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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 8GB

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980M 8GB run games
14 Nov 2019 - 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 2019 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 349 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

The GeForce GTX 980M 8GB graphics card is predicted to return a weak performance on Diablo 4 at 1080p of 8 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Red Dead Redemption 2 which we saw got playable frame rates of 30 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Death Stranding, which is predicted to get 8 FPS under tests.

We move on to 1440p, and predict that Diablo 4 will deliver weak FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 16 FPS, Medium: 13 FPS, High: 9 FPS and Ultra: 6 FPS. Next we have Red Dead Redemption 2 running on GeForce GTX 980M 8GB which gets L: 59FPS, M: 47FPS, H: 32FPS, U: 23FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Death Stranding is predicted to get L: 16FPS, M: 13FPS, H: 9FPS, U: 6FPS 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? 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? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 20 Series GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 107% better and can meet 982 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively if you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500M 8GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 29% better and can run 606 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games.
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The GeForce GTX 980M 8GB is released on 07 Oct 2014

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GeForce GTX 980M 8GB Game Requirement Analysis

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


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.


GPU
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.


Memory
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.


Features
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.


Performance
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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Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 75% 84%
Red Dead Redemption 2 24% 34%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 28% 34%
Halo: Reach 81% 58%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 18% 84%
Cyberpunk 2077 18% 84%
Borderlands 3 14% 41%
FIFA 20 48% 29%
Death Stranding 18% 84%
Need For Speed Heat 25% 34%
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I love this mobile GPU (8Gb version with i7 6700K). I can play on ultra Fallout 4 (godrays on high), GTA V (msaa off or even x2), Dying Light, Skyrim (ENB Real Vision, medium settings), Doom, Far Cry 4 at 1080p, with 60fps all the time.

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I have a ROG G551JW-CN319D with GTX960M. On this site it sais that my GPU supports SLI technology. How exactly can I take advantage of this? Also, can I OC it?

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I'm also curious if I can replace my GPU with the GTX 980M, or its impossible becouse its a laptop? I would pay the money for it but is it possible?

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You may have found a solution but it's quite rare to change gpus in laptops. Alienware does it. I dont know about ASUS. and SLI menas using 2 gpus.

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Should be a 10. Just out of user experience :D

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only 90% worse? not bad

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Yeah!! Even am amazed.

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I predict that an overclock of +100 MHz (Core) and +1000 MHz (VRAM) will make it equal to a desktop 970. Anyone mind testing my hypothesis or if it's even safe to do?


(1536 x 1138 MHz) = 1 747 968 ; 970: (1664 x 1050 MHz) = 1 747 200
(96 TMU x 1138 MHz) = 109.2 GTexel/s (Same as 970)
(64 ROP x 1138 MHz) = 72.8 GPixel/s vs 970's 58.8 GP/s
(3506 MHz DDR 256 bit) = 224.4 GB/s (Same as 970)

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I won't do it, because it'll be very expensive if I damage it.


But I trust it would perform almost the same as GTX 970. Because I have read on redit, that the GTX 980M 8Gb version is a GTX 970 downgraded.

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a 9!!!! it can play any game on the market at 1080p and ultra and get 30+fps!!!!

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Exactly, 30+ not 60+ :P

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lol nor can the gtx 980 :)

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At 1920x1080? Yes, it can!

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Check witcher 3. average under 50 fps :D even gtaV on ultra it is below 60 fps average.

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You can see here http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-980-Desktop.128942.0.html

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something is odd about that.

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The reason that most benchmarks are showing that the 980 can pull 60 fps on ultra is because they ALL have hairworks off and are normally not ultra in both graphics and post processing. Notebookcheck completely maxed the game. Ultra graphics and Ultra postprocessing (which includes hairworks on).

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Well who cares about hairworks :P

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would this following laptop be able to play most games on atleast high settings, on a 3840x2160 (4k) resolution?
- i7 4720HQ
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No it wouldn't. 4K is still too demanding for a single gpu even at low settings. I doubt even two of those in SLI would be fast enough.

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ok thanks, i don't understand why sager/clevo would sell 4k laptop's with this specs if it isn't even good enough for 4k…

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for watching movies i guess

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Yup. Or editing 4K videos or so. And I think it certainly looks good on a laptop to have such high pixel density. But gpu's, particularly laptop gpu's, just aren't powerful enough yet for 4K gaming.

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even 970sli have a hard times on 4k hehe

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Well, 1080p is exactly 1/4 the pixel density of 4k, so each 4 pixels would display exactly 1 pixel while in 1080p. You could max out games in 1080p without sampling blur, while enjoying a 4k screen in other tasks.

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It can play Doom on ultra with 20 fps at 4K

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This can already be seen on some gaming laptops by ASUS.

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This is truly an amazing card..love the difference in Elder SCrolls Online from a 780M to a 980;

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You bought a 780m and 980m to play an undemanding game like ESO? lol

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FPS buddy FPS, it matters allot even in ESCO or Skyrim.

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Hello there I have an Alienware 17 with a 770M GPU, I was just wondering about manually upgrading the graphics card to this one, since DELL has not officially supported this yet what am I looking at in terms of installation? would I have to modify drivers, bios, or inis in any way? any advice would be much appreciated thank you

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yes you can remplace 770m to GTX980M

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What about 670 to 980?

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it would be bottleneck

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