According to the Chinese portal ITHome, Nvidia may abandon the line of GeForce MX GPUs, dedicated to ultrabooks and low-power laptops. The decision could be motivated by the significant advances that the integrated graphics of modern processors have presented in recent years, in addition to drastic improvements in the efficiency of more powerful dedicated GPUs, which could replace the basic series without much difficulty.
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Reposted by renowned leaker @momomo_us, the information highlights how, during CES 2023, several ultra-thin models from numerous brands were presented, but none of them used a graphics chip from the GeForce MX family. While some machines take advantage of the integrated GPUs (iGPUs) of AMD and Intel processors, others bet on the blue team’s Arc A300M series, or even on more advanced solutions from the Radeon RX 7000 and GeForce RTX 4000 families, scaled for lower consumption.
None of the devices were presented with one of the GeForce MX 500, the most recent models presented last year, and there is no news about an eventual GeForce MX600 line, a scenario that indicates a low demand for Nvidia’s basic solutions. Given this, the giant would have no motivation to update the series with newer technologies.
As the portal highlights, there are multiple points that reinforce this possibility, starting with the enormous evolution presented by the most recent iGPUs. Using the RDNA 2 architecture of the RX 6000 cards, the Radeon 600M line, used in the Ryzen 6000 processors, presented a surprising level of performance, enabling more intense games even in Full HD. The architecture even gives access to Ray Tracing features, albeit in a limited way.
High power has also driven an explosion in the portable PC segment like the Steam Deck and AYANEO 2, powerful enough to deliver frame rates of at least 60 FPS at resolutions above 720P. Even Intel’s Iris Xe solutions, less powerful than the integrated Radeon, manage to deliver performance close to that of the GeForce MX series.
The second argument is the limitations of these GPUs — the most robust of the family, the MX570 has specifications identical to those of the RTX 2050, which were already similar to those of the RTX 3050, but it is strongly limited by consumption and memory configuration, with only 2 GB of memory. VRAM working on a 64-bit interface.
Other than that, the advances presented by the GeForce RTX 4000 family seem to be enough to make MX GPUs less attractive. The combination of the new Ada Lovelace microarchitecture with TSMC’s 4N lithography has shown a huge gain in efficiency, to the point that powerful solutions such as the RTX 4080 and even the RTX 4090 are operating well below the consumption stipulated by the brand, even in the most demanding tasks, like games.
Everything indicates that the RTX 4000 mobile should follow this trend, with emphasis on the RTX 4050 and the RTX 4060, whose technical sheet provides notebook manufacturers with the possibility of configuring these chips with consumption around 35 W, a segment close to where they are. positioned the GeForce MX.
It is important to note that the end of the GeForce MX line is still a rumor, until Nvidia confirms this decision. Nothing prevents the company from launching updated versions with a better performance-per-Watt ratio in the future. That said, ITHome’s arguments are well founded, and illustrate how difficult it would be for the giant to try to position a basic chip in the current market situation.