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[Comparison] Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 vs NVIDIA GeForce MX230 – the integrated GPU offers significantly better gaming performance

Today we are comparing an iGPU against a discrete GPU to see if the old tale that iGPUs are a joke holds any value. The Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 has been taking wins left, right, and center, against a variety of different opponents. This time we are putting it against the NVIDIA GeForce MX230.

Here you can find more information about both GPUs: Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 / NVIDIA GeForce MX230

Specs table

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7NVIDIA GeForce MX230
Manufacturing process10nm+14nm
Cores96256
Frequency: Base/Max300MHz/1250MHz1519MHz/1582MHz
Memory typeshared memoryGDDR5

GPU benchmarks

In all of our tests, the Intel GPU won by a lot. It managed to perform better in all of our tests and with very significant percentage advantages. It was 108% better in 3DMark Fire Strike, 31% better in Unigine Heaven 4.0, and 178% better in Unigine Superposition.

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

Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Gaming tests

cs-go-benchmarks

CS:GOHD 1080p, Low (Check settings)HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings)HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7168 fps (+95%)120 fps (+69%)70 fps (+23%)
NVIDIA GeForce MX23086 fps71 fps57 fps

DOTA 2HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings)HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7123 fps87 fps60 fps (+22%)
NVIDIA GeForce MX230123 fps94 fps (+8%)49 fps

 

Conclusion

This is another dominant victory for the Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7. With performance gains of up to 178% in synthetic benchmarks and around 23% in high settings in both games we tested, this iGPU is definitely something to consider when choosing your next machine. The improvement on the side of Intel has been impressive, and we can’t wait for them to release their own discrete GPUs, and hopefully pair them with adequate drivers.

All laptops with the Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7:

All laptops with the NVIDIA GeForce MX230: