Asus Unveils its New Gaming Beast – the RoG G53 3D

"Asus has gone 3D with its RoG laptops – the notebook maker recently released its new Nvidia-based Republic of Gamers G53 laptop."

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Asus has gone 3D with its RoG laptops – the notebook maker recently released its new Nvidia-based Republic of Gamers G53 laptop. According to the manufacturer, top-of-the-line specifications and a cool 3D display make the RoG G53 one of the hottest laptops around for the gaming crowd.

 

Sporting an Intel Core i7-740QM processor clocked at 1.73GHz with a 6MB combined cache, the G53 laptop is not short on power. Club that with the whopping 8GB of DDR3 RAM and Intel’s Turbo boost technology, and you have a got a mean machine on your hand that can be boosted to run at 2.93GHz with ease. A 640GB HDD, a Blu-ray drive that reads and writes Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs means you will never be short of storage options.

 

While the specs are fascinating, the most interesting aspect of the laptop is its display. Though its resolution is only 1366 x 768, the 120Hz refresh rate and integrated receiver for Nvidia 3D Vision shutter glasses make it a treat for the eyes. It goes without saying that the 3D Vision glasses are bundled with the laptop.

 

Then there is the HDMI 1.4a video output for those who prefer their gaming on the big screen. The power behind this display is provided by an Nvidia GTX 460 graphics card with a massive 1.5GB of GDD5 memory. This means the GPU has enough juice to run even the most demanding of modern games with the 3D Vision going.

 

Rounding up the specifications are integrated 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, wired gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth, three USB 2.0 ports and a single USB 3.0 port. With its 3.6Kg curb weight and dimensions of 39.1cm x 29.7cm x 2-5cm, this monster laptop is not a piece you want to lug around with you, but it definitely has all the makings of a great gaming system.

 

Slated to hit the market within the coming fortnight, the Asus RoG G53 3D laptop is expected to sport a price tag of £1,599. The only information missing for gamers at the moment is information about the battery life.

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13-10-2010, 13:31:32

Toxteth O'Grady
Gonna use a single C300 64G as Win7 64bit boot drive on the R3E.  There's topics all over the www about using the Marvel SATA 3 controller or the Intel ICH10 SATA 2 on this board for the C300 (single not RAID).

Looks like it boils down to either using the Intel with TRIM and slower sequential read speeds or the Marvel for faster speeds but no TRIM (even with native W7 AHCI driver). However random read speeds (normal use) doesn't seem to have much in it.

Anyone on here got hands-on experience with this config and which would be the better choice?

TIA

B)

TOG

 

13-10-2010, 13:34:53

tinytomlogan
Thats a sata6 drive so to get full speed you need to use one of the red ports on the R3E and Im sure trim is supported via the red slots dude.

03-11-2010, 08:46:38

Toxteth O'Grady


Thats a sata6 drive so to get full speed you need to use one of the red ports on the R3E and Im sure trim is supported via the red slots dude.




To Trim or not to Trim? That is the question!:D





OK, been looking into this further. There are several hw configs for the C300 on the R3E each with its merits and drawbacks. Options are:

1. Use Marvell 6G SATA III controller with Marvell 91xx driver.

2. Use Marvell 6G controller with native Windows msahci driver.

3. Use ICH10 3G SATA II controller with Intel iastor driver.

4. Use ICH10 3G controller with msahci driver.

From a fresh W7 install I have been using option 1. Initial AS SSD benchmarks for my 64Gig were 450 +. I did all the various SSD optimisation tweaks to try minimise writes to the drive and it only basically contains my OS.

I subsequently discovered that the Marvell mobo controller does not support Trim even though the disk itself and the 91xx driver do. So if you run the CLI "fsutil behavior query disabledeletenotify" it will show a zero (Trim enabled) result even though it is not.

This would also be the case with option 2 as the problem appears to be in the controller chip on the mobo, although lots of forums suggest the msahci driver is better than the Marvell; the reason isn't clear but it definitely doesn't give you Trim.

Because I had been using the disk for 200 hours since installation I ran another AS SSD benchmark yesterday on my option 1 config and the performance had dropped off to below 200, which is worse than results others have posted for the disk running on the Intel controller as a SATA II 3G.

I could see no reason for this drop off other than the lack of Trim/Garbage Collection on the Marvell controler.

To investigate further I booted with the disk connected to the Intel controller (option 3) and ran AS SSD. It scored 428 (270 sequential read / 179 4k-64 read) which is about right for one of these drives running on a SATA II 3G controller (options 3 & 4).

So after the disk has been in use for a while it performs better on an Intel 3G controller than a Marvell 6G controller. I concluded that this was due to the latter being a combination of no Trim and a poor driver (relative to msahci).

Because this disk is sold for its 6G performance I was not happy to leave it on the ICH10 port. I decided while it was connected as SATA II (with confirmed Trim) to run a 'Force Trim' with SSDTool to try restore the performance.

I hooked it back up to the Marvell 6G controller and re-ran AS SSD in the option 1 config. It only scored 283 which, although a significant improvement on the sub-200 pre-Trim option 1 score, was still much worse than the SATA II.

I decided to try option 2 post-Trim by rolling back the Marvell driver to msahci and re-run AS SSD. SUCCESS. :biggrin: It scored 475 (351 sequential read / 203 4k-64k read). Full SATA III 6G performance restored.

The results of my tests are not conclusive as I did not run all the variables. I would however recommend the following to get and maintain the best performance from your Crucial C300 (running on a dual Marvell SATA III 6G / Intel SATA II 3G mobo).

1. Install on the Marvell 6G controller but DO NOT use the Marvell driver. Use the Windows native msahci.

2. Every couple of weeks hook up your disk to the Intel 3G controller and run a 'Force Trim.' SSDTool only takes a few of seconds, plus the time to take the side off your case, swap the SATA cable across twice and a couple of reboots. Well worth the effort to regain the massive performance advantage.

HTH

B)

TOG

03-11-2010, 12:51:23

tinytomlogan
trim is essential tbh

03-11-2010, 13:08:40

Toxteth O'Grady


trim is essential tbh

Which is why it's such a pita that Trim doesn't work on the only 6G port on a mobo as expensive as the R3E. I guess that's the price we pay for leading edge stuff.  Maybe ASUS didn't have much to choose from when they picked the Marvell SATA III controller, maybe JMicron?


B)

TOG

03-11-2010, 13:16:26

tinytomlogan
the single lonely vertical sata port is Jmicron

03-11-2010, 13:49:47

Toxteth O'Grady
Yep I got my optical drive on that.  I'm sure it's not SATA III though, I'll have to check. I guess ASUS were limited for choice when they went for the Marvell (or didn't think lack of Trim would be an issue).  

OK just delved a bit deeper and it appears the Marvell was the only SATA III 6G controller around when the R3E was released.

Anyway at least my 6G/3G fortnightly controller switch to do a Force Trim is a pretty straightforward workaround.

B)

TOG   

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