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K53TA.. The best deal ever... could be!

Discussion in 'Asus' started by UnXpectedError, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. UnXpectedError

    UnXpectedError Notebook Consultant

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    ok guys so i went to best buy the other day after returning my DV6z-qe to HP and this gem caught my eye.. i couldn't believe it when it was priced at only $449.99. so i snagged one up.

    SPECS

    AMD A6-3400M
    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
    AMD M780G Chipset
    4GB DDR3 1333 MHz
    15.6" 16:9 HD (1366x768) LED Backlight
    AMD Radeon® HD 6720G2 1GB DDR3
    500GB
    Super-Multi DVD
    4 -in-1 card reader
    0.3 Mega Pixel web camera
    Integrated 802.11 b/g/n
    Battery 6Cells : 5200 mAh 56 Whrs

    here is a link to the specs
    ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Notebooks- ASUS K53TA

    and a link to best buy
    ASUS - Laptop / AMD A-Series Processor / 15.6" Display / 4GB Memory / 500GB Hard Drive - Brown Suit - K53TA-BBR6


    BANDING ISSUE FIXED

    here are the new bios that fix the banding issue
    thanks to Link626 for the following link

    ftp://ftp.asus.com/pub/ASUS/nb/K43TA/K43TA206.zip

    Download new bios, unzip file, use flashing tool from Start menu

    Start > all programs > asus utility > winflash

    and load the new k43ta.206 and reboot.

    OVERCLOCKING

    GPU
    you have to download a program called Sapphire TRIXX and then go into the settings and disable ULPS and restart the computer. then you should be able to use the sliders to overclock on any program including MSI afterburner which i like to use as it has temp read outs and everything.

    CPU
    you have to use K10stat.. use this as a basic guide on how to.
    Aspire Gemstone: K10STAT AMD Griffin Processor UnderVolting Guide
    AMD has been very kind with the voltages its given its cpus so you can def undervolt it while overclocking at the same time

    basic starting point.. your results may vary but this is what works for me.

    [​IMG]

    UPGRADING

    here are the 2 ports on the bottom opened up. one is for the HD and the other is for the ram and network card.
    the HD is a Seagate Momentus 5400RPM Drive
    the Ram is 1x4GB Samsung PC3 10600 9-9-9 Cas ram

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    so there you have it the HD is easily upgradable and the Ram consists of only 1 stick so you can pop in another 4GB stick for $25 :)


    BENCHMARKS


    3DMark

    3D Mark 06 - CF off
    Stock = 6530
    8GB ram stock = 6692
    2.4ghz/ 670/990 = 7995
    2.6ghz/ 670/990 = 8235
    2.6ghz/ 670/1040 = 8388
    3ghz/ 670/1040 = 8532

    3D Mark Vantage
    2.3ghz / 8gb ram / stock GPU = P5465 / gpu=4977/ cpu=7745

    3D Mark 11
    Stock = P1372
    8GB Stock = P1606
    2.4ghz / 700/950 = P1560
    2.3ghz w/8gb stock GPU = P1665
    2.6ghz w/8GB/ 670/1040 = P1752

    Heaven Dx11@1366x768 Stock = 17.1fps
    Heaven Dx11@1366x768 2.4ghz / 700/950 OC = 19.2fps
    Heaven Dx11@1366x768 2.3ghz + 8GB /GPU stock =19.8 fps


    Passmark
    CPU Mark
    Stock = 3573
    2.4ghz = 5560
    2.7ghz = 6517
    3ghz =7043

    Cinebench 11.5
    @ 2.4ghz
    Open GL 13.16fps
    CPU = 2.77
    Single core = .77

    @2.6ghz
    CPU = 3.12

    @3ghz
    CPU =3.45

    Mafia II Benchmark - this one doesn't like crossfire

    1600 x 900 / High / CF off
    2.4ghz = 27.8fps

    1366 x 768 / High / CF off
    2.4ghz = 34.8fps

    if you guys have would like me to run some other tests or have any questions feel free to ask :)
    i will also update this post with different results as i benchmark stuff :)
     
  2. Zagnut103

    Zagnut103 Newbie

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    Greetings..

