NVIDIA GeForce MX150 vs AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 vs Intel UHD Graphics 620

NVIDIA GeForce MX150

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The Nvidia GeForce MX150 is a dedicated entry-level mobile graphics card for laptops based on the GP108 chip with the Pascal architecture. It was announced mid 2017 and is the mobile version of the desktop GeForce GT 1030. It offers the same 384 shader cores and 64 Bit memory bus manufactured in 14 nm. The clock rates and performance however are a bit higher than the desktop GT 1030. Officially it is the successor to the older Maxwell based GeForce 940MX.

Currently there are two variants of the MX150, a "normal" N17S-G1-A1 with 1468 - 1531 MHz and 25 Watt TDP and a power efficient variant named N17S-LG-A1 with 936 - 1037 MHz (-32%) and 10 Watt TDP (-60%) for thin and light laptops.

The GP108 chip is manufactured in a 14 nm FinFET process at Samsung (LPP) and offers a number of new features, including support for DisplayPort 1.4 (ready), HDMI 2.0b, HDR and improved H.265 video de- and encoding (PlayReady 3.0). 4K HDR with Netflix however wont run due to the minimum 3 GB graphics memory that is required. Compared to the bigger Pascal chips, the small GP108 does not support Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP) for VR and G-Sync. A full list of improvements and the new Pascal desktop GPUs is available in our dedicated Pascal architecture article.

The performance however is higher than the old GeForce GTX 950M with GDDR5 memory. Still modern and demanding games only run in low settings and resolutions fluently. E.g. Assassin's Creed Origins was only playable in lowest settings and 1280x720 pixels. Less demanding games like Call of Duty WW2 also ran in medium settings and Full HD fluently. See below for more and detailed gaming benchmarks.

The power efficient N17S-LG-A1 ULV variant is clearly slower than the normal one (due to the 32% lower boost clock).

The power consumption (25 Watt TDP of the chip alone) however lies on a level of the old 940MX (23 Watt). The older 950M and the new GTX 1050 are rated much higher with 40 Watt TDP. The GeForce MX150 also uses a small 23 x 23 mm package due to the small chip size.

AMD Radeon RX Vega 8

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The AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 is an integrated GPU for notebooks. It is used for the Ryzen 5 APUs, which were launched in the end of 2017. The GPU is based on the Vega architecture (5th generation GCN) and has 8 CUs (= 512 of the 704 shaders) clocked at up to 1100 MHz (Ryzen 5 2500U). The performance depends on the configured TDP (12-25 W at launch), the clocks, the cooling, and the memory configuration). The GPU should benefit from fast dual-channel DDR4-2400 RAM (contrary to DDR4-2133 single-channel, which is also possible).

The Vega architecture offers some improvements over the Polaris generation and now supports DirectX 12 Feature Level 12_1. More information is available in our dedicated article about the Raven Ridge architecture.

AMD's reference design GPU is sitting between the GeForce 940MX / Radeon Pro 450 and GeForce MX150 / Radeon Pro 555. It can handle smooth gameplay in simple titles like League of Legends (med), Dota 2 (low), Overwatch (low), CS:GO (med), and Quake Champions (high) in 720p up to 1080p according to AMD.

Thanks to the 14nm process and clever power-saving features, the power consumption is comparatively low (according to AMD), so the graphics card can also be used for slim and light notebooks.

Intel UHD Graphics 620

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The Intel UHD Graphics 620 (GT2) is an integrated graphics unit, which can be found in various ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) processors of the Kaby Lake Refresh generation (8th generation Core). Compared to the similar named Intel HD Graphics 620 in the 2016 Kaby Lake CPUs, only the name changed from HD to UHD. It is clocked with up to 1.150 MHz and therefore 100 MHz higher than the old HD Graphics 620 (max. 1.050 MHz) and offer a comparable performance. Due to its lack of dedicated graphics memory or eDRAM cache, the HD 620 has to access the main memory (2x 64bit DDR3/DDR4).

