Average Bench: 74.7% (25th of 592)

Based on 51,887 user benchmarks.  Device: 10DE 13C0 Model: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

The Nvidia GTX 980 is the new top end Maxwell based Nvidia GPU. The Maxwell architecture offers significantly higher clock for clock performance when compared to Kepler based cards from the previous generation. Comparing the GTX 980 and GTX 970 shows that the 970 only lags by around 17% in terms of performance but it's priced nearly 40% lower making the GTX 970 far better value for money card. Even though the GTX 970 beats the 980 in terms of value, the 980 still destroys previous generation cards. Comparing the GTX 980 and 780 Ti shows that the Newer 980 offers around 14% better performance at a 25% price discount. Nvidia have changed the price/performance landscape with their new Maxwell architecture and now pose a serious threat to AMDs high end GPU market share. The new GTX 980/970 cards replace the now discontinued GTX 780 Ti, 780 and 770. [Sep '14 GPUPro]

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Good average bench

The Nvidia GTX 980 averaged 25.3% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Locally-deformable PRT (Bat) 240fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 214fps

Above average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 980 is 37.9%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the Nvidia GTX 980 performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. High dynamic range lighting (Teapot) 209fps
Avg. Force Splatted Flocking (Swarm) 148fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 51,887 samples)
Min Avg Max
132 Lighting 240 290
143 Reflection 209 238
142 Parallax 233 272
73.5% 228 fps
Min Avg Max
139 MRender 163 180
143 Gravity 214 245
112 Splatting 148 167
75.7% 175 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CLim: 1531 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 398.36
Lighting 240
Reflection 220
Parallax 242
74% 234 fps
MRender 170
Gravity 227
Splatting 160
80% 186 fps
Asus(1043 8518) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1443 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 390.65
Lighting 246
Reflection 216
Parallax 260
78% 241 fps
MRender 166
Gravity 220
Splatting 151
78% 179 fps
Nvidia(10DE 1116) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1607 MHz, MLim: 1952 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 398.36
Lighting 233
Reflection 193
Parallax 196
68% 207 fps
MRender 176
Gravity 237
Splatting 163
83% 192 fps
Asus(1043 8518) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1443 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 398.36
Lighting 234
Reflection 209
Parallax 227
72% 223 fps
MRender 164
Gravity 215
Splatting 148
76% 176 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 9,659,792 GPUs tested.

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Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (Approx. $500 @ launch in Sep '14)
MSI(1462 3170) 18% 75% ± 9%
MSI GTX 980 4GB GAMING
GTX 980 GAMING 4G
EVGA(3842 2983) 16% 79% ± 7%
EVGA GTX 980 4GB SC ACX 2.0
04G-P4-2983-KR
Asus(1043 8518) 14% 72% ± 14%
Nvidia(10DE 1116) 12% 73% ± 9%
Asus(1043 8506) 5% 68% ± 19%
ASUS GTX 980 4GB STRIX OC
STRIX-GTX980-DC2OC-4GD5
Gigabyte(1458 367C) 5% 77% ± 10%
MSI(1462 3177) 2% 75% ± 10%
Gigabyte(1458 3669) 2% 80% ± 3%
Zotac(19DA 1370) 2% 74% ± 4%
EVGA(3842 2986) 2% 72% ± 24%
EVGA(3842 2982) 2% 77% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 2368) 2% 81% ± 5%
PNY(196E 1116) 2% 77% ± 6%
EVGA(3842 2981) 1% 75% ± 6%
MSI(1462 3176) 1% 74% ± 15%
Asus(1043 850A) 1% 75% ± 27%
Gigabyte(1458 3685) 1% 82% ± 12%
Gigabyte(1458 366E) 1% 80% ± 1%
Palit(1569 13C0) 1% 80% ± 6%
Gigabyte(1458 367D) 1% 74% ± 14%
Gainward(10B0 13C0) 1% 83% ± 9%
Asus(1043 8513) 1% 76% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8504) 1% 79% ± 5%
Nvidia(10DE 13C0) 1% 75% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8583) 0% 73% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36DA) 0% 79% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3988) 0% 80% ± 7%
EVGA(3842 5988) 0% 74% ± 13%
Gigabyte(1458 3696) 0% 79% ± 5%
Sapphire(174B 1370) 0% 72% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3686) 0% 77% ± 0%
Nvidia(10DE 0000) 0% 9% ± 0%
Device(0000 0000) 0% 12% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8519) 0% 22% ± 0%
Asus(1043 86E8) 0% 72% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 1982) 0% 76% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 2988) 0% 43% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3672) 0% 84% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36CE) 0% 73% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3676) 0% 72% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3699) 0% 75% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36CC) 0% 79% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36A4) 0% 72% ± 0%
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Gaming
Gaming 72%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 60%
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Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO

