NVIDIA’s Game24 event is just 10 days away and so is the launch of new Maxwell based GeForce GTX 900 series GPUs. Videocardz has dug deep inside the 3DMark database to find the scores of upcoming GeForce GTX 980, GTX 970, GTX 980M and GTX 970M scores. In our earlier report, you can see that GeForce GTX 980 is approximately 19% faster than GTX 780 and about 10% than GTX 780 Ti while GTX 970 is just 2% faster than GTX 780. Its quite early to jump to conclusions based on just one test but it does give us an idea of what’s coming. Today, we will report on the 3DMark Fire Strike scores of GTX 980M and GTX 970M as well as GTX 980M SLI with comparison to GTX 880M and GTX 880M SLI.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M and GTX 970M
NVIDIA is bidding farewell to its Kepler architecture and moving on to Maxwell. Maxwell is a much more power efficient architecture with a huge jump in performance especially in mobile GPUs. There is no word on the official specifications of GTX 980M and GTX 970M but these 3DMark scores are extremely impressive.
VideoCardz reports that GTX 980M will come with a 1038 MHz core clock and the 8GB GDDR5 memory will come with a 1253 MHz clock speed. It is safe to say that GTX 980M will stand firm against its competition because it performs 36% faster than last generation Maxwell based GTX 880M. Also a single GTX 980M is just 8% slower than GTX 780M in SLI which is extremely impressive.
Coming on to GTX 970M, it will feature 6 GB GDDR5 memory and most probably a GM204 GPU. The memory interface might be reduced to 192-bit but that does not stop it from beating every other mobile GPU even when its 20% slower than its big brother.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, GTX 980M SLI & GTX 970 3DMark Fire Strike Scores
This is the interesting bit now because GTX 980M scores 9364 in 3DMark Fire Strike compared to GTX 880M’s 5980 only. This is a massive 36% performance increase over last generation Maxwell mobile GPU. Even GTX 970M ‘s 7403 score is 15% better than GTX 880M so R9 M290X and GTX 870M are out of the competition right away.
The most impressive result is the SLI scaling which is nothing like we have seen even with desktop GPUs. GTX 980M scales up to 98% in SLI with almost double the 3DMark Fire Strike score compared to the single GPU. Alienware notebooks with dual GTX 980M will tear the competition apart. The GTX 980M SLI was paired with an Intel Core i7-4940MX CPU. Since 3DMark does not recognize the devices completely so we can not determine the notebook model and manufacturer.
Overall, new Maxwell based GTX 900 series GPUs are showing a great promise in terms of performance but I would like to see the power consumption and battery life to hand over the crown to them. Only 10 days are left for the launch of these GPUs at Game24 event.