Average Bench: 60.5% (73rd of 668)

Based on 165,364 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]

Above average average bench

The Nvidia GTX 980 averaged 39.4% 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) 75.2fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 74.2fps

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 980 is just 11.8%. 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) 87.7fps
Avg. Parallax occlusion mapping (Stones) 76.1fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 165,364 samples)
Min Avg Max
66.4 Lighting 75.2 84.7
78.6 Reflection 87.7 104
68.3 Parallax 76.1 83.9
60.8% 79.7 fps
Min Avg Max
70.9 MRender 77.4 81.6
67.3 Gravity 74.2 81.2
62 Splatting 66.9 73.4
60.2% 72.8 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Gigabyte(1458 3672) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1543 MHz, MLim: 1892 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 511.23
Lighting 86.5
Reflection 91.6
Parallax 81.9
70% 86.7 fps
MRender 82.7
Gravity 80.7
Splatting 71
65% 78.1 fps
CLim: 1418 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 456.71
Lighting 71.7
Reflection 84
Parallax 81.9
58% 79.2 fps
MRender 77.5
Gravity 72.9
Splatting 65.3
59% 71.9 fps
PNY(196E 1116) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1392 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 511.23
Lighting 71.7
Reflection 84
Parallax 74.3
58% 76.7 fps
MRender 76.2
Gravity 71.5
Splatting 65.3
58% 71 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 49,476,559 GPUs tested.

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Based on statistics from 165,364 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (MSRP ≈ $500 @ launch in Sep '14)
MSI(1462 3170) 18% 60% ± 3%
MSI GTX 980 4GB GAMING
GTX 980 GAMING 4G
EVGA(3842 2983) 15% 61% ± 3%
EVGA GTX 980 4GB SC ACX 2.0
04G-P4-2983-KR
Nvidia(10DE 1116) 12% 58% ± 3%
Asus(1043 8518) 11% 59% ± 4%
Gigabyte(1458 367C) 5% 64% ± 3%
Asus(1043 8506) 4% 60% ± 3%
ASUS GTX 980 4GB STRIX OC
STRIX-GTX980-DC2OC-4GD5
EVGA(3842 2982) 3% 61% ± 4%
Zotac(19DA 1370) 2% 60% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 367D) 2% 63% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2986) 2% 64% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 3672) 2% 62% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 3669) 2% 66% ± 2%
MSI(1462 3176) 2% 61% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3177) 2% 61% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 3685) 2% 61% ± 2%
PNY(196E 1116) 2% 60% ± 4%
Gainward(10B0 13C0) 1% 61% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36DA) 1% 66% ± 0%
Asus(1043 850A) 1% 62% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3988) 1% 66% ± 5%
HP(103C 2B49) 1% 57% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8504) 1% 56% ± 2%
Nvidia(10DE 13C0) 1% 62% ± 5%
Asus(1043 8583) 1% 58% ± 5%
Device(0000 0000) 1% 59% ± 3%
Asus(1043 86E8) 1% 56% ± 1%
Palit(1569 13C0) 1% 60% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3676) 1% 57% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3677) 1% 60% ± 6%
EVGA(3842 2980) 0% 58% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2981) 0% 60% ± 5%
Sapphire(174B 1370) 0% 62% ± 5%
EVGA(3842 5988) 0% 68% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8513) 0% 62% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 366E) 0% 62% ± 4%
EVGA(3842 1982) 0% 56% ± 7%
Gigabyte(1458 3673) 0% 71% ± 0%
MSI(1462 3178) 0% 58% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 2368) 0% 64% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 36CC) 0% 64% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3686) 0% 56% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 1989) 0% 50% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3683) 0% 64% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 3987) 0% 51% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8519) 0% 54% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 1980) 0% 55% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 2989) 0% 67% ± 0%
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Typical GTX 980 Builds (Compare 14,527 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 53%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 87%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 45%
Yacht

Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 45% - Average Total price: $940

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 Comments

Added 7 years ago.

Excellent

3 days ago.

Been using for years now and is still running strong at the end of 2021


Good

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

1 month 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

8 days ago.

card too expensive and that delivers a performance similar to a gtx 1050 ti


Poor

14 days ago.

I have this graphics card maded by gigabyte. I love this card i buy this card for 200$ as used. Every game on high settings have stable 60 FPS


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

10 months ago.

Its not 500$ its like 250 200 now from second hand compare to others


Excellent

3 months ago.

It can compete with the 1600 series gpus from 2019


Excellent

6 months ago.

Better than a GTX 1050 TI or a 1650 for a less price


Good

13 months ago.

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


Excellent

1 month ago.

is still working after 7 years of use


Excellent

23 days 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

3 months ago.

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


Good

14 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


Excellent

9 months ago.

Had mine since 2014, still an amazing card in 2021. Unfortunately, it is time to upgrade soon as the 4gb VRAM is a tad limiting


Outstanding

7 years ago.


Good

18 months ago.

good performance at 2014 , in 2016 killed buy gtx 1060 6gb


Terrible

4 years ago.

very high price & low energy efficiency


Poor

2 years ago.

Why are these always such a bad value?


Poor

16 months ago.

WAY too overpriced.


Excellent

2 months ago.

Still a very good graphics card overall despite its age and 4gb of vram.


Poor

5 years ago.

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


Excellent

16 months ago.

epic


Excellent

2 years 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

11 months ago.

A treat to game with, but the only really holding it back now is its sad 4GB of VRAM.


Excellent

3 years ago.

Amazing performance, looks, and temperatures for the money.


Excellent

4 years 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

6 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

Haven't used it yet lmao


Excellent

3 years 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

5 years ago.

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


Excellent

4 years 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

11 months ago.

Still does good work


Excellent

3 years ago.

good gpu


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