Earlier this month, NVIDIA quietly released the Maxwell-based entry-level GeForce MX130 and MX110, joining the earlier Pascal-based MX150. The MX130 and MX110 product pages were later updated to specify that they were Maxwell-based parts. These discrete mobile GPUs are OEM-focused, and fill out the very bottom of NVIDIA’s mobile GPU product stack.

Officially, as with previous low-end GPU launches, NVIDIA is remaining tight-lipped on formal GPU specifications. In lieu of hard numbers on CUDA cores and clocks – the latter of which is variable among laptop designs due to power and cooling – NVIDIA is citing performance relative to the Intel UHD 620, the iGPU featured in the i5-7200U (and most other Intel 8th Gen Core CPUs). There the company has the MX110 listed as 1.5x faster in games than the UHD 620, while the MX130 is cited as 2.5x faster. In comparison, the MX150 was cited at 4x faster than the Intel's iGPU.

Best Guess: NVIDIA Laptop Video Card Specification Comparison
  MX150 MX130 MX110
CUDA Cores 384 384 256
ROPs 16 8 8
Boost Clock Variable Variable Variable
Memory Type GDDR5 GDDR5/DDR3 GDDR5/DDR3
Memory Bus Width 64-bit 64-bit 64-bit
VRAM <=2GB <=2GB <=2GB
GPU GP108 GM108 GM108
Manufacturing Process Samsung 14nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm
Launch Date 05/26/2017 11/2017 11/2017

Presumably, these parts are GM108-based 940MX and 920MX rebrands, a common occurrence in mobile GPUs. A SiSoftware entry for a Dell Latitude 5591, mentioned on a Dell Accessories product page, details the MX130 as a 384 CUDA core configuration at 1189 MHz, which again suggests a rebranded GeForce 940MX. Based on the performance difference between the MX130 and MX110, it is likely that the MX110 is a rebrand of the 256 CUDA core 920MX, as opposed to the 384 CUDA core 930MX. As the MX130 and MX110 features both DDR3 and GDDR5 interfaces, OEMs may outfit video memory as they see fit.

Both Maxwell parts support Optimus and Turbo Boost 2.0. As is typical with their low-end mobile product launches, NVIDIA had no further details or information to provide.

Source: NVIDIA (via SH SOTN)

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  • Phylyp - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    Fair enough - the MX150/GP108 is small enough that the yields are probably good. Is there any reason they're still fabbing the MX130/MX110 on the 28nm process - can't they migrate at least the fab process to 14 nm? Reply
  • Ariknowsbest - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    It is expensive to migrate an existing design to 14nm process, and 14nm is more expensive than 28nm. 28nm is probably the most cost-effective process at the moment. Reply
  • Phylyp - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    Thanks, Ariknowsbest Reply
  • jabbadap - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    Yeah gm108 is lacking nvenc so no encoding and nvdec has no hevc nor vp9 decoding capabilities. Would much rather seen them being gp108, although performance would be still quite too close to intel's igpus. Reply
  • Ro_Ja - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    Where did you get that information?

    Starting fron Kepler to the current architecture has NVENC.

    Remember when GT 730 users bypassed shadowplay? It's because it had NVENC.
    Reply
  • ET - Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - link

    See https://developer.nvidia.com/nvidia-video-codec-sd... Reply
  • trane - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    That's very disappointing, was expecting MX 130 to be a lower clocked GP108.

    Vega 8 in Ryzen 5 2500U is faster than 940 MX across the board. Source: Notebookcheck and Tech Report - benchmarks line up as expected. So Vega 8 is going to beat MX 130 handily. Pretty insane for a 15W TDP CPU+GPU combo! Vega 10 in Ryzen 7 2700U might just come close to MX150 + Core i5, which is overall a 30W-35W combo.

    To everyone lampooning Vega for its inefficiencies - at low clocks it's quite stunning perf/W. Well ahead of Pascal.
    Reply
  • lefty2 - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    That's because 940MX comes with DDR3 memory. Theoretically OEMS can use GDDR5, but they never do. Reply
  • trane - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    Vega 8 uses shared DDR3 too. Either way, the point is Ryzen 5 2500U laptops will undercut Core i5 85xxU + MX130 laptops on price, while consuming way less power; for better gaming performance. Heck, it undercuts Core i5 85U laptops without a GPU! Reply
  • Ro_Ja - Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - link

    I've seen more 940MXs with GDDR5 than DDR3.

    I wonder why the 945 is so rare?
    Reply

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