Average Bench: 75.6% (25th of 584)

Based on 55,661 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 24.4% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Nvidia GTX 980 near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Locally-deformable PRT (Bat) 242fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 216fps

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 980 is 26.6%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Nvidia GTX 980 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. High dynamic range lighting (Teapot) 211fps
Avg. Force Splatted Flocking (Swarm) 150fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 55,661 samples)
Min Avg Max
157 Lighting 242 286
162 Reflection 211 239
180 Parallax 237 275
74.4% 230 fps
Min Avg Max
143 MRender 163 181
173 Gravity 216 247
134 Splatting 150 169
76.4% 177 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CLim: 1588 MHz, MLim: 1917 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 391.35
Lighting 270
Reflection 242
Parallax 262
82% 258 fps
MRender 187
Gravity 244
Splatting 168
86% 200 fps
Nvidia(10DE 1116) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1582 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 391.1
Lighting 268
Reflection 240
Parallax 263
82% 257 fps
MRender 171
Gravity 245
Splatting 164
84% 193 fps
Gigabyte(1458 36DA) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1506 MHz, MLim: 1774 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 391.35
Lighting 268
Reflection 224
Parallax 269
83% 254 fps
MRender 175
Gravity 235
Splatting 161
82% 190 fps
CLim: 1481 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 391.24
Lighting 252
Reflection 220
Parallax 242
77% 238 fps
MRender 169
Gravity 228
Splatting 156
80% 184 fps
Zotac(19DA 2368) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1557 MHz, MLim: 1800 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 391.35
Lighting 233
Reflection 228
Parallax 272
76% 244 fps
MRender 170
Gravity 223
Splatting 160
79% 184 fps
Asus(1043 8518) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1443 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 391.24
Lighting 244
Reflection 217
Parallax 239
75% 233 fps
MRender 166
Gravity 217
Splatting 151
77% 178 fps
Nvidia(10DE 1116) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1392 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 388.19
Lighting 226
Reflection 208
Parallax 249
72% 228 fps
MRender 161
Gravity 208
Splatting 146
74% 172 fps
PNY(196E 1116) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1392 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 388.13
Lighting 227
Reflection 209
Parallax 227
70% 221 fps
MRender 154
Gravity 210
Splatting 146
74% 170 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 8,298,007 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 55,661 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (Approx. $500 @ launch in Sep '14)
MSI(1462 3170) 19% 76% ± 11%
MSI GTX 980 4GB GAMING
GTX 980 GAMING 4G
EVGA(3842 2983) 13% 78% ± 7%
EVGA GTX 980 4GB SC ACX 2.0
04G-P4-2983-KR
Nvidia(10DE 1116) 13% 72% ± 9%
Asus(1043 8518) 12% 71% ± 16%
Gigabyte(1458 367C) 4% 75% ± 11%
Nvidia(10DE 13C0) 3% 76% ± 5%
MSI(1462 3177) 3% 77% ± 5%
EVGA(3842 2982) 3% 77% ± 5%
Asus(1043 8506) 3% 76% ± 5%
ASUS GTX 980 4GB STRIX OC
STRIX-GTX980-DC2OC-4GD5
Zotac(19DA 1370) 2% 74% ± 12%
Gigabyte(1458 3669) 2% 81% ± 4%
Asus(1043 850A) 2% 77% ± 15%
Zotac(19DA 2368) 2% 80% ± 5%
Gigabyte(1458 367D) 2% 80% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 2981) 2% 73% ± 5%
EVGA(3842 2980) 1% 70% ± 8%
Asus(1043 8504) 1% 74% ± 5%
Gainward(10B0 13C0) 1% 76% ± 6%
EVGA(3842 3988) 1% 83% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3685) 1% 65% ± 17%
EVGA(3842 1982) 1% 79% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2986) 1% 81% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 3686) 1% 65% ± 34%
Asus(1043 8519) 1% 82% ± 9%
Gigabyte(1458 3672) 1% 82% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 366E) 1% 79% ± 3%
PNY(196E 1116) 1% 71% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 2988) 1% 86% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2984) 1% 81% ± 8%
MSI(1462 3176) 0% 82% ± 30%
Palit(1569 13C0) 0% 81% ± 8%
Gigabyte(1458 36A4) 0% 75% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36DA) 0% 74% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 1989) 0% 81% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 5987) 0% 75% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 5988) 0% 85% ± 0%
HP(103C 2B49) 0% 74% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8513) 0% 71% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8511) 0% 76% ± 0%
Asus(1043 86E8) 0% 71% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3696) 0% 77% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3673) 0% 80% ± 0%
MSI(1462 3178) 0% 82% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36CC) 0% 76% ± 0%
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Gaming
Gaming 73%
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

5 months ago.

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


Excellent

1 month ago.

have had it for a couple of years. 0 issues, can run everything at not potato


Good

4 months ago.

it looks very good for its price


Excellent

17 days ago.

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


Good

30 days ago.

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


Excellent

3 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.


Terrible

7 months ago.

very high price & low energy efficiency


Good

2 days 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

5 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

19 months ago.

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


Excellent

5 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.


Good

22 days ago.

Works well with older Z97 and newer Z370 motherboards.


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