Average Bench: 60.1% (48th of 621)

Based on 110,774 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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Above average average bench

The Nvidia GTX 980 averaged 39.8% 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) 219fps

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 980 is just 12.3%. 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) 214fps
Avg. Parallax occlusion mapping (Stones) 239fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 110,774 samples)
Min Avg Max
212 Lighting 240 268
187 Reflection 214 236
209 Parallax 239 270
62% 231 fps
Min Avg Max
153 MRender 166 177
197 Gravity 219 240
140 Splatting 152 165
57.8% 179 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 436.48
Lighting 400
Reflection 215
Parallax 238
96% 284 fps
MRender 165
Gravity 220
Splatting 152
58% 179 fps
Gigabyte(1458 3672) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1493 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 436.48
Lighting 264
Reflection 224
Parallax 99.7
61% 196 fps
MRender 171
Gravity 232
Splatting 156
60% 186 fps
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 417.22
Lighting 238
Reflection 214
Parallax 255
62% 236 fps
MRender 165
Gravity 222
Splatting 151
58% 180 fps
Asus(1043 8504) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1392 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 431.60
Lighting 218
Reflection 203
Parallax 221
56% 214 fps
MRender 161
Gravity 208
Splatting 145
55% 171 fps
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 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 20,846,604 GPUs tested.

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Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (Approx. $500 @ launch in Sep '14)
MSI(1462 3170) 19% 60% ± 4%
MSI GTX 980 4GB GAMING
GTX 980 GAMING 4G
EVGA(3842 2983) 14% 61% ± 3%
EVGA GTX 980 4GB SC ACX 2.0
04G-P4-2983-KR
Nvidia(10DE 1116) 12% 59% ± 5%
Asus(1043 8518) 10% 60% ± 5%
Gigabyte(1458 367C) 6% 62% ± 3%
Asus(1043 8506) 4% 60% ± 4%
ASUS GTX 980 4GB STRIX OC
STRIX-GTX980-DC2OC-4GD5
EVGA(3842 2982) 3% 60% ± 3%
Zotac(19DA 1370) 3% 58% ± 4%
MSI(1462 3177) 2% 60% ± 2%
Zotac(19DA 2368) 2% 63% ± 3%
MSI(1462 3176) 2% 61% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 3669) 2% 64% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 2981) 2% 56% ± 4%
Gigabyte(1458 3685) 2% 62% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 2986) 2% 65% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 2980) 1% 59% ± 4%
Nvidia(10DE 13C0) 1% 59% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 367D) 1% 63% ± 2%
Gainward(10B0 13C0) 1% 63% ± 2%
Device(0000 0000) 1% 60% ± 5%
Gigabyte(1458 36DA) 1% 64% ± 2%
Asus(1043 850A) 1% 60% ± 1%
PNY(196E 1116) 1% 57% ± 2%
Palit(1569 13C0) 1% 59% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 3672) 1% 64% ± 4%
Asus(1043 8504) 1% 57% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8519) 1% 57% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 366E) 1% 64% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8583) 0% 54% ± 1%
HP(103C 2B49) 0% 56% ± 1%
Asus(1043 86E8) 0% 57% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8507) 0% 56% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3686) 0% 61% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 3988) 0% 66% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8513) 0% 58% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 1982) 0% 64% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 2988) 0% 64% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 2989) 0% 48% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3673) 0% 61% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3698) 0% 57% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3699) 0% 53% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3677) 0% 56% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36A4) 0% 57% ± 0%
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Gaming
Gaming 59%
Gunboat
Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 54%
Yacht

Motherboard: Asus MAXIMUS VII HERO

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 43% - Average Total price: $955

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 Comments

Added 5 years ago.

Excellent

1 month ago.

I've been using it since ~4-5 Years. And even though it's so old, it's still performing amazing


Good

12 months ago.

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


Good

21 days ago.

Honestly, I'm guessing you already know this amazing Legendary Card is amazing In the meantime I'm going to go buy one for $150 from this deal I got.


Excellent

1 month ago.

The price is too high for this old Gpu


Poor

4 months ago.

it looks very good for its price


Good

2 days ago.

stinky poop


Poor

28 days ago.

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


Good

8 months ago.

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


Excellent

2 days ago.

One of the best cards!


Excellent

3 months ago.

Never has let me down during the last 5 years and counting. No game is able still to stall it.


Excellent

4 months ago.

can play all my triple a games @ high or ultra (max) settings


Good

12 months ago.

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


Excellent

5 months ago.

i have the graphic card myself and im in love with it

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


Good

6 months ago.

try gtx 980 gtx 1060 and look at the price or try gtx 980 vs gtx 1070 and look at the price and perfomance


Poor

2 months ago.

Amazing card still passing even new cards


Outstanding

5 years ago.


Good

18 months ago.

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


Terrible

2 years ago.

very high price & low energy efficiency


Poor

4 months ago.

Why are these always such a bad value?


Poor

17 days ago.

A hard buy due to VRAM. If Nvidia included 6GB in this card, would have increased value tremendously. It's a solid performer overall and reasonably efficient, but the 4GB capacity with a tiny bus let's it down against the 390(X) in high resolution or texture heavy scenarios, and this is going to get worse in the coming years.


Poor

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

11 months ago.

Amazing performance, looks, and temperatures for the money.


Excellent

4 months ago.

This GPU might as well be called crazy. At the time, it was a very powerful card and did its job like all other cards. The reason people still consider these cards is because it was such a groundbreaking card at launch that people thought it was just incredible. Indeed, it does perform very well, and is still a great card to buy today in the used market at a good price. As for how it would perform compared to a 1080, despite what many believe, it's not as good as a 1080. Overall an amazing card to fully wrap up the 900 series of NVIDIA cards.


Excellent

23 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

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

16 months ago.

Haven't used it yet lmao


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

24 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.


Excellent

10 months ago.

Great card. I have kingpin edition from evga, it’s deceptively quiet even at full load, and will oc above most 980ti scores in pass mark on air... have not tried with LN2 cooling but it is set up for that if it’s your thing..


Excellent

13 months ago.

good gpu


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