This article explains what to expect from laptops with Nvidia MX150 graphics chips, as well as provide a complete list of portable devices equipped with these chips.
The Nvidia GeForce MX150 and MX130 are discrete graphics cards based on the Nvidia Pascal architecture, primarily meant for ultrabooks and ultraportable laptops, as more capable alternatives to the integrated Intel HD and Iris/Iris Pro graphics.
As solutions for thin-and-light notebooks, they are designed with efficiency in mind and have low power requirements, which makes them suitable for compact builds. At the same time they are also more affordable than the higher tier Pascal graphics options, which means will also make their way into a large number of budget full-size laptops.
The GeForce MX150 chip is the mobile version of the GP108-based GT 1030 desktop chip. It comes with 2 GB of DDR5 memory, a 64 bit memory bus, a core speed of 1468 Mhz (with Turbo up to 1532 Mhz) and Direct X12 support. It’s meant as a successor for the Nvidia 840MX/940MX chip, designed to offer a boost in raw performance, corroborated with a low TDP.
Nvidia announces the MX150 to be 3x faster per Watt than the 940MX, with improvements in video rendering, image editing and other fields as well.
Important Update: You should be aware that Nvidia actually offers two different MX150 chips:
- a full-power version with a TDP of 25W, for which we’ve listed the performance numbers mentioned in the table below, which mostly equips 15 and 17-inch notebooks;
- a MX150 Max-Q version meant for ultraportable laptops, with a 10 W TDP, lower clock speeds and thus roughly 30% lower scores in benchmarks and games.
You’ll find more details on how the full power 25W version of the MX150 performs and how it compares to the 940MX with GDDR3 and GDDR5 graphics in this review. You’ll also find what to expect from the 10W Max-Q variant from our detailed review of the Asus Zenbook UX331UN, which is one of the better Max-Q thin-and-lights you can find in stores.
We’ve also gathered some relevant benchmark results for the 25W Nvidia MX150 chip, based on our own reviews and Notebookcheck’s larger pool of data, and here’s what you should expect:
|MX150 2GB||Intel HD 620||GTX 1050 4GB||GT 940MX 2GB||GTX 960M 4GB|
|TDP||25 W||~10 W*||40 W||~25 W**||60 W|
|3D Mark 11||~4500 points||~1630 points||~7600 points||~2600 points||~5250 points|
|3D Mark – Time Spy Graphics||~1075 points||~360 points||~1700 points||~630 points||~1200 points|
|3D Mark – Fire Strike Graphics||~3350 points||~840 points||~5450 points||~1550 points||~4000 points|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider – 768p Med||~45 fps||~11 fps||~67 fps||~21 fps||~49 fps|
|Doom – 768p Med||~55 fps||~16.5 fps||~77 fps||~28 fps||~58 fps|
|GTA V – 768p Med||~100 fps||~23 fps||~117 fps||~70 fps||~108 fps|
|Witcher 3 – 768p Med||~43 fps||~11 fps||~68 fps||~20 fps||~51 fps|
* the Intel HD 620 graphics is integrated withing the 15W Intel CPUs, so its TDP cannot be quantified
** available in different versions, with TDP’s between 15 and 25 W
Based on these results, the MX150 chip is roughly two times faster than the older Nvidia 940MX in games and benchmarks, with similar TDPs. That’s somewhat off from Nvidia prediction of 3x improvement per Watt, but keep in mind that these results are dependent on each implementation and drivers, and can vary between SKUs. Not by much though, as Nvidia is not going to cannibalize the GTX 1050 chip with this lower end model, which is roughly three times faster than the 940MX, but with a higher TDP. The MX150 is also nearly as capable as previous years’ mid-level chip, the GTX 960M, which needs a lot more energy.
The GeForce MX150 makes its way inside a fair amount of ultraportable computers with dedicated graphics and a much greater number of budget and mid-range fullsize laptops with prices between $500 and $800. We’ll gather them all below. First, here’s the list of 14-inch and smaller options.
