For lightweight gaming and content creation chores such as photo and video editing on the go, pouring funds into a laptop with a high-end graphics chip is overkill. Even a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti can quite a bit more powerful than what some people need. To address that market, NVIDIA has gone and added a new mobile Pascal GPU to its lineup, the GeForce MX150.
Hardcore gamers looking to crank up the visual quality settings in the most demanding games will want to look elsewhere, but for users who need more oomph that what integrated graphics provide, the GeForce MX150 is NVIDIA's answer. It is built on the same 16-nanometer FinFET manufacturing process as other Pascal GPUs, and as such it brings with it improvements in power efficiency compared to the previous generation of mobile GPUs.
"GeForce MX150 laptops fly through photo editing tasks, cropping, resizing and enhancing photos up to two and a half times faster than integrated GPUs. Whether you’re a graphics designer working with vector images, or a photographer doing touch-ups, you can get much more done, and quicker, with a GeForce MX150 laptop," NVIDIA says.
NVIDIA says the GeForce MX150 boasts three times the performance per watt as a GeForce 940MX. And if comparing against integrated graphics, NVIDiA says the GeForce MX150 is up to two and a half times faster at photo editing tasks (cropping, resizing, enhancing photos, and so forth) and up to four times speedier when it comes to editing videos.
It is also four times faster in gaming with NVIDiA claiming the ability to hit 60 frames per second at 1080p in titles such as Dota 2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, and World of Tanks. None of those are particularly demanding games, but for the casual gamer, NVIDIA's pitch is that there is more horsepower here than there is with integrated graphics or its previous generation 940MX.
Laptops wielding a GeForce MX150 will start to show up in retail channels next month from the likes of Acer, ASUS, Clevo, HP, and MSI.