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The GeForce MX450 looks set to offer tremendous gains over the Intel Iris Xe and AMD Radeon RX Vega series after limping through the disappointing GeForce MX250 and MX350

The GeForce MX450 looks set to offer tremendous gains over the Intel Iris Xe and AMD Radeon RX Vega series after limping through the disappointing GeForce MX250 and MX350 (Image source: Nvidia)
The GeForce MX450 looks set to offer tremendous gains over the Intel Iris Xe and AMD Radeon RX Vega series after limping through the disappointing GeForce MX250 and MX350 (Image source: Nvidia)
The upcoming GeForce MX450 will bring the biggest gen-to-gen leap in performance for the low-power MX series since the launch of the MX150 back in 2017. Both Intel and AMD are now able to offer GeForce MX150-like performance from more power-efficient integrated GPUs which will push Nvidia to finally incorporate Turing onto its next generation MX400 family.

The three-year old GeForce MX150 was a milestone for Nvidia's ULV lineup of mobile MX GPUs. In contrast to its immediate predecessor the GeForce 940MX, the MX150 revamped the entire architecture from Maxwell to Pascal for a tremendous boost in raw graphics performance and performance-per-watt. When at its best, it was able to run games just 10 to 15 percent slower than the popular GeForce 960M but at a fraction of the TDP (25 W vs 60 W). No integrated GPUs from Intel or AMD were able to the touch the MX150 at the time of its launch.

The succeeding GeForce MX250 and MX350 series, however, have proven to be just minor clock rate updates to the older MX150. In fact, the changes have been so small that some MX150 laptops could even outperform those running on the newer MX250. The marginal gains have allowed both Intel and AMD to catch up in graphics performance with their own integrated Iris and Radeon Vega solutions, respectively. Tiger Lake Xe and the Renoir Radeon Vega 8, for example, have matched or outperformed the MX150 without needing to rely on discrete GPUs.

The performance pendulum will soon sway heavily towards Nvidia again when the GeForce MX450 becomes available hopefully by the end of the year. The chipmaker will finally update the aging Pascal architecture of the MX150/250/350 series to Turing which will handily outperform the latest integrated Xe G7 or Radeon Vega GPUs from Intel or AMD. According to our first benchmarks from an early MX450 unit, the chip should be able to offer a performance level much closer to the GeForce GTX 1050 but at the same ~25 W TDP envelope of previous GeForce MX GPUs.

Users looking to maximize graphics performance from their next Ultrabook purchase may want to consider waiting for systems with the GeForce MX450 because it is set to provide one of the largest GPU gains for subnotebooks since the launch of the MX150.

3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7
3098 Points ∼100%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0002ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, R5 3550H
2130 Points ∼69%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
 
1680 Points ∼54%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (856 - 1618, n=12)
1359 Points ∼44%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14IIL05
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, i7-1065G7
1326 Points ∼43%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 4800U
1173 Points ∼38%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
1147 Points ∼37%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 4700U
903 Points ∼29%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434FL-DB77
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i7-8565U
886 Points ∼29%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), R5 4500U
852 Points ∼28%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3500U
788 Points ∼25%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325JA
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
788 Points ∼25%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (526 - 848, n=20)
739 Points ∼24%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
733 Points ∼24%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7
3193 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
 
2288 Points ∼72%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0002ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, R5 3550H
2258 Points ∼71%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (969 - 1807, n=10)
1497 Points ∼47%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14IIL05
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, i7-1065G7
1469 Points ∼46%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 4800U
1338 Points ∼42%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
1280 Points ∼40%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 4700U
1028 Points ∼32%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434FL-DB77
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i7-8565U
990 Points ∼31%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), R5 4500U
967 Points ∼30%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325JA
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
885 Points ∼28%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3500U
882 Points ∼28%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (587 - 960, n=20)
835 Points ∼26%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
825 Points ∼26%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7
8093 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
 
7500 Points ∼93%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0002ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, R5 3550H
6651 Points ∼82%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2460 - 5774, n=11)
4858 Points ∼60%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14IIL05
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, i7-1065G7
4332 Points ∼54%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 4800U
3938 Points ∼49%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
3726 Points ∼46%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 4700U
3036 Points ∼38%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325JA
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
2983 Points ∼37%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434FL-DB77
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i7-8565U
2945 Points ∼36%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), R5 4500U
2876 Points ∼36%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3500U
2655 Points ∼33%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (1418 - 3156, n=23)
2600 Points ∼32%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
2438 Points ∼30%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7
9874 Points ∼100%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0002ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, R5 3550H
6864 Points ∼70%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14IIL05
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, i7-1065G7
5103 Points ∼52%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2864 - 6967, n=7)
4881 Points ∼49%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
4394 Points ∼45%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 4800U
4323 Points ∼44%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434FL-DB77
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i7-8565U
3943 Points ∼40%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), R5 4500U
3767 Points ∼38%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325JA
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
3639 Points ∼37%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 4700U
3601 Points ∼36%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
3288 Points ∼33%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (1319 - 4163, n=25)
3186 Points ∼32%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3500U
2869 Points ∼29%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7
11501 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
 
8950 Points ∼78%
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0002ng
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile, R5 3550H
8903 Points ∼77%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14IIL05
NVIDIA GeForce MX350, i7-1065G7
6232 Points ∼54%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (4558 - 7006, n=8)
6193 Points ∼54%
Lenovo Yoga Slim 7-14ARE
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 4000), R7 4800U
6085 Points ∼53%
Asus VivoBook Flip 14 TM420IA
AMD Radeon RX Vega 7, R7 4700U
4927 Points ∼43%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
4905 Points ∼43%
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ARE05
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), R5 4500U
4400 Points ∼38%
Asus ZenBook 13 UX325JA
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4152 Points ∼36%
Average Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
  (2112 - 4630, n=25)
4015 Points ∼35%
Honor Magicbook 14
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), R5 3500U
3994 Points ∼35%
Asus ZenBook 14 UX434FL-DB77
NVIDIA GeForce MX250, i7-8565U
3585 Points ∼31%
Acer Swift 3 SF314-42-R27B
AMD Radeon RX Vega 5, R3 4300U
3535 Points ∼31%
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Allen Ngo, 2020-09-27 (Update: 2020-09-27)
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.