GeForce GTX 980M SLI vs Radeon RX 580

When comparing GeForce GTX 980M SLI and Radeon RX 580, we look primarily at benchmarks and game tests. But it is not only about the numbers. Often you can find third-party models with higher clock speeds, better cooling, or a customizable RGB lighting. Not all of them will have all the features you need. Another thing to consider is the port selection. Most graphics cards have at least one DisplayPort and HDMI interface, but some monitors require DVI. Before you buy, check the TDP of the graphics card - this characteristic will help you estimate the consumption of the graphics card. You may even have to upgrade your PSU to meet its requirements. An important factor when choosing between GeForce GTX 980M SLI and Radeon RX 580 is the price. Does the additional cost justify the performance hit? Our comparison should help you make the right decision.

GeForce GTX 980M SLI is a Laptop Graphics Card

Note: GeForce GTX 980M SLI is only used in laptop graphics. It has lower GPU clock speed compared to the desktop variant, which results in lower power consumption, but also 10-30% lower gaming performance. Check available laptop models with GeForce GTX 980M SLI here:

Main Specs

  GeForce GTX 980M SLI Radeon RX 580
Power consumption (TDP) 200 Watt 185 Watt
Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors 1x 8-pin
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount 2x 8 GB 8 GB
Display Connectors 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
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  • GeForce GTX 980M SLI has 8% more power consumption, than Radeon RX 580.
  • Radeon RX 580 has 6 GB more memory, than GeForce GTX 980M SLI.
  • GeForce GTX 980M SLI is used in Laptops, and Radeon RX 580 - in Desktops.
  • GeForce GTX 980M SLI is build with Maxwell architecture, and Radeon RX 580 - with Polaris.
  • Core clock speed of Radeon RX 580 is 219 MHz higher, than GeForce GTX 980M SLI.
  • GeForce GTX 980M SLI is manufactured by 28 nm process technology, and Radeon RX 580 - by 14 nm process technology.
  • Memory clock speed of Radeon RX 580 is 3000 MHz higher, than GeForce GTX 980M SLI.

Game benchmarks

high / 1080p 55−60 45−50
ultra / 1080p 35−40 30−33
QHD / 1440p 30−35 24−27
4K / 2160p 18−20 12−14
low / 720p 80−85 70−75
medium / 1080p 65−70 50−55
The average gaming FPS of GeForce GTX 980M SLI in Assassin's Creed Odyssey is 22% more, than Radeon RX 580.

Full Specs

  GeForce GTX 980M SLI Radeon RX 580
Architecture Maxwell Polaris
Code name Polaris 20
Type Laptop Desktop
Release date 7 October 2014 18 April 2017
Pipelines 3072 2304
Core clock speed 1038 MHz 1257 MHz
Boost Clock 1127 MHz 1340 MHz
Transistor count 2x 5200 Million 5,700 million
Manufacturing process technology 28 nm 14 nm
Texture fill rate 193.0
Floating-point performance 6,175 gflops
Length 241 mm
Memory bus width 2x 256 Bit 256 Bit
Memory clock speed 5000 MHz 8000 MHz
Memory bandwidth 256.0 GB/s
Shared memory -
DirectX DirectX 12_1, Shader 5.0 12 (12_0)
Shader Model 6.4
OpenGL 4.6
OpenCL 2.0
Vulkan + 1.2.131
SLI options +
Laptop size large
Optimus +
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