a weak 8 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Dying Light 2 which we saw getting a weak 1 FPS.

We move on to 1440p, and tested Battlefield 2042 which delivered 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 gets L: 16FPS, M: 13FPS, H: 9FPS, U: 6FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Dying Light 2 gets 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 805 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 85% increased graphics performance.
FPS System Benchmark
41 FPS
The GeForce GTX 980M 8GB was released on 07 Oct 2014
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980M 8GB
Maxwell GM204-N16E-GX-A2
Texture Rate
108 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
72 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
(CUDA Cores)
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Direct X
DX 12
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
Memory Speed
Memory Bus
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
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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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