Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 vs NVIDIA GeForce MX230

General info

Comparison of Iris Plus Graphics 650 and GeForce MX230 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
Generation 9.5
Code name
Kaby Lake GT3e
Release date
3 January 2017
21 February 2019

Technical specs

Iris Plus Graphics 650 and GeForce MX230's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Iris Plus Graphics 650 and GeForce MX230's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Core clock speed
300 MHz
1519 MHz
Boost Clock
1150 MHz
1582 MHz
Transistor count
189 million
1,800 million
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm++
14 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
15 Watt
10 Watt
Texture fill rate
Floating-point performance
883 gflops
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Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Iris Plus Graphics 650 and GeForce MX230 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.
Laptop size
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medium sized
PCIe 3.0 x1
PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
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Parameters of memory installed on Iris Plus Graphics 650 and GeForce MX230: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
Maximum RAM amount
32 GB
2 GB
Memory bus width
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64 Bit
Memory clock speed
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6008 MHz
Memory bandwidth
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48.06 GB/s
Shared memory

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Iris Plus Graphics 650 and GeForce MX230. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
Display Connectors
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Technological solutions and APIs supported by Iris Plus Graphics 650 and GeForce MX230. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
GPU Boost
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GeForce Experience
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Quick Sync
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API support

APIs supported by Iris Plus Graphics 650 and GeForce MX230, sometimes including their particular versions.
12 (12_1)
12 (12_1)

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Iris Plus Graphics 650 and GeForce MX230. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

Iris Plus Graphics 650 8.11
GeForce MX230 9.10 +12.2%

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Iris Plus Graphics 650 161538
GeForce MX230 183041 +13.3%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Iris Plus Graphics 650 13153
GeForce MX230 15797 +20.1%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Iris Plus Graphics 650 1655
GeForce MX230 2299 +38.9%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Iris Plus Graphics 650 1698
GeForce MX230 2468 +45.3%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

Iris Plus Graphics 650 2762
GeForce MX230 3364 +21.8%


Iris Plus Graphics 650 1757
GeForce MX230 1972 +12.2%

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Iris Plus Graphics 650 and GeForce MX230 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650

More pipelines (384 vs 256)
Quick Sync (hardware acceleration of video encoding and decoding for Intel CPUs. Speeds up video encoding by times, but at the cost of somewhat lower quality)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce MX230

12.2% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (21 February 2019 vs 3 January 2017)
Less power hungry (10 vs 15 watts)
Vulcan 1.1
GPU Boost 3.0
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
Optimus Support

So, Iris Plus Graphics 650 or MX230?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce MX230.
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