Nvidia GeForce MX250 Lower-End Dedicated Graphics

The Nvidia GeForce MX250 is a lower-end dedicated video card. It isn’t as fast as the full blown gaming video cards like those from the GeForce GTX and RTX series. But, the GeForce MX250 is noticeably faster than most of the widely used integrated graphics processors. For example, the popular Intel UHD series. On the other hand, it performs similar to beefed-up integrated graphics processors, such as the Intel Iris Plus series. As a plus in comparison to the integrated graphics processors, the MX250 has its own memory with a capacity of 2GB or 4GB, so it doesn’t have to use the laptop’s system memory.

There are two versions of the Nvidia GeForce MX250 – the full-performance with a power consumption of 25 Watts and a lower-performance 10-Watt version. Unfortunately, there’s usually no info in laptops’ specs sheets on which version is used. Typically, the 25-Watt MX250 is used in the regular “full-size” laptops, like the common mid-range 15.6-inch models. The 10-Watt version can be usually found in thin-and-light and ultra-portable laptops.

Nvidia GeForce MX250 Benchmark

Nvidia GeForce MX250 Benchmark

As expected, the Nvidia GeForce MX250 benchmarks put the graphics processor on the lower end of the spectrum and the difference between the 25-Watt and 10-Watt versions isn’t huge.

The results indicate the MX250 is good for light games and select heavier games on lower graphics detail settings. You can take a look at what particular games look like when playing on the MX250 graphics processor in the videos section of this page below.

Note: Performance and benchmark scores of the Nvidia GeForce MX250 may vary depending on factors such as the notebook's other components (especially single-channel vs faster dual-channel RAM). However, benchmark results and gameplay videos are good indicators of its performance.

Specifications of the Nvidia GeForce MX250

Here's the specs sheet of the Nvidia GeForce MX250:

GPU Name

Nvidia GeForce MX250

GPU Type

Dedicated video card

Number of Execution Units, Cores, Shaders

384 unified

Memory Bus Width

64-bit

Video Memory Size

2GB

4GB

Memory Type

GDDR5

Video Memory Speed

7,000 MHz

Production Technology

14-nanometer

Power Consumption

Standard: 25 Watts; Power-efficient: 10 Watts

Year of Release

2019

Written by Dan on January 21, 2020

User reviews and Q&A on the Nvidia GeForce MX250

Below you can read and submit user reviews, questions, and answers about the graphics processor. Thank you for your contribution.

  1. Question

    Ken

    I’m looking at an ASUS VivoBook S15 with a GeForce MX250 GPU. All I do is net surfing, email and Windows 10 apps, would heat and fan noise be a concern?

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    • Dan

      Hi, I don’t have the S15, so I don’t know about fan noise and heat for that particular model. But, websurf, email, and common apps like Facebook, MS Office etc don’t utilize graphics much, so you won’t benefit from advantage of the MX250 over weaker and more common integrated graphics processors like the Intel UHD series (built into the main processor).

      In general, integrated graphics processors use less power / battery than dedicated video cards and run cooler (allowing less fan noise).

      In my opinion, if you don’t need extra graphics processing power for games and other graphics-intensive tasks, the main advantage of a dedicated video card like the MX250 is that it has its own video memory. The usual integrated graphics processors use a portion of the notebook’s RAM as video memory, so you have less RAM for other purposes.

      Nevertheless, laptops with Nvidia’s dedicated video cards like the MX250 usually utilize Nvidia Optimus technology (you can check in the specs of your laptop if that’s the case, but I think all S15 configurations with the MX250 feature Optimus). It enables the video card to be turned off if the task you’re running don’t need extra graphics power. The processors integrated graphics runs graphics processing then. That way, the laptop runs cooler, quieter and consumes less power (but also uses more RAM for graphics processing). You can also completely disable the Nvidia video card via the card’s control panel under Windows.

      Overall, having the MX250 besides the integrated graphics of the main processor doesn’t have disadvantages if the laptop includes Nvidia Optimus.

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  2. Dan

    Games tested in this MX250 gameplay video: Borderlands 3, Devil May Cry 5, NfS, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Gears 5, GTA 5, Rage 2, Forza Horizon 4, Resident Evil 2, and FIFA 20.

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