IFA 2018 | The new Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 7000 sports a '1D10' NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GPU
Dell had a great outing at IFA 2018 and the company announced refreshes across almost its entire product lineup. Notable among them was the refreshed Inspiron 2-in-1 series with new Intel 'Whiskey Lake-U' CPUs and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics. It was the MX150 part that caught our attention.
We've reported sometime back about NVIDIA offering two variants of the MX150 — a '1D10' version rated at 25W TDP and a slower 10W TDP '1D12' variant. NVIDIA never advertised about the 1D12 variant — which we'll refer to as the 'MX150 Max-Q' — so customers thought that all MX150s are made equal. In our tests, however, we found that there is a 20-25% performance gap between the two MX150 variants.
Luckily, those opting for the new Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 devices need not have to worry much about GPU performance. We took the new Inspirons for a spin at Dell's booth at IFA 2018 and we could see that both the Inspiron 2-in-1 15-inch and 17-inch incorporate the 1D10 version of the MX150 GPU. This is also reiterated by the GPU clocks revealed by GPU-Z, which showed a base clock of 1469 MHz and a boost clock of 1532 MHz. The 1D12 variant, on the other hand, would have showed GPU clocks between 936-1037 MHz — a close to 32% speed deficit.
Dell Booth at IFA 2018