For running the benchmarks, I plugged in the ASUS G53SW and set it at High Performance.
Needless to say that the ASUS N53SW is the fastest notebook tested at the Tbreak office to date; both the Intel Sandy Bridge and Nvidia GPU helping out tremendously. Outside of our traditional notebook benchmarks, I ran 3DMark 11 as well as Unigine Heaven v2.5 on the G53SW. For 3DMark 11 I received a score of 1822 points running on the Performance settings and a default resolution of 720p. Running Unigine Heaven I got 24.9fps with the native resolution of 1366×768 and all settings at default. One other test I ran at the last minute was the recently released demo of Crysis 2. On native resolution of 1366×768 and graphics set to Advanced (or Medium), I got an average of 56fps using FRAPS to record an entire 4 minute multiplayer match. These are results that can only be achieved on a gaming powerhouse. Similarly FRAPS helped out in testing out Team Fortress 2 which, at full settings and native resolution ran at 180fps.On the other hand StarCraft II at Ultra settings churned up 46fps.
The rear exhausts actually do help out a lot in filtering out the fan noise while I was sitting in front of the G53SW while running the benchmarks. The fans aren’t so loud on their own while I was playing Crysis 2, and being behind the LCD meant that the noise was dramatically low. While temperatures of the GTX 460m reached up to 76°C while running Unigine Heaven, the CPU temperatures soared up to 72°C while running WinRAR. On idle, the G53SW hovers around 45°C and 38°C for GPU and CPU respectively. Obviously, when on my laps, the G53SW felt mildy warm while playing Crysis 2 or any other game.