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After reviewing four different GeForce MX250 laptops, just go with the cheaper MX150 instead

After reviewing four different GeForce MX250 laptops, just go with the cheaper MX150 instead (Image source: Nvidia)
After reviewing four different GeForce MX250 laptops, just go with the cheaper MX150 instead (Image source: Nvidia)
The re-badged 25 W MX250 offers almost no performance benefits over the 25 W MX150. If jumping from the 10 W MX150 to the 25 W MX250 or 25 W MX150, however, then expect a performance boost of about 30 percent. Save your wallet and get essentially the same GPU performance from an older MX150 laptop instead of a newer MX250 laptop.

The Pascal-based GeForce MX150 is a popular GPU amongst casual gamers as its low 10 W to 25 W TDP range makes it perfect for many Ultrabooks and subnotebooks. The ability to play popular undemanding titles like Fortnite, DOTA 2, or Overwatch at 1080p on a small laptop the size of the Razer Blade Stealth is certainly an attractive prospect for many. Thus, we were excited when Nvidia unveiled the GeForce MX250 earlier this year.

Unfortunately, the MX250 has turned out to be nothing more than a rebadged MX150. Everything from the fabrication node (14 nm), unified shader count (384), and underlying Pascal technology remain identical between the two generations. Nvidia has yet to offer Turing for Ultrabooks and subnotebooks.

3DMark benchmarks paint the same picture. As shown below, scores between the MateBook 14 with the newer MX250 and MateBook 13 with the older 25 W '1D10' MX150 are within just a few percentage points from one another. GPU-Z data reveals that the 25 W MX250 is running at nearly the same Boost clock rate as its 25 W MX150 predecessor (1582 MHz vs. 1532 MHz).

A notable exception relates to laptops with the slower 10 W '1D12' MX150 like in the MateBook X Pro. In this case, the 25 W MX250 in the MateBook 14 is able to outperform the 10 W MX150 by about 30 percent. Nonetheless, we've heard rumblings that Nvidia will launch a 10 W version of the MX250 that will more than likely be equivalent to the 10 W MX150 yet again.

The GeForce MX150 and MX250 are still amazing GPUs that can turn any Ultrabook to a decent 1080p gaming machine for casual titles. If you want to save a couple hundred dollars, however, then we recommend the cheaper MX150 series as the re-badged MX250 series offers no tangible benefits.

See our dedicated pages on the GeForce MX150 and MX250 for additional benchmarks and technical information.

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3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
3664 Points ∼9%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (2977 - 3885, n=12)
3565 Points ∼9%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
22615 Points ∼12%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (20283 - 23863, n=12)
22141 Points ∼12%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
4552 Points ∼20%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (3902 - 4638, n=12)
4313 Points ∼19%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Huawei MateBook 14 KLV-W29
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, 8565U
4459 Points ∼9%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (3593 - 4942, n=12)
4449 Points ∼9%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
3586 Points ∼9%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (2323 - 3739, n=44)
3310 Points ∼8%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8250U
2740 Points ∼7%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
21260 Points ∼12%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (16227 - 22183, n=43)
19512 Points ∼11%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8250U
16553 Points ∼9%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
4163 Points ∼18%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (2820 - 4421, n=46)
3957 Points ∼18%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8250U
3538 Points ∼16%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
4514 Points ∼9%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (2796 - 4905, n=47)
4191 Points ∼8%
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8250U
3483 Points ∼7%
Huawei MateBook 14 GeForce MX250
Huawei MateBook 14 GeForce MX250
Huawei MateBook 13 GeForce MX150 (25 W '1D10' version)
Huawei MateBook 13 GeForce MX150 (25 W '1D10' version)
Huawei MateBook X Pro GeForce MX150 (10 W '1D12' version)
Huawei MateBook X Pro GeForce MX150 (10 W '1D12' version)
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Allen Ngo, 2019-05- 5 (Update: 2019-05- 5)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.