NVIDIA GeForce MX350 vs AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 – the MX350 is 15% faster but the performance of Vega 7 is impressive

The mobile Zen 2 processors are on the market for some time and their success is inevitable – they combine powerful CPU and decent iGPU into a single chip. Not so long ago, the Intel Iris G7 was probably the most powerful integrated graphics card but right now things have changed – AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 and Vega 8 are the kings of the iGPUs and there is no doubt in that.

That’s why for today’s comparison we picked NVIDIA’s most powerful low-end GPU right now – the GeForce MX350 and its contender will be the Radeon RX Vega 7. Both are fresh products so it’ll be interesting to see the end result.

See all configurations with GeForce MX350 / AMD Radeon RX Vega 7

Contents


Specs overview

The NVIDIA GeForce MX350 is the successor of the MX250 but it’s much different than the previous-gen GPU. In short, the MX350 is the good “old” GTX 1050 but the memory bus is cut to just 64-bit and the TGP is decreased a lot – 25W. However, at least on paper, the new NVIDIA low-end king seems like a much more capable graphics card compared to the MX250. First of all, it’s a Pascal video card that is based on the GP107 chip, and it has 640 shader units and 16 ROPs. The base and the boost frequencies are the 1354 MHz and 1468 MHz, respectively. The memory is clocked at 7008 MHz.

The AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 is an integrated video card. This means that it has 512 MB memory but it uses the system RAM as well when games need more than half a gigabyte of video memory. At least in our case, this process is automatic and there is no option in BIOS to increase or decrease the amount of system memory that the iGPU can use. We saw 8150 MB allocated system memory for the iGPU solely in DOOM Eternal when we applied the Ultra Nightmare preset.

Apart from that, this iGPU has 448 shader units, 8 ROPs, and the combined default TDP can vary between 15W and 45W because this integrated GPU can be found in AMD Ryzen 7 4700U that has just 15W TDP and the best possible scenario is the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H that has 45W TDP. In our case, our test sample comes with AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS – this is the same CPU as the non-HS one but it has 35W TDP which is still enough for Vega 7.

GPU comparison table

  GeForce MX350 Radeon RX Vega 7
Architecture Pascal Vega
GPU chip GP107 GCN
Shader units 640 (+43%) 448
ROPs 16 (+100%) 8
Base Clock (MHz) 1354
Boost clock (MHz) 1468 1600 (+9%)
Memory clock (MHz) 7008 system memory dependable
Memory size (MB) 2048 512MB + allocated system memory
Memory type GDDR5 DDR4
Memory bus width (bit) 64
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 25W up to 15 – 45W (+up to 80%)
DirectX version 12.1 12.1
Technology 14nm 7nm
RTX capabilities No No
Release date 02.2020 01.2020
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)

It’s time to check the real-life performance of these two video cards.

cs-go-benchmarks

CS:GO Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 153 fps (+6%) 126 fps (+26%) 109 fps (+51%)
Radeon RX Vega 7 144 fps 100 fps 72 fps




 

DOTA 2 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 135 fps 93 fps 74 fps (+42%) 61 fps (+49%)
Radeon RX Vega 7 142 fps (+5%) 100 fps (+8%) 52 fps 41 fps




GTA-V-benchmarks

 

Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5) Full HD, Normal (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 110 fps (+49%) 45 fps (+55%) 23 fps (+44%)
Radeon RX Vega 7 74 fps 29 fps 16 fps




For Honor Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 39 fps (+39%) 37 fps (+37%) 30 fps (+43%)
Radeon RX Vega 7 28 fps 27 fps 21 fps




 

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 79 fps (+13%) 56 fps (+14%) 41 fps 34 fps
Radeon RX Vega 7 70 fps 49 fps 44 fps (+7%) 39 fps (+15%)




rise-of-the-tomb-raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) Full HD, Lowest (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 56 fps (+33%) 38 fps (+39%) 16 fps (+16%)
Radeon RX Vega 7 42 fps 29 fps 14 fps




Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Very High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 28 fps (+17%) 21 fps
Radeon RX Vega 7 24 fps




 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018) Full HD, Lowest (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Highest (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 45 fps (+29%) 19 fps
Radeon RX Vega 7 35 fps 19 fps




Doom (2016) Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 57 fps (+33%) 24 fps 14 fps
Radeon RX Vega 7 43 fps 35 fps (+46%) 32 fps (+129%)




Doom Eternal Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, U.Nightmare (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 26 fps 22 fps
Radeon RX Vega 7 35 fps (+35%) 33 fps (+50%) 29 fps




Red Dead Redemption 2 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce MX350
Radeon RX Vega 7 26 fps




Metro Exodus Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
GeForce MX350
Radeon RX Vega 7 32 fps 12 fps




Gears 5 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 50 fps (+32%) 32 fps (+33%) 28 fps
Radeon RX Vega 7 38 fps 24 fps




Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra High (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 33 fps (+14%) 23 fps
Radeon RX Vega 7 29 fps 24 fps (+4%)




Hearthstone Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 228 fps (+16%) 237 fps (+22%) 49 fps
Radeon RX Vega 7 197 fps 194 fps 60 fps (22%)




 

Minecraft Full HD, Minimum (Check settings) Full HD, Maximum (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 527 fps (+31%) 43 fps
Radeon RX Vega 7 401 fps 47 fps (+9%)




