Nvidia’s reportedly abandoning the low-end laptop GPU market because iGPUs have become too good

Nvidia's reportedly abandoning the low-end laptop GPU market - iGPUs have become too good

Nvidia’s set to retire their MX series of laptop GPUs because integrated graphics are becoming too powerful

Nvidia’s MX series graphics cards have long been a useful add-on for budget laptops, adding enough GPU grunt for some moderate gaming alongside more advanced video encoders than what most integrated graphics solutions could provide. That said, integrated graphics have come a long way in recent years, with AMD and Intel adopting newer graphics architectures within their latest processors alongside AI acceleration and support for the latest video codecs. 

Simply put, AMD and Intel have upped their game when it comes to integrated graphics, lowering the industry’s need for Nvidia’s low-end MX series laptop of GPUs, so much so that Nvidia have reportedly considered retiring the series. When laptop makers can achieve similar performance levels with modern integrated GPUs, there is little reason for them to invest in Nvidia’s MX series of discrete GPUs.

To best the latest integrated graphics solutions by large enough margins, Nvidia’s MX series of GPUs would need a significant upgrade, pushing the series closer, or into, GeForce RTX territory. If Nvidia were to push their MX series to those heights, why not simply make them official GeForce RTX products? Either way, it looks like Nvidia’s MX branding is on the way out.    

Nvidia's reportedly abandoning the low-end laptop GPU market - iGPUs have become too good

With some of AMD’s latest Ryzen 7000 series GPUs featuring powerful RDNA 3 based iGPUs, and Intel’s latest CPUs featuring increasingly powerful Xe-based graphics chips, it looks like the market for low-end discrete graphics solutions is will only decline further. Discrete GPUs add more complexity to laptops, more expense, and more points of failure. If laptop makers can deliver very similar performance levels without a discrete GPU, why wouldn’t they? 

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