Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 4GB

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980M 4GB run games
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 4GB
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

The GeForce GTX 980M 4GB is a very low performing piece of gaming hardware and can probably only run indie system requirements.

DirectX 12 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

Here we take a closer look at the various performances across 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions for the GeForce GTX 980M 4GB. In particular this is looking at the Ultra graphics settings to see what sort of FPS this graphics card can get across some of the more popular games played in 2023. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 247 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We are seeing Back 4 Blood getting 38 FPS with the GeForce GTX 980M 4GB, Battlefield 2042 getting 0 FPS and Forza Horizon 5 getting 8 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

Increasing resolution to 1440p is something a number of PC gamers are doing today. We tested the GeForce GTX 980M 4GB at 1440p with Back 4 Blood, which got a playable set of FPS results. These were, Low: 76 FPS, Medium: 59 FPS, High: 40 FPS and Ultra: 29 FPS. We then checked out Battlefield 2042 which had a set of graphics results as followed, L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS. And another popular game was Forza Horizon 5 that returned L: 16FPS, M: 13FPS, H: 9FPS, U: 6FPS at 1440p. Getting popular modern games to run at 1440p on the GeForce GTX 980M 4GB is not the best choice to run modern games.

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? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 980M 4GB? A great upgrade graphics card would be a 20 Series GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, which has 85% better performance and can run 805 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today.
FPS System Benchmark
41 FPS
The GeForce GTX 980M 4GB was released on 07 Oct 2014
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980M 4GB
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 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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