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:
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
The Windows Vista Experience, Hardware Test Explained