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Windows Experience Index dropped

  1. #1


    Arie Slob Guest

    Windows Experience Index dropped

    Hi,

    I experienced something I consider quite weird...

    My initial Windows Experience Index (WEI) score was 4.9:

    Processor: 4.9
    Memory: 4.9
    Graphics: 5.9
    Gaming Graphics: 5.1
    Primary hard disk: 5.4

    My Hardware:

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
    2.0 GB RAM
    NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT - 256 MB DDR3
    SATA 3GB/s HDDs

    Just the other day I noticed that (when looking at my detailed WEI score) it
    said I had installed new hardware & I should re-index. I'd only added a hard
    drive to the system, so I updated the score.

    The result was my score *dropped* from 4.9 to 3.5!

    Processor: 4.9
    Memory: 4.9
    Graphics: 5.9
    ***Gaming Graphics: 3.5
    Primary hard disk: 5.4

    I have NO idea why all of a sudden my "Gaming Graphics" would drop from 4.9
    to 3.5? I thought the *idea* was to introduce higher scores when more
    capable hardware was introduced, not 'downgrade' the rating on current
    systems?


    Arie


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  3. #2


    Roscoe Guest

    Re: Windows Experience Index dropped

    Actually your drop was from 5.1 to 3.5.

    Do you notice any difference in performance? If not, who cares. Are you
    trying to quality for the Olympics or something? :-)

    JT

    "Arie Slob" <arie@infinisource.com> wrote in message
    news:ehZi7mLLHHA.4848@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I experienced something I consider quite weird...
    >
    > My initial Windows Experience Index (WEI) score was 4.9:
    >
    > Processor: 4.9
    > Memory: 4.9
    > Graphics: 5.9
    > Gaming Graphics: 5.1
    > Primary hard disk: 5.4
    >
    > My Hardware:
    >
    > AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
    > 2.0 GB RAM
    > NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT - 256 MB DDR3
    > SATA 3GB/s HDDs
    >
    > Just the other day I noticed that (when looking at my detailed WEI score)
    > it said I had installed new hardware & I should re-index. I'd only added a
    > hard drive to the system, so I updated the score.
    >
    > The result was my score *dropped* from 4.9 to 3.5!
    >
    > Processor: 4.9
    > Memory: 4.9
    > Graphics: 5.9
    > ***Gaming Graphics: 3.5
    > Primary hard disk: 5.4
    >
    > I have NO idea why all of a sudden my "Gaming Graphics" would drop from
    > 4.9 to 3.5? I thought the *idea* was to introduce higher scores when more
    > capable hardware was introduced, not 'downgrade' the rating on current
    > systems?
    >
    >
    > Arie
    >



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #3


    Arie Slob Guest

    Re: Windows Experience Index dropped

    Yes, correct, overall score dropped from 4.9 > 3.5 but graphic score from
    5.1 to 3.5

    No, I don't care. But I'm sure I'll get people asking me questions about it
    when they see a similar drop, so I just wanted to see if anyone has any
    comments about it.

    Happy New Year!

    Arie

    "Roscoe" <me@home.net> wrote in message
    news:E2628B72-DB5C-4711-8A76-E5F7A5D82BF0@microsoft.com...
    > Actually your drop was from 5.1 to 3.5.
    >
    > Do you notice any difference in performance? If not, who cares. Are you
    > trying to quality for the Olympics or something? :-)
    >
    > JT
    >
    > "Arie Slob" <arie@infinisource.com> wrote in message
    > news:ehZi7mLLHHA.4848@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> I experienced something I consider quite weird...
    >>
    >> My initial Windows Experience Index (WEI) score was 4.9:
    >>
    >> Processor: 4.9
    >> Memory: 4.9
    >> Graphics: 5.9
    >> Gaming Graphics: 5.1
    >> Primary hard disk: 5.4
    >>
    >> My Hardware:
    >>
    >> AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
    >> 2.0 GB RAM
    >> NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT - 256 MB DDR3
    >> SATA 3GB/s HDDs
    >>
    >> Just the other day I noticed that (when looking at my detailed WEI score)
    >> it said I had installed new hardware & I should re-index. I'd only added
    >> a hard drive to the system, so I updated the score.
    >>
    >> The result was my score *dropped* from 4.9 to 3.5!
    >>
    >> Processor: 4.9
    >> Memory: 4.9
    >> Graphics: 5.9
    >> ***Gaming Graphics: 3.5
    >> Primary hard disk: 5.4
    >>
    >> I have NO idea why all of a sudden my "Gaming Graphics" would drop from
    >> 4.9 to 3.5? I thought the *idea* was to introduce higher scores when more
    >> capable hardware was introduced, not 'downgrade' the rating on current
    >> systems?
    >>
    >>
    >> Arie
    >>

    >



      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #4


    Tom Lake Guest

    Re: Windows Experience Index dropped

    "Roscoe" <me@home.net> wrote in message
    news:E2628B72-DB5C-4711-8A76-E5F7A5D82BF0@microsoft.com...
    > Actually your drop was from 5.1 to 3.5.


