In this MX150 vs MX130 guide, we compare two of the lower end mobile graphics cards from Nvidia.
The MX130 was released 6 months after the GeForce MX150 and is uses the older Maxwell architecture. Both GPUs are budget-friendly solutions and can be found in many light and portable budget laptops today. So how does the two perform against each other? Read on and find out which graphics card is best for you.
Nvidia GeForce MX150
The MX150 is a low end GPU for laptops. It was released in May 2017 as the mobile version of the GT 1030 desktop GPU. It is built on the GP108 chip using the Pascal architecture in the 14 nm FinFET process.
The card features a total of 384 shader units and the core runs at a clock speed of 1468 MHz and 1532 MHz boost. It uses up to 4 GB GDDR5 memory clocked at 5012 MHz using the 64-bit interface, the resulting total bandwidth is 48.06 GB/s.
The card exists in two variants, a ‘regular’ MX150 rated at 25-watt TDP and a power efficient version rated at 10 watts TDP. The power-efficient version has 936 MHz core clock speed and 1037 MHz boost. Therefore you need to check the version you are buying as there is a big performance difference between the two.
The MX150 supports DirectX 12_1 and OpenGL APIs.
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Nvidia GeForce MX130
The MX130 is a rebranded GeForce 940MX which was released as a budget GPU for ultraportable laptops. It was released in November 2017 as a mid-range laptop GPU. This GPU is built on the GP108 chip (same as the MX150) using the older Maxwell architecture. It is manufactured using the 28 nm FinFET process technology.
The GPU features 384 shader processing units. The core runs at a base clock speed of 1122 MHz and 1242 MHz boost clock. The MX130 uses a maximum of 2 GB GDDR5 or DDR3 memory at a speed of 5012 MHz using a 64-bit interface, the resulting transfer rate is 40.1 GB/s. The card Is rated at 30-watt TDP and is therefore suitable for thin laptops. It supports DirectX 12.0 (12_1) and OpenGL 4.6 APIs.
The benchmark results for our MX150 vs MX130 comparison show that the MX150 provides more processing power than the MX130. In the non-gaming benchmarks, the MX150 performs 31% better than the MX130 in the 3DMark Ice Storm GPU, in the 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU benchmark, the MX150 performs 41% better than the MX130. It also performs 50% better in the Unigine Heaven 3.0 and 12% better in the PassMark benchmark.
In the gaming benchmarks, the MX150 averages at 103 fps in GTA V low settings at 768p while the MX130 averages at 80 fps. At medium 768p, the MX150 drops to 43 fps while the MX130 provides 37 fps, in Very high settings, the MX150 provides 21 fps against 11 fps. In CS GO, low settings at 768p, the MX150 provides 129 fps against 115 fps.
Tuned in medium setting, it averages at 102 fps while the MX130 averages at 93 fps. In maximum settings, the MX130 takes the lead with 79 fps against the MX150’s 73 fps.
Both cards are not branded as gaming cards although they can handle most light games. From the performance results, the MX150 is the superior card although you must be careful and check which version you are getting. Hope our MX150 vs MX130 guide was helpful, if you have any question, feel free to ask in the comment section.