League Of Legends Full HD, V.Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, V.High (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 217 fps 195 fps 176 fps
Radeon RX Vega 7 235 fps (+8%) 210 fps (+8%) 192 fps (+9%)




Rocket League Full HD, H.Performance (Check settings) Full HD, H.Quality (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 226 fps (+67%) 90 fps (+96%)
Radeon RX Vega 7 135 fps 46 fps




Overwatch Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Epic (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 101 fps (+31%) 61 fps (+13%) 40 fps (+43%)
Radeon RX Vega 7 77 fps 54 fps 28 fps







PUBG Full HD, V.Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 51 fps (+24%) 38 fps (+36%) 36 fps (+33%)
Radeon RX Vega 7 41 fps 28 fps 27 fps 20 fps




Darksiders Genesis Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Mid (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 78 fps (+34%) 51 fps (+42%) 42 fps (+35%) 40 fps (+60%)
Radeon RX Vega 7 58 fps 36 fps 31 fps 25 fps




Halo Reach Full HD, Performance (Check settings) Full HD, Original (Check settings) Full HD, Enhanced (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 96 fps (+32%) 86 fps (+28%) 76 fps (+19%)
Radeon RX Vega 7 73 fps 67 fps 64 fps




Borderlands 3 Full HD, V.Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Badass (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 43 fps (+23%) 28 fps (+22%) 17 fps
Radeon RX Vega 7 35 fps 23 fps




Team Fortress 2 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 117 fps 105 fps (+33%)
Radeon RX Vega 7 126 fps (+8%) 79 fps




eFootball PES 2020 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 65 fps (+5%) 39 fps (+3%)
Radeon RX Vega 7 62 fps 38 fps




FIFA 20 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 129 fps 70 fps
Radeon RX Vega 7 132 fps (+2%) 74 fps (+6%)




The Witcher 3 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 42 fps (+24%) 34 fps (+31%) 25 fps (+19%)
Radeon RX Vega 7 34 fps 26 fps 21 fps




Need For Speed Heat Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 37 fps (+16%) 25 fps (+9%) 21 fps (+6%)
Radeon RX Vega 7 32 fps 23 fps




Apex Legends Full HD, Min. (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 47 fps (+12%) 35 fps (+13%) 25 fps (+14%)
Radeon RX Vega 7 42 fps 31 fps 22 fps




Battlefield V Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 38 fps 29 fps 24 fps
Radeon RX Vega 7 45 fps (+18%) 33 fps (+14%) 27 fps (+13%) 25 fps




Call Of Duty Modern Warfare Full HD, V.Low (Check settings) Full HD, Normal (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 32 fps (+19%) 29 fps (+26%) 16 fps
Radeon RX Vega 7 27 fps 23 fps 17 fps (+6%)




ARK: Survival Evolved Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Epic (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 41 fps (+46%) 17 fps (+21%)
Radeon RX Vega 7 28 fps 14 fps




Total War Three Kingdoms Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 46 fps (+35%) 30 fps (+20%) 18 fps
Radeon RX Vega 7 34 fps 25 fps




 

Warframe Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce MX350 109 fps (+14%) 64 fps (+36%)
Radeon RX Vega 7 96 fps 47 fps





Performance summary (gaming tests)

The NVIDIA GeForce MX350 is 15% faster on average compared to the AMD Radeon RX Vega 7 but the latter is a very capable iGPU.

GeForce MX350 vs Radeon RX Vega 7 Full HD, Low Full HD, Medium Full HD, High Full HD, Ultra Average difference %
GeForce MX350 +19% +14% +11% +17% +15%
Radeon RX Vega 7

Verdict

The performance of these two GPUs is perfectly fine. First of all, the MX350 is faster compared to the MX250 and that’s good news for people who need a budget gaming machine. Our test machine was decently cool and quiet during testing – the low TGP definitely helps for that because the GPU doesn’t dissipate a lot of heat. Of course, the thermals and the noise levels can vary from machine to machine (ergo, some other MX350-based devices can be not-so-cool under load and that will lead to decreased performance as well) so pick your configuration carefully.

On the other hand, the AMD RX Vega 7 really surprises us – it’s a really fast iGPU that isn’t too far away from the performance levels of the MX350 and in some games, it’s faster than it. The Vega iGPU is showing higher FPS results in DOTA 2, Battlefield V, DOOM, Rainbow Six Siege (Very High and Ultra), and League Of Legends. The results in Doom Eternal are mindblowing for an integrated video chip – the Vega 7 was running the game on Ultra Nightmare like a boss (well, with FPS between 25 and 35 but that’s more than fine for an integrated GPU) while the MX350 was struggling even on Low because it was completely out of video memory. So, nice job AMD, the RX Vega 7 may be 13% slower compared to the GeForce MX350 but it shows us a good performance for a video card that is “hidden” into a CPU. And because of that, we are eager to see how fast is the new AMD Radeon Vega 8. Stay tuned!

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce MX350

All laptops equipped with the AMD RX Vega 7

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william blake
william blake
1 year ago

so you say 14nm pascal is more power efficient than 7nm vega and 7nm vega is not far in performance from the previous 14nm vega? on the other hand you say 7nm vega7 is impressive? very confusing. i made some corrections to your numbers to make them more suitable to the real world gaming. from all the graphic settings, i chose the one that is closer to 60 frames per second. I also did not take into account those games in which both video cards showed results above 150 fps or less than 40. the player will not choose such… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by william blake