Aside from the designing discrete GPUs for PC gamers Nvidia also provides its GPU chips for laptops and Ultrabooks and turns out Nvidia has been quietly integrating GeForce MX150 ‘N17S-LG-A1’ or ‘1D12’ variant which are reportedly 20 to 25% slower compared to the standard MX150 graphics chip.
As reported by NotebookCheck, Nvidia has not been very forthcoming when it comes to distinguishing between these two GeForce MX150 variants. Following the announcement of GeForce MX150 by Nvidia for notebooks, the company never explicitly mentioned that there would be two versions of GeForce MX150 and the differences between the two are beyond just different amount of VRAM.
According to the report, the 1D12 variant of MX150 is around 36% slower in regards to base clock. Testing the two variants on 3DMark 11 revealed a noticeable drop in performance.
In related news, while cryptocurrency mining has caused GPU shortage due to increased demand and prices have gone sky high for the GPU but, a report suggests that GPU demand has slowed down for mining and Nvidia is preparing for the future so that shortages never happen again by strictly controlling the “Inventory Levels”.
Seems like the GPU giant doesn’t want to repeat the same mistake twice and intends to prevent GPUs selling out to cryptocurrency miners.
However, Nvidia has predicted that GPU prices will continue to increase in 2018. According to the company, “the pricing in the market will continue to go up through Q3 of this year most likely before we start seeing any type of relief”.
What do you think of Nvidia reportedly integrating a slower variant of GeForce MX150 in notebooks without disclosing them? Let us know in the comments.