Performance and Benchmarks
The latest Intel Sandy Bridge processors are fast – very fast, in fact. The Core i5-2410M's 2.3GHz may seem low but is misleading as this processor is able to accomplish more than older processors per clock cycle (per MHz, that is). The key difference between the Core i5 series processors and the less-expensive i3 is that the i5 can change its frequency on the fly. The i5-2410M has a base 2.3GHz frequency but can vary that up to 2.9GHz if it thinks the application could benefit from more power. Overall, there isn't a task within reason the i5-2410M can't do well.
The K53E comes with a 640GB Seagate hard drive, which has lots of space and is quiet; it has very reasonable performance despite its 5400RPM speed (high performance drives run at a faster 7200RPM). The 6GB of included RAM is generous; I expect to see more notebooks come with 6GB standard now instead of 4GB, which has been standard for about two years now.
The K53E's integrated Intel graphics are significantly better performing than previous-generation Intel graphics though this still is not a gaming notebook; for gaming, look for a notebook with a dedicated AMD or Nvidia graphics card. For everything except gaming, integrated Intel graphics are more than enough.
Wprime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark Vantage measures overall graphics performance (higher scores mean better performance):
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