Performance

The exact performance of the UHD Graphics 620 depends on various factors like L3 cache size, memory configuration (DDR3/DDR4) and maximum clock rate of the specific model and as is similar to the Intel HD Graphics 620 and Intel HD Graphics 630. Compared to the average HD Graphics 620, the UHD graphics profits from the quad-core CPU a bit in our gaming benchmarks. Therefore, should be positioned between a GeForce 910M and 920M dedicated graphics card from Nvidia. For games, the drivers however are not that fast updated and tested as with GeForce graphics cards. In our tests, the UHD 620 is most suited for casual games like Team Fortress 2, Rocket League or Farming Simulator 17. See below for a list of modern games tested with various models.

Features

The revised video engine now supports H.265/HEVC Main10 profile in hardware with 10 bit colors. Furthermore, Googles VP9 codec can also be hardware decoded. The first models do not support HDCP 2.2 and therefore Netflix 4K. This was added with the new models in 2017 and beginning of May 2017 also the older CPU models like the i3-7100U are now shipped with a new S-Spec Code that supports HDCP 2.2. HDMI 2.0 however is still only supported with an external converter chip (LSPCon).

Power Consumption

The UHD Graphics 620 can be found in mobile processors specified at 15 W TDP and is therefore suited for compact laptops and ultrabooks. The power consumption during playing The Witcher 3 (with an external monitor) was comparable to a Intel HD Graphics 620 based laptop and on the lowest end of all of our measurements. Dedicated GPUs, like the GeForce 940MX, needed a lot more power.

NVIDIA GeForce MX150AMD Radeon RX Vega 8Intel UHD Graphics 620
ManufacturerNVIDIAAMDIntel
Gen. 9.5 Series
GeForce MX150 384 @ 1468 - 1532 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 6008 MHz
GeForce MX130 384 @ 1122 - 1242 (Boost) MHz64 Bit
GeForce MX110 256 @ 965 - 993 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 1800 MHz
RX Vega 64 4096 @ 1630 MHz2048 Bit @ 945 MHz
RX Vega 56 3584 @ 1138 - 1474 (Boost) MHz409.6 Bit @ 800 MHz
Vega Mobile 1792 2048 Bit
Vega M GH 1536 @ 1063 - 1190 (Boost) MHz
Vega M GL / 870 1280 @ 931 - 1011 (Boost) MHz
WX Vega M GL 1280 @ 931 - 1011 (Boost) MHz
Vega 11 704 @ 1240 (Boost) MHz
Vega 10 640 @ 1300 (Boost) MHz
Vega 9 576 @ 1300 (Boost) MHz
Vega 8 512 @ 1100 (Boost) MHz
Vega 6 384 @ 1100 (Boost) MHz
Vega 3 192 @ 1000 (Boost) MHz
Iris Plus Graphics 655 48 @ 300 - 1200 (Boost) MHz
Iris Plus Graphics 650 48 @ 300 - 1100 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
Iris Plus Graphics 645 48 @ 300 - 1150 (Boost) MHz
Iris Plus Graphics 640 48 @ 300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 630 24 @ 300 - 1150 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics P630 24 @ 300 - 1200 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 630 24 @ 300 - 1150 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics P630 24 64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 620 24 @ 300? - 1150 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 620 24 @ 300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 617 24 64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 615 24 @ 300 - 1000 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 615 24 @ 300 - 1050 (Boost) MHz64/128 Bit
CodenameN17S-G1Vega Raven RidgeKaby-Lake-Refresh GT2
ArchitecturePascalVegaIntel Gen. 9.5 (Kaby Lake Refresh)
384 - 512 - 24 -
Core1468 - 1532 (Boost) MHz1100 (Boost) MHz300? - 1150 (Boost) MHz
Memory6008 MHz
Bus64 Bit64/128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5DDR3/DDR4
Max. Memory4096 MB
nonoyes
DirectXDirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1DirectX 12 (FL 12_1)
Technology14 nm14 nm14 nm
FeaturesVulkan, Multi MonitorTiled Rasterization, Shared Memory (up to Dual-Channel DDR4-2400)QuickSync
Size
Introduced16.05.2017 26.10.2017 01.09.2017
Manufacturerhttp://www.geforce.com/hardware/notebook...
Transistors4500 Million

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