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Laptops with Nvidia GeForce MX250 / MX230 graphics (complete list)

By Andrei Girbea , last updated on March 25, 2019

This article explains what to expect from laptops with Nvidia MX250 and MX230 graphics chips, how these GPUs compare to the popular MX150, as well as provides a complete list of portable devices bundled with these chips.

The Nvidia GeForce MX250 replaces the MX150 starting from the first half of 2019, and is still a discrete graphics chip based on the Nvidia Pascal architecture, while the GeForce MX230 replaces the entry-level MX130 chip and is a very similar chip, also based on the Pascal architecture, unlike the previous MX130 that was based on Maxwell and pretty much a rebadged 940MX.

Both are entry-level dedicated GPUs designed as more capable alternatives to the Intel UHD graphics integrated within the Intel Core U processors.

As solutions for thin-and-light notebooks and ultrabooks, these are made 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 Nvidia GPUs, so you’ll also find them in a handful of affordable full-size laptops.

Exact details are still scarce on the two, but we do know that they’re both based on Nvidia’s GP108 14-nm chip, so you can summarize them as slightly higher-clocked versions of the GeForce MX150 GPU. That means you should not expect the MX250 to run significantly faster than the MX150, while the MX230 should squeeze in somewhere between the two, but with a slightly higher TDP and cheaper price.

We’ll update this article with benchmark results and performance expectations once we get to review MX250/230 laptops, but for now, we’ll leave you with the specs sheets, then jump to the list of actual products built with these chips.

Nvidia GF MX250Nvidia GF MX230Nvidia GF MX150
ArchitecturePascalPascalPascal
CodenameN17S-G2N17S-G0N17S-G1
Pipelines384384384
Speed1518 – 1852 MHz1518 – 1531 MHz1468 – 1532
Memoryup to 4 GB GDDR5up to 4 GB GDDR5up to 4 GB GDDR5
Memory Speed7000 MHz7000 MHz6000 MHz
TDP10 – 25 W15 – 30 W10 – 25 W

Based on these specs, I expect the MX250 and 230 to perform similarly to their predecessors, with the main difference between the generations being the slight increase in Clock and Memory Speeds, and the addition of support for Vulkan 1.1, OpenGL 4.6 and OpenCL 1.2.

On top of that, Nvidia will offer different versions of both these chips, just like with the MX150s: a lower power option for ultrabooks, with a TDP of 10-15 W, and higher power alternatives for full-size devices, with TDPs of around 25-30 W.

As far as gaming goes, expect to be able to run less-demanding titles and older games at FHD resolution and Medium/Low details, while for AAA titles you’ll pretty much have to go to HD resolution to get 30+ fps.

Down below we’ve compiled a list of laptops built on Nvidia MX250 and Mx130 laptops. Very few such devices have been announced at this point, but we’ll constantly update the tables and fill them up with the new launches as they come out.

ModelFormatScreenCPUGPUBatteryWeightPrice
Acer Swift 3 SF314Clamshell14″ FHDWhiskey Lake Core UMX250 25W (?)48 Wh~3 lbs / 1.4 kg
Huawei MateBook 14Clamshell14″ QHD glossyWhiskey Lake Core UMX250 25W57.4 Wh~3.3 lbs / 1.5 kgfrom $1199
Huawei MateBook X ProClamshell13.9″ touchWhiskey Lake Core UMX25057.4 Wh~3 lbs / 1.4 kgfrom $1599
Lenovo IdeaPad S430 14Clamshell14″ FHD matteWhiskey Lake Core UMX23048 Wh~3.5 lbs / 1.7 kg
Lenovo IdeaPad S430 15Clamshell15″ FHD matteWhiskey Lake Core UMX23048 Wh~4 lbs / 1.8 kg

Here’s a short glossary of the terms mentioned above:

  • Types:
    • 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 and I’ll be adding new products as they are released, so bookmark this for updates if interested on the topic.

That aside, if these Nvidia GeForce MX250 and MX230 laptops don’t offer the performance you want, you should also check our lists of more powerful laptops with Nvidia GTX 1050/1050TiGTX 1060 graphics or the newer RTX 2060 options.

Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I've been covering mobile computers since the 2000s and you'll mostly find reviews and thorough guides written by me here on the site.

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