Not All NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPUs Are Created Equal

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Back in 2017, when Nvidia launched its Geforce MX150, there was a lot of buzz surrounding these GPUs specifically because there were two variants of the GPU marketed under the same name. The two variants were named N17S-G1-A1 and N17S-LS-A1. The G1-A1 is a 25W chip clocked between 1468-1531 MHz whereas, the LG-A1 variant is a 10W chip with a clock speed somewhere between 936-1037 MHz. 

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The worst part about all this was that there was no way for a consumer to determine the variant of the MX150 present inside a laptop without actually purchasing it.

Now, the GeForce MX250 has arrived to replace the MX150 and if you are one of those who think that such a thing would never happen with an Nvidia GPU again, well we are here to tell you that you are wrong!

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The GeForce MX250, just like its predecessor, has two variants. The standard 25W MX250 carries the Device ID ‘1D13’ while the slower 10W MX250 will be ‘1D52’. And just like before, it is expected that clock speeds will also differ vastly between these two. The 10W SKU is expected to be 30% slower than the standard 25W GPU.

NVIDIA GeForce MX250
Two variants of GeForce MX150 compared using GPU-Z.
Image Credits: tomshardware.com

Tools like GPU-Z may help in determining which one you’ve got. Unfortunately, it is impossible to check the GPU before actually purchasing it because there is no marketing material or accompanying announcement to distinguish the two GeForce MX250s.

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