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The Nvidia GeForce MX series is starting to sweat in the face of Intel Iris Xe

The Nvidia GeForce MX series is starting to sweat in the face of Intel Iris Xe (Image source: Nvidia)
The Nvidia GeForce MX series is starting to sweat in the face of Intel Iris Xe (Image source: Nvidia)
Intel and AMD are each just a few steps away from making the GeForce MX series obsolete. While the GeForce MX450 is still faster than any integrated solution currently available on laptops, the performance gaps between it and Iris Xe or Radeon are closing in to make the discrete Nvidia GPU much less desirable.

Prior to the Intel 10th gen CPU series, gaming on thin-and-light laptops was largely limited to models with discrete Nvidia GeForce MX graphics options such as the MX150, MX250, or MX350. The integrated UHD Graphics 620 solutions that were prevalent in most Ultrabooks at the time had nowhere near the horsepower needed to run even basic games like Rocket League or DOTA 2 at decent frame rates.

The introduction of Iris Xe on Intel 11th gen CPUs to replace the aging UHD Graphics 620 on older processors would subsequently increase graphics performance by as much as 200 to 300 percent all while maintaining a similar power envelope of under 25 W. Gaming would suddenly become possible on traditional thin-and-light laptops with no discrete graphics options like the Dell XPS 13, Asus Zenbook 14, or even small business laptops like the HP EliteBook 840 Aero G8. The availability of GeForce MX options would decrease significantly as many manufacturers were satisfied with Intel's Iris Xe solution on most models. By dropping GeForce MX GPUs, newer laptop designs could generally be made thinner, lighter, and longer-lasting as well.

Are there still any reasons to configure or choose laptops with GeForce MX graphics instead of Iris Xe? Though they're not as common, we've tested at least 15 laptops thus far with the latest GeForce MX450 including the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro 16IHU6, MSI Modern 14, and Asus ZenBook 14X OLED. On average, laptops with the MX450 will outperform a laptop with Iris Xe 96 EUs graphics on all tested games. Certain games like Fortnite or DOTA 2 would run significantly faster on MX450 laptops by 80 to 100 percent while other games like Tiny Tina's Wonderlands may see a smaller boost of around 30 percent or less. Even so, the performance differences between Iris Xe and the GeForce MX450 can still be very noticeable despite their misleading neck-to-neck 3DMark scores.

If you're looking to maximize gaming performance without resorting to GeForce GTX or RTX GPUs, then you'll still want to keep an eye out for the GeForce MX450.

3DMark
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (25467 - 33806, n=12)
29049 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IAP7 82LU0001US
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1260P
28619 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (13162 - 38040, n=90)
26204 Points ∼90%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IAP7 82LU0001US
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1260P
5654 Points ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (4336 - 5753, n=16)
4872 Points ∼86%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2286 - 5955, n=109)
4790 Points ∼85%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (1086 - 2300, n=15)
1789 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IAP7 82LU0001US
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1260P
1779 Points ∼99%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (707 - 1830, n=107)
1444 Points ∼81%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (6341 - 9580, n=15)
8174 Points ∼100%
Lenovo Yoga 9 14IAP7 82LU0001US
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs, Intel Core i7-1260P
6906 Points ∼84%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (2867 - 7134, n=99)
6315 Points ∼77%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 The Witcher 3 high
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (21 - 46, n=15)
34.3 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (10.6 - 45.9, n=93)
27.7 fps ∼81%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (20.6 - 29.9, n=12)
26.2 fps ∼76%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (16.3 - 23.1, n=27)
20.1 fps ∼59%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (13.3 - 23.8, n=25)
19 fps ∼55%
GTA V
1024x768 GTA V low
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (141 - 146, n=2)
143.5 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (115 - 172, n=8)
142.9 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (92.2 - 145, n=3)
124.1 fps ∼86%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (109 - 123.9, n=3)
114.4 fps ∼80%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (52 - 157, n=66)
87.9 fps ∼61%
1920x1080 GTA V low 1080
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (83.4 - 141, n=6)
105.2 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (86.9 - 108.5, n=2)
97.7 fps ∼93%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
80.9 fps ∼77%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (35.1 - 109, n=58)
65.9 fps ∼63%
Dota 2 Reborn - 1920x1080 Dota 2 Reborn ultra
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (34.9 - 104.6, n=19)
79.9 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (52.3 - 77.3, n=13)
71.9 fps ∼90%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (60.2 - 68.9, n=6)
63.9 fps ∼80%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (7.8 - 67.5, n=20)
53 fps ∼66%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (20.6 - 78.5, n=106)
44.4 fps ∼56%
Final Fantasy XV Benchmark - 1280x720 Final Fantasy XV low
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (27.6 - 72.2, n=15)
57.1 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (36.5 - 48.6, n=4)
43.7 fps ∼77%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (14.9 - 56.5, n=80)
37.5 fps ∼66%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (33.7 - 41, n=4)
37.3 fps ∼65%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (23 - 36.9, n=7)
30 fps ∼53%
X-Plane 11.11
1280x720 X-Plane 11 low 720p
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (58.4 - 98.5, n=20)
77.6 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (49.1 - 81.9, n=13)
66.4 fps ∼86%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (48 - 82.7, n=5)
61 fps ∼79%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (18.8 - 73.6, n=16)
53.7 fps ∼69%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (13.4 - 88.4, n=110)
36.8 fps ∼47%
1920x1080 X-Plane 11 med 1080p
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (38.2 - 87.8, n=20)
63 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (35.5 - 65.1, n=13)
54.6 fps ∼87%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (40.9 - 56, n=5)
47.6 fps ∼76%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (9.8 - 57, n=16)
40.2 fps ∼64%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (11.6 - 69.5, n=111)
33.8 fps ∼54%
1920x1080 X-Plane 11 high 1080p
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (35.4 - 71.4, n=19)
55.1 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (30.2 - 59.1, n=13)
46.8 fps ∼85%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (36.7 - 52.3, n=5)
42.8 fps ∼78%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (9.8 - 52.6, n=16)
39 fps ∼71%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (11.1 - 59.8, n=110)
30.2 fps ∼55%
Strange Brigade - 1280x720 Strange Brigade Low AF:1
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (61.4 - 137.7, n=11)
116.3 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (90.9 - 92.7, n=2)
91.8 fps ∼79%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (54.4 - 105, n=64)
83 fps ∼71%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
75.3 fps ∼65%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
71.3 fps ∼61%
God of War
1280x720 God of War Low HD
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (25 - 30.1, n=2)
27.6 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
25.8 fps ∼93%
1920x1080 God of War Low FHD
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
 
