NVIDIA GeForce MX230 vs AMD RX Vega 10 – the NVIDIA GPU is faster but Vega 10 is a decent performer too
NVIDIA has a lot of GPU variants in the lower segment. The MX-based video cards still have a decent market share because they combine lower cost and decent performance. Nevertheless, the bigger models like MX150, MX230, and MX250 are unbeaten by any iGPU and they are the only choice if the performance of Iris Plus G7 or AMD RX Vega 10 isn’t enough for your needs and at the same time, your budget is tight.
However, the integrated graphics solutions already have stolen some amount of customers that need a really basic GPU. For example, the MX110 offers similar performance to Iris Plus G4 and it’s slower than Iris Plus G7 – AMD RX Vega 8 is faster than the least powerful MX GPU as well. In addition to that, we decided that the time has come for the next GPU vs iGPU comparison – MX230 vs AMD RX Vega 10.
The AMD RX Vega 10 can be found in Ryzen 7 APUs such as AMD Ryzen 7 3750H and AMD Ryzen 7 3700U. It’s based on the Vega architecture (5th generation GCN) and it has 640 shader units, 8 CUs, 1300MHz boost clock, and a bit lower TDP values than MX230. Additionally, you can boost this iGPU if you use dual-channel 2400 MHz memory (Vega 10 will not run optimally if your notebook is equipped with a single stick RAM clocked at 2133 MHz).
The GeForce MX230 is something like a cut-down version of MX250 (it has lower shader count and reduced frequencies). More specs – 256 shader units, 16 ROPs, 1519 MHz / 1531 MHz base and boost clocks, 7000 MHz memory frequency, and 64-bit memory bus.
GPU comparison table
|GeForce MX230||AMD RX Vega 10|
|Architecture||Pascal||iGPU in Zen+ APUs|
|Base Clock (MHz)||1519||300|
|Boost clock (MHz)||1531 (+28%)||1300|
|Memory clock (MHz)||7000||depends on RAM frequency|
|Memory size (MB)||2048-4096||variable|
|Memory bus width (bit)||64||–|
|TGP (Total Graphics Power)||TDP: 10-30W||TDP: 9W-25W|
It’s time for benchmarks.
In terms of synthetic benchmarks, the gap between these iGPUs looks normal – 20%. Don’t forget the fact that Vega 10 is an integrated solution so its performance here is good enough.
|GeForce MX230 over AMD RX Vega 10||3Dmark Fire Strike (G)||Unigine Heaven 3.0||Unigine Heaven 4.0||Unigine Superposition||Average difference %|
|NVIDIA GeForce MX230||3%||44%||57%||20%|
|AMD RX Vega 10||28%|
The gaming tests are the thing that matters the most when it comes to GPU performance.
|CS:GO||HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)||HD 1080p, Medium (Check settings)||HD 1080p, MAX (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce MX230||73 fps (+7%)||65 fps (+18%)||57 fps (+30%)|
|AMD RX Vega 10||68 fps||55 fps||44 fps|
The NVIDIA GPU is always faster here but the Vega 10 isn’t a bad performer and you can play CS:GO at Low settings with 68 FPS on average with it.
|DOTA 2||HD 1080p, Low (Check settings)||HD 1080p, Normal (Check settings)||HD 1080p, High (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce MX230||76 fps (+9%)||61 fps (+74%)||48 fps|
|AMD RX Vega 10||71 fps||35 fps||– fps|
In DOTA 2, the iGPU show good results at Low settings but above that, it definitely lacks power against MX230.
Performance summary (gaming tests)
The NVIDIA MX230 is more than 42% faster than AMD RX Vega 10, still, the latter is doing a great job for an integrated video card.
|GeForce MX230 over AMD RX Vega 10||Full HD, Low||Full HD, Normal||Full HD, High||Average difference|
|NVIDIA GeForce MX230||+8%||+46%||+30%||+42%|
|AMD RX Vega 10|
So, what do you actually need – an affordable gaming machine or just a fast device, which you’ll be occasionally using to play low-demanding games? If you’re on a budget, the MX230 is a better choice than the iGPU – it has more power, while the dedicated memory is certainly an advantage. Sometimes the lack of the latter is a bottleneck for a lot of iGPUs because, for optimal performance, an integrated solution needs a dual-channel memory, and at least 8GB preinstalled RAM with a higher clock – unfortunately, not every laptop with an iGPU only can meet all these requirements. For gaming, the MX230 is better, no matter the game, no matter the load. Оf course, you can have a look at the MX250-based devices since they aren’t much more expensive and for a small increase of the price you can have an even faster laptop.
Nevertheless, the AMD RX Vega 10 is a decent iGPU that supports quite a lot of games at 1080p, low settings. Its biggest advantage is that it’s fitted in Zen+ CPUs which are fast and efficient at the same time. In most cases, the Zen+ laptops are better-priced than the Intel ones. The lack of a dedicated video card and the battery-friendly CPUs lead to decent performance combined with longer battery life. Moreover, the iGPU doesn’t take additional space inside of the laptop and that means cooler innards compared to an MX230-based laptop.
All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce MX230
Lenovo Flex 15
- Intel Core i7-8565U
- NVIDIA GeForce MX230 (2GB GDDR5)
- 8GB RAM
- 512GB SSD
Dell Inspiron 3793
- Intel Core i7-1065G7
- NVIDIA GeForce MX230 (2GB GDDR5)
- 16GB RAM
- 2000GB HDD
All laptops equipped with the AMD RX Vega 10
Dell Inspiron 5585
- AMD Ryzen 7 3700U
- AMD Radeon RX Vega 10
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB SSD