Finally, Nvidia GeForce MX350 entry level laptop discrete graphics card resurfaced in online Asian YouTube review channel including gaming benchmarks. Surprised to see Pascal card in 2020? Don’t worry, this card is awesome in every way possible for budget esport gamers. Specifically, MX350 chip is paired with Intel Core i5-1035G1 Ice Lake quad core processor and 16GB LPDDR4X memory. Laptop machine used here is Lenovo Air 14 (2020) model only for China market. Following video review has indicated that you can play most popular esport game titles at stable and smooth frame rate.
Latest Nvidia 441.37 driver is compatible to MX350 GPU. Unfortunately, in official webpage of Chinese retailers some can notice MX350 with 2GB GDDR5 only VRAM. Quiet a big bottleneck for latest games like Rainbow Six Siege. Budget gamers might need to lower down setting to medium or low levels to maintain steady performance. Disappointing price is also expected from Intel and Nvidia combined laptops. Price tag is $720 according to laptop6 website.
CS:GO gaming performance of MX350 is very buttery smooth maintaining 140 average fps and minimum 112 fps in most dense one to one firefight on low mixed with medium settings. According to Notebookcheck, MX350 performs on par with GTX960M and bit slower than GTX1050 card.
PUBG is the most problematic game in terms of performance on any PC hardware due to bugs and crashes. Anyway, MX350 scores obliterating stable 60 fps on average and 40 fps in a heavy shootout. GPU temperature has risen up dramatically thought up to 66 degrees Celsius.
Lastly, amazing story game Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice can be played at 30 fps on most occasions if you lower down the setting into lowest levels. Probably, GPU and CPU thermal throttling is causing the low frame rates. Shockingly, laptop body is very thin and one small exhaust fan is inefficient for effective cooling.
Overall, Nvidia MX350 plus i5-1035G1 is an expensive combo for entry level gamers when you consider the outdated 2GB VRAM capacity. Therefore, waiting for AMD Renoir APU benchmarks is recommended to compare and contrast between APU’s iGPU and discrete Nvidia MX350 GPU.