NVIDIA GeForce MX550: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce MX550
NVIDIA GeForce MX550
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x8
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory 4 GB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 12000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2021
Performance 11.73

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce MX550 sales 17 December 2021. This is Turing architecture notebook card based on 12 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 4 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.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

11.73%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090.

General info

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

Place in performance rating305
ArchitectureTuring (2018−2021)
GPU code nameGN18-S5
Market segmentLaptop
Release date17 December 2021 (less than a year ago)

Technical specs

GeForce MX550's general performance parameters 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 18432 (AD102)
Boost clock speed1320 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors4,700 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology12 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)15-25 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate42.24of 959.6 (Radeon RX 7900 XTX)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

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

Memory

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 amount4 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width64 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed12000 MHzof 22400 (GeForce RTX 4080)
Memory bandwidth96 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

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

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 support

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

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce MX550. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. 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 11.73
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various 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: 26%

GeForce MX550 4588

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 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 10331

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

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GeForce MX550 5974

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 seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GeForce MX550 6257

Game benchmarks

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

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

Full HD47

Popular games

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Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 35−40
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−33
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 49
Far Cry New Dawn 30−33
Forza Horizon 4 40−45
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 21−24
Red Dead Redemption 2 18−20
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 24−27
Watch Dogs: Legion 18−20
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 35−40
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−33
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 44
Far Cry New Dawn 30−33
Forza Horizon 4 40−45
Hitman 3 27−30
Horizon Zero Dawn 21−24
Metro Exodus 16−18
Red Dead Redemption 2 18−20
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 24−27
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 51
Watch Dogs: Legion 18−20
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 16−18
Battlefield 5 35−40
Cyberpunk 2077 16−18
Far Cry 5 40
Far Cry New Dawn 30−33
Forza Horizon 4 40−45
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 29
Watch Dogs: Legion 18−20
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18−20
Hitman 3 18−20
Horizon Zero Dawn 16−18
Metro Exodus 10−11
Red Dead Redemption 2 10−11
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 14−16
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 10−12
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 8−9
Battlefield 5 21−24
Cyberpunk 2077 5−6
Far Cry 5 18−20
Far Cry New Dawn 18−20
Forza Horizon 4 21−24
Watch Dogs: Legion 7−8
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 8−9
Hitman 3 10−12
Horizon Zero Dawn 9−10
Metro Exodus 5−6
Red Dead Redemption 2 7−8
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 6−7
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−12
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 6−7
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 5−6
Battlefield 5 12−14
Cyberpunk 2077 2−3
Far Cry 5 9−10
Far Cry New Dawn 10−12
Forza Horizon 4 14−16
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce MX550 performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.


AMD equivalent

The nearest GeForce MX550's AMD equivalent is Radeon HD 6990M Crossfire, which is faster by 1% and higher by 1 position in our performance rating.

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Similar GPUs

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Recommended processors

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User rating

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