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Window Experience Index Scores


Staff member
Here is mine. The integrated graphics hurts my score, but it does what I need it to do.

NEW WEI SCORE UPDATE AT: http://www.vistax64.com/general-discussion/96219-window-experience-index-scores-9.html#post730885

Don't Laugh, :D


Model: Slightly modified eMachines T5048A
Motherboard: Intel D102GGC2
RAM: Two 1 GB PC5300 667mhz sticks
CPU: 3.0 Ghz Intel P4 630 w/HT
VIDEO: Integrated ATI Radeon x200 w/256 MB dedicated RAM
HDD: WDC (WD1600BB) 160 GB, 7200 RPM, 2MB buffer, DMA5, ATA
CD/DVDW: TSST Corp (TS-H652D) ATA 2MB buffer (DVD+R 18x)
Q6600, Intel D975XBX2, 4 x Kingston DDR 2 PC6400 ValueRam, EVGA GTS 8800 640 MB, 2 x 500 MB Seagate Barracuda (Sorry for the big image, haven't intalled the image editing software yet):



Vista Pro

Core 2 Duo E6600 on Intel D975XBX2 Mobo
4GB Patriot Extreme Performance (4 X 1GB)
EVGA GeForce 8800GTS 320MB
WD Raptor X 150GB 10,000 RPM 16MB Cache Serial ATA150 (System)
WD 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s (Data)


Vista Guru
Does anyone else find the score for these processors a little low? Seems odd that 2 GB of RAM is somehow less limiting than a 3GHz dual-core.

Also, are most of you using RAID to get higher HD scores?


Staff member
Hi Choogster,

Yes, for now 5.9 is the highest you can get until Microsoft updates the Window Experience Index Score to reflect changing systems over time.



Vista Pro
I know there are some good posts regarding Windows Experience Score if you want to know more about it.

Here's my summary of understanding: When Vista was released, 5.0 was the highest score achievable based on the best hardware available at the time. I would guess they are using standard benchmarking tools and just readjusting the top end score as hardware improves - hence all the 5.9s.

So your processor is being rated against whatever processor happened to be the best when they bumped the score to 5.9 - note the Q-based machines are hitting the top. As for RAM, it appears to have less to do with quantity and more to do with throughput (operations per second), which encompasses far more than the sticks you have installed. My primary hard drive (WD Raptor) most likely IS the current benchmark and explains the 5.9.


Staff member
Ahh that explains a lot, TBH when Vista came out I didn't pay much attention to the scores as my system was crap, now I'm at phase 2 of my new rig benchmarks and scores are at the top of my list.

I think a pair of raptors will be put on order next pay day ;)


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^Either that or if you wanna save some money get the Seagate 250GB Single Platter Drives,very very fast ,give the more EXPENSIVE Raptors a run for their money :D