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First benchmarks of the NVIDIA GeForce MX130 are reminiscent of the GeForce 940MX

The NVIDIA GeForce MX130. (Source: NVIDIA)
The NVIDIA GeForce MX130. (Source: NVIDIA)
The NVIDIA GeForce MX130 is another entry-level offering from NVIDIA based on the older but still capable Maxwell architecture. How does it fare when compared to the MX150 and more importantly, the 940MX, to which it is a direct successor? Let's take a look.

Introduction

NVIDIA has been pushing its graphics advancements to the lower tiers in a bid to offer something more than the integrated graphics solutions found in most notebooks and ultrabooks. The latest to come from NVIDIA's stable is the GeForce MX130 and GeForce MX110. Unlike the GeForce MX150, the MX130 is still based on the older Maxwell architecture (GM108), which makes it a direct successor to the GeForce 940MX. In fact, the specifications of the MX130 suggest that it is more of a re-brand of the 940MX than a true successor.

Acer sent us some benchmark scores for a sample notebook powered by the Intel Core i5-8250U CPU with 8 GB RAM and the NVIDIA GeForce MX130 GPU. Let us have a look at these scores and see how the MX130 compares to the MX150 and the 940MX.

GPU Benchmarks

In 3D Mark 11, the MX130-based Acer sample trailed significantly behind the MX150 but fared almost identical to the 940MX-based Lenovo ThinkPad T470pwhich boasts of an Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU and a 940MX. These scores suggest that the Pascal architecture of the MX150 does have its benefits even at the low end of the spectrum.

3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
4742 Points ∼100%
Acer MX130 i5-8520u
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, Intel Core i5-8250U
3188 Points ∼67%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
3164 Points ∼67%
1280x720 Performance
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
4918 Points ∼100%
Acer MX130 i5-8520u
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, Intel Core i5-8250U
3449 Points ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
3428 Points ∼70%

In 3DMark, the MX150-based Acer Swift 3 SF315 had an expected lead in every test over the MX130 Acer sample notebook but when compared against the Lenovo ThinkPad T470p, we find that there is almost no difference in the scores between the MX130 and the 940MX. 

3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
1085 Points ∼100%
Acer MX130 i5-8520u
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, Intel Core i5-8250U
686 Points ∼63%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
647 Points ∼60%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
1201 Points ∼100%
Acer MX130 i5-8520u
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, Intel Core i5-8250U
776 Points ∼65%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
737 Points ∼61%
Fire Strike Extreme Score
Acer MX130 i5-8520u
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, Intel Core i5-8250U
1104 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1089 Points ∼99%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
3688 Points ∼100%
Acer MX130 i5-8520u
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, Intel Core i5-8250U
2478 Points ∼67%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
2399 Points ∼65%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
3289 Points ∼100%
Acer MX130 i5-8520u
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, Intel Core i5-8250U
2302 Points ∼70%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
2253 Points ∼69%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
21666 Points ∼100%
Acer MX130 i5-8520u
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, Intel Core i5-8250U
14631 Points ∼68%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
14360 Points ∼66%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score
Acer Swift 3 SF315-51G-57E5
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, Intel Core i5-8250U
13562 Points ∼100%
Lenovo ThinkPad T470p-20J7S00000
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, Intel Core i7-7700HQ
11802 Points ∼87%
Acer MX130 i5-8520u
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, Intel Core i5-8250U
11253 Points ∼83%

Conclusion

The GM108 GPU-based NVIDIA GeForce MX130 ticks all the right boxes at the lower-end of the dedicated GPU spectrum. The MX130 is still based on the 28nm Maxwell architecture, therefore, it does not bring along improvements of the more energy efficient Pascal architecture. However, we can expect budget ultrabooks to feature this GPU very soon along with the 8th generation Intel 'Kaby Lake-R' chips, thereby, bringing entry level dedicated graphics performance within the reach of many.

For more benchmarks and up to date information, see our dedicated page for the NVIDIA GeForce MX130

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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2017-12- 8 (Update: 2017-12- 8)
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam - News Editor
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.