    Out of curiosity..what are you using to OC the GPU/CPU?

    Also, are you seeing the same banding in your display mentioned in another thread? Basically looks like this LCD won't go beyond 16bit color depth.
     
  3. xrmx89x

    xrmx89x Notebook Guru

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    So you can overclock even the CPU on this? My brother just got one, so I will have to look into that. How is the cooling system with these. Anything in regards to max temp and voltage for the CPU? The crossfire wasn't working on the game he plays mostly either (global agenda), so I disabled that. The 6650 kicks in as default when it is enabled right?
     
  4. link626

    link626 Lenovo Y580, Asus K53TA

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    Are you using Overdrive, or the bios ?
     
  5. UnXpectedError

    UnXpectedError Notebook Consultant

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    ok guys to answer some questions.

    first yes i have the banding issues as you do :( but im just trying not to pay attention to it atm lol.

    secondly you can over clock the GPU and CPU on this machine by doing the following.

    GPU
    you have to download a program called Sapphire TRIXX and then go into the settings and disable ULPS and restart the computer. then you should be able to use the sliders to overclock on any program including MSI afterburner which i like to use as it has temp read outs and everything.

    CPU
    you have to use K10stat.. use this as a basic guide on how to.
    Aspire Gemstone: K10STAT AMD Griffin Processor UnderVolting Guide
    AMD has been very kind with the voltages its given its cpus so you can def undervolt it while overclocking at the same time :)
     
  6. xrmx89x

    xrmx89x Notebook Guru

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    Was the 3D Mark score you posted with everything at stock or overclocked? I would like to see the difference in the scores with the CPU stock vs Overclock. Specifically the CPU score to see the major difference. Thats a 70% overclock you have going there. Any chance for a CPU-Z screen shot? Like to see the voltage and such.

    A guy @ another forum was clocking this at 3.0 GHz with 1.275 volts. I think he was gaming with BC2 for an hour and had no issues. This laptop is indeed a little gem.
     
  7. UnXpectedError

    UnXpectedError Notebook Consultant

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    with the stock cpu and gpu the laptop scores P1372 in 3dmark 11

    im not sure what 3ghz on all four cores would be stable at but im sure its possible. but i noticed some sorta throttling going on after 2.4ghz so im trying to figure it out now :)

    ill keep ya all updated.

    again if you guys have any more questions or requests let me know. :)
     
  8. xrmx89x

    xrmx89x Notebook Guru

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    Any idea on the CPU score between stock vs overclock on 3DMark11?
     
  9. UnXpectedError

    UnXpectedError Notebook Consultant

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    i didnt keep track of that but i think stock was like 2000ish and 2.4ghz was about 3000.. i could be wrong .. but ill check next time i run some tests.

    also just ran some passmark cpu benches

    CPU Mark
    Stock = 3573
    2.4ghz = 5560
    2.7ghz = 6517

    though i think i found out whats going on with the throttling thats happening after 2.4ghz.. i believe it has to do with the integrated GPU not liking it past that. im gonna see what happens if i just use the discreet GPU. maybe that will solve some issues.
     
  10. abaddon4180

    abaddon4180 Notebook Virtuoso

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    Have you uninstalled the Asus Power4Gear utility? When I was trying to overclock mine it wouldn't go past a certain p-state (p3 iirc) even when the power plan was set to go to 100%, it was set to 100% in CCC and I was plugged in. Even when I switched back to the stock clocks and voltages it wouldn't go past p3. I figured there had to be some program doing it so I uninstalled Power4Gear and it runs at 2.4GHz @1.085V through 5 runs of IntelBurn fine now.
     
  11. xrmx89x

    xrmx89x Notebook Guru

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    Ridiculous. Nice results you two...
     
  12. notrlyavailable

    notrlyavailable Newbie

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    Would you mind sharing how you got it to use the discrete GPU only? I don't see an option for that though I know it's possible.
     
  13. JMan19

    JMan19 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Just got this computer today. Haven't had time to mess with any of OCing but got 6634 in 3dmark 06. I always use this version to compare with other laptops I've had.

