Absence of laptops with GeForce MX GPUs at CES 2023 indicates Nvidia may have abandoned its entry-level discrete GPU ↺
Nvidia's GeForce MX lineup is an entry-level discrete GPU solution for thin and light laptops needing a slight extra performance boost compared to what is possible with integrated graphics. We've seen a bevy of new launches at CES 2023 but none with GeForce MX graphics. A new report now speculates that Nvidia may have discontinued the MX lineup altogether.
According to Chinese outlet ITHome, Nvidia has apparently abandoned the GeForce MX lineup. This is likely because integrated graphics in modern CPUs have now become quite capable. For instance, the AMD Radeon 680M in Ryzen 6000 mobile APUs is faster than a dedicated GeForce MX450 while the new Radeon 780M is likely to beat an MX550 or even the MX570, which is a rebadged RTX 2050 with 2 GB lesser VRAM.
We've seen laptops such as the Samsung Galaxy Book2 and Acer Swift X with Intel discrete graphics in the form of Arc A350M and Arc A370M, respectively, so there's little incentive for Nvidia to continue making MX chips.
Nvidia made the GeForce RTX 40 series Laptop GPU lineup official during CES earlier this month. The stack begins with the RTX 4050 Laptop GPU, which can be configured between 35 W and 115 W TGP (+10 to 25 W Dynamic Boost) and goes all the way up to a 150 W RTX 4090 Laptop GPU (+15 W Dynamic Boost).
The RTX 4050 Laptop GPU is not as frugal as a 25 W GeForce MX550 or MX570 when it comes to power consumption, but laptops with the latter are targeted more towards basic media editing, playback acceleration, and 1080p gaming at low settings, which integrated graphics such as the Radeon 680M are already good at.