The Bottom Line
Sep 12 2011 - For some gamers, a 17.3 inch screen might just be too big. If that's the case, the ASUS Republic of Gamers G53SX-A1 is a 15.6 inch gaming laptop that features robust components that are typical of ROG systems. However, the video card has a slower memory bus and no Blu-ray drive compared to the larger ASUS G74SX.
- Good Value
- Fast Components
- Very Heavy
- Graphics Card has Slower Memory Bus Compared to 1.5GB or 3GB Model
- Speakers are Quiet
- Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor
- 12GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory
- 15.6 Inch 1920x1080 Full HD LED Backlit Display
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 2GB GDDR5 Video Card
- 750GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive
- SuperMulti DVD Burner
- Altec Lansing Speakers
- 15.6" x 11.42" x 2.36" @ 8.7 Pounds
Review - ASUS Republic of Gamers G53SX-A1 Gaming Laptop
If a 17.3-inch laptop is just too big, ASUS has a competitively priced 15.6 inch model that is a part of the Republic of Gamers line and features the same high performance components you've come to expect from the PC maker. The G53SX-A1 features the same 1920x1080 full HD resolution that gamers love only in a smaller 15.6 inch size. The screen lends itself to be a great gaming and multimedia system, but ASUS only includes a SuperMulti DVD burner as opposed to a Blu-ray drive found in the G74SX. At the time of publication, you'll find a wide range of prices on the street from $1,200 for a pre-order to $1,368 for an in-stock G53SX-A1 with free shipping. Obviously it pays to do your homework to get the best deal possible.
Just like the larger G74, the ASUS G53SX-A1 features a quad-core Intel Core i7-2630QM that runs at 2.0GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz. The four cores aid in multitasking in multi-threaded applications. The G53SX-A1 also has 12GB of DDR3 1333MHz memory for an above average value. The laptop does have 4 SODIMM slots, though, that support up to 16GB of RAM. For a notebook in this price range, the G53SX-A1 shines.
Now onto the video card. While you might get excited hearing that the ASUS G53SX-A1 comes with a 2GB GDDR5 GeForce GTX 560M graphics card, hold on for one minute. The 2GB model of the 560M only has a 128-bit interface, which essentially makes it slower than the 1.5GB and 3GB GTX 560M models that feature a 192-bit memory bus. This is definitely a drawback as you want the fastest laptop graphics card you can get for the price since it's not something you can upgrade like you can in a desktop.
Since the ASUS G53SX-A1 is under $1,400, you can safely assume an SSD is not included. Instead, a 750GB 7200RPM hard drive is standard, which is average. The system also comes with Altec Lansing speakers, which are a bit too quiet in my opinion. You'll definitely want to hook up the laptop to an external set of speakers or headset when gaming if audio quality is important to you.
Overall, the ASUS G53SX-A1 is made for gamers looking for exceptional performance where mobility isn't a priority. The laptop is quite heavy weighing in at nearly 8.7 pounds with the 8 cell battery. And despite the slower memory bus on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 2GB graphics card, the G53SX-A1 still packs a punch for the price with a nice full HD display and quad-core processor. The overall style is sleek and the laptop performs well even in intensive games.