|Acer Switch 7 Black Edition||13.5-inch IPS touch||Kaby Lake-R Core U / / max 16 GB RAM||MX150 Max-Q||Yes||1.15 lbs / 2.53 kg|
|detachable tablet with keyboard folio, aluminum build, automatic AutoStand, fanless cooling, 3:2 ratio 2256 x 1504 px screen with Wacom digitizer and pen support, 37 Wh battery|
|Starting price: $1699 / 1999 EUR|
|Acer Swift 3 SF314-52||14.0-inch IPS FHD glossy non-touch||up to Kaby Lake-R Core U / max 16 GB RAM||MX150||No||3.75 lbs / 1.70 kg|
|detailed review in here, simple design and metallic build; good backlit keyboard and trackpad; glossy non-touch screen with a pretty poor IPS panel; solid performance; Coffee Lake Core U quad-core variants announced for the second half of 2017, runs cool and quiet; 48 Wh battery|
|Starting price: $799 – more details and latest prices|
|Asus VivoBook Slim S410UN||14.0-inch IPS FHD matte||up to Kaby Lake-R Core U / max 16 GB RAM||MX150 Max-Q||No||3.2 lbs / 1.45 kg|
|smaller version of the 15-inch model reviewed here; nice and light build, plastic main chassis, good backlit keyboard and trackpad, average matte screen, solid performance, runs a little noisy under load, 42 Wh battery|
|Starting price: from $749 – more details and latest prices|
|Asus Zenbook 13 UX331UN||13.3-inch IPS FHD matte||Kaby Lake-R Core U / max 16 GB RAM||MX150 Max-Q||No||2.5 lbs / 1.13 kg|
|review available here, compact and light 13-inch laptop, multiple screen options, KabyLake-R quad-core processors, gets a down-clocked version of the Nvidia MX150 graphics chip, 50 Wh battery|
|Starting price: from $999 – more details and latest prices|
|Asus Zenbook UX430UN||14.0-inch IPS FHD matte||Kaby Lake-R Core U / max 16 GB RAM||MX150||No||2.75 lbs / 1.25 kg|
|very similar to the UX430UQ reviewed here, but with a KabyLake-R Core i7-8550U processor and updated graphics; very sleek design, metallic build, good backlit keyboard and trackpad, excellent matte screen, solid performance, gets hot and noisy under load, 50 Wh battery|
|Starting price: $1199 – more details and latest prices|
|Asus Zenbook Flip UX461UN||14.0-inch IPS FHD touchscreen||up to Kaby Lake-R Core U / max 16 GB RAM||MX150 Max-Q||No||3.3 lbs / 1.49 kg|
|convertible form-factor, premium metallic build, nice backlit keyboard and trackpad, average matte screen, solid performance, runs a little noisy under load, big 57 Wh battery, mostly available in premium configurations with i7 CPU/16 GB RAM/512 GB SSD|
|Starting price: from $1299, but premium configuration – more details and latest prices|
|HP Envy 13||13.3-inch IPS FHD/UHD touch||up to Kaby Lake-R Core U / max 16 GB RAM||MX150 Max-Q||No||2.95 lbs / 1.33 kg|
|compact, slim and well built, packs an IPS panel with small bezels, available with Intel UHD 620 graphics on the base-level configurations, higher end models get a down-clocked version of the Nvidia MX150 graphics chip, 54 Wh battery|
|Starting price: $1099 – – more details and latest prices|
|Huawei Matebook X Pro||13.9-inch IPS glossy touch||up to Kaby Lake-R Core U / max 8 GB RAM||MX150 Max-Q||Yes||2.93 lbs / 1.33 kg|
|premium build and aesthetics; decent backlit keyboard and trackpad; good IPS screen with 3:2 aspect ratio and 3000: 2000 px resolution; some performance issues with demanding loads, but handles daily tasks fine; runs quite warm and noisy; 58 Wh battery|
|Starting price: $1199 – more details and latest prices|
|Lenovo IdeaPad 720s||14.0-inch IPS glossy non-touch||up to Kaby Lake-R Core U / max 16 GB RAM||MX150 Max-Q||Yes||3.26 lbs / 1.48 kg|
|review here – slim and well built, packs an IPS panel with small bezels, nice keyboard and trackpad, good IO, potential performance and wireless issues (details in the review), 56 Wh battery|
|Starting price: $899 – more details and latest prices|
|Lenovo ThinkPad T480||14.0-inch IPS matte or touch||up to Kaby Lake-R Core U / max 16 GB RAM||MX150||Yes||3.96 lbs / 1.78 kg|
|business laptop, fairly slim and very well built, FHD or WQHD matte IPS screen options, touch FHD also an option, excellent keyboard and trackpad, good IO, solid performance, but can get hot, 25W version of the MX150 chip, 2 batteries – up to 72 Wh in capacity (24 W internal + 48 W)|
|Starting price: around $1049 for the MX150 versions|
|Lenovo ThinkPad T480s||14.0-inch IPS matte or touch||up to Kaby Lake-R Core U / max 16 GB RAM||MX150 Max-Q||Yes||2.99 lbs / 1.37 kg|
|business laptop, slim and very well built, FHD or WQHD IPS screen options, excellent keyboard and trackpad, good IO, solid performance, gets hot, poor speakers, 57 Wh battery|
|Starting price: around $1199 for the MX150 versions|
|Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air||13.3-inch IPS FHD glossy non-touch||up to Kaby Lake-R Core U / max 8 GB RAM||MX150 Max-Q||No||2.86 lbs / 1.30 kg|
|nice aesthetics and metallic build; decent backlit keyboard and trackpad; good IPS screen, but with a glossy layer and no touch; solid performance; runs quite warm; 40 Wh battery; affordable, needs to be imported from China in most regions; comes with Windows 10 Home Chinese only, so you’ll have to buy and reinstall Windows|
|Starting price: $999|
And then there’s the list of 15.6-inch and larger full-size notebooks with GeForce MX150 graphics. There will be a lot more options in this class, and as a result we’re not getting as in depth here as with the ultraportable ones above.
