Nvidia GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB run games
2 Aug 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

A strong performing piece of hardware, GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB can still meet a lot of the game system requirements of modern games. This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

Here we take a closer look at the various performances across 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions for the GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB. 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 2020. The GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 155 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

A GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB card at 1080p is predicted to see a weak frame rate when running Halo Infinite on Ultra - 19 FPS. Lets look at the predicted performance it will get on Assassins Creed: Valhalla which is 13 FPS. To add a bit more variety lets see how the popular Marvel's Avengers is predicted to perform on this hardware, which gets a weak 19 FPS.

Moving screen sizes up to 1440p we researched Halo Infinite on the GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB and predict it will get a weak set of frame rates. Here are the low to ultra predictions at 1440p - L: 37FPS, M: 29FPS, H: 20FPS, U: 14FPS. Another popular game to investigate at 1440p with this card was Assassins Creed: Valhalla which we predicted will be weak in performance netting an Ultra FPS of 10 FPS. Finally we then took a look at Marvel's Avengers where its predicted Ultra 1440p Frame rates were weak at 14 FPS. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB we get the impression that it is not a viable PC gaming choice.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB in your PC? Its time to start researching your next graphics card upgrade as the GeForce GTX 980MX 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 980MX 8GB? Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the 20 Series GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q which is 51% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 849 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
52 FPS
The GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB is released on 01 Jun 2016

GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB
Maxwell GM204
Texture Rate
117 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
1128 MHz
Max Power
122 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 980MX 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB is a High-End Mobile Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Maxwell architecture.

GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB Features a GPU Codenamed GM204-??? which is a Second Gen Maxwell GPU and is identical to the GM204-200-A1 used on the Desktop GeForce GTX 970.
It has 13 Stream Multiprocessors activated and offers 1664 Shader Processing Units, 104 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

The central unit runs at ????MHz and goes up to ????MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 256-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1250MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 8GB.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 122W, it may only be used on Very Large Notebooks.

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System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.

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GeForce GTX 980MX 8GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Horizon: Zero Dawn 3% 19%
Cyberpunk 2077 19% 63%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 11% 11%
Marvel's Avengers 27% 63%
Fast & Furious Crossroads 21% 113%
Valorant 96% 88%
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 46% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 27% 63%
Grand Theft Auto VI 11% 77%
Grounded 66% 1%
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