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AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 vs NVIDIA GeForce MX130 – integrated graphics are not there yet

Today, we are going to see whether AMD integrated graphics cards has really taken a long road in their development by comparing it to the NVIDIA GeForce MX130. The latter itself is a dedicated GPU, however, it is aimed at energy-efficient machines, that don’t have great thermal efficiency.

You can have a look at our Top Laptop Graphics Ranking to see these cards and even more.

Specs overview

For those of you who don’t know, the Radeon RX Vega 8 comes as a complement to the AMD Ryzen 5 ULV processors ever since the laptop Ryzen CPUs hit the market. It is rated at 15W (keep in mind that this TDP is for the entire CPU package). It has 512 Shaders and operates at a maximum frequency of 1100 MHz. In the other end, we have the 30W GeForce MX 130. Essentially, it is a rebranded GeForce 940MX, which has the less efficient Maxwell die. In its advantage, the MX130 has a higher maximum frequency of 1242 MHz and 2GB of GDDR5 dedicated memory. However, its clock count is lower – 384 CUDA cores.

Benchmarks

Synthetic benchmarks have shown variable results – in half of the tests, the Radeon RX Vega 8 posted a bigger score, wherein the other two, the win goes to the GeForce MX130.

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Gaming tests

On the other side, the in-game benchmarks of some titles solidified the win for the GeForce MX130.

cs-go-benchmarks

CS:GOFull HD, Low (Check settings)Full HD, Medium (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 865 fps50 fps38 fps
NVIDIA GeForce MX13095 fps67 fps53 fps

DOTA 2Full HD, Normal (Check settings)Full HD, High (Check settings)Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 884 fps56 fps31 fps
NVIDIA GeForce MX13090 fps54 fps31 fps

GTA-V-benchmarks

Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5)HD 768p, Low (Check settings)HD 768p, Medium (Check settings)HD 768p, Very High (Check settings)
AMD Radeon RX Vega 868 fps29 fps– fps
NVIDIA GeForce MX13079 fps38 fps20 fps

Conclusion

Despite the controversial results in the raw benchmarks, the GeForce MX130 emerged as a winner in this comparison. While neither of these GPUs isn’t exactly what we would consider a gaming graphics card, the MX130 has a higher average framerate and its own dedicated memory. On the contrary, Vega 8 is a lot more efficient by consuming less energy, hence producing less heat.

All laptops equipped with the AMD Radeon RX Vega 8

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce MX130