    No, the EI is the LOWEST score of the group. The lowest score in the first group
    is 4.9. The lowest score in the second group is 3.5 so the drop was from 4.9 to 3.5.

    >> Processor: 4.9
    >> Memory: 4.9
    >> Graphics: 5.9
    >> Gaming Graphics: 5.1
    >> Primary hard disk: 5.4


    >> Processor: 4.9
    >> Memory: 4.9
    >> Graphics: 5.9
    >> ***Gaming Graphics: 3.5
    >> Primary hard disk: 5.4




      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #5


    Adrian Guest

    RE: Windows Experience Index dropped

    My EI went from 4.9 to 3.8 after a reboot with no changes made to any
    hardware the performance drop is in the RAM everything else seems the same
    and the change in performance is very obvious. I think I might need to get
    a new RAM module


    Adrian


    "Arie Slob" wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > I experienced something I consider quite weird...
    >
    > My initial Windows Experience Index (WEI) score was 4.9:
    >
    > Processor: 4.9
    > Memory: 4.9
    > Graphics: 5.9
    > Gaming Graphics: 5.1
    > Primary hard disk: 5.4
    >
    > My Hardware:
    >
    > AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
    > 2.0 GB RAM
    > NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT - 256 MB DDR3
    > SATA 3GB/s HDDs
    >
    > Just the other day I noticed that (when looking at my detailed WEI score) it
    > said I had installed new hardware & I should re-index. I'd only added a hard
    > drive to the system, so I updated the score.
    >
    > The result was my score *dropped* from 4.9 to 3.5!
    >
    > Processor: 4.9
    > Memory: 4.9
    > Graphics: 5.9
    > ***Gaming Graphics: 3.5
    > Primary hard disk: 5.4
    >
    > I have NO idea why all of a sudden my "Gaming Graphics" would drop from 4.9
    > to 3.5? I thought the *idea* was to introduce higher scores when more
    > capable hardware was introduced, not 'downgrade' the rating on current
    > systems?
    >
    >
    > Arie
    >
    >


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #6


    AJR Guest

    Re: Windows Experience Index dropped

    Keep in mind that the EI is the lowest score of the group - it is not an
    average or cumulative result. If you increased the score on all other items
    except gaming graphics the EI would still be 3.5.

    "Adrian" <Adrian@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:533D6ED2-4085-48F5-97E6-52D724754F6B@microsoft.com...
    > My EI went from 4.9 to 3.8 after a reboot with no changes made to any
    > hardware the performance drop is in the RAM everything else seems the same
    > and the change in performance is very obvious. I think I might need to
    > get
    > a new RAM module
    >
    >
    > Adrian
    >
    >
    > "Arie Slob" wrote:
    >
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> I experienced something I consider quite weird...
    >>
    >> My initial Windows Experience Index (WEI) score was 4.9:
    >>
    >> Processor: 4.9
    >> Memory: 4.9
    >> Graphics: 5.9
    >> Gaming Graphics: 5.1
    >> Primary hard disk: 5.4
    >>
    >> My Hardware:
    >>
    >> AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
    >> 2.0 GB RAM
    >> NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT - 256 MB DDR3
    >> SATA 3GB/s HDDs
    >>
    >> Just the other day I noticed that (when looking at my detailed WEI score)
    >> it
    >> said I had installed new hardware & I should re-index. I'd only added a
    >> hard
    >> drive to the system, so I updated the score.
    >>
    >> The result was my score *dropped* from 4.9 to 3.5!
    >>
    >> Processor: 4.9
    >> Memory: 4.9
    >> Graphics: 5.9
    >> ***Gaming Graphics: 3.5
    >> Primary hard disk: 5.4
    >>
    >> I have NO idea why all of a sudden my "Gaming Graphics" would drop from
    >> 4.9
    >> to 3.5? I thought the *idea* was to introduce higher scores when more
    >> capable hardware was introduced, not 'downgrade' the rating on current
    >> systems?
    >>
    >>
    >> Arie
    >>
    >>




      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #7


    glawther Guest

    RE: Windows Experience Index dropped

    I've just had a "similar" experience. I've gone through Beta2, RC1 and now
    have the final version of Vista Ultimate installed. All this time, I had an
    ATI Radeon 1300 card installed and it got ratings of 4.6 and 4.1. I decided
    to move it to my wifes machine for her upcoming Vista upgrade and got a new
    HIS Radeon 1650 pro card from mine. Better card I thought, 512Mb of memory
    vs. 256 on the 1300.......other specs better. Much to my surprise the EI
    dropped to 1.0 due to the rating on the 1650 card. Aero effects of Vista seem
    to be fine. Vista upgrade adviser does not see a problem with the card
    running Vista. I told HIS about what I found and they tested the card on a
    comparable machine and the card rated 4.3. I am using the final ATI Vista
    drivers and have re-installed them a couple of times. Still 1.0 rating on
    the card. May not seem like a big deal since the card seems to be handling
    Vista OK, but I'd like to think I got what I paid for..........so is it the
    card or the EI?
    Buy the way, the 1300 card on my wifes machine w/slower CPU and less memory
    gets the same 4.6/4.1 it did on mine.

