In this article, we compare Nvidia GeForce MX150 vs 940MX to help you decide which graphics card is appropriate for your needs. The two are entry-level notebook GPUs, but with the rapid innovation in the graphics space, they may rival their desktop counterparts when it comes to performance.
The MX150 is Pascal based and it was released as an upgrade to its predecessor, the Maxwell-based GeForce 940MX. Find out if the MX150 delivers much power than its predecessor or offer significant performance improvement enough to justify an update.
Nvidia GeForce 940MX (GDDR5)
It is an updated version of Nvidia GeForce 940M with higher clock speeds and faster GDDR5 VRAM (940M has GDDR3 VRAM). It is based on the older 28-nm Maxwell architecture that was phased out. This was already replaced by the 14 nm Pascal architecture in 2016.
There are several variants of the 940MX GPU as different OEMs adjust the graphics cards differently. The 940MX variant with a GM108 chip has increased clock speeds (1122 MHz-1242 MHz) but few CUDA cores (384) while the GM107 variant has slow clock speeds (795 MHz-861MHz) and features 512 CUDA cores.
Here’s the highest rated 940MX laptops
Nvidia GeForce MX150
The MX150 is a low budget graphics card based on the Pascal architecture, it was released in mid-2017. It is the official successor of the GeForce 940 MX. It is the mobile version of the desktop GPU GeForce GT 1030. However, it offers about 15% less performance compared to the GT 1030. Which is still pretty decent for a laptop version.
The MX150 GPU exists in two variants. The normal N17S-G1-A1 that features clock speeds of 1468 MHz-1531MHz and power consumption of 25-watt TDP. The other variant is the power efficient N17S-LG-A1 which has clock speeds of between 936-1037 MHz and a 10-watt TDP. The power-efficient variant is for thin and light laptops and it’s clearly slower than the normal variant (up to -32% clock speeds).
Here’s the highest rated MX150 laptops
Mx150 Vs 940mx in gaming
In our MX150 vs 940MX comparison, we have found that the MX150 is between 35%-40% more powerful than the GeForce 940MX. The Notebook Check noted at least a 20 fps (frames per second) increase while playing The Witcher 3 and Rise of the Tomb Raider on the MX150 in low and medium settings. On PUBG, the MX150 does up to 73 fps compared to the 940MX’s 44 fps on low settings.
The MX150 averages at 124 fps on GTA V low settings while the 940MX provides 77fps.
Most light games, like Dota 2 Reborn, CS GO are playable above 60 fps at 1080p on both GPUs. For more demanding games, such as Overwatch. You have to lower the settings to 1080p medium to get to 60 fps.
The TDPs of both the 940MX and the MX150 are almost the same. The MX150 does not highly deviate from the 940MX. Which is commendable considering that it has higher clock speeds and delivers higher frame rates than the 940MX.
Both cards are decent enough for moderate level gaming and light tasks although the MX150 comes off as better in almost every aspect. However, it’s recommendable to buy the latest card as it will be supported for one to two years. Older cards are likely to get outdated in the future.
Hope you found our MX150 vs 940MX comparison helpful. Let us know in the comments if you have any question!