NVIDIA GeForce MX550 might be the first Ampere card with 2GB GDDR6 memory, 15% faster than MX450

Published: 12th Dec 2021, 12:03 GMT   Comments

NVIDIA could be launching a true entry-level GPU soon

According to ITHome, NVIDIA is preparing to launch its GeForce MX550 discrete GPU based on Ampere architecture. This card would be the first in the series to feature only 2GB memory. 

An undisclosed graphics card appears with Lenovo laptop over at Geekbench website. The discrete GPU is listed as ‘Graphics Device’ which means it is an unreleased product, and its final retail name is unknown. ITHome claims that this should be the upcoming GeForce MX550 entry-level graphics card, supposedly based on Ampere GA107 GPU. The card would feature 16 Compute Units, which in this case means 16 Streaming Multiprocessors each with 128 CUDA cores. This likely means a partial implementation of the GA107 GPU, featuring just as many cores as GeForce RTX 3050 non-Ti (2048).

Undisclosed NVIDIA GPU with 2GB memory, Source: Geekbench

The graphics card is to be offered with an Intel Core i7-1260P 12-core/16-thread CPU, which is part of the Alder Lake-P (U28) series supposedly launching at CES 2022. Such a system would be targeting sub-50W configuration for CPU+GPU, which is typically reserved for ultra-thin designs. The appearance of the GeForce MX550 is especially interesting, considering it might launch at the same time as Intel’s upcoming entry-level Arc Alchemist DG2-128. However, for some reason, Lenovo opted for an NVIDIA GPU in this case.

Intel Core i7-1260P Alder Lake-P CPU, Source: Geekbench

The MX550 would feature more than twice the core count of the MX450 based on Pascal GP107 GPU (2048 vs 896). This is mainly because Ampere architecture doubled the FP32 cores over the previous generation, however as it shows, this does not necessarily translate into doubled performance. NVIDIA has only started using GDDR6 memory with MX450, but it is unclear how much faster would MX550 memory be compared to these 1.5-year-old G6 models.

Rumored GeForce MX550 vs MX450, Source: Geekbench

Performance-wise we are looking at 15% higher performance compared to MX450 (with Core i5-11300H 35W CPU). This is obviously not an apples-to-apples comparison, but it sets a good baseline of what to expect from NVIDIA’s new MX series. At this moment, however, there is no information about other MX500 series GPUs. It is yet to be confirmed if MX550 uses GA107’s full 128-bit memory bus or rather relies on a shorter 64-bit bus instead.

NVIDIA GeForce MX Series
GeForce MXGPUGPU Clock (MHz)CoresMemory
2022 GeForce MX500 Series (Ampere)
MX550 ?N19S-G5 (?) (GA107)
 
~1500
 
2048
 
2GB G6 (?)b
TBC
2H 2020 GeForce MX400 Series (Turing)
MX450 25W G6N18S-G5 (TU117)
 
1395-1575
 
896
 
2GB G6 64b
 
10 Gbps
MX450 25W G5N18S-G5 (TU117)
 
1395-1575
 
896
 
2GB G5 64b
 
5-8 Gbps
MX450 15WN18S-LP (TU117)
 
720-930
 
896
 
2GB G6 64b
 
10 Gbps
1H 2020 GeForce MX300 Series (Pascal)
MX350 25WN17S-G5 (GP107)
 
1354-1468
 
640
 
2GB G5 64b
 
7 Gbps
MX350 15WN17S-LP (GP107)
 
746-937
 
640
 
2GB G5 64b
 
7 Gbps
MX330N17S-G3 (GP108)
 
1531-1594
 
384
 
2GB G5 64b
 
7 Gbps
MX310N17S-G4 (GP108)
 
1341-1379
 
256
 
2GB G5 64b
 
7 Gbps
2019 GeForce MX200 Series (Pascal)
MX250 25WN17S-G2 (GP108)
 
1518-1582
 
384
 
2GB G5 64b
 
7 Gbps
MX250 10WN17S-LG (GP108)
 
937-1038
 
384
 
2GB G5 64b
 
7 Gbps
MX230N17S-G0 (GP108)
 
1518-1531
 
256
 
2GB G5 64b
 
7 Gbps
2017 GeForce MX100 Series (Pascal/Maxwell)
MX150 25WN17S-G1 (GP108)
 
1468-1531
 
384
 
2GB G5 64b
 
6 Gbps
MX150 10WN17S-LG (GP108)
 
937-1038
 
384
 
2GB G5 64b
 
6 Gbps
MX130N16S-GTR (GM108)
 
1122-1242
 
384
 
2GB G5 64b
 
6 Gbps
MX110N16V-GMR1 (GM108)
 
963-993
 
256
 
2GB G5 64b
 
1.8 Gbps

Source: Geekbench via ITHome




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