32.1 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (16.3 - 21, n=2)
18.7 fps ∼58%
Cyberpunk 2077 1.5 - 1280x720 Cyberpunk 2077 1.5 Low HD
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (27.7 - 44.7, n=3)
35 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
24.1 fps ∼69%
Far Cry 5
1280x720 Far Cry 5 low AA:T
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (47 - 96, n=8)
75.9 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (58 - 59, n=6)
58.5 fps ∼77%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (24 - 67, n=39)
45.1 fps ∼59%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (38 - 45, n=3)
42.7 fps ∼56%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (31 - 46, n=7)
39 fps ∼51%
1920x1080 Far Cry 5 low 1080 AA:T
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
  (41 - 52, n=3)
48.3 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (32 - 34, n=3)
33.3 fps ∼69%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (17 - 36, n=18)
26.2 fps ∼54%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
26 fps ∼54%
Fortnite
1280x720 Fortnite low
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
140 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (61.7 - 225, n=5)
138.6 fps ∼99%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (113 - 138.8, n=2)
125.9 fps ∼90%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
 
122.8 fps ∼88%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
 
56.9 fps ∼41%
1920x1080 Fortnite medium
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
  (77 - 87.8, n=2)
82.4 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (33.7 - 86.7, n=5)
61.6 fps ∼75%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
 
61.3 fps ∼74%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
 
55.4 fps ∼67%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
 
30.1 fps ∼37%
Overwatch
1280x720 Overwatch low AA:FX AF:1x
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
 
192.2 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (166.4 - 171.7, n=2)
169.1 fps ∼88%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
 
158.9 fps ∼83%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (60 - 174, n=6)
131.1 fps ∼68%
1366x768 Overwatch medium AA:FX AF:2x
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX350
 
143.9 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX250
  (112.2 - 122.5, n=2)
117.4 fps ∼82%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
 
111.9 fps ∼78%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (60 - 118, n=7)
90.9 fps ∼63%
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands
1280x720 Tiny Tinas Wonderlands Lowest HD
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (46.3 - 53.8, n=2)
50.1 fps ∼100%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
  (39.9 - 39.9, n=2)
39.9 fps ∼80%
1920x1080 Tiny Tinas Wonderlands Low FHD
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX450
 
38.6 fps ∼100%
Average Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 96EUs
  (25.6 - 32.3, n=2)
29 fps ∼75%
Average NVIDIA GeForce MX150
 
18.7 fps ∼48%
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Allen Ngo, 2022-05- 3 (Update: 2022-05- 3)