ASUS G53SW 3D Gaming Notebook Review

By on March 8, 2011
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A stealthy beast.

Good: Stealth design, Rear exhaust vents are quite and effective, Sandy Bridge CPU is powerful, Nvidia GPU runs all games smoothly, Bluray & 3D playback are amazing, Backlit keyboard is nice & bright, 120Hz LCD
Bad: LCD resolution only 1366x768, Bloatware pre-installed, Matt finish on cover attracts a lot of dust and fingerprints
Price: AED 6,999
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

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.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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  • an interested user

    can you say a little bit to the battery? How long does it run in idle or on a stress test until you need to go back to AC?

    • Taimoor Hafeez

      I didn’t post any battery life numbers because they were quite low; typical for a desktop replacement notebook of course.

      On the power saving “Battery Mode”, and keeping the screen brightness under 50% while just surfing the net, I got just around 3 and a half hours. On “High Performance” mode, at 50% screen brightness I got over 2 and a half hours while surfing the net and Youtubing a bit. Playing Crysis 2 on “High Performance” gave me an hour and a half before I had to plug in the power cord.

      Like I said, these numbers are nothing to write home about, but are standard for such a powerful notebook.

      • an interested user

        It seems the G53SW does not support the new technology OPTIMUS … or can you tell us sth. different?
        What kind of batterie(i.e. 6Cell or 5200mah) is placed in the book?

        • Taimoor Hafeez

          If you check out the Specs page, you’ll see that the G53SW doesn’t contain Optimus.

          The battery is 8Cells : 5200 mAh 74 Whrs.

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  • Joelam27952498

    is it the G53sw – 3D version? is there any review of G53sw -A1?

    • Taimoor Hafeez

      The version we got was the 3D 120Hz panel. You can still check out our benchmarks above to check out the performance as they were done in normal “2D/non-3D” format.

  • Adam951

    you say that ‘we received the 1366×768 120Hz 3D panel for our review machine’ but do you know if it will be available as a 1080p full HD 3D model with 120hz screen?

    • Taimoor Hafeez

      The 1080p screen doesn’t come with 120Hz panel. You can check it out in the Specifications.

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  • zack

    can this laptop support CRYSIS 2 High Perfomance settings?

    • Brandon Fernandes

      YES IT CAN !

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  • Glenn673

    hello i would like to ask the complete model number of the machine?

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