[28 Gaming tests + videos] NVIDIA GeForce MX250 [10W] – not the best choice in terms of performance and power consumption

The 10W version of the NVIDIA GeForce MX250 is designed for thin and light laptops. To be suitable for super-slim devices, the MX250 has gone through a cut-down process that includes smaller TDP and reduced cores frequencies. That’s all, nothing too complicated but of course, that leads to some performance hit compared to the 25W variant.

The 10W version has the following ID – 1D25, while the 25W is described as 1D13. You can read more additional info regarding these two GPUs in our article here. Keep in mind that the TDP version isn’t mentioned by the manufacturer on the box of most of the laptops or even on their official website. As always, a little research before buying something is always handy.

So, let’s see what the NVIDIA GeForce MX 250 (10W) is capable of, and is it worth buying it at the end of 2020.

Meanwhile, you can check out all available laptops with GeForce MX250 (10W) here:

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Specs overview

The GeForce MX250 (10W) uses a GP108 chip which means that we are talking about a Pascal video card. Some specs – 16 ROPs, 384 shaders, up to 4GB GDDR5 memory with a 64-bit bus. As we said, the frequencies are reduced compared to the 25W variants. The base and the boost clock are 937 MHz and 1038 MHz base (a lot lower than the bigger TDP sibling), while the memory is untouched – 7000MHz.

Specs table

  GeForce MX250 (10W)
Architecture Pascal
GPU chip GP108 (1D25)
Shader units 384
ROPs 16
Base Clock (MHz) 937
Boost clock (MHz) 1038
Memory clock (MHz) 7000
Memory size (MB) up to 4GB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bus width (bit) 64
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 10W (TDP)
DirectX version 12.1
Technology 14nm
RTX capabilities No
Release date 02.2019
Detailed specs Link

Gaming tests and gameplay videos (ext. monitor)

cs-go-benchmarks

CS:GO Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 84 fps 75 fps 66 fps


 

DOTA 2 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 35 fps 34 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 MX250 (10W) 71 fps 28 fps

For Honor Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Extreme (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 22 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 MX250 (10W) 50 fps 35 fps 32 fps 25 fps

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 MX250 (10W) 37 fps 25 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 MX250 (10W) 23 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 MX250 (10W) 21 fps

Doom (2016) Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 29 fps 18 fps-

Gears 5 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 27 fps 17 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 MX250 (10W) 22 fps

Hearthstone Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 141 fps 145 fps 60 fps

 

Minecraft Full HD, Minimum (Check settings) Full HD, Maximum (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 221 fps 32 fps

League Of Legends Full HD, V.Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, V.High (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 187 fps 150 fps 149 fps

Rocket League Full HD, H.Performance (Check settings) Full HD, H.Quality (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 171 fps 66 fps

Darksiders Genesis Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Mid (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 40 fps 23 fps

Halo Reach Full HD, Performance (Check settings) Full HD, Original (Check settings) Full HD, Enhanced (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 63 fps 61 fps 57 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 MX250 (10W) 24 fps

Team Fortress 2 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 105 fps 87 fps

eFootball PES 2020 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 38 fps 23 fps

FIFA 20 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 89 fps 46 fps

The Witcher 3 Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 29 fps 20 fps

Apex Legends Full HD, Min. (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, MAX (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 29 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 MX250 (10W) 32 fps 23 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 MX250 (10W) 43 fps 18 fps

 

Warframe Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 60 fps 28 fps

 

Far Cry New Dawn Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)
GeForce MX250 (10W) 21 fps



Verdict

That’s all folks, the NVIDIA GeForce MX250 (10W) will do the job in a lot of popular and light games like CS:GO, Team Fortress 2, League Of Legends, etc. On the other hand, it’s lacking too much performance compared to GeForce MX250 (25W). The latter is clearly a faster GPU in every game and if your main goal is performance (and budget), the 10W GPU is not your cup of tea.

The GeForce MX250 (10W) isn’t faster compared to iGPU like AMD RX Vega 6 (Renoir C3, Ryzen 4000, 15W). The latter seems to a very effective combo that includes a decently fast CPU and a capable iGPU and both are “fitted” in a 15W package while the MX250 is a 10W product solely. In a lot of games, the AMD integrated graphics is faster or on par with the NVIDIA video card. So, in terms of performance and efficiency, the NVIDIA GeForce MX250 (10W) isn’t an optimal solution – it was, but after the debut of AMD Zen 2 CPUs and iGPUs things have changed a lot.

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