Let us know in case we’ve missed anything, and also check out this link for another selection of full-size notebooks with MX150 graphics.
|Acer Swift 3 SF315-51||Clamshell||15.6-inch FHD matte||up to Kaby Lake-R Core U||48 Wh||4.6 lbs / 2.1 kg||$799|
|Acer Aspire 5 A515||Clamshell||15.6-inch FHD matte||up to Kaby Lake-R Core U||48 Wh||4.75 lbs / 2.1 kg||$599|
|Acer Aspire E 15||Clamshell||15.6″ IPS FHD matte||up to Kaby Lake-R Core U||62 Wh (?)||2.4 kg / 5.3 lbs||from $599|
|Acer Nitro 5 AN515||Clamshell||15.6-inch FHD matte||up to Kaby Lake Core HQ||48 Wh||5.45 lbs / 2.46 kg||–|
|Asus Vivobook Thin S15||Clamshell||15.6-inch FHD matte||up to Kaby Lake-R Core U||42 Wh||3.6 lbs / 1.65 kg||from $499|
|Asus Vivobook N705UN||Clamshell||17.3-inch FHD matte||Kaby Lake Core U||42 Wh||4.6 lbs / 2.1 kg||TBA|
|Asus Vivobook X510UN||Clamshell||15.6-inch HD/FHD TN matte||Kaby Lake Core U||42 Wh||3.3 lbs / 1.5 kg||TBA|
|Asus Zenbook Flip UX561UN||Convertible||15.6″ IPS FHD touch||Kaby Lake-R Core U||52 Wh||1.9 kg / 4.2 lbs||–|
|Asus Vivobook Pro N580VN||Clamshell||15.6-inch FHD/UHD matte||Kaby Lake Core HQ||47 Wh||4.18 lbs / 1.9 kg||TBA|
|HP Envy x360 15t||Convertbile||15.6″ IPS FHD touch||Kaby Lake-R Core U||55.8 Wh||2.17 kg / 4.8 lbs||–|
|HP Envy 17||Clamshell||17.3-inch FHD matte||Kaby Lake-R Core U||55.8 Wh||6.7 lbs / 3.05 kg||$1299|
|HP Spectre x360 15||Convertible||15.6″ IPS UHD touch||Kaby Lake-R Core U||79 Wh||2.00 kg / 4.42 lbs||$1279|
|MSI GV62 7RC||Clamshell||15.6-inch eDP-IPS / IPS FHD matte||Kaby Lake Core HQ||41 Wh||4.85 lbs / 2.19 kg||–|
|MSI GL62 7RC||Clamshell||15.6-inch eDP-IPS / IPS FHD matte||Kaby Lake Core HQ||41 Wh||5.2 lbs / 2.35 kg||–|
|MSI PL62 7RC||Clamshell||15.6-inch Tn HD / eDP-IPS FHD matte||Kaby Lake Core HQ||51 Wh||4.85 lbs / 2.19 kg||$799|
|Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro||Clamshell||15.6″ IPS FHD glossy||Kaby Lake-R Core U||60 Wh||1.95 kg / 4.3 lbs||$1199|
Here’s a short glossary of the terms mentioned above:
- clamshell: traditional computer whose screen closes on top of the keyboard and does not flip into any sort of tablet mode;
- convertible: 2-in-1 laptop whose screen rotates or converts to a tablet mode (or similar), but cannot be detached from the base;
- Resolutions: HD ( 1366 x 768 px), WXGA+ (1440 x 900 px), HD+ (1600 x 900 px), FHD (1920 x 1080 px), WUXGA (1920 x 1200 px) FHD+ (2160 x 1440 px), retina (2304 x 1440 px), QHD (2560 x 1440 px), WQXGA(2560 x 1600 px), QHD+ (3200 x 1800 px), UHD (3840 x 2160 px) – also see this post.
That’s about it for now, but as I’ve mentioned in the beginning, this article is a work in progress as I’ll be adding new products weekly as they are released.
If the Nvidia GeForce MX150 chip does not offer what you need, you should also check our lists of laptops with Nvidia GeForce MX130 chips (lower tier, more affordable options) or Nvidia GTX 1050/1050Ti and GTX 1060 graphics (higher tier, more powerful).