Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 4GB

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

This graphics card offers upper mid level gaming performance. The GeForce GTX 980M 4GB 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. DirectX 12 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2020. In particular we focus on how well the GeForce GTX 980M 4GB runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. The GeForce GTX 980M 4GB can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 103 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

A GeForce GTX 980M 4GB card at 1080p is seeing a playable frame rate when running Doom Eternal on Ultra - 30 FPS. Lets look at the performance its getting on Call of Duty Warzone which is 25 FPS. To add a bit more variety lets see how the popular Grand Theft Auto VI is predicted to perform on this hardware, which gets a weak 0 FPS.

Moving screen sizes up to 1440p we ran Doom Eternal on the GeForce GTX 980M 4GB to see that it got a weak set of frame rates. Here are the low to ultra results at 1440p - L: 59FPS, M: 47FPS, H: 32FPS, U: 23FPS. Another popular game to test at 1440p with this card was Call of Duty Warzone which seemed weak in performance netting an Ultra FPS of 19 FPS. Finally we then took a look at Grand Theft Auto VI where its predicted Ultra 1440p Frame rates were weak at 0 FPS. 1440p gaming on the GeForce GTX 980M 4GB is the wrong choice for PC gaming.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 980M 4GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980M 4GB in your PC? We think this GeForce GTX 980M 4GB has around 6-12 months until an upgrade should be considered.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 980M 4GB? Are you looking to upgrade a GeForce GTX 980M 4GB? Then we would suggest getting a 20 Series GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile, as it can run 832 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 64% increased graphics performance.
FPS System Benchmark
41 FPS
The GeForce GTX 980M 4GB is released on 07 Oct 2014

GeForce GTX 980M 4GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980M 4GB
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
4096 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
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Resolution Performance
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GeForce GTX 980M 4GB Game Requirement Analysis

GeForce GTX 980M 4GB 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 4GB 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 4GB 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%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 9% 34%
Call of Duty Warzone 28% 34%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 18% 84%
Hyper Scape 39% 25%
Valorant 95% 87%
Grand Theft Auto VI 25% 104%
Doom Eternal 36% 36%
Death Stranding 19% 41%
F1 2020 81% 53%
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