GTX 980M Performance
I ran the GTX 980M through our standard graphics test suite and used the HDMI output to capture the video and used our Frame Rating process. The results are incredible for a mobile GPU!
In BF4, running at 1920×1080 and the Ultra preset, the GTX 980M was able to average 65 FPS in our testing and is only 8% slower than the performance of the desktop GTX 970 card – very impressive! Note that the GTX 770, a desktop graphics card that also has a CUDA core count of 1536, falls 27% behind the GTX 980M. For all of you with the GTX 770 in your system, just consider that…
In Bioshock Infinite, the GTX 980M is able to push out just over 130 FPS on average at 1920×1080 and the Ultra preset, beating the GTX 770 desktop card performance by more than 23%.
Crysis 3 is quite a bit harder on the GTX 980M and at 1080p and the Very High quality preset it hits the 35 FPS mark in my testing. That is only slightly faster than the desktop GTX 770 card, likely due to the lower memory frequency that the mobile part is saddled with in this very texture-rich title. However, even the GTX 970 card is only 8% faster than the GPU used in the GT72!
GRID 2 shows what happens when a game leans on the GPU slightly less – the performance of the GTX 970, GTX 770 and the GTX 980M are all pretty tightly grouped. Racing game fans will have no issues running the GRID 2 at 1920×1080 on the Ultra preset as our benchmark result shows an average frame rate of about 105 FPS.
In Metro: Last Light, the GTX 980M is able to average just over 60 FPS when running at 1080p and the Very High quality settings. This gives the GTX 970 desktop card a 14% advantage while the GTX 770 desktop card is 9% slower than NVIDIA's latest mobile GPU.
Skyrim is no trouble for the GTX 980M as it crosses the 125 average FPS mark on the Ultra preset with FXAA enabled.
This round of testing proves that the GeForce GTX 980M is an incredibly capable graphics processor, providing more than enough power to get your game on with the 1920×1080 resolution screen attached to the MSI GT72. I think its fair to say that even if you decided to connect an external display with a higher resolution (2560×1440 for example) that the GTX 980M would be able to hold up its end of the bargain.