Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M vs Nvidia GeForce MX150 Review

This GTX 950M vs MX150 comparison article is intended to guide you in choosing the right graphics card for your gaming and multimedia needs. The two graphics cards are based on different architectures and they have an age difference of more than two years, with the GTX 950M being released in 2015 and the MX150 in 2017. Find out how they perform compared to each other.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M

The GeForce GTX 950M is a graphics card by Nvidia that was released in 2015. It is a part of the GTX 900 series primarily aimed at gamers. It is a Maxwell architecture based laptop card on a GM107 chip manufactured using the 28 nm process. The graphics card is mostly used in medium-sized laptops.

The graphics card features 640 shader units with a core clock speed of 914 MHz which can be boosted up to 1124 MHz. There are two variants of the GTX 950M, one with DDR3 memory and the latest with GDDR5 memory. The card has a maximum memory configuration of 4GB DDR3 or GDDR5 with both variants using the 128-bit interface.

The DDR3 memory speed is clocked at 1000 MHz and the GDDR5 at 2500 MHz with a maximum memory bandwidth of 32 GB/s or 80 GB/s for the GDDR5 variant.

Here’s the highest rated GTX 950M laptops

Nvidia GeForce MX150

The GeForce MX150 is a graphics card that was released on 17th May 2017 by Nvidia. It is based on the Pascal architecture and built on the GP108 chip using the 14 nm process. It is the official successor to the Maxwell architecture based 940MX, it is also the GT 1030’s laptop version.

The MX150 has 384 shader units and it runs at a base frequency of 1468 MHz that can be clocked up to 1532 MHz. It features a 2 GB maximum RAM using the 64-bit interface. It has a maximum memory bandwidth of 48.06 GB/s and 6000 MHz memory clock speed. The graphics card supports DirectX 12_1 and the OpenGL 4.6 APIs.

Here’s the highest rated MX150 laptops

GTX 950M vs MX150 Benchmarks comparisons.

In our GTX 950M vs MX150 comparison, the MX150 performed better than the 940M in both gaming and non-gaming benchmarks. In non-gaming benchmarks such as 3DMark Ice Storm, the MX150 performed up to 12.9% better than the GTX 950.

The 950M scored 11% higher than the MX150 in the 3DMark Cloud Gate test. 42% higher in the 3DMark Vantage Performance than the MX150. The MX150 performed better in the 3DMark Fire Strike, 3DMark 11 and Passmark.

The MX150 ran Fortnite better than the 950M with 130 fps in low settings (720p) while the 950M provided 95 fps. It also dominated in PUBG hitting 71 fps against the 950M’s 45 fps in low settings. In Overwatch, the MX150 provided 95 fps while the 950M provided 85 fps in medium 768p resolution. The MX150 hit 135 fps in GTA low settings against 70 fps, at high 1080p, the MX150 fell to 35 fps and the 950M to 24 fps. ESports games run excellently at 1080p on both cards.

Conclusion

The MX150 is much newer than the GTX 950M. Therefore, has the advantage of being supported in the future while the 950M may become obsolete. It also draws less power than the 950M (10 W vs 75W).

The 950M has more shader units and wider memory bus (64 bit vs 128 bit) and supports ShadowPlay which allows recording and streaming video during gameplay. Either way, each of the two graphics cards has its own benefits. Hope you found our GTX 950M vs MX150 review helpful, if you have any question let us know in the comments.