ASUS sent over a loaner Zenbook UX31E-DH52 for testing purposes. This Ultrabook features a 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-2557M processor, 4GB of DDR3 1333 MHz memory (RAM), and a 128GB solid-state drive. The Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics are built-in the Intel ‘Sandy Bridge’ processor, so they are integrated and not discrete. The Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor is more than enough for regular use and light gaming.
Here are the CPU-Z screenshots for our test rig in case you are wondering what the system settings were. As you can see the 4GB of DDR3 memory was running with 9-9-9-24 1T memory and our notebook was updated and running BIOS 211.
When we got the Zenbook we found that the BIOS was five versions old, so we updated the Zenbook from BIOS 206 to 211. We were shocked to find that you couldn’t update it from the BIOS using EZFlash, but we found that ASUS did have an easy utility that you could run in Windows from the desktop.
Let’s take a look at the Windows Experience Index score as that is
one that you can easily compare to other notebooks at retail stores.
As you can see our ASUS Zenbook UX31E had a Windows 7 Index base score of 5.6 and
the lowest scoring component on the Ultrabook is the graphics.