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Better cpu - lower score??? RRS feed

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  • I've just exchanged my cpu - from a C2D E6550 2.33GHz to an C2D E8400 3.00GHz and my

    processor (cals p/s) score dropped from a 5.2 to an 5.0. I understand the WIE isn't exact science, but can anyone explain why a higher clock speed processer of basically the same design results in a lower score???

     

     

    Tuesday, April 15, 2008 4:21 AM

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  • Ikkeman

     

    It's difficult to say why this happens, but I have seen some very strange behavior with the WinSat.

     

    A friend had one high end Dell system with 4GB of RAM and he was getting a WEI score of 4.9 for the RAM? He spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out why. The system was actually very fast with no problems running just about anything.

    Doing some testing, he removed 2 of the 4 1GB sticks, ran the WEI again and got a 5.4 for the RAM?

     

    Although the WEI was higher, the system was still noticeably slower when running some games. He finally decided to just ignore the score and enjoy his computer.

     

    Windows Experience Index: Overview:
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/aa940972.aspx


     

    Windows Experience Index: An In-Depth Look:
    http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/pages/458117.aspx



    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience

    Wednesday, April 16, 2008 3:47 AM
    Moderator

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  • Ikkeman

     

    It's difficult to say why this happens, but I have seen some very strange behavior with the WinSat.

     

    A friend had one high end Dell system with 4GB of RAM and he was getting a WEI score of 4.9 for the RAM? He spent an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out why. The system was actually very fast with no problems running just about anything.

    Doing some testing, he removed 2 of the 4 1GB sticks, ran the WEI again and got a 5.4 for the RAM?

     

    Although the WEI was higher, the system was still noticeably slower when running some games. He finally decided to just ignore the score and enjoy his computer.

     

    Windows Experience Index: Overview:
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/aa940972.aspx


     

    Windows Experience Index: An In-Depth Look:
    http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/pages/458117.aspx



    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience

    Wednesday, April 16, 2008 3:47 AM
    Moderator
  • that is weird...

     

    It's to bad to. The concept is verry good - give non-knowledgable users a quick and easy way to compare pc's on performance. To bad I'll have to advice poeple not to notice the WEI score.

     

    I was running 2GB 667 memory and got a score of 5.9 on mem. Am also running a HD3850 which also gives me a score of 5.9... So according to these ratings, There's no room for improvement if I were to install more, faster mem or Gpu...

     

    MS, could you somehow improve this. Update the reference scores or somesuch?

     

    Friday, April 18, 2008 3:48 PM
  • Ikkeman

     

    Despite the anomallies we have seen, the WEI score is still a good indicator, when you are considering purchasing a new PC, which is basically what it was designed to accomplish.

     

    It definitely was not designed to be a technical benchmark program. They will be upgrading the maximum numbers sometime in the near future.

     


    Ronnie Vernon
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience
    Friday, April 18, 2008 11:12 PM
    Moderator