[FPS Benchmarks] Need For Speed Heat on NVIDIA GeForce MX450 (GDDR6/25W) and MX350 (25W) – MX450 is 66% faster

Need For Speed Heat is a breath of fresh air for the series. The titles bring to the table good graphics, a great soundtrack, and intense gameplay full of racing and police pursuits. The game is based on the Frostbite 3 engine and it’s not the lightest game out there if you want to use the Ultra preset.

However, the good news is a lot of low-end dGPU are fast enough for at least 30 FPS on Low settings.  For this article, we have prepared two inexpensive graphics solutions – the NVIDIA GeForce MX450 (GDDR6/25W) and MX350 (25W). Let’s see how fast these two are when it comes to Need For Speed Heat.

Don’t forget to take a look at our Top 100 Best Laptops for Need For Speed Heat list.


GeForce MX450 and MX350 variants

  GeForce MX450 (GDDR6/25W) GeForce MX350 (25W)
Architecture Turing Pascal
GPU chip TU117 GP107
Shader units 896 (+40%) 640
ROPs 16 16
Base Clock (MHz) 1395 (+3%) 1354
Boost clock (MHz) 1575 (+7%) 1468
Memory clock (MHz) 1250 1752 (+40%)
Memory size (MB) 2048 2048
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR5
Memory bus width (bit) 64 64
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 25 25
DirectX version 12.1 12.1
Technology 12nm 14nm
RTX capabilities No No
Release date 08.2020 02.2021
Detailed specs Link Link


Synthetic benchmarks

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

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

Gaming tests and gameplay videos (ext. monitor)

Need For Speed Heat Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX450 (GDDR6/25W) 69 fps (+86%) 40 fps (+60%) 32 fps (+52%)
GeForce MX350 (25W) 37 fps 25 fps 21 fps


Well, the NVIDIA GeForce MX450 (GDDR6/25W) just destroyed the GeForce MX350 (25W). On average, the bigger GPU is 66% faster which is a mind-blowing difference. It’s great to see that this GPU can even show 32 FPS on Ultra quality. The GeForce MX350 (25W) is fast enough to show 37 FPS on Low quality which is okay if you aren’t too pretentious.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce MX450 (GDDR6, 25W / 28.5W)

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce MX350 (25W)

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