Nvidia releases a new GeForce GPU, but not the one you were expecting

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Nvidia’s MX GPUs are reserved for Ultrabooks and other superportable machines that need a bit of extra graphical oomph, whether it’s for casual gaming or light video and photo editing workloads, and now we have a new one.

Nvidia just introduced the Turing-based GeForce MX450, following the Pascal-based MX350, which was released in February 2020 to power devices like the HP Specter x360 15, which was revealed at CES 2020. This new version, with 2GB of GDDR6 VRAM on PCIe 4.0 should see a healthy increase in performance, making Ultrabooks a bit better for playing the best PC games in your downtime.

However, beyond the faster memory and the PCIe 4.0 interface, which will surely increase the bandwidth available to the GPU, at least on supported CPU platforms, it is not particularly clear how much faster the GeForce MX450 will be. As it is now, the MX350 is basically good enough for some light gaming, capable of tackling most 1080p games on low to medium settings.

That’s probably where this GPU will fit in as well, but until the chip starts to hit laptops in October, we won’t be able to talk about its performance – Nvidia hasn’t listed the specs as thoroughly as it does with more high-performance GPUs.

Either way, if you are looking to buy an Ultrabook for editing photos and videos on the go, the Nvidia GeForce MX450 will definitely be a step up.

Not the GPU you’re looking for

Nvidia is set to announce something at a GeForce event on September 1, which will likely be its next-gen Ampere GeForce cards, likely led by the RTX 3080. Sadly, the GeForce MX450 launch has nothing to do with it, and It will probably be a while before we see an Ampere GeForce GPU make its way into a laptop.

Instead, we’ll probably see laptops continue to be made with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 20 series cards for a while after the RTX 3080 makes its big debut. It took almost a year for gaming laptops to come equipped with Turing, and that’s likely to be the case this time too, especially if the power consumption is as high as some rumors suggest.

As for the Ultrabooks the MX450 will power, we probably won’t see an Ampere version until the end of the architecture life. We may see an improved iteration, very similar to how the MX350 followed the MX250.

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