MX150 Max-Q / Low-Power Specs
|Model||MX150 Max-Q / Low-Power (Pascal)|
|Core||GP108, 384 cores @ 0.936GHZ - 1.038GHZ|
|VRAM||2GB/4GB GDDR5 @ 1.5GHZ (6GHZ eff.), 64-bit.|
|GFLOPS (w/Boost)||796 (FP32)|
|Memory bandwidth||48 GB/s|
The Nvidia MX150 Max-Q is a low tier gaming GPU, based on the Nvidia Pascal architecture and the GP108 core. It is a laptop version of the Nvidia GT 1030 GPU, but low power / Max-Q. The low power versions are not unified and have varying clocks. The MX150 LP is mostly used in less gaming focused laptops, like the Lenovo T480s and the Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro.
Performance-wise, the Max-Q version is considerably less powerful for gaming, but it depends on the clocks which vary. The slowest forms are adequate for 768p basic gaming and low-medium graphics settings @ 1080p. However, it is not meant to be used for heavy gaming, but to provide some significant 3D power improvement over the Intel iGPU for thin/lightweight laptops like the Mi Pro. Compared to the Intel 620 and 630 iGPUs, the MX150 GPUs are easily x3-4 faster for gaming, though it is in part thanks to its dedicated resources, like the VRAM.
At this point, the performance information is based on the NBC tests.
The MX150 has two versions – the Max-Q and regular. There are several Max-Q versions which differ in clocks and are more TDP limited.
Compared to previous generation of NVidia GPUs, the MX150, even the Max-Q version, are much faster than the GT 940M/MX, easily around twice the gaming performance and between the performance of GTX 950M DDR3, which is impressive.
The Pascal based GPUs, are about to be replaced with next generation Nvidia GPUs, starting at the end of 2018. I would suggest waiting until then, unless it can be bought for a significantly low price.