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GeForce 820M vs GeForce GTX 980M

Intro

The GeForce 820M makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 719 MHz. The DDR3 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular model. It features 96 SPUs along with 16 TAUs and 4 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 980M, which comes with GPU core speed of 1038 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1536 Stream Processors, 96 TAUs, and 64 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 980M 9476 points
GeForce 820M 850 points
Difference: 8626 (1015%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce 820M 15 Watts
GeForce GTX 980M 100 Watts
Difference: 85 Watts (567%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 980M is 700% quicker than the GeForce 820M in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 128000 MB/sec
GeForce 820M 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 112000 (700%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M should be a lot (about 766%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 820M. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 99648 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 820M 11504 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 88144 (766%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980M is superior to the GeForce 820M, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 66432 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 820M 2876 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 63556 (2210%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce 820M

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 820M GeForce GTX 980M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year February 2014 October 7 2014
Code Name GF117 GM204
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 719 MHz 1038 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 15 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 11504 Mtexels/sec 99648 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 2876 Mpixels/sec 66432 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 96 1536
Texture Mapping Units 16 96
Render Output Units 4 64
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 2.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce 820M

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GeForce GTX 980M

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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