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 Comments

Added 3 years ago.

Poor

8 months ago.

Can perform well in nearly all of the games in Ultra or Very High settings


Good

6 days ago.

have one


Poor

9 days ago.

It's good


Good

21 days ago.

it looks very good for its price


Good

2 months ago.

Perhaps a bit expensive when I first got it, but so so worth it. Great video card.


Excellent

8 days ago.

Perfect! bought one new for 200$ and it delivers :)


Excellent

6 months ago.

best quality price performance support size style and name of oldies 9800gtx like new 10 times better beast !!!


Disliked

1 month ago.

Comment 

The Geforce gtx 980 is an amazing graphics card. in fact, one of the best that i have ever seen. it has outstanding performance and low heat output. i personally have the Asus Strix edition, and cannot recommend this card enough. the only downside is it's high price tag. but, if you have a lot of money to spend on your ultimate computer, i think you should go for this card, or the Ti edition.—Sep '15


Outstanding

3 years ago.


Good

29 days ago.

me gusta mucho


Terrible

10 months ago.

very high price & low energy efficiency


Good

3 months ago.

Still holds it's value today at around $250 used.


Poor

2 years ago.

Guys, Ebay US shown weird prices, $59.99 please fix that


Excellent

8 months ago.

Still a great card for today and tomorrow. This cards true potential is never seen known of by almost all users and needs to be unlocked with time, patience, power, custom bios and nvflash which also allows you to finally delete them horrible software overclockers as software overclocking is a joke at best. For example my evga 980 ftw v1 benched at 76% @ 1080p when I first got it and with a little and a lot of cussing I've tweaked my bios with nvflash which has it running a game stable 91% @ 4k aka 2160p. Now with the right settings on pubg (I use NVidia dsr 2x or 4x over their screen scaling and shadows on ultra low as it not only looks the best but that setting drops you 20 fps alone for some reason) and NVidia container (set up for highest quality along with highest aliasing and override any app settings) I'm able to game in 4k @ 30+ fps or 1440p @ 80+ fps. I would recommend picking up the 980ti on ebay however because a month or so after I got mine they started bidding out close to the same price especially now gfx card prices have dropped. If you bid you should be able to snag a ti under $300 while I was impatient and bought this 1 bin for $275. With a custom bios I have no doubt a 980ti could game 4k at 40+ fps no problem and 2 in sli should easily give you 60+ if that's what your going for as for me I notice almost no difference between 1440p and 2160p other than frame rate so I stick to 1440p using 4x dsr which is 8192 x 4320 which is then downscaled to 1440p to produce a crisper nicer looking image allowing me to take off that frame rate killer known as screen scaling and looks about just as good or if you are running a 60hz tv or monitor you can even add a little screen scaling to it until it drops you down to that 60fps as you are only truly getting anyways and sharpen up your image that much more. If I remember correctly you take it from the 70 mark up to 80 and that puts you at 60fps in game if your settings are like mine and your game will look amazing.


Outstanding

2 years ago.

Best GFX I ever have had! Much much better than R9 290X


Excellent

1 month ago.

Haven't used it yet lmao


Excellent

22 months ago.

Get one of these used - very powerful and capable GPU. Rocks my Nuclear Submarine!


Excellent

8 months ago.

U can oc this card to 980ti and the price today is amazing dont even hesitate to buy it. it can run 4k 30fps and ultra 1080p in every game more then 60fps. if u have 144hz monitor i would still recommend it because half of the game it can hit 144fps in some secrufice to a little bit graphics.


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