NVIDIA GeForce MX150 vs GTX 960M Comparison Review

In this MX150 vs 960M comparison, we look at two graphics cards from Nvidia with pretty close speeds and a slight difference in performance. They are based on different architectures and chips. The MX150 was released in 2017 while the GTX 960 was released two years earlier, in 2015. Find out how the newer GPU performs against the older 960M and decide which suits your needs the best, read on.

Nvidia GeForce MX150

The MX150 is a dedicated graphics card meant for low power consuming laptops and Ultrabook. The card is commonly found in thin and light laptops used for multimedia and light gaming purposes. The MX150 is based on the newer Nvidia Pascal architecture and manufactured on the 14 nm GP108 chip.

The card has 384 CUDA cores, 8 render output units and 24 texture mapping units. The MX150 graphics card runs at a base core clock speed of 1468 MHz and the boost clock reaches up to 1532 MHz. It has a maximum 2GB GDDR5 technology memory with a memory clock speed of 6008 MHz. The GPU is supported by the 64-bit interface with a memory bandwidth of up to 48.06GB/s.

Here’s the highest rated MX150 laptops

Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M

The GTX 960M is a mid-range mobile graphics card based on the older GM107 Maxwell architecture chip and manufactured in 28 nm process technology. It was released on 13th March 2015 and is the mobile version of the GTX 960.

The GTX 960M has 640 CUDA cores compared to the MX150’s 384. It runs at a base frequency of 1096 MHz which can be boosted up to 1202 MHz.  And also, it has a maximum RAM of 4GB GDDR5 and uses the 128-bit memory interface. The memory speed is clocked at 2500 MHz and has a memory bandwidth of up to 80GB/s.

Here’s the highest rated 960M laptops

MX150 vs 960M Benchmark Comparison

In our MX150 vs 960M comparison, the GTX 960M graphics card performed slightly better than the MX150 in non-gaming benchmarks such as 3DMark Ice Storm and 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics. Gpuboss ranked the GTX 960M above the MX150 in its Bitcoin and face detection benchmarks.

The same is replicated in the gaming benchmarks. The 960M provided 160 fps on Fortnite low settings (720p) 99 fps on medium 1080p and 40fps on high 1080p. The MX150 pumped out 100 fps on low settings, 55 fps on medium and 24 on high 1080p.

On PUBG the 960M provided 64 fps in low settings and 35 fps in medium settings. While the MX150 had 50 fps in low settings and 21 in medium settings. GTA V ran on the MX150 at 80 fps and on the 960M at 125 fps in low settings, in medium, the MX150 dropped to 75 fps and the 960 to 114 fps.

Conclusion

The performance of the two is almost the same with the GTX 960M taking a slight lead on most benchmarks. However, the 960M is rated at 75W TDP which means it consumes more power and produces more heat than the MX150 which is rated at 25W.

Additionally, this means you must consider the thermal architecture of the laptop to avoid throttling which can affect the performance greatly. The MX150 also has an advantage because it is newer. And, it is likely to be supported for a few more years while the 960M may become obsolete in the near future.

All factors considered, both graphics cards are pretty good and offer great value for their price. That is all for our MX150 vs 960M comparison, let us know if you have any question in the comments.