GeForce MX550: specs and benchmarks

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Aggregate performance score

GeForce MX550 provides acceptable gaming and benchmark performance at 11.82% of a leader's which is GeForce RTX 4090.

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce MX550 sales 17 December 2021. This is a laptop graphics card based on a Turing architecture and made with 12 nm manufacturing process. It is primarily aimed at gamers. 2 GB of GDDR6 memory clocked at 12 GHz are supplied, and together with 64 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 96 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via PCIe 4.0 x8 interface. Power consumption is at 15-25 Watt.

Primary details

Some basic facts about GeForce MX550: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance ranking377
Place by popularitynot in top-100
ArchitectureTuring (2018−2021)
GPU code nameGN18-S5
Market segmentLaptop
Release date17 December 2021 (2 years ago)

Detailed specifications

GeForce MX550's specs such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce MX550's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores1024of 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Boost clock speed1320 MHzof 3599 (Radeon RX 7990 XTX)
Number of transistors4,700 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology12 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Power consumption (TDP)15-25 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)
Texture fill rate42.24of 969.9 (H100 SXM5 96 GB)

Form factor & compatibility

Information on GeForce MX550's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

InterfacePCIe 4.0 x8
Supplementary power connectorsNone

VRAM capacity and type

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce MX550: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR6
Maximum RAM amount2 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width64 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed12000 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Memory bandwidth96 GB/sof 3276 (Aldebaran)
Shared memory-

Connectivity and outputs

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce MX550. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference graphics cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model, while non-reference desktop models can (though not necessarily will) bear a different set of video ports.

Display ConnectorsNo outputs

Supported technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce MX550. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

Optimus+

API compatibility

APIs supported by GeForce MX550, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (12_1)
Shader Model6.6
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL3.0
Vulkan1.2
CUDA7.5

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of GeForce MX550. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GeForce MX550 11.82

Passmark

This is the most ubiquitous GPU benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various types of load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

GeForce MX550 4569

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GeForce MX550 10005

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GeForce MX550 36560

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GeForce MX550 6126

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GeForce MX550 40364

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce MX550 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Average FPS across all PC games

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular modern games across different resolutions:

Full HD44
4K28

FPS performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 18−20

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 18−20
Battlefield 5 35−40
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
Cyberpunk 2077 18−20
Far Cry 5 30−35
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 40−45
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 35−40
Metro Exodus 35−40
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 60
Watch Dogs: Legion 21−24

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 18−20
Battlefield 5 35−40
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
Cyberpunk 2077 18−20
Far Cry 5 70
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 40−45
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 35−40
Metro Exodus 35−40
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 26
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 50
Watch Dogs: Legion 21−24

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 18−20
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
Cyberpunk 2077 18−20
Far Cry 5 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 40−45
Horizon Zero Dawn 35−40
Metro Exodus 35−40
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 27
Watch Dogs: Legion 21−24

Full HD
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35

1440p
High Preset

Battlefield 5 21−24
Far Cry New Dawn 20−22
Hitman 3 16−18
Red Dead Redemption 2 8−9

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 12−14
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 8−9
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 14−16
Cyberpunk 2077 6−7
Far Cry 5 18−20
Forza Horizon 4 21−24
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
Metro Exodus 18−20
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 18−20
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 12−14
Watch Dogs: Legion 7−8

4K
High Preset

Far Cry 5 27−30
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
Hitman 3 8−9
Horizon Zero Dawn 12−14
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 7−8
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−11

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 7−8
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
Battlefield 5 10−12
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 7−8
Cyberpunk 2077 2−3
Forza Horizon 4 14−16
Horizon Zero Dawn 12−14
Metro Exodus 12−14
Watch Dogs: Legion 4−5

4K
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 10−12

Closest competitors

GeForce MX550's performance relative to its closest rivals among notebook graphics cards.


AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to GeForce MX550 is Radeon RX 560 Mobile, which is slower by 5% and lower by 11 positions in our ranking.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce MX550:

Similar GPUs

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Recommended processors

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