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Windows Experience Index

By DonNagual
Jan 6, 2007
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  1. Let's see what vista is giving your system:

    Open Performance Information and Tools by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Performance Information and Tools.


    Mine:
    [​IMG]
    Click to Maximize

    As you can see, I am running the Japanese version of Vista. The categories are (from top to bottom)

    Processor
    Ram
    Graphics (desktop)
    Graphics (gaming)
    Primary Hard disk

    It gives you an individual score for each category, then your main score is whatever was the lowest of all your categories. My lowest was my CPU score, so my main score equals my CPU score.

    My system:
    Core 2 Duo 6600
    Evga 680i
    2Gb Corsair XMS2
    7950GT 512mb graphics

    Also please note what version of vista you are running, as they have made major changes since the beta versions. Mine is on RC1.

    Note: the purpose of this thread is not to compare our systems, but an evaluation of this new "index" system itself. Is it a good system or not.

    Microsoft seems to want to simplify things by giving you an easy number. Then when you go to buy software, it will tell you what number your system needs to be in order to run the new software. I am sceptical, mainly of the way they choose your LOWEST score and assign that as your overall system score. So if you have a E6700 cpu, 2 Gigs of XMS2 ram but a low end graphics card, you are going to get a very low index score. Your high end parts mean NOTHING to your system's overall index. Doesn't make sense to me.
     
  2. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    [​IMG]

    AMD Opteron 165 @ 2.8 GHz
    Abit AV8
    2 GB Corsair Value Select
    7600GS 512MB graphics

    Running Vista Ultimate RTM.

    I don't know if Nvidia's drivers would get a better score, I'm using Microsoft's WDDM drivers because Nvidia's wouldn't install.
     
  3. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 3,566

    Well, it looks like the version you are running does make a pretty big difference. I am Vista Ultimate RC1, and you are on RTM. You got a better CPU score than I did. You do have a nice OC going on there but still my E6600 @ 2.4Ghz should outperform yours.

    I checked your superpi and see yours completed the 1M at 32 seconds, mine did it in 25 seconds.

    Again, the purpose of this thread is not to see who has the better score, but to evaluate this Vista Index itself and see if it is of any use.

    The fact that you got a higher cpu score than I did could mean one of two things; either it ONLY looks at the CPU frequency to determine the score, or there have been major revisions to the test method since RC1.

    According to microsoft:
    You also got a higher memory score. You are using corsair value select, and I am using XMS2 (we both have 2Gb).

    P.S. by looking at your screenshot, it doesn't look like you have the aero interface turned on. Any reason for that?
     
  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    The memory speed difference is probably because Opterons have internal memory controller, Intel's CPUs don't.

    I don't like the Aero interface.
     
  5. BugAlugs100

    BugAlugs100 TS Rookie

    Is WEI score different between 64bit and 32bit versions ?

    :Q

    My PC is quite nice but a Windows Experience Index of ONLY 4.7 !

    Processor - 4.7 RAM - 5.9 Graphics - 5.9 Gaming Graphics - 5.9 Primay Hard disk - 5.7

    So why is my CPU so slow?
    The new dual core E6600 should be hitting 5.4 according to forums/sites/pundits and the like
    I've been into BIOS and Vista settings, I've made sure that no CPU throttling is occuring.
    My only other though is that i'm running the 64bit version.

    Does anyone know if the 64bit version puts a different requirement on the CPU/Pocessor test ?

    Some example stats

    My Rig

    E6600 4 MB L2 2.40 GHz 1066 MHz - WEI RATING 4.7
    Vista Ultimate - 64 bit
    <CPUMetrics>
    <CompressionMetric units="MB/s">85.94229</CompressionMetric>
    <EncryptionMetric units="MB/s">48.20735</EncryptionMetric>
    <Compression2Metric units="MB/s">229.75929</Compression2Metric>
    <Encryption2Metric units="MB/s">394.35495</Encryption2Metric>
    <DshowEncodeTime units="s">9.83065</DshowEncodeTime>


    Friends Rig
    Dell XPS Laptop

    T7400 4 MB L2 2.16 GHz 667 MHz - WEI RATING 5.4
    Vista Home Premium - 32 bit
    - <CPUMetrics>
    <CompressionMetric units="MB/s">110.64363</CompressionMetric>
    <EncryptionMetric units="MB/s">56.51694</EncryptionMetric>
    <Compression2Metric units="MB/s">312.99292</Compression2Metric>
    <Encryption2Metric units="MB/s">510.65292</Encryption2Metric>
    <DshowEncodeTime units="s">6.92793</DshowEncodeTime>

    Any thoughts on this would be great

    BugAlugs
     
  6. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Just a little extra info...
    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-Experience-Index-Calculate-the-Vista-PC-Score-41047.shtml

     
  7. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,916   +9

    bump

    Times have changed somewhat, but I still have the same CPU.

    [​IMG]

    A bottleneck somewhere? :p

    I've also gotten used to Aero.

    Vista Ultimate (32-bit) installed to Gigabyte i-RAM (which explains the HDD score). The rest are in my system specs.
     
  8. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,712

    As of today I get a 5.9 - all the same.
     
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,552   +301

  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,552   +301

    Updated for Windows 7. I can't remember if this is the same hardware as when I ran it on Vista or not, I don't think it is. I think the CPU is slower in this machine now...

