NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Benchmark and Specs

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 GPU benchmark, specs and release date - 4 GB NVIDIA Graphics card rating. How good is the GeForce GTX 980 for gaming?

Benchmark Score

24 %
Average score from 10 samples
Low uncertainty
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10 benchmarks

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GPU Comparison

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 compared against popular alternatives. Compare against more GPUs with our GPU Comparison Tool.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
109 %
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
51 %
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
50 %
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660
35 %
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
24 %
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
22 %
AMD Radeon R9 380
12 %

GPU benchmarks

Here are the performance results of this graphics card in both the hardwareDB Benchmark and other benchmark utilities. Synthetic tests are an estimation of real-world performance using consistent and repeatable benchmarks. All tests were performed at 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Flux Core

Volumetric ray casting test, a computationally expensive method of rendering high-quality scenes

103 FPS average
71 FPS 10% low
65 FPS 1% low


Randomly generated noise sphere test

85 FPS average
76 FPS 10% low
74 FPS 1% low


Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

72 FPS average
55 FPS 10% low
51 FPS 1% low


Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

68 FPS average
59 FPS 10% low
56 FPS 1% low

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Alternative benchmarks

Here are some benchmark results using alternative testing software

3DMark Graphics

3DMark Graphics

High-end graphics benchmark



Cycles Render (Samples per minute)

Geekbench 5 (CUDA)

Geekbench 5 (CUDA)

CUDA compute benchmark

Geekbench 5 (Metal)

Geekbench 5 (Metal)

Metal compute benchmark

Geekbench 5 (OpenCL)

Geekbench 5 (OpenCL)

OpenCL compute benchmark

Geekbench 5 (Vulkan)

Geekbench 5 (Vulkan)

Vulkan compute benchmark

Geekbench 6 (Metal)

Geekbench 6 (Metal)

Metal compute benchmark

Geekbench 6 (OpenCL)

Geekbench 6 (OpenCL)

OpenCL compute benchmark

Geekbench 6 (Vulkan)

Geekbench 6 (Vulkan)

Vulkan compute benchmark


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Core Clock 1126 MHz
Boost Clock 1216 MHz
Memory Type GDDR5
Memory Size 4 GiB
Bus Width 256 bit
Memory Bandwidth 219.14 GB/s
TDP 165 W
Floating Point Performance 4.98 TFLOP/s
Release Date 2014-09-19
PCIe Revision 3
DirectX Support 12
OpenGL Support 4.5
Pixel Rate 77.82 Gigapixels/s
Texture Rate 155.6 Gigatexels/s
Shading Units 2048
Texture Mapping Units 128
Render Output Processors 64

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

Released in 2014, the GeForce GTX 980 is a GPU from NVIDIA. According to our GPU Benchmark, this GPU is an average card for gaming with a score of 24%.

The GeForce GTX 980 has 4 GiB of GDDR5 memory, with a total memory bandwidth of 219 GB/s. The memory bus has a width of 256 bits. When choosing a GPU, plan ahead and select a model with enough memory for your needs. High resolutions such as 4K require significantly more memory than 1080p as there is more data to display on the screen.

In terms of clock speed, the GeForce GTX 980 GPU core runs at a frequency of 1126 MHz and if power and temperature permits, it can boost up to 1216 MHz. A clock speed is the frequency at which the GPU updates. A higher speed means more processing can happen per cycle. This is useful only when comparing cards of the same generation, as other architectures may process more or less per clock.

As for rendering API support, the GeForce GTX 980 supports up to DirectX 12. In addition, in cross-platform titles, OpenGL 4.5 features are supported. Newer APIs are usually more efficient, allowing for better performance in games and better graphical effects.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 has a TDP of 165W, this is the amount of heat energy produced by the chip as a byproduct. The higher the TDP, the more heat is produced.

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