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The Windows Vista Experience

Adrian posted on ZDNet blog —”A few weeks ago I blogged about how Vista’s Windows Experience Index was fatally flawed.  I’m pleased to say that under the latest Vista build (pre-RC1, build 5536) things are a lot better.  In this post I’m going to take a detailed look at the Windows Experience Index and see how it is used to judge the performance of your PC.

It was at the beginning of July that I last took a look at the Windows Experience Index score for my main Vista box back when Windows Vista was at the Beta 2, Build 5456 stage.  Back then I was disappointed by the Windows Experience Index system, partly by the fact that the scheme seemed vague, but also because over the course of a couple of weeks, the performance rating for my PC dropped from a healthy 4 to a mediocre 3 when nothing had changed from a hardware point of view.  Here’s how it changed:
Vista's Windows Experience Index

But here’s the score it got today:
Vista's Windows Experience Index

Things have changed quite a bit in build 5536. 

As you can see, the the categories under examination have stayed the same, but Microsoft has clarified what is being tested and judged:

  • Processor: Calculations per second
  • Memory (RAM): Memory operations per second
  • Graphics: Desktop performance for Aero
  • Gaming graphics: 3D business and gaming graphics performance
  • Primary hard drive: Disk data transfer rate

Adrina’s Vista Box specs:

  • CPU: Intel Pentium D 950, overclocked to 4.1GHz
  • RAM: 4GB PC2-5400 667MHz Dual Channel
  • Hard drives: 3 x Maxtor DiamondMax 10 SATAII 250GB 16Mb cache
  • Graphics card: ATI Raedon X1600 PRO 256MB DDR2 | Read full post

Ed Bott’s

The Windows Vista Experience, Hardware Test Explained

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