Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce MX550 mobile GPU struggles to beat AMD Vega integrated graphics
Nvidia’s next mobile GPU, the GeForce MX550, has been spotted in the PassMark benchmark database. This chip scored 5014 points in the G3D Mark test, which is just above the Vega 8 GPU found in the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS and just below a desktop GTX 1050.
The result, identified by @TUM_APISAK (via Techradar) shows that the MX550 isn’t exactly a gaming powerhouse and struggles to compete with integrated graphics solutions.
The GeForce MX550 should be launched in the coming months. It is based on the 12nm Turing generation TU117 GPU, found in the GTX 1650 and GeForce MX450 desktops among others. It should be equipped with 1024 active shaders and 2 GB or 4 GB of GDDR6 memory. The TDP figure was not disclosed, although we would expect it to end around the 35W mark, which is 10W more than the similar MX450.
On the bright side, the MX550 easily beats the MX450 in PassMark, scoring 5014 to 3274. Of course, it’s hard to judge too much from a single PassMark result. While we’re happy with the generational elevation, we have to wonder what room there is for the MX550 and for that matter, entry-level discrete GPUs.
The competition for the MX550 isn’t the MX450, but integrated graphics and Intel’s upcoming entry-level Arc Alchemist GPUs. It barely matches AMD’s aging Vega integrated graphics, and it certainly won’t be fast enough to beat AMD’s 6000-series laptops with RDNA2 graphics.
Nvidia’s faster laptop GPUs will remain desirable for the gaming performance they deliver, but we wonder how Nvidia can make a big impact outside of the gaming market. There is a risk that Nvidia will lose market share in the face of strong competition in the entry-level and mid-range markets.
Imagine how different things might be if Nvidia managed to buy ARM, because without an x86 CPU license, Nvidia might find it increasingly difficult to make its way into mainstream systems with AMD and Intel CPUs and GPUs. .
However, never write off a company like Nvidia.