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I'm confused... no improvement with significant upgrades?

Processor: 7.6 (@ 3.8ghz)
New Processor score: 7.6 (@4.8ghz stable)

Memory: 7.7 (Old 2x2 4G Ripjaws)
New Memory score: 7.7 (New 2x4 8G G.Skill Sniper RAM)

Graphics: 7.7 (1GB 6870 Twin Frozr II)
New Graphics score: 7.9 (XFX 2GB HD6950)

Primary Hard Disk: 7.6 (Seagate 750G)
New Primary Hard Disk score: 7.6 (New Intel 120GB SSD)

The only thing that went up was the graphics score. Something doesn't add up here
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This has been said many many times. Windows Performance Index is useless and you shouldn't even bother going into it. It's designed to get a very rough estimate of a machine's performance.

Run a real benchmark that gives actual FPS/transfer rates/etc.

I would seriously punch someone in the face if they came up to me at a LAN and asked "What's your Windows Performance Index rating?"
Edited by Murlocke - 10/30/11 at 1:11am
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post
This has been said many many times. Windows Performance Index is useless and you shouldn't even bother going into it. It's designed to get a very rough estimate of a machine.

Run a real benchmark.
It matters to the laymen folk who are buying the computer. "What's the Windows Experience Index score on it" *long sigh*
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Originally Posted by Murlocke View Post

I would seriously punch someone in the face if they came up to me at a LAN and asked "What's your Windows Performance Index rating?"
hahahaha

Ok I regret making this thread. Feel free to delete.
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First off, WEI is absolutely useless. Second, have your rerun the benchmark after oc'ing your cpu? Your mem scores are entirely dependent on bandwidth, and you need to be @ or above 21k on Winsat mem scores to get a 7.9 in that category. What timings are you running on your ram? Lastly...there is no way you were getting the same score on a HDD vs. an SSD. 5.9 is the highest I've seen an HDD score, even in a raid array
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post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Lucky 13 SpeedShop View Post
First off, WEI is absolutely useless. Second, have your rerun the benchmark after oc'ing your cpu? Your mem scores are entirely dependent on bandwidth, and you need to be @ or above 21k on Winsat mem scores to get a 7.9 in that category. What timings are you running on your ram? Lastly...there is no way you were getting the same score on a HDD vs. an SSD. 5.9 is the highest I've seen an HDD score, even in a raid array
IDK maybe it's just bugged or something? My older 750G HDD got a 6.9

RAM timings are 9-9-9-24
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post #7 of 11
Make sure you install the latest Intel chipset and Intel Rapid Storage Technology drivers. You may get lower SSD WEI scores without those installed.
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It matters to the laymen folk who are buying the computer. "What's the Windows Experience Index score on it" *long sigh*
Just tell them it doesn't matter.. it's not an accurate result and it doesn't measure hardware correctly. Tell them that it will be much faster.

Honestly when this kind of stuff happens to me, and they won't listen, I usually just get mad and say something along the times of "Why did you come to me if you didn't trust my judgement? If you knew more about computers than me you wouldn't of came to me for help, feel free to build your own if you feel you know more about it than me."

I absolutely hate people that have no knowledge of computers trying to tell me i'm wrong at something I do. It just ticks me off.
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What frequency are you running your ram at? Open a command prompt and type in "Winsat mem" just to see what it's scoring (not that it's a great test, Si Sandra or Everest are much better for memory testing). The amount of ram you have doesn't guarantee higher scores. I get a 7.9 on 4GB, but that is with some seriously pricey sticks that have ridiculously low timings. This model of mem did hold the world frequency record for a few years, and still holds it for bandwidth.



Yeah, it sounds like it's borked on the tests. Corrupted windows install maybe. Because I'm scoring higher on the cpu portion, and that certainly shouldn't be true.
Edited by Lucky 13 SpeedShop - 10/30/11 at 1:31am
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Wow, how did you manage to get 7.6 with a 750GB hard drive? Were you running RAID 0?

IIRC, before I got my SSD, my 7200 RPM hard drive was scoring around a 6.0 in WEI...


Btw, towards the top end of the WEI scale, things become very much exponential in nature. For example, an HD 4850 will give you around a 7.2-7.3, and a GTX 580 will only give you 0.6 points more despite being much faster than a 4850. So the WEI index is pretty useless for enthusiasts since all of our scores will cluster at the top, regardless of whether the build cost $800 or $8000
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