Beyond the new Geforce RTX 3090 Ti, and even the already advanced next-generation graphics cards, NVIDIA is not only focusing on the high-end, now presenting its new GeForce MX550 GPU, a discrete Turing-based graphics card for slim multimedia notebooks.
Specifically, this graphics is based on the TU117 GPU, the slowest range within this architecture, completely lacking compatibility with ray tracing and DLSS technologies. Although in reality that is not really a problem, since it is not about GPUs raised for games, but to cover a minimum use within the field of dedicated graphics.
A very interesting segment because it offers almost identical performance to some of the graphics solutions integrated into the CPU, which begs the question why we need such GPUs. And it is that in fact, according to the data of the tests shared in PassMark, we can see that the new GeForce MX550 remain in just 5014 points for the G3D Mark tests, almost the same score as the graphic Vega 8 integrated into AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS processors, currently reaching 4968 points.
This implies that these new NVIDIA graphics cards only offer 0.9% more speed, which, with only a single sample so far, is within the margin of error. In fact, it should be noted that PassMark is not usually a particularly popular benchmark in GPU evaluation today, mainly due to the fact that they have a very limited number of samples available, in this case, just comparing a single sample. of the GeForce MX550 with nine samples with 5900HS iGPU.
Thus, we will have to wait until new samples begin to be released to really see the final performance of these new graphics cards, and whether or not they really manage to outperform AMD’s integrated GPUs. In the same way, it would also be pending to know its final price, which could be an interesting alternative to update a laptop when the use of a higher level dedicated card is not necessary.