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Intel UHD Graphics 620 vs NVIDIA GeForce MX250 vs NVIDIA GeForce MX230

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 MX250

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The Nvidia GeForce MX250 is a dedicated entry-level mobile graphics card for laptops. It is based on the same Pascal GP108 chip as the predecessor, the GeForce MX150 / desktop GeForce GT 1030 but features increased clock speeds. As with the MX150, the MX250 is available in two versions, the normal 25 Watt version (1D13 device ID) and a low power version with 10 Watt TDP (1D25 device ID) and reduced performance (The MX150 with 10W had a 32% lower clock speed). The GDDR5 memory interface now also supports speeds up to 3.5 GHz = 7 GHz effective (up from 3 GHz).

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.

Thanks to the increased core speeds (up to +3% in Boost for the 25 Watt version, and faster memory speeds), the new MX250 should be slightly faster than the older MX150. First benchmarks indicate a 5% increase. Still modern should only run fluent in low settings (see the page of the MX150 for games and benchmarks).

NVIDIA GeForce MX230

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The Nvidia GeForce MX230 is an entry-level dedicated  laptop graphics card with DirectX 12 support (FL 12_1) based (most likely) on the Pascal architecture (and not Maxwell as the older MX130). Similar to the faster MX250, the MX230 is based on the GP108 chip.

Features

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.

Performance

Thanks to the newer Pascal architecture, the MX230 is significantly faster than the old GeForce MX130 (Maxwell based). Demanding games of 2019 run only in lowest resolution and detail settings and may stutter (e.g. Anno 1800 or Rage 2 ran with under 30fps in our benchmarks). Less demanding games like Overwatch, Fifa 19 or Rocket League, however, can be played in higher detail and resolution settings without stuttering (see benchmarks below).

Power Consumption

The MX230 is manufactured in 14nm at Samsung and due to the low shader count and 64 Bit memory bus, the power consumption is rather low. Therefore, the chip can be also used for small and thin laptops. In our power tests, the faster MX250 needed 22% more power (Furmark load) and the old MX130 even 38% more. The integrated UHD Graphics 620 needed on average only 17% less power at a much lower performance.

Intel UHD Graphics 620NVIDIA GeForce MX250NVIDIA GeForce MX230
ManufacturerIntelNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce MX200 Series
Iris Plus Graphics 655 48 @ 0.3 - 1.2 GHz
Iris Plus Graphics 650 48 @ 0.3 - 1.1 GHz64/128 Bit
Iris Plus Graphics 645 48 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz
Iris Plus Graphics 640 48 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 630 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics P630 24 @ 0.3 - 1.2 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 630 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics P630 24 64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 620 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 620 24 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 617 24 @ 0.3 - 1.15 GHz64/128 Bit
UHD Graphics 615 24 @ 0.3 - 1 GHz64/128 Bit
HD Graphics 615 24 @ 0.3 - 1.05 GHz64/128 Bit
GeForce MX250 384 @ 1.52 - 1.58 GHz64 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce MX230 256 @ 1.52 - 1.53 GHz64 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce MX250 384 @ 1.52 - 1.58 GHz64 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce MX230 256 @ 1.52 - 1.53 GHz64 Bit @ 7000 MHz
CodenameKaby-Lake-Refresh GT2N17S-G2N17S-G0
ArchitectureGen. 9.5PascalPascal
Pipelines24 - unified384 - unified256 - unified
Core Speed300? - 1150 (Boost) MHz1518 - 1582 (Boost) MHz1519 - 1531 (Boost) MHz
Memory Bus Width64/128 Bit64 Bit64 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3/DDR4GDDR5GDDR5
Shared Memoryyesnono
DirectXDirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1, Shader 5.0
technology14 nm14 nm14 nm
FeaturesQuickSyncVulkan 1.1, OpenGL 4.6, OpenCL 1.2, GPU Boost 3.0, Multi MonitorVulcan 1.1, GPU Boost 3.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, GeForce Experience, GameWorks
Date of Announcement01.09.2017 20.02.2019 20.02.2019
Memory Speed7000 MHz7000 MHz
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB4096 MB
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttps://www.geforce.com/hardware/noteboo...https://www.geforce.com/hardware/noteboo...
Transistors1800 Million
Notebook Sizemedium sized
CPU in UHD Graphics 620GPU Base SpeedGPU Boost / Turbo
Intel Core i7-10810U6 x 1100 MHz, 15 W300 MHz? MHz
Intel Core i7-10710U6 x 1100 MHz, 15 W300 MHz1150 MHz
Intel Core i7-10610U4 x 1800 MHz, 15 W300 MHz1150 MHz
min. - max.300 MHz900 - 1150 MHz