    I tried doing furmark but something isn't right even when I set the application to high performance. It's only getting about 4 fps and the highest I've seen the GPU hit is maybe 60 C. It would be a shocker to me if that's the highest the vid card would ever hit.

    Will see what I can get with OCing the cpu and gfx card later on.


    Also, can we actually find the drivers for the video cards on ati's website or do we just have to keep using the ones that Asus posts on their website? Asus doesn't really keep their driver pages up to date.
     
  14. Aggp18

    Aggp18 Newbie

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    Hey guys, new to the site, and wanted to chime in on some feedback for what I've seen with this laptop.

    I got this laptop because my other one recently died and when I saw the specs on this thing it was a no brainer for the price.

    Yeah, there is banding, but I hope that Asus will do the right thing and send out a BIOS update to address this problem.

    I have been able to run BFBC2 on high settings with 25-30 FPS average, on Medium settings it stays right about 40-45 FPS. Crysis was running at about 27 FPS on high settings, got really choppy when a lot of dynamic lighting came into the scene. And also there was a lot of random background flicker in the environments. However, I ran crysis in Medium settings and was averaging about 34 FPS. Also for giggles i threw in my old copy of Ghost Recon 2 and that was running at 60+ FPS on the highest settings.

    Honestly, playing BFBC2 on this thing in Multiplayer is unbelievable for the price. Huge destructive environments and this thing plows threw them without hardly any slowdown (albeit if something HUGE blows up around you then it goes into 10-15 FPS). And this is all on stock settings. I am not confident about OC'ing. But if you guys find a stable setting I would love to give it a shot. Any recommendation on a program for OC'ing and temperature readings?
     
  15. link626

    link626 Lenovo Y580, Asus K53TA

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    we need to keep begging asus for a bios update-
    1 to fix the screen banding
    2 to add true switchable graphics.

    HP already has their bios update which enables manual selection of dedicated graphics-only mode in their llanos.

    asus needs to do the same.

    keep emailing them.
     
  16. runtohell121

    runtohell121 Notebook Deity

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    I can't seem to overclock the GPU...
     
  17. bleeto

    bleeto Newbie

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    Yes come on ASUS!...I really like this laptop - it does everything i want and pretty well..It is such a graphical joy....It runs some of my 3d desktop aps like Modo , and Houdini and with 4 gb ram stock is a little laggy --but these are not so easy to run . It runs Carrara 8 well . It runs genetica 3.5 (texture making ap ) very well. It renders decently at stock speeds. For web , videos etc --is pretty nice machine-----so please ASUS --I want to keep this thing. Fix the banding and making switchable a choice would make this a dream.
     
  18. link626

    link626 Lenovo Y580, Asus K53TA

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    i left the laptop on battery overnight, and it lasted just shy of 6 hours, with 10% battery left at shutdown. Hard drive never shut down, always spinning.
    I could probably get another 25 minutes out of that 10% juice.

    So this should probably get over 5 hours with light usage.

    not bad for a 56wh battery with amd. Amd laptops used to get terrible battery life
     
  19. bleeto

    bleeto Newbie

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    I know Link ------battery use seems decent indeed.....i have lots of pro's for this laptop. only a couple of cons.
    Webcam should have been left off its so poor. I don't use em anyhow
    A tad bunch of bloatware.
    The screen banding --more serious than a con

    The rest is either good or great.
     
  20. link626

    link626 Lenovo Y580, Asus K53TA

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    This is probably the worst webcam i've ever seen. It's worse quality than a cell phone. It's only good for casual usage.

    fortunately, i have a logitech quickcam pro 9000, which is collecting dust right now.

    The other thing i'm worried about is the cheap hinges. The plastic chunk attached to the screen feels flimsy.
    luckily the screen opens to a wide angle, so you'll never stress the hinge to the max under normal viewing situations.
    But still, i predict these hinges will crack in under 3 years.
    Gotta be delicate with this.

    I'm gonna call asus and see if the plastic hinge can be ordered. always good to have spares.
     

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