ASUS N53SM: Performance

April 4, 2012 by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (50,766)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 5
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 7
    • Usability
    • 6
    • Design
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 7
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 5
    • Total Score:
    • 6.14
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


The ASUS N53SM-DS71 has the following configuration:

  • 15.6-inch glossy 720p display (1366×768 resolution)
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Intel Core i7-2670QM quad-core processor (2.2GHz, up to 3.1GHz Turbo Boost, 6MB cache, 45W TDP)
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 630M graphics card w/ 2GB memory
  • 8GB DDR3-1333 RAM (max. supported)
  • 750GB 5400RPM hard drive (Seagate Momentus; ST9750423AS)
  • Atheros AR9002WB-1NG
  • Integrated Bluetooth wireless
  • Integrated 720p webcam
  • Internal tray-load DVD burner (DS8A8SH)
  • 2-year limited warranty w/ 1-year accidental damage protection
  • 6-cell li-ion battery (56Whr, 5200mAh)
  • Weight:  6 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 15.4 x 10.5 x 1.1~1.5 inches
  • Price: $979

Performance and Benchmarks

At MSRP the specifications don’t make this notebook seem like much of a deal. The 720p screen compromises the deal; at this price point the N53SM should include a 1080p panel. Otherwise the notebook is reasonably well equipped with a quad-core processor, a generous 8GB of RAM, and a roomy albeit slow 750GB hard drive. The Nvidia GT 630M graphics card has essentially the same specifications as the company’s older GT 540M, only with a different name. Performance is adequate for the latest games though not at high settings. This isn’t a gaming notebook.

wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):

PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):

PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark which measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):

3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):

3DMark11 measures graphics peformance in DirectX 11 games (higher scores mean better performance):

CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test:



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