    [​IMG]
    Click to Maximize

    This machine's specs:
    System
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Manufacturer To Be Filled By O.E.M.
    Model 775Dual-VSTA
    Intel Core2Duo E4400 2.0Ghz
    Total amount of system memory 2.00 GB RAM
    System type 64-bit operating system
    Number of processor cores 2

    Storage
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Total size of hard disk(s) 188 GB
    Disk partition (C:) 5 GB Free (20 GB Total)
    Disk partition (E:) 168 GB Free (168 GB Total)
    Media drive (F:) CD/DVD
    Maxtor 200gig IDE

    Graphics
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Display adapter type NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GS (Prerelease - WDDM 1.0)
    eVGA 7800GS Superclocked AGP


    I added the lines in italics because Win 7 didn't provide enough detail IMO.
     
  11. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,712

    Interesting - you have a 6.9 for graphics. I thought the max was 5.9!

    I run my copy of Win7 on an ancient P4 2.8 Ghz Celeron with 1 Gb RAM and a PCII-E card from the bits box and get 3.8
     
     
  12. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,552   +301

    "The Windows Experience Index assesses key system components on a scale of 1.0 to 7.9."
    Which was updated for Windows 7.

    Then from Rick's quoted link: "6.0 and beyond
    Base scores of 6.0 and higher are not defined yet. They will be defined when the time comes and new innovations in hardware allow new capabilities. From past experience, it is expected this will happen at a rate of once every 12-18 months."
     
  13. kmoore4318

    kmoore4318 TS Rookie

    More details about my computer


    Component Details Subscore Base score
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 965 @ 3.20GHz 7.6
    Memory (RAM) 6.00 GB 7.8
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 (Prerelease - WDDM 1.1) 7.9
    Gaming graphics 2936 MB Total available graphics memory 6.5
    Primary hard disk 1822GB Free (1863GB Total) 6.0
    Windows 7 Ultimate

    6.0 Determined by lowest subscore

    Capture295-1.JPG

    Component Details Subscore Base score
    Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 965 @ 3.20GHz 7.6
    Memory (RAM) 6.00 GB 7.8
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 (Prerelease - WDDM 1.1) 7.9
    Gaming graphics 2936 MB Total available graphics memory 6.5
    Primary hard disk 1822GB Free (1863GB Total) 6.0
    Windows 7 Ultimate

    6.0 Determined by lowest subscore
     
  14. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Booster Posts: 577   +98

    Whenever I made a clean install of my PC, I always perform a hardware assessment whether it improved or not. But it's always been 5.9 for me, the lowest subscore to be my hard disk. The rest are pretty much in a line of 7.0.

    What about the TS members' performance rating? Did somebody hit a 7.0 or higher? Please care to share your scores. I am yet to see how rock-solid your desktop's are in terms of performance. :mad:


    Here's mine

    5.9 Assessment.jpg
     
  15. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    Here's mine:

    Windows_Experience_Index.JPG

    It's a pretty old system these days, but briefly specs are Intel LGA775 Core2Quad Q6600 2.4GHz, OCZ Gold 8GB DDR2-1066, SSD + loads of disks and a HD 6870. That's all stock results as well, as none of it is overclocked.
     
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  16. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    The max score for HDDs is 5.9, SSDs go up to 7.9.
     
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  17. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Booster Posts: 577   +98

    It's nice to get a sub-7 base score from an ancient LGA 775. Thanks for sharing. (y)
     
  18. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Booster Posts: 577   +98

    So it's true. What score did you earn though?
     
  19. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,426   +317

    Hmm; My Dell laptop shows a variation that is interesting (see attached)

    The HD is rated 5.9 and the Aero Graphics pulls the overall rating down to 4.0
    processor = 6.8
    Ram = 5.9
    Graphics = 4.0
    Gaming = 5.1
    HD = 5.9
     

    Attached Files:

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  20. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    [​IMG]

    I think it's telling me to upgrade my Nehalem CPU...
     
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  21. colinf

    colinf TS Rookie Posts: 43   +7

    Cpu= 7.7
    ram=7.7
    graphics= 7.9
    gaming=7.9
    hdd=7.9
     
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  22. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,003   +1,503

    I went as far as making a screen shot to post. I always forget I can't upload images to TechSpot.

    I would upload mine but TechSpot doesn't allow uploading images. I rarely have need of posting images to a site that won't allow them. Using a file hosting site for uploaded files is something I don't really need.
     
  23. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TS Booster Posts: 375   +64

    Here's mine. I'm hoping the quality of the image won't come out too bad as I've had to do some cropping.
    Untitled.jpg
     
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  24. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98


    Do you not have the "Upload a File" option next to the "Post Reply" button?

    Upload_Image_Example.JPG

    In my experience it has never been easier to add images to posts on the forum. A couple of clicks in the same place I'm replying and I can have as many images as I want, without having to link a single one from one of my own servers.

    If its a forum problem we'd obviously be keen to resolve that issue for you. There shouldn't be any barriers in place that prevent you from uploading images on our end.
     
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  25. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,003   +1,503

    Ahhh, yeah of course I do. lol


    Been overlooking it all this time, I must be getting blind. The other forums usually have it in the header of the text editor. Since using that button only brings up a URL insert box, I was mislead to assuming it was not allowed.

    OK here we go, lets upload this screen shot.

    WEI-Scores.jpg

    Thanks Leeky, one of these days I might learn to ask instead of assuming things. :(
     
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