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Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs vs NVIDIA GeForce MX450 vs NVIDIA GeForce MX330

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs

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The Intel Xe Graphics G7 (Tiger-Lake U GPU with 96 EUs) is a integrated graphics card in the high end Tiger-Lake U CPUs (15 - 28 Watt). It is using the new Xe architecture (Gen12) and was introduced in September 2020. The GPU clocks with a base clock speed (guaranteed) of 400 MHz in all CPUs and can boost up to 1340 MHz (i7-1185G7). The slowest variant offers only 1100 MHz boost (i5-1130G7, 12 Watt TDP).

The performance depends on the TDP settings of the laptop and the used cooling. First informations show that the chip can be configured at 12 and 28 Watt TDP default (as the Ice Lake-U chips) and the performance should be around a dedicated GeForce MX350 in 3DMark benchmarks. For gaming we are expecting a bit worse performance due to the missing dedicated graphics memory and driver support. Many games e.g. had problems when testing the various laptops (e.g. Horizon Zero Dawn or Cyberpunk 2077 did not start or were crashing - see list below). Less demanding games like the Mass Effect Legendary Edition ran in medium settings fine. Compared to the older Ice Lake Iris Plus G7 GPU, the new Tiger Lake GPU should be approximately twice as fast. Therefore, the iGPU is still only for lowest graphical settings and low resolutions in demanding games.

The Tiger Lake SoCs and therefore the integrated GPU are manufactured in the modern 10nm+ (10nm SuperFin) process (improved 10nm process) at Intel and therefore should offer a very good efficiency.

NVIDIA GeForce MX450

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The Nvidia GeForce MX450 (N18S-G5, N18S-G5-B, N18S-LP codename) is a dedicated entry-level mobile graphics card for laptops. It uses the same TU117 chip as the GeForce GTX 1650 but with a reduced memory bus of 64 Bit. Furthermore, the MX450 is the first mobile GPU with PCIe Gen 4 x4 support. 

Currently four different versions are available with different specifications and performance:

N18S-G5-B: GBD-128 Package, 1395 - 1575 MHz, GDDR6 5001 MHz, 28.5 W
N18S-G5: GB2E-64 Package, 1395 - 1575 MHz, GDDR6 5001 MHz, 25 W
N18S-G5: GB2E-64 Package, 1395 - 1575 MHz, GDDR5 3501 MHz, 25 W
N18S-LP: GB2E-64 Package, 720 - 930 MHz, GDDR6 5001 MHz, 12 W

Especially the LP = Low Power variant is significantly slower than the typical 25 Watt variant.

The 25 Watt GDDR6 N18S-G5 should be up to 20% faster than a GeForce GTX 1050 but of course below a GTX 1650 (Max-Q). Therefore, demanding games like Horizon Zero Dawn should run lowest settings. Less demanding games like F1 2020 can be played in medium to high settings and full HD.

The TU117 chip is manufactured in 12nm at TSMC and thanks to the relatively low power consumption (TGP specified between 12 and 28.5 W) the dGPU is also suited for thin and light laptops. Mostly it is intended as an additional graphics card for Tiger Lake-U based laptops.

NVIDIA GeForce MX330

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The Nvidia GeForce MX330 is a dedicated entry-level mobile graphics card for laptops. It was released in February 2020 and is basically a renamed Geforce MX250GeForce MX150 / desktop GeForce GT 1030. It uses the same GP108 chip as the MX250 (GP108-655-A1 e.g.). It offers the same 384 CUDA cores as the MX250 and MX150 and also the clock speeds only increased slightly (+12 MHz Boost = 0.8% for the 25 Watt version). The dedicated GDDR5 graphics memory is connected via a 64 Bit memory bus and clocked at 3500 MHz (7000 MHz effective) leading to maximal bandwidth of 56 GB/s. Again there is a 25 Watt and slower 12 Watt (low power) variant.

In Nvidia drivers the GeForce MX330 appeared with the hardware ID 1D16.

The GP108 chip is manufactured in a 16 nm FinFET process 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 won't 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 of the GeForce MX330 should be identical to the MX150 and MX250 of previous years. See our GeForce MX250 page for gaming benchmarks. Nvidia states on the product page that the MX330 offers 2x of the performance of a Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 in an i7-1065G7 (vs 2.5x of the MX350).  Therefore, very demanding games like Red Dead Redemption 2 will not run smoothly, older and less demanding games like Fifa 20 or Farming Simulator 19 however should run fine in medium settings (see below for our benchmark results with different laptops). The low power version (see below) will be clearly slower however.

There is a low power version N17S-LP with a TGP of 12 Watt (up 2 Watt from 10 Watt of the LP MX250) and a "normal" 25 Watt N17S-G3. The performance of both variants should clearly differ. The low power variant offers relatively slow clock rates of 746 - 936 MHz (base - Turbo), where the 25 Watt G3 variant is clocked at 1531 - 1594 (similar to the MX250 and +70% boost clock versus the LP variant).

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUsNVIDIA GeForce MX450NVIDIA GeForce MX330
GeForce MX300 Series
Iris Xe G7 96EUs 96 @ 0.4 - 1.35 GHz
Iris Xe G7 80EUs 80 @ 0.4 - 1.35 GHz
UHD Graphics 64EUs 64 @ 1.4 GHz
UHD Graphics Xe G4 48EUs 48 @ 0.35 - 1.45 GHz
UHD Graphics 32EUs 32 @ 1.25 GHz
UHD Graphics Xe 32EUs (Tiger Lake-H) 32 @ 0.35 - 1.45 GHz
UHD Graphics Xe 750 32EUs 32 @ 0.35 - 1.45 GHz
UHD Graphics 24EUs (Alder Lake-N) 24 @ 0.45 - 0.75 GHz
UHD Graphics Xe 16EUs (Tiger Lake-H) 16 @ 0.35 - 1.45 GHz
GeForce MX450 896 @ 1.4 - 1.58 GHz64 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce MX350 640 @ 1.35 - 1.47 GHz64 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce MX330 384 @ 1.53 - 1.59 GHz64 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce MX450 896 @ 1.4 - 1.58 GHz64 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce MX350 640 @ 1.35 - 1.47 GHz64 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce MX330 384 @ 1.53 - 1.59 GHz64 Bit @ 7000 MHz
CodenameTiger Lake XeN17S-G5 / GP107-670-A1N17S-LP / N17S-G3
ArchitectureGen. 11 Ice LakeTuringPascal
Pipelines96 - unified896 - unified384 - unified
Core Speed400 - 1350 (Boost) MHz1395 - 1575 (Boost) MHz1531 - 1594 (Boost) MHz
Shared Memoryyesnono
APIDirectX 12_1, OpenGL 4.6DirectX 12_1, OpenGL 4.6DirectX 12_1, OpenGL 4.6
Power Consumption28 Watt25 Watt (12 - 29 Watt TGP)25 Watt (12 - 25 Watt TGP)
technology10 nm12 nm14 nm
FeaturesQuickSyncVulkan 1.1, OpenGL 4.6, OpenCL 1.2, GPU Boost 3.0, Multi Monitor, Optimus, PCIe 3.0, GameWorksVulkan 1.1, OpenGL 4.6, OpenCL 1.2, GPU Boost 3.0, Multi Monitor, Optimus, GameWorks
Date of Announcement15.08.2020 01.08.2020 20.02.2020
TMUs5632
ROPs1616
Memory Speed10000 effective = 1250 MHz7000 effective = 1752 MHz
Memory Bus Width64 Bit64 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5, GDDR6GDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory2048 MB
Memory Bandwidth80 GB/s56.1 GB/s
Transistors4.7 Billion
Die Size 200 mm²
PCIe4.03.0
DisplaysHDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4
Link to Manufacturer Pagewww.nvidia.com
CPU in Iris Xe G7 96EUsGPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Core i9-13900HK14 x 1900 MHz, 45 W? MHz1500 MHz
Intel Core i9-13905H14 x 1900 MHz, 45 W? MHz1500 MHz
Intel Core i9-13900H14 x 1900 MHz, 45 W? MHz1500 MHz
min. - max.400 MHz950 - 1550 MHz

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - Iris Xe G7 96EUs
2.3 pt (7%)
Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - GeForce MX450
2.2 pt (6%)
Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - GeForce MX330
1.7 pt (5%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
min: 789     avg: 1676     median: 1736 (5%)     max: 2133 Points
min: 1204     avg: 1995     median: 2099 (6%)     max: 2586 Points
min: 1178     avg: 1236     median: 1235.5 (4%)     max: 1293 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
min: 707     avg: 1495     median: 1559.5 (4%)     max: 1871 Points
min: 1086     avg: 1796     median: 1900 (5%)     max: 2300 Points
min: 1059     avg: 1136     median: 1160 (3%)     max: 1190 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 159203     avg: 229702     median: 208639 (24%)     max: 375145 Points
min: 302347     avg: 330908     median: 335125 (38%)     max: 365909 Points
min: 234893     avg: 243721     median: 243721 (28%)     max: 252549 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 35612     avg: 78972     median: 75768 (10%)     max: 168062 Points
min: 29368     avg: 50045     median: 48270.5 (6%)     max: 85281 Points
min: 32370     avg: 49651     median: 49651 (6%)     max: 66932 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 9231     avg: 19160     median: 19060 (20%)     max: 30468 Points
min: 14229     avg: 18957     median: 18399 (20%)     max: 27571 Points
min: 12137     avg: 14691     median: 15382 (16%)     max: 16555 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 13162     avg: 26437     median: 26929.5 (7%)     max: 38578 Points
min: 25467     avg: 29167     median: 27570 (7%)     max: 33806 Points
min: 15595     avg: 19968     median: 20729 (5%)     max: 23580 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 2096     avg: 4471     median: 4679 (8%)     max: 6105 Points
min: 4131     avg: 4649     median: 4306 (8%)     max: 6833 Points
min: 3308     avg: 3436     median: 3470 (6%)     max: 3530 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 2286     avg: 4918     median: 5139 (6%)     max: 6482 Points
min: 4336     avg: 4869     median: 4725 (5%)     max: 5753 Points
min: 3581     avg: 3727     median: 3762 (4%)     max: 3838 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 35195     avg: 100853     median: 92967 (11%)     max: 245127 Points
min: 29374     avg: 57100     median: 54872.5 (7%)     max: 88274 Points
min: 21238     avg: 45268     median: 45267.5 (5%)     max: 69297 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited
16789 Points (73%)
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Graphics
28890 Points (64%)
3DMark - 3DMark Wild Life Unlimited
min: 8379     avg: 11281     median: 11469 (6%)     max: 14527 Points
min: 11448     avg: 13149     median: 12794.5 (6%)     max: 15557 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
min: 2054     avg: 3545     median: 3692 (4%)     max: 4304 Points
min: 3693     avg: 4040     median: 3830 (4%)     max: 4597 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Night Raid
min: 10094     avg: 14766     median: 14905.5 (14%)     max: 21714 Points
12842 Points (12%)
3DMark - 3DMark Night Raid Graphics Score
min: 11724     avg: 18060     median: 19106 (7%)     max: 24384 Points
min: 20702     avg: 20744     median: 20743.5 (8%)     max: 20785 Points
15787 Points (6%)
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 2897     avg: 6704     median: 6873 (10%)     max: 8500 Points