The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 is a desktop-grade chip, which recently found its way into the notebook market as well. With the developing gaming market, notebooks start to run cooler and can handle more powerful hardware. So the GeForce GTX 980 is not the mobile GTX 980M variant but instead, it utilizes the full potential of the desktop-grade GPU.
The GTX 980 for laptops uses the same GM204 chip and runs at 1126 MHz but can go up to 1216 MHz with a 256-bit bus width, 3500 MHz memory speed and up to 7 Gbps memory bandwidth. The GPU is unlocked for overclocking and manufacturers are providing custom software with the notebooks for easier adjustments on the go. NVIDIA claims that the performance will differ ever so slightly compared to the desktop variant due to the better cooling capabilities of a full-sized desktop machine.
Other notable features such as DirectX 12 support and CUDA cores are present. NVIDIA claims that the GPU draws up to 165W but when overclocked, the GPU can go up to 200W. Given the TDP of the chip, it can find its way only in large 17-inch notebooks with good cooling solutions.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (8GB GDDR5) - technical specifications
|Manufacturing Process||28 nm|
|Base frequency||1126 MHz|
|Memory Frequency||1753 MHz|
|Memory bandwith||224.4 GB/sec|
|Date of release||01 October 2014|
|Codename||GeForce GTX 980|
|Power consumption||165 W|
|Maximum frequency||1216 MHz|
|Memory Capacity||8GB GB|
|Memory bus||256 bits|
|Supported technologies||NVIDIA SLI® Ready NVIDIA G-Sync™-Ready NVIDIA GameStream™-Ready GeForce ShadowPlay™ 2.0NVIDIA GPU Boost™ Dynamic Super Resolution MFAA NVIDIA GameWorks™ 12 APIMicrosoft DirectX 4.4OpenGL CUDA PCI Express 3.0 Bus Support|