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[Comparison] Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 vs NVIDIA GeForce MX330 – A new age in Intel iGPUs

Today we have a very interesting comparison. Intel has definitely made use of the hiring of Raja Koduri, who designed its newest Iris Graphics from scratch. Now that we get the first batch of this new GPU family we want to see exactly how good it is against a variety of different competitors. Today we are putting the Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 vs the NVIDIA GeForce MX330 to see if an iGPU can match the discrete GPUs.

You can find out more about the Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 here.

You can find out more about the NVIDIA GeForce MX330 here.

Specs table

Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7NVIDIA GeForce MX330
Cores96384
Base / Max frequency300 – 1250MHz1531 – 1594 MHz
MemoryShared memory2GB

GPU benchmarks

In our GPU tests, the Iris Xe Graphics G7 was the better chip by far. We saw performance gains ranging from 26% up to 51% across our different benchmarks. Below you can check out some gaming tests and decide for yourself, which GPU is better.

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) 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 (+58%)120 fps (+36%)70 fps
NVIDIA GeForce MX330106 fps88 fps76 fps (+9%)

DOTA 2HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings)HD 1080p, High (Check settings)
Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7123 fps (+10%)87 fps (+13%)60 fps (+2%)
NVIDIA GeForce MX330112 fps77 fps59 fps

 Conclusion

While the Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 was better in all of our benchmarks, showing performance gains of up to 51%, with the gaming tests also favoring them, up until we got to the maximum settings, where the FPS numbers were nearly identical. This shows that the Intel GPU is better for productivity tasks, but can excel in gaming too, while the MX330 was very likely designed to tackle gaming with the highest priority.

All laptops with the Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7:

All laptops with the NVIDIA GeForce MX330: