Nvidia GeForce MX550 barely beats AMD’s Vega integrated graphics GPU in benchmark
It looks like the Nvidia GeForce MX550, Nvidia’s latest low-end discrete GPU for laptops, isn’t worth putting in a laptop. Although the laptop GPU is based on a Turing GPU, it barely beats AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900HS Vega iGPU.
A leaked Passmark result was spotted by known leaker TUM_APISAK on Twitter, and sees the GPU score 5,014 points. In the G3D Mark test, the Ryzen 9 5900HS Vega iGPU scored 4968, meaning the MX550 outperformed it by around 0.9%, which is within the margin of error.
The GeForce MX550 only has one test and the Ryzen 9 5900HS has nine samples, as the first is likely an engineering sample, so you should take those results with a grain of salt.
Anyway, what makes these results so significant is that the Ryzen 9 5900HS uses an integrated Vega GPU, while the MX550 is a discrete GPU, which would reduce battery life and cost more expensive than just getting a device without a dedicated GPU.
And yet, AMD’s iGPU is still comparable. Not to mention that AMD 6000 mobile processors with RDNA integrated graphics were announced at CES 2022.
This calls into question why integrated graphics are even necessary, especially since the MX550 lacks raytracing and DLSS support. Of course, this is not a problem for the GPU as it is designed for everyday use rather than gaming.