    "Arie Slob" wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > I experienced something I consider quite weird...
    >
    > My initial Windows Experience Index (WEI) score was 4.9:
    >
    > Processor: 4.9
    > Memory: 4.9
    > Graphics: 5.9
    > Gaming Graphics: 5.1
    > Primary hard disk: 5.4
    >
    > My Hardware:
    >
    > AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
    > 2.0 GB RAM
    > NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT - 256 MB DDR3
    > SATA 3GB/s HDDs
    >
    > Just the other day I noticed that (when looking at my detailed WEI score) it
    > said I had installed new hardware & I should re-index. I'd only added a hard
    > drive to the system, so I updated the score.
    >
    > The result was my score *dropped* from 4.9 to 3.5!
    >
    > Processor: 4.9
    > Memory: 4.9
    > Graphics: 5.9
    > ***Gaming Graphics: 3.5
    > Primary hard disk: 5.4
    >
    > I have NO idea why all of a sudden my "Gaming Graphics" would drop from 4.9
    > to 3.5? I thought the *idea* was to introduce higher scores when more
    > capable hardware was introduced, not 'downgrade' the rating on current
    > systems?
    >
    >
    > Arie
    >
    >


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #8


    Dis Guest

    RE: Windows Experience Index dropped

    I to have the same issue as arie. I have a 6800 ultra that gave me a 5.0
    gaming graphics WEI and after making several changes to the system by
    installing a Ready Boost flash drive, updating my Nvidia forceware to 100.65,
    as well as installing a new creative driver, I noticed that my WEI was grayed
    out and indicated that it needed to be updated. Ran the Update My Score and
    now I have a 3.5 for the Gaming Graphics. Uninstalled the Ready Boost and
    reran the update score, same result a 3.5. I am not trying to qualify for the
    Olympics as Roscoe so elequently put, but am wondering if this is an
    indication of a problem, bug, or what. My Specs are as listed, AMD X2 4800,
    2 gig of DDR 400 (dual Chanel 128 bit), RAID 0, Audigy 2 ZS Platinum, BFG
    6800 Ultra all on a Abit AV8-3rd eye mobo running Vista 64-bit ultimate whch
    has the VIA chipset and AGP. Any ideas would be great!

    "Arie Slob" wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > I experienced something I consider quite weird...
    >
    > My initial Windows Experience Index (WEI) score was 4.9:
    >
    > Processor: 4.9
    > Memory: 4.9
    > Graphics: 5.9
    > Gaming Graphics: 5.1
    > Primary hard disk: 5.4
    >
    > My Hardware:
    >
    > AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+
    > 2.0 GB RAM
    > NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT - 256 MB DDR3
    > SATA 3GB/s HDDs
    >
    > Just the other day I noticed that (when looking at my detailed WEI score) it
    > said I had installed new hardware & I should re-index. I'd only added a hard
    > drive to the system, so I updated the score.
    >
    > The result was my score *dropped* from 4.9 to 3.5!
    >
    > Processor: 4.9
    > Memory: 4.9
    > Graphics: 5.9
    > ***Gaming Graphics: 3.5
    > Primary hard disk: 5.4
    >
    > I have NO idea why all of a sudden my "Gaming Graphics" would drop from 4.9
    > to 3.5? I thought the *idea* was to introduce higher scores when more
    > capable hardware was introduced, not 'downgrade' the rating on current
    > systems?
    >
    >
    > Arie
    >
    >


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #9



    Newbie
    Join Date : Mar 2007
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    Exact thing happened to me as well. i'm running a 6800 ultra. I was getting like a 5.1 on the gaming score (i think, i just know it was far from my lowest score, which is my cpu at 4.2). I installed more ram and ran the update, and now my gaming score is at 3.5, everything else staying the same (even installing more ram, from 1gb to 2 the score stayed at 4.4). Ran memtest and everything is fine. updated to new drivers, and even tried the new beta's, but my gaming score now sits at 3.5. the computer doesn't feel any slower, but i currently don't have any games on the computer, and never ran any before installing more ram so have no clue if actual performance is hindered at all.

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