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - UHD Graphics 620
6.5 pt (7%)
Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - GeForce MX250
11.1 pt (12%)
Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy - GeForce MX230
9.5 pt (10%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
min: 343     avg: 436     median: 435.5 (2%)     max: 512 Points
min: 980     avg: 1186     median: 1220.5 (7%)     max: 1308 Points
min: 786     avg: 851     median: 839.5 (5%)     max: 937 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
min: 299     avg: 379     median: 379.5 (2%)     max: 443 Points
min: 881     avg: 1070     median: 1103 (6%)     max: 1169 Points
min: 698     avg: 758     median: 748 (4%)     max: 837 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 65949     avg: 88812     median: 88745.5 (14%)     max: 115515 Points
min: 100071     avg: 213047     median: 235421 (36%)     max: 252549 Points
min: 163728     avg: 178637     median: 183041 (28%)     max: 189141 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 29002     avg: 43275     median: 42759 (6%)     max: 59483 Points
min: 22385     avg: 68911     median: 78819 (11%)     max: 81895 Points
min: 35141     avg: 61903     median: 74932 (10%)     max: 75636 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 5821     avg: 8170     median: 8143 (11%)     max: 10960 Points
min: 8009     avg: 13380     median: 13121 (17%)     max: 17955 Points
min: 8886     avg: 10432     median: 10529.5 (14%)     max: 11659 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 6910     avg: 9238     median: 9324 (5%)     max: 11437 Points
min: 13805     avg: 21491     median: 21545 (11%)     max: 23863 Points
min: 13376     avg: 15921     median: 15796.5 (8%)     max: 17999 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 538     avg: 1057     median: 1071 (3%)     max: 1313 Points
min: 2726     avg: 3201     median: 3244.5 (8%)     max: 3567 Points
min: 2041     avg: 2300     median: 2298.5 (6%)     max: 2531 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 557     avg: 1155     median: 1168 (2%)     max: 1444 Points
min: 2939     avg: 3531     median: 3660 (7%)     max: 3885 Points
min: 2168     avg: 2479     median: 2467.5 (5%)     max: 2755 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 13790     avg: 68507     median: 67987 (9%)     max: 102010 Points
min: 42088     avg: 80269     median: 86686 (12%)     max: 101192 Points
min: 49120     avg: 78716     median: 84971 (11%)     max: 95803 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited
7727 Points (56%)
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot (ES 3.0) Unlimited Graphics
8007 Points (19%)
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
min: 5204     avg: 5377     median: 5376.5 (55%)     max: 5549 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
min: 4856     avg: 5023     median: 5023 (20%)     max: 5190 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Night Raid
min: 3967     avg: 5202     median: 5245 (8%)     max: 6637 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Night Raid Graphics Score
min: 4163     avg: 5221     median: 5312 (3%)     max: 6380 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 1175     avg: 1928     median: 1935.5 (5%)     max: 2283 Points
min: 3930     avg: 4666     median: 4850 (11%)     max: 5302 Points
min: 3316     avg: 3590     median: 3621.5 (9%)     max: 3720 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 1144     avg: 1743     median: 1747 (3